The Fall and the Stand (Good Friday Message)

By Lee Kosa – April 14, 2017

The first Adam unleashed a domino effect of Sin in the world that spread in the form of violence, hatred, and injustice. Jesus stands up to this tidal wave of Sin and pushes back with a current of grace, forgiveness, and life that begins to restore what had been broken. Reflect on this mystery in awe, humility, and wonder in our Good Friday homily for 2017.

Litany of Reconciliation

 

At the end of the service the following was spoken as a benediction.

Dresden’s Cathedral Frauenkirche, is now a centre for peace and reconciliation where people visit from all over the world. Every Friday at noon, during midday prayer, guests are invited to say a Litany of Reconciliation together. At the heart of the prayer is a plea for forgiveness not only for others but also for oneself.

Since today is Good Friday and it’s almost noon I invite you to join me in this prayer. I will read the lower case text, and I invite you to repeat the refrain: FATHER FORGIVE.

As we pray I encourage you To take a posture of f openness and humility

All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.

The hatred which divides nation from nation, race from race, class from class,
FATHER FORGIVE.

The covetous desires of people and nations to possess what is not their own,
FATHER FORGIVE.

The greed which exploits the work of human hands and lays waste the earth,
FATHER FORGIVE.

Our envy of welfare and happiness of others,
FATHER FORGIVE.

Our indifference to the plight of the imprisoned, the homeless, the refugee,
FATHER FORGIVE.

The lust which dishonours the bodies of men, women and children,
FATHER FORGIVE.

The pride which leads us to trust in ourselves and not in God,
FATHER FORGIVE.

Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

Together let us spread the redemptive revolution that Jesus began.