Homily for March 29, 2013: Good Friday

This is probably one of the most difficult, most challenging, most brutal passages in all of scripture. Here we have details that make the passion tangible and immediate and raw.  Here, in St. John’s gospel, we have weapons and torches.  We have the thorns.  There is the purple cloak. The bitter wine. The poignant moment [Read More...]

“Come to Golgotha on Good Friday”

That was the subject of an e-mail I received late last week, asking me to advise people in my neighborhood of an extraordinary initiative that will take place at the end of this week: On  Good Friday, March 29, Msgr Phillip Reilly and the Helpers of God’s Precious Infants will conduct a special Prayer Vigil @ [Read More...]

Play ball: Cincinnati opening day moved from Good Friday

You may remember the controversy from some weeks back.  Well, now there’s an update: A looming conflict between a religious holiday and a yearly tradition has been avoided. The Cincinnati Reds announce the 2012 Opening Day game will be played Thursday, April 5 at 4:10pm vs. the Miami Marlins at Great American Ball Park. The [Read More...]

Foul ball: MLB schedules opening day for Good Friday — UPDATED

A reader alerted me to this and called it “the most stupid marketing decision by anyone!” Details: Opening Day for the Cincinnati Reds will move to Friday in 2012, with an April 6 game against the Miami Marlins at Great American Ball Park. Major League Baseball released the Reds’ 2012 schedule today. Click here to download a [Read More...]

My Good Friday

It was busy. “Mary’s Way of the Cross” at 1 pm, led by me and my wife and accompanied by about 15 altar servers;  incredibly, we had a packed church, close to a thousand people.  Then, the liturgy commemorating the Lord’s Passion at 3, and again at 7:30.  The 7:30 liturgy included a spellbinding performance [Read More...]

"It is accomplished"

This is one to watch again and again, every Good Friday: the last nine minutes of “The Passion of the Christ.” [Read more...]

Good Friday 2011: The Way of the Cross at the Colosseum

The Vatican has posted online the Way of the Cross at the Colosseum, composed by Sr. Maria Rita Piccione, to be led tonight by Pope Benedict. TWELFTH STATION Jesus dies on the cross Jesus experiences his death as a gift of love V/. We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you. R/. Because by [Read More...]

A reader is dyeing to know…

Here’s a classic Easter-time quandary. A friend writes: How terrible is it if I have little kids come over to the apartment on Good Friday and color Easter eggs? I answered: “Not terrible at all.  The color is black, right?” She wasn’t amused. Any thoughts?  What do you think? [Read more...]