We start our prayer with the Sign of the Cross.
Today is the day we remember that Jesus died and gave up His life for us.
Today the whole Church remembers the death of of Jesus. This is traditionally a day spent in prayer and by giving up something to stay close to God.
A reading from the Holy Gospel according to John,
Glory to you O Lord
After Jesus had said this prayer, he left with his disciples. There was a garden in that place, and Jesus and his disciples went in. Judas knew where it was, because many times Jesus had met there with his disciples. So Judas went to the garden, taking with him a group of Roman soldiers, and some Temple guards sent by the chief priests and the Pharisees; they were armed and carried lanterns and torches.
Jesus knew everything that was going to happen to him, so he stepped forward and asked them, “Who is it you are looking for?”
“Jesus of Nazareth,” they answered.
“I am he,” he said.
When Jesus said to them, “I am he,” they moved back and fell to the ground.
Then the Roman soldiers with their commanding officer and the Jewish guards arrested Jesus, and took him first to Annas. He was the High Priest that year.
Simon Peter and another disciple followed Jesus. That other disciple was well known to the High Priest, so he went with Jesus into the courtyard of the High Priest's house, while Peter stayed outside by the gate. Then the other disciple went back out, spoke to the girl at the gate, and brought Peter inside.
The girl at the gate said to Peter, “Aren't you also one of the disciples of that man?”
“No, I am not,” answered Peter.
The High Priest questioned Jesus about his disciples and about his teaching.
Early in the morning Jesus was taken from Caiaphas' house to the governor's palace.
Pilate went outside to the people and said to them, “I cannot find any reason to condemn him. But according to the custom you have, I always set free a prisoner for you during the Passover. Do you want me to set free for you the king of the Jews?”
They answered him with a shout, “No, not him! We want Barabbas!”
When the chief priests and the Temple guards saw him, they shouted, “Crucify him! Crucify him!”
Pilate said to them, “You take him, then, and crucify him. I find no reason to condemn him.”
So they took charge of Jesus. He went out, carrying his cross, and came to “The Place of the Skull,” as it is called.
There they crucified him; and they also crucified two other men, one on each side, with Jesus between them.
Jesus knew that by now everything had been completed; and in order to make the scripture come true, he said, “I am thirsty.”
Jesus drank the wine and said, “It is finished!”
Then he bowed his head and died.
The Gospel of the Lord
Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ
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Today we invite you to create your own Calvary Hill craft. You can use paper plates, old card, paper, cereal boxes, colours, paints or cardboard from the recycling bin! Think creatively! Alternatively you could make a prayer cross.
On your Calvary Hill craft or prayer cross write down 3 things you want to say THANK YOU to God for.
For example, you might write down:
'Jesus thank you for loving us', 'Jesus thank you for giving yourself for the world'.
Once you have created your Calvary Hill craft or prayer cross, spend sometime in quiet reflection looking at Jesus on the cross and thank him quietly in your heart. Then put it on display somewhere in your homes to remind you how kind, compassionate and loving Jesus is.
Here are some good ideas ...
We end by making the Sign of the Cross.