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Venerate the cross from home this Good Friday, archbishop asks Catholics

The Archbishop of Glasgow invited Catholics to venerate the cross from home this Good Friday as churches remain closed due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Archbishop Philip Tartaglia today said the virus has ‘cast a shadow of fear and anxiety, sickness and death across our world’ and has brought life as we know it to a standstill.

“My dear brothers and sisters,” he said in a massage to Catholics, “vulnerable and powerless as we may feel, we must take heart. Today, Good Friday, we raise up the Cross of Jesus Christ. We cannot come to church.

“We raise up the cross in our homes and in our hearts. Here in this empty cathedral, I will kiss the cross for you and invite you to venerate the cross at home.”

The archbishop reminded us that in days gone by, Catholics have venerated the cross on Good Friday through wars, famines, persecution and plagues.

“We venerate the cross above all because we recognise that Jesus died for us, for love of us, for our good, for our salvation.

“This is the reasoning of faith and it pertains to all times, to all seasons, and to all circumstances. The instinct of faith tells us that the death of Jesus is utterly central to how God regards us, and to how we relate to God and to each other, to how we live, how we die and how we will live in the world to come.”

Archbishop Tartaglia concluded his message to Catholics, stating: In these times of Covid-19, the love of Jesus on the cross is the love that impels us to do everything we need to do to keep ourselves and others from harm during this pandemic.

“This is also the love that allows us to wait in hope for human ingenuity, which is the gift of God, to be able to find an effective way of ridding the earth of this Covid-19 virus. For all this we venerate the cross today. As we do, we might whisper this invocation. We adore you O Christ and we praise you, because by your holy Cross, you have redeemed the world.”

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