The procession at the end of Holy Thursday (in which the Blessed Sacrament was transferred to the side altar) was a powerful and moving experience. We are truly blessed to have the gift of the Eucharist. Any time we experience doubt, a slow and prayerful reading of John's Gospel chapter 6 will reignite our faith and fervor.
Things have certainly changed through the years. I can remember a time when most places of business were closed on Good Friday, at least from noon onward, if not all day. As I drove to the Cathedral this morning for the noon service it appeared that today was just another day. Life as usual seemed to be taking place. I was grateful to see the Cathedral full as the service got underway. Obviously, for many people, it was not just another day. It was a day to commemorate the Passion of the Lord.
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