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Good Friday: Cruciform Love

Good Friday: Cruciform Love

This Eucharistic Meditation is designed to help you spend thirty minutes to an hour in meditation and silent prayer with Jesus during Eucharistic adoration. Even if you cannot be physically present in a church or adoration chapel with the Blessed Sacrament, you can unite yourself spiritually to the Eucharist as you spend this time in prayer.

THE GRACE I SEEK: to allow my heart to be pierced, like Jesus, to bear fruit for the salvation of souls


Become aware of the silence and emptiness of this Good Friday. Let yourself imagine Jesus in his suffering and death. Know that he did it for you, for your salvation.

Thank Jesus for the gift of himself in his death on the Cross.

ASK FOR THE GRACE: Jesus, help me to allow all the moments when I am united with you in suffering for the sake of others to bear much fruit for the salvation of souls.


Read slowly, 3–4 times. Allow the words of Scripture to wash over your mind and heart. Allow the Holy Spirit to speak to you through this passage.

“But he was pierced for our offenses, crushed for our sins; upon him was the chastisement that makes us whole, by his stripes we were healed. We had all gone astray like sheep, each following his own way; but the LORD laid upon him the guilt of us all.” (Isaiah 53:5–6)


Allow yourself to sit with these questions for a while, being attentive to how the Lord is speaking in your heart.

How can you become more grateful for the redeeming love of Jesus, who spared nothing out of love for you? Ask Jesus how he desires you to walk with him in love always, so that you can share in the pain of the lance that pierced Jesus’ heart and be a consolation to him.


Read slowly, 3–4 times. Again, allow the words of Scripture to wash over your mind and heart. Let the Holy Spirit speak to you through this passage.

“But when they came to Jesus and saw that he was already dead, they did not break his legs, but one soldier thrust his lance into his side, and immediately blood and water flowed out.” (John 19:33–34)


How can you allow your heart to be expanded, even when you think you have nothing left to give, so that you can give life to your brothers and sisters who are most in need of healing and peace? Ask Jesus to help you embrace moments of suffering as a salvific gift, united to him.

Remain in silence with the Lord. Allow him to speak in the silence, in your heart. Receive his presence. If it helps, write down what you sense the Lord communicating to you during this time of prayer.


Remember your mercies, O Lord, and with your eternal protection sanctify your servants, for whom Christ your Son, by the shedding of his Blood, established the Paschal Mystery. Who lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen. (Opening Prayer, Good Friday of the Lord’s Passion)


At every Mass, Jesus offers himself to the Father for us. We can always join our own offerings with Jesus at Mass. Next time you are at Mass, offer your desire to participate in Jesus’ work of salvation by uniting your sufferings to his.


During this sacred Triduum, we are called to unite ourselves to our brothers and sisters who are suffering, especially those who are being persecuted for the sake of Christ around the world. Offer your Lenten disciplines of prayer, fasting, and charity in solidarity with those suffering throughout the universal Church and beyond.

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