Good Friday observed in Archdiocese of Bhopal with great piety

Bhopal : Good Friday, the most solemn day in the Christian calendar, was observed with reverence and contemplation in the Archdiocese of Bhopal this year. On this sacred occasion, Catholics and Christians around the world commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, reflecting on the profound sacrifice and unconditional love demonstrated on the cross.

In Bhopal, faithful gathered in churches, cathedrals, and chapels, participating in solemn liturgies and ceremonies. The atmosphere is one of solemnity and introspection as worshippers meditate on the passion and suffering of Christ, recognizing the depth of His love and the significance of His sacrifice for humanity.

The Archbishop A A S Durairaj, attended and led the Way of the Cross, prayer, and reflection at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Seva Sadan, emphasizing the themes of redemption, forgiveness, and reconciliation. In his message for Good Friday, the Archbishop urges the faithful to embrace the spirit of selflessness and compassion exemplified by Jesus Christ. He emphasises the importance of solidarity with the marginalized and oppressed, echoing the message of social justice and love for one another. His words of blessing were, “May this sacred day deepen your spiritual journey and inspire you to embody the love and mercy of Christ in your daily lives.”

The Way of the Cross, also known as the Stations of the Cross, has been observed in many churches of the city, including Our Lady of Assumption – Arera Colony, Queen of the Universe-Kolar, St. Francis of Assisi Cathedral-Jehangirabad, St. Antony -Dwarka Nagar, Holy Family-Habinganj, Infant Jesus-Vrindavan Nagar etc. This practice involves walking through a series of stations, typically 14, that represent various events from Jesus Christ’s final hours before his crucifixion and burial.

Fr. Alfred D’Souza, the PRO, said, as the faithful observe Good Friday in the Archdiocese of Bhopal and across the globe, they are called to renew their commitment to living lives of faith, compassion, and service. It marks the day Jesus was crucified. He sacrificed his life on the cross. Before dying he forgave his enemies. Jesus rose from the tomb three days after his crucifixion and burial. Easter or the feast of Resurrection is celebrated on the third day i.e. Easter Sunday. There will be special prayers and night Easter vigil in Catholic churches from 10 pm on Saturday.

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