Realizing the the time was close for his sacrifice for salvation of mankind Jesus Mount of Olive where he usually for prayer. His disciples followed hims wentOn r .His sweat fellealizing that time was close for his sacrifice for salvation ofmankind, went to the ount Olive where he usually for prayer.His disciples followedhim. eaching there he said to them Pray that you may not enter into temptation  Then he withdrew from them about a stone's throw, knelt down, and prayed, “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me; yet, not my will but yours be done  (Lk 22: 42). Then an angel appeared from heaven, to strengthen him. Engulfed in severe pain he prayed more earnestly. on the ground as drops of blood. He suffered such mental agony . Yet, the Father decided not to remove the cup but to give him more strength to accept the suffering.


    Judas Betrays Jesus


                    At this time Judas, one of the twelve disciples, came there with a party of soldiers and servants to apprehend Jesus. Judas came forward and kissedJesus, as this was the pre-arranged signal of betrayal. Jesus asked, Judas, is it with a kiss that you are betraying the Son of Man?”  (Lk 22: 48). The discipleswith him ran away when they saw that Jesus was to be apprehended. The soldiers arrested Jesus.


            Peter's Denial


                            'They seized Jesus and took him to the house of the chief priest. Peterhad followed Jesus from a distance. When they had kindled a fire in the middleof the courtyard and sat down together, Peter also joined them . Thservant girl, seeing him in the firelight, stared at him and said; “This man also was with him.” But he denied it saying,  “Woman, I do not know him.” A little later,someone else, on seeing him, said, “You also are one of them.” But Peter said, “Man, I am not!” Then, about an hour later still another kept insisting, “Surely this man also was with him, for he is a Galilean.” But Peter said, “Man, I do not know what you are talking about! At that moment, while he was still speakingthe cock crowed. The Lord turned and looked at Peter. Then Peterm remembered the word of the Lord, how he had said to him, Before the cock crows today, you will deny me three times And he went out and wept bitterly'  (Lk 22: 54- 62).

    Before Pilate


                            They brought three accusations against Jesus when they brought him before Pilate. They said, “We found this man perverting our nation, forbidding us to pay taxes to the emperor, and saying that he himself is the Messiah, a king” (Lk 23: 2). Hearing this Pilate asked Jesus,“Are you the king of the Jews? Jesus said, “My kingdom is not from this world. If my kingdom were from this world, my followers would be fighting to keep me from being handed over to the Jews” (Jn 18: 36). Pilate understood that Jesus was innocent and that he was handed over by jealousy. He wished to set Jesus free. They had a custom of setting free one prisoner on the passover feast. So Pilate asked them, “Shall I set free the king of the Jews?” But the people clamoured to set free Barabas and to crucify Jesus. Seeing that his attempts were not effective, Pilate washed his hands in front of the people saying “I am innocent of this man's blood” (Mt. 27: 24). Then Pilate set free Barabas and handed Jesus over to be crucified after having him whipped.


     Jesus is Mocked


                      Then the soldiers took Jesus to the court-yard of the palace. They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him. After twisting some thorns into a crown, they put it on his head and put a reed in his right hand. They then knelt before him and mocked him saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” They slapped him, spat on him and took the reed from him and struck him on the head.


     The Journey to Calvary


                      Jesus was made to go to Calvary carrying his cross. On the way, thesoldiers continued to torture him. Fearing that he not reach Calvary alive, if he ha to carry the heavy cross, they made Simeon of Cyrene carry it behind Jesus. To the women who cried, seeing him in this condition, he said,  “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me, but weep for yourselves and for  your children  (Lk. 23: 28).

    Jesus Dies on the Cross


                       When they reached Golgotha, they made Jesus lie on the cross, nailedhis hands and feet to the cross and raised the cross. They took his clothes and divided them into four parts, one for each soldier. Since his tunic wasseamless, they put a lot on it to see who should get it. The soldiers and thepeople mocked Jesus even when he was on the cross. They challenged him tocome down from the cross. Jesus endured all this silently.
                        From the sixth hour (noon) to the ninth hour the whole land was covered in darkness. About the ninth hour, crying in a loud voice, Jesus said “Father into your hands I commend my spirit  (Lk 23: 46). With this he breathed hislast and offered up his soul. At that time, the curtain of the temple was torn into two from top to bottom, the sun darkened, the earth shook and the rocks split. 
                    The centurion who was watching all this praised God and said, “Truly this man was innocent Jesus suffered torment and died on the cross for us. Thedeath of Jesus attained for us absolution from our sins, and salvation. Now, whenever we sin we are hurting Jesus. During the Holy Mass when the priest approaches the centre of the altarwith the host and wine in the chalice and cup, that reminds us of the journey of Jesus to Calvary During the prayer that follows, the priest holds his hand like cross. This reminds us of the crucifixion of Jesus. Whenever we participate in the Holy Mass, let us prayerfully thank Jesus who died for us. 



     Good Friday


                Good Friday is the day of the holy week that commemorates the passionand the crucifixion of Jesus. The Church observes this day with various ceremonies. Reading of the passion narrative, veneration of the cross, drinking the bitter juice, the way of the cross, and procession of penance, formpart of the Good Friday ceremonies. 
               For God so loved the world that he gave his only son, so that every one who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life”  (Jn. 3: 16). Godthe father sent his only son into this earth for the purpose of redeeming the world. Jesus obtained salvation for us by offering himself as a sacrifice on thecross in atonement for our sins. Let us enjoy the fruits of this redemption, by keeping away from the ways of sin.


    Let us Pray


    O! Jesus, who sacrificed yourself for our salvation and asked us to commemorate your passion, death and
    resurection, help us to benefit the fruits of your divine mysteries

    Read the Word of God and Narrate


    Luke 22:39-53

    Word of God for our Guidance


    “ Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me; yet, not my will but yours be done” (Luke. 22:42).

    Let us do


    Find out and write the seven sentences uttered by Jesus on the cross, by checking the passion narratives in the four Gospels.

    My Decision


    I will pray to Jesus who died for me, for the grace to lead a life without committing sins.