On Good Friday, March 25, 2016, the events of the Passion of Our Lord were prayed by the faithful in churches throughout the Diocese of Raleigh.
Saint Thomas More Church in Chapel Hill held a Living Stations of the Cross, which was organized by the parish’s Hispanic Ministry. Bishop Michael F. Burbidge joined those gathered for a prayerful and moving reenactment of Jesus’ Passion and Death.
“It’s so real … the sounds, sight,” Bishop Burbidge said about the living stations. “We love Jesus, so it’s hard to visualize all that He endured for our sake. And, yet, it is essential for all of us to meditate upon the Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ as He took up His cross … for our salvation.”
Bishop Burbidge later presided at Sacred Heart Cathedral for the Celebration of the Passion of the Lord. In the liturgical service, which includes a reading of the Passion of Our Lord, the faith community focuses on the cross and the ultimate sacrifice of Jesus.
Bishop Burbidge asked people to consider the Lord’s great love for each person and to give encouragement and support to those in need.
The Good Friday liturgy includes veneration of the cross, during which the faithful come forward to kiss a cross. “Your veneration of the cross is really an act of faith, an act of hope and an act of love,” Bishop Burbidge said. “The cross is the throne of grace. The source of mercy.”