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Seeking & Doing the will of God is the Message of Good Friday

3/31/2018

Chronicle Reporter, Bhopal Syro Malabar Church Bhopal Observed Good Friday with ardour and devotion at Carmel Convent Premises in BHEL, Bhopal. In the first part of the Liturgical celebration the Way of the Cross was conducted in the open ground. The gathered congregation walked the 14 stations of the Way of the Cross remembering and reliving what Jesus did in His lifetime. In the second part of the liturgical service the passion narrative of Jesus depicted in the Gospels were read out meditatively and the main celebrant, Fr. Joy Panjikaran, dean of Ruhalaya Theology College, Ujjain, addressed the gathering with the contextual interpretation of the narratives. He invited the participants to imbibe the spirit of Jesus in facing the trials and temptations of the world. Jesus faced everything after seeking the will of God and did everything towards the fulfillment of God’s will. On this day of Commemoration of Jesus shedding blood on the cross for saving the mankind, 53 members of the community donated their blood in view of saving lives of some others in future. The blood donation camp was conducted in collaboration with Blood bank -BMHRC and Syro Malabar Church.

Good Friday Service held

The remembrance of Jesus’ Passion & Death was held in all the Churches of Archdiocese of Bhopal at 3 pm on Friday, 30 March’18 on the day of Good Friday. Archbishop Leo Cornelio along with many priests led the way of cross at Assumption Church, Arera colony. In his homily he said that “We look down on those who serve others and we consider them inferior. The purely human interpretation of the world looks after the self first. It is as simple as that. I am number one; others come second, at best. To place oneself, much less one’s life, at the service of others, is simply viewed as foolish by the world, which tells us that money, to power, position, and self are more important than integrity and sacrifice for others. Because Jesus believed in the values of integrity and sacrifice — so threatening to the world — he had to die.” Christianity is always caught somewhere between the world in which we live, with its values and its ways, and this world of Jesus. Good Friday is not just the memory of what happened long ago. It is the reality of what is happening all around us, all the time. Jesus offered himself as a victim so that we would not have to be victims ourselves. This Jesus paid the price for our sins so that we would not have to. Wherever there is undeserved suffering, those people are also, like Jesus, servants. They are the unnamed poor and powerless of the world who pay for our comforts and for our successes and for our well-being, just as Jesus paid for our eternal life. No person’s suffering is trivial, without purpose. No human death goes unnoticed by God. All this is because of Good Friday, when Jesus, the Son of God, experienced the ultimate human suffering and death. The PRO of Bhopal Archdiocese Fr. Maria Stephen said “The Christians will never stop practicing faith due to violence against them. They are willing to suffer for the sake of the country to promote charismatic leaders to rule in love. There were three main parts in the liturgy of Good Friday, he added: Word of God and Proclamation, Praying for the Church, Country and Leaders, Veneration of the Cross and Communion Service. Red is the color of Good Friday, the color of martyrs. There were large number of people participated in the service besides Way of Cross from 3 pm.

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