Good Friday is the greatest day of the year. Jesus was crucified and put to death. He paid the full price of our salvation: His life. Maronite Liturgy
When Jesus had taken the wine, he said, “It is finished.” And bowing his head, he handed over the spirit. John 19:30
Image by Fr Lawrence Lew, O.P. @ Flickr: Crucifix from the Basilica of St Thérèse in Lisieux.
The Passion Week, in the Maronite Church, is considered an independent Liturgical Season inside the Season of Lent.
On Monday and Tuesday the Maronite church celebrates the rite of the “Coming to the Harbor”. It reminds us that Jesus is the Harbor of Salvation. The ship or the vessel, which is the Church, and often compared to Mary the New Vessel of life, reaches the Harbor after the safe journey of Lent.
O Christ, by your passion we have obtained salvation. Maronite Liturgy
Glory to you because of your love for us; through your mercy sinners have obtained the forgiveness of their sins. Maronite Liturgy
He is the Savior who fasted, prayed and suffered for us in order to teach us to fast, pray and deny ourselves. Maronite Liturgy
O Christ, our God, King of the universe, the life of souls and bodies,
You have borne our faults and sins to make of us children of God and heirs of the kingdom. Maronite Liturgy