Friday, April 22, 2011

Good Friday -- For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son

John 3:16 --  For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Here is scripture from Matthew 27:33-56,The Crucifixion of Jesus:
And they came to the place that is called Golgotha, which is the place of Calvary.  And they gave him wine to drink mingled with gall. And when he had tasted, he would not drink.  And after they had crucified him, they divided his garments, casting lots; that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying: They divided my garments among them; and upon my vesture they cast lots.
 And they sat and watched him.  And they put over his head his cause written: THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS.  Then were crucified with him two thieves: one on the right hand, and one on the left.  And they that passed by, blasphemed him, wagging their heads,  And saying: Vah, thou that destroyest the temple of God, and in three days dost rebuild it: save thy own self: if thou be the Son of God, come down from the cross.
In like manner also the chief priests, with the scribes and ancients, mocking, said:  He saved others; himself he cannot save. If he be the king of Israel, let him now come down from the cross, and we will believe him.  He trusted in God; let him now deliver him if he will have him; for he said: I am the Son of God.  And the selfsame thing the thieves also, that were crucified with him, reproached him with.  Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over the whole earth, until the ninth hour.
 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying: Eli, Eli, lamma sabacthani? that is, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?  And some that stood there and heard, said: This man calleth Elias.  And immediately one of them running took a sponge, and filled it with vinegar; and put it on a reed, and gave him to drink.  And the others said: Let be, let us see whether Elias will come to deliver him.  And Jesus again crying with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost.
 And behold the veil of the temple was rent in two from the top even to the bottom, and the earth quaked, and the rocks were rent.  And the graves were opened: and many bodies of the saints that had slept arose,  And coming out of the tombs after his resurrection, came into the holy city, and appeared to many.  Now the centurion and they that were with him watching Jesus, having seen the earthquake, and the things that were done, were sore afraid, saying: Indeed this was the Son of God. 

Pope Benedict explains the Easter Triduum: 

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