The cross used to be a symbol of shame and death, but the redeeming death of Jesus made the cross a symbol of glory and redemption. Following one of the most cherished Christian traditions, on September 14 the Church celebrates the splendid Triumph of the Cross of our Lord and Savior.
Family/Class Activity: Tie red ribbons tastefully around the crucifixes that you have in your home/classroom. Say together this prayer:
Jesus, Good Shepherd, I thank and bless you for giving your life for me.
When I look at you on the cross I hear your words,
“No one loves more than he who gives his life for his brother or sister.”
How much you have loved me!
I want to spend my whole life for you.
Fill my heart with a great love for you and for the whole world.
A Child's Prayer: Jesus, you love me so much. Teach me how to love you with my whole heart.
Image Caption: Rome, Italy - March 29, 2013. Pope Francis at the Veneration of the Cross on Good Friday at St. Peter's Basilica on March 29, 2013.
Image Credit: Credit © L'Osservatore Romano