We left home early in order to get to church in good time for the Good Friday service. By this I mean we needed to be there almost an hour early so that we could get a decent seat. There was plenty of time for quiet reflection as we waited for the service to start. Just as 3pm drew near a powerful storm began. It was uncanny the way the whole liturgy was punctuated by loud claps of thunder and flashes of lightning. There were people of every age and type in the church. The service was beautiful. The passion story was sung reverently and with deep faith. There were four soloists and a choir. The adoration of the cross was long and solemn. It was deeply moving as we all lined up to kiss the cross. There were youths, married couples, parents with young children, grown children with elderly parents and many religious. My eyes were filled with tears as I watched elderly people bend to kiss the cross and parents with tiny babies gently touch their faces to the cross. God’s presence was so real it was tangible. The service ended with a deep and powerful silence. Our world may well be in an uncertain place but I knew for sure deep in my heart today that God is with us and that our love for God is as strong as ever. “Behold the wood of the cross on which is hung our salvation, O come, let us adore…”

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  1. Joan Cartlidge Says:

    Dear Clare, it was the same here in Melbourne. An extremely moving Good Friday finding with wonderful Easter liturgy. Much love to all. may we e an Alleluia from the tip of our heads to our feet. Joan fcJ

  2. Beatrice Molyneux Says:

    Thank you Clare this is beautiful.First read in Kersal but now in Emmaus Dublin where the sisters of the European Province are gathered for our Assembly. Beatrice and Dorothea drove over via Holyhead and Irish Ferries.
    “And they recognized Him in the breaking of the bread.”
    Easter blessings to all. Beatrice fcJ

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