Friday, April 2, 2021
On Good Friday, Catholics remember the death by crucifixion of Jesus Christ. This is a solemn day of fast and abstinence. Traditionally mass is not celebrated on Good Friday. Instead a service with a reading of the passion of Jesus Christ, veneration of the cross, and distribution of communion (consecrated on Holy Thursday) is held.
Good Friday is the Friday before Easter Sunday. No Mass is held on Good Friday, but instead there is an evening service with the reading of the passion narrative.
Good Friday of the Lord’s Passion Readings
The readings for Good Friday of the Lord’s Passion are the same for years A, B, and C:
- First Reading: Isaiah 52:13—53:12: “We had all gone astray like sheep, each following his own way; but the LORD laid upon him the guilt of us all.”
- Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 31: “Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.”
- Second Reading: Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:7-9 : “he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him”
- Gospel: John 18:1—19:42: “So they took Jesus, and, carrying the cross himself, he went out to what is called the Place of the Skull, in Hebrew, Golgotha.”