The graces of the Triduum continue to flow as we marked the Celebration of the Lord’s Passion and the Veneration of the Cross on this Good Friday at St. Julie Billart Parish in Tinley Park (this is where my wife and I usually attend Mass on Sundays).
The solemn beginning in which we prostrate ourselves (through the priest and deacon) before the Cross reminds us of the complete surrender that the Cross stands for and that discipleship calls for.
Throughout the reading of the Passion according to John, we paused to sing a refrain as members of the congregation lifted up the Cross and the priest incensed it.
The Veneration of the Cross is particularly moving as we all come forward in reverence and in song to venerate the wood on which hung the Savior of the world.
We look forward to celebrating the Easter Vigil at St. Julie’s as well, as they will welcome 3 adults in baptism and 3 other adults through reception into the Catholic Church. Can’t wait to sing Alleluia!