Good Friday

Inside of St. John Lateran, Rome, 2002

An annotated version of the holy Gospel according to John 18:1-19:42 (from the Magnificat Lenten Companion, 2013)

“Jesus went out with his disciples […to a] garden […]. Judas his betrayer also knew the place […]. The band of soldiers […] seized Jesus.
[…] Pilate said to him, “Then you are a king?” Jesus answered, “[…] I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.” Pilate said to him, “What is truth?” […]
And [Pilate] said to them, “Behold, the man!” When the chief priests and the guards saw him they cried out “Crucify him, crucify him!” […]
So they took Jesus, and, carrying the cross himself, he went out to what is called [Golgotha]. There they crucified him. […]
Standing by the cross of Jesus [was] his mother […]. When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple there whom he loved he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son.” Then he said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother.” […]
[Jesus] said, It is finished.” And bowing his head, he handed over the spirit. […]”


Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, have mercy on me, a sinner!


A passage from “The Way of the Cross with the Blessed Virgin Mary,” Sixth Station, by Mother Marie des Doulers, as seen in the Magnificat Lenten Companion, 2013

Sixth Station: A Holy Woman Wipes the Face of Jesus

Veronica followed the impulse of her heart and did not ask herself what the people around her would think of her gesture.

You also, go ahead, allow yourself to be enkindled by the Holy Spirit and never again fall into this miserable human respect. Be entirely simple, and do the least little things in the best way you can, without solicitude for those who see you, solely occupied with him who suffers, who loves and waits for you. Each one of your minutes can be a reparation if you seek nothing but the face of your Bridegroom. May nothing frighten you, may nothing prevent you from accomplishing everything most perfectly. (emphasis added)

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  • Kellie “Red”

    In light of some recent events in our nation, I thought this was excellent Good Friday food for thought —

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  • Mary Alice

    I was really struck tonight by Pilate’s statement “What is truth?” There is so much that is familiar about the Passion, but I have never noticed that question before, but we see the dangers of letting relativism rule.

  • Kellie “Red”

    And just in case you still can’t read the article, it was about Pilot, and he is notably the only “bad” person listed in our creed. He represents the state. And the state is what apostate Christians use to martyr the followers of Christ.
    Here is a great excerpt –
    “the apostates use the concerns of the state to force the persecution. They lie. They manipulate. They even co-opt Bishops, like Judas, to assist them. (how I could go on for hours just on this point alone). The attack doesn’t come from outside, but from people close to Jesus. Likewise today, it is often people claiming to be Catholic who are the public face of these manipulations. All of them were motivated by a concern for their own interests, their own feelings, their own futures. Everything, it seems, but the interests of God. So it is today…

    At the front of these attacks, though, is Pilate. The fake court trial, the interrogation, and his washing of his hands (as if that did anything) remind us that the state can see Truth, even have a friendly chat with Truth, and still do the wrong thing out of concern to satisfy the apostate manipulators (even the etymology of manipulate explains this, from Latin for “handful”).”

  • Kellie, thanks for sharing this article, it is incredibly insightful and poignant given the current situation in our country! I feel like our country right now is having “a friendly chat with Truth,” but I hope that it doesn’t allow itself to be manipulated by those who don’t understand the Truth or who are thinking only of “their own interests, their own feelings, their own futures,” and not the common good. We need to continue in fervent prayer for the good of our country, to beg God’s mercy for the evils that we have already committed, and to work in whatever way we can for God’s will to be done.