Good Friday Graces

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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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Joe Paprocki, DMin, is National Consultant for Faith Formation at Loyola Press, where, in addition to his traveling/speaking responsibilities, he works on the development team for faith formation curriculum resources including Finding God: Our Response to God’s Gifts and God’s Gift: Reconciliation and Eucharist. Joe has more than 35 years of experience in ministry and has presented keynotes, presentations, and workshops in more than 100 dioceses in North America. Joe is a frequent presenter at national conferences including the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, the Mid-Atlantic Congress, and the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership. He is the author of numerous books, including the best seller The Catechist’s Toolbox, A Church on the Move, Under the Influence of Jesus, and Called to Be Catholic—a bilingual, foundational supplemental program that helps young people know their faith and grow in their relationship with God. Joe is also the series editor for the Effective Catechetical Leader and blogs about his experiences in faith formation at

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