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Friday, June 30, 2006
Friday, the Day of Our Lord's Passion and Death

O Lord, have mercy on us sinners for we know not what we do.

Today is Friday, the day we commemorate Our Lord's passion and death. It was our own sins that condemned Our Glorious God to death - death on a tree. As Catholics, we are still bound to either abstain from meat today or rather to do some act of penance. It was on this day of the week that Our Redeemer died for us. Please, never forget this, especially at 3 o'clock, the hour that He died. At 3 o'clock attempt to pray the 3 o'clock Mercy Prayer. Please remember Our Lord's love and repent today.
Canon Law, the Law of the Church:

Canon 1251 adds: "Abstinence from meat, or from some other food as determined by the episcopal conference, is to be observed on all Fridays, unless a solemnity should fall on a Friday."
Canon 1253 provides an exception to the rule - and, perhaps, an explanation for the cultural shift: "The episcopal conference can determine more particular ways in which fasting and abstinence are to be observed. In place of abstinence or fasting it can substitute, in whole or in part, other forms of penance, especially works of charity and exercises of piety."

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Today is also a great day to pray the Stations of the Cross. The Stations are a wonderful devotion that can be prayed in Church or at home. Nonetheless, the stations allow us to contemplate the true love of our Redeemer during His bitter Passion. Please join me in praying the Stations of the Cross. Remember, it was on this day that He gave up His life all for you.

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del_button January 27, 2006 at 8:13 PM
4HisChurch said...

Thanks for the reminder. I am horrible, horrible at remembering this!

del_button January 27, 2006 at 11:35 PM
joe said...

I was browsing the blogosphere and believe the Holy Spirit called me to read your exhortation to Friday abstinence or act of penance. I thank God your your reminder.

del_button January 28, 2006 at 6:03 PM
Moneybags said...

Thank you both. I'm so glad that my posting this comment helped.

May Christ love you both!

del_button February 17, 2006 at 11:01 AM
Laura H. said...

I love the Divine Mercy Chaplet. I have a great devotion to it in fact. I wanted to let you know, in case you hadn't heard it before, that remnant (a locally based but well-traveled band ((also put together by my ex-youth minister and her husband)) in the DFW area) has a CD that has been out for a couple of years. It is the Divine Mercy Chaplet put to music in a very beautiful way. It has made a lot of people more inclined to pray it because although it actually takes slightly longer, people say it feels shorter! And well it's so beautiful, how could you not listen to it (and essentially pray it at the same time)?

Anyway, check them out!

(If you want I'll email you the direct link to their store - which I don't think is linked to their page right now - and to the Divine Mercy CD)

del_button February 24, 2006 at 12:19 PM
Anonymous said...

It is a great tradition, helps one to remember to unite with Our Lord and His passion.

del_button March 10, 2006 at 12:38 PM
ELY said...

Today I fast on bread and water for the abortionists---for their conversions. You have reminded me of how important Friday fastings are for other intentions as well. Blessings and thank you!

del_button March 11, 2006 at 12:58 AM
Catholic Fire said...

On Friday, during Eucharistic Adoration I meditated on the pro-life stations of the cross, which are very moving and thought-provoking.


del_button April 7, 2006 at 4:21 PM
Joe Z. said...

What kind of food you eat on which day is an adiaphoron. St. Paul says in Romans chapter 14 that we can use our Christian freedom to determine these type of things for ourselves.

del_button May 18, 2006 at 11:57 PM
Danny Garland Jr. said...

I echo everyone else in their thanks. Your Friday exhortation has been a great reminder for me to keep the Friday abstinence and also to keep in mind that Friday is a day of mourning.

Many Blessings!

del_button June 30, 2006 at 9:54 AM
The Epiphany Artist said...

Thank you so much for your blog. I am learning so much. I was thinking of fasting today... now I know why I should.

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