Mangaluru: The Friday before Easter, Good Friday, is one of great significance to Christians around the world. It was observed with great faith and devotion in the diocese on the evening of March 25.
On Good Friday, the services in all the churches had the Gospel reading of St John, which was read in a singing intonation and consisted of the first part of the liturgical service.
As is the custom every year, Bishop Dr Aloysius D’Souza led the congregation in prayerful worship at the Rosario Cathedral in Mangaluru. The sufferings of Christ were recited by the Bishop along with other priests.
The second part was the unveiling and veneration of the Cross, and the third part is the receiving of the Eucharist.
In his homily, Assistant Parish priest of Rosario Cathedral, Fr Paul Sebastian D’Souza, said that the feelings that the Lord had for human beings was boundless. Continuing Fr Paul said, “When we recall the sufferings of Christ, one can realize how his feelings were when he was dying on the cross. There are no limitations for human feelings. Jesus died an unnatural death; he did not commit any sin but he died for our sins to save us from the fire of hell. We have to understand the meaning of relationship. This is what we should do to be the true followers of Jesus by forgiving others. We need to be good to others and show to the world that we are the followers of Jesus Christ who died on the cross to save us from sins.”
The body of Jesus Christ was lowered from the cross and later taken in a procession.
Msgr Denis Moras Prabhu, Msgr Leslie Shenoy, Parish Priest of Rosario Cathedral Fr J B Crasta, Asst Parish Priest of Rosario Cathedral and Vice Principal of Rosario College Fr Rockey Fernandes were also present.