Udupi: Milagres Cathedral Kallianpur observes Good Friday with devotion

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Udupi, Apr 20: Good Friday, commemorating the passion and crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at Calvary was observed with great devotion by huge faithful at Milagres Cathedral, Kallianpur of Udupi Diocese on April 19.

The Good Friday service and liturgy is divided into four parts. The first part comprised of the reading from scriptures including the Passion of the Lord according to the Gospel of St John, Prayers for the Intentions of the Church, Veneration of the Cross and the Holy Communion.

At the outset, Bishop of Udupi diocese Dr Gerald Isaac Lobo, Fr Dr Lawrence C D’Souza, rector of the cathedral, Fr Canute Noronha, assistant parish priest of Milagres, Fr Lancy Fernandes, principal of Milagres English Medium Schools and Fr Jossy Mascarenhas vocational director of Pilar Fathers, Kallianpur came in procession at the start of the liturgy and prostrated in front of the bare alter for a minute.

Following the initial scripture readings, the passion of the Christ was animated from the Gospel of St John by Rev Fr. Lancy Fernandes as a narrator, Fr Canute Noronha as a Jesus, Fr Jossy Mascarenhas as Peter, Nelson Lewis as Pilate and choir members as other characters in the Gospel and as crowd.

In his Good Friday homily, Fr Lancy Fernandes pointed out the meaning of Cross and its importance. The Cross is something important. We should truly believe that the ross should mean life and not just death, hope and not just fear and engagement and not withdrawal. Cross is the sign of hope and Cross is sign of Love and is ladder to heaven.

He said, indeed due to Cross the Christianity born and till existed. He pointed out why we call Good Friday. Good Friday is inspiration or stimulus one. The Good Friday is also most put heart into love of Jesus. It is the day of sacrifice. It is the day given by God for salvation and moreover Good Friday is the day of blessed one.

The Cross is the sign of salvation and it is the strong tool for love. Cross is the sign of forgiveness and it is giving meaning during the difficulties. It is also sign of blessing. Cross is the sign of God and Cruelty. The cross is a sign of God’s love for humankind; it is a symbol of the power of God who made himself sin to heal us. Salvation comes only from the cross, from this cross where God was made flesh. There is no salvation in ideas; there is no salvation in good will, in wanting to be good, he said.

The Cross is a great contradiction. Death and life, hate and love, violence and peace, accusation and forgiveness, sin and purity, brokenness and wholeness, all is lost yet everything is gained, destruction and restoration, defeat and victory. Once the cruelest form of execution, yet now it is a symbol of abundant life.

The Cross is willful humility. Christ’s death was an act of his will. Jesus came to the conclusion to die for humanity as a human. He willed his flesh, mind and emotions to die on the Cross. Jesus could choose to live as he pleased, but he chose to give his life for our sake, he said.

Soon after the homily, Bishop Gerald and Fr Lawrence recited prayers for the various intentions of the Church.

The General Intercessions conclude the Liturgy of the Word. The tem intercessions cover these areas are: For the Church, For the Pope, For the clergy and laity of the Church, For those preparing for Baptism, For the unity of Christians, For the Jewish people, For those who do not believe in Christ, For those who do not believe in
God, For all in public office and for those in special need.

As the third part of the Good Friday, Fr Canute Noronha brought the shrouded Crucifix to the main alter of the Cathedral where Bishop unveiled it in three phases and paid respect through kneeling and kissing the Crucifix. This was followed by paying respect to the Crucifix by the priests and huge faithful.

As the last part of the service, Holy Communion was distributed by Bishop, four priests and seven laymen. Good Friday is an important event in the Christianity which represents the sacrifices and suffering of Jesus life. The crucifixion was culmination of a number of events in the Holy Week including Jesus triumphal return to Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, Jesus washing his disciples’ feet and Jesus last supper on Maundy Thursday.

After the end of Good Friday liturgy, the solemn procession with the statue of Jesus around street of College Road, Kallianpur main road and cathedral campus held with participation of huge number of faithful. When the completion of Good Friday, Christians prepare to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ on Easter Sunday which Easter vigil begins on Saturday at 7 pm on wards at Milagres Cathedral campus.

Christians all over the world observed during the Holy Week as part of the Paschal Tridum on the Friday proceeding Easter Sunday. Good Friday is also known as Holy Friday, Great Friday, Black Friday or Easter Friday as well.

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