Resources for Good Friday

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Holy Week is the solemn weeklong celebration in which Christians assemble around their Lord from his entrance into Jerusalem, to his Last Supper, death and Resurrection. In recalling his death on the Cross, Christians pray for the needs of all the world. At the same time, in a special way they remember the Holy Land and its people, including its Christians who have continued to live in the Holy Land since the time of Christ.

Each year on Good Friday, dioceses and parishes in Canada and around the world hold a Collection for the Holy Land. Cardinal Leonardi Sandro, Prefect of the Congregation for Oriental Churches, has issued a letter to promote this Collection. His letter includes a report (in English only) by the Custody for the Holy Land on how the funds from the Collection were distributed in 2010 and 2011.    

The Executive Committee of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) is again this year inviting dioceses to encourage parishes and local groups to include as part of their Good Friday celebrations of the Way of the Cross prayers and reflections for peace and justice in the Holy Land and throughout the Middle East. To assist in these celebrations, the CCCB is suggesting the following possible resources:

a) Prayer for Peace in the Holy Land, prepared by the CCCB French Sector National Liturgy Office and available in both English and French:

http://www.cccb.ca/site/eng/commissions-committees-and-aboriginal-council/sectoral-commissions/liturgy-and-the-sacraments-french-sector/documents/3097-special-prayers-for-peace-in-the-holy-land

b) The Way of the Cross and a Celebration of Prayer for Peace, prepared by the Commissariat of the Holy Land in Canada and available in both English and French:

http://www.commissariat.ca/