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The Marian Fathers present this Lenten devotional series to help you prepare to receive graces on Easter and Divine Mercy Sunday.

Readings: Is 52:13-53:12; Ps 31:2, 6, 12-13, 15-16, 17, 25; Heb 4:14-16; 5:7-9; Jn 18:1-19:42
Diary: 267, 369, 1059

"He was pierced for our offenses." — Is 53:5

On this somber day, Good Friday, we recall Jesus' Passion, Crucifixion, and Death. The day is observed by abstaining from meat (for those 14 years and older) and fasting.

For the most part, Good Friday is the only day of the year on which the celebration of Mass is forbidden. We are, however, encouraged to participate in devotions that focus on the Lord's Passion. (For example, see St. Faustina's Way of the Cross.)

The Church encourages us to at least pause at 3 p.m. — the hour of Jesus' Death — on Good Friday to recall His Sacrifice on our behalf. As a daily practice, special graces are attached to it. Our Lord told St. Faustina:

At three o'clock, implore My mercy, especially for sinners; and, if only for a brief moment, immerse yourself in My Passion, particularly in My abandonment at the moment of agony. This is the hour of great mercy for the whole world. I will allow you to enter into My mortal sorrow. In this hour, I will refuse nothing to the soul that makes a request of Me in virtue of My Passion (Diary, 1320).


Good Friday also marks the start of the Novena to Divine Mercy in preparation for Divine Mercy Sunday. By making these devotions, you will console the Heart of Jesus.

Prayer: My Merciful Savior, I long to be close to You and glorify Your infinite mercy.

Missed a day? See previous "From Ashes to Mercy" daily meditations.

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