The Roman Catholic Church in The Bahamas is part of the worldwide Roman Catholic Church, under the spiritual leadership of the Pope. The diocese was elevated to a full diocese, as the diocese of Nassau in June 1960. On June 22nd, 1999, the diocese was again elevated as the new Archdiocese of Nassau.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

What do you remember from Good Friday's Service?

Did you arrive to Church on time to witness your Priest and Deacon laying on the floor in front of the altar? Were you thinking "why are they on the floor" or did you know what was going on?
As a sign of surrendered love and deepest sorry that Christ died on the cross, our Priests and Deacons prostrate in front of the altar to show how unworthy we are on account of our sins.

Thereafter we moved into the procession of the Stations of the Cross where we walked one last time commemorating the events of the Passion of Christ. I've been to several of the Stations of the Cross during the course of Lent (whenever work permitted), but last evening and this morning my legs are sore from kneeling during the procession. Could this be a sign for me to imagine the suffering that our Lord endured for the Salvation of mankind. My pain is so minuscule in comparison to his suffering. To stop for a moment and think what Christ must have endured during those last few hours sends chills down my spine and sorrow in my heart.

After the Liturgy of the Word and the Passion of our Lord was read we witnessed and took part in venerating the cross. As the Priest holds up the robbed cross and reveals part of it, each time saying, "This is the wood of the Cross on which hung the Savior of the World" at which time we would respond, "Come, Let us Worship" we should be in awe that it took a cross and the suffering of an innocent to pay the price for our sins. How many of us today can say they would sacrifice their life for someone else?

Deacon Mackey expalining final details before service
 As I stood there assisting those who needed help in getting back up from kneeling at the cross I could not help but take note of some of the ways in which many approached the cross. There were some who knelt and kissed the cross, some who just knelt and looked at it, there were some who knelt and blew a kiss at it, and there were others who just acknowledged the cross with a bow.

Do not be afraid or intimidated by what people may say about why you venerate the cross. I've seen persons kissing photos or personal items that remind them of their loved ones who have passed on; does that mean that they are worshipping the item. Or course not!

By venerating the cross that represents the cross of Christ’s suffering we are adoring what it represents. Have confidence in knowing that you are paying the highest honor to the Cross that represents our Salvation by kneeling before it and acknowledging it with a kiss. And so we hear the words used: '”We adore Thee, O Christ, and we praise Thee because by Thy Holy Cross Thou has Redeemed the World", duirng the "Way of the Cross".

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