Cubans mark Good Friday as official h...

Cubans mark Good Friday as official holiday

There are 3 comments on the Erie Times News story from Apr 6, 2012, titled Cubans mark Good Friday as official holiday. In it, Erie Times News reports that:

Good Friday was an official holiday in Cuba for the first time in a half-century, but few Catholics on the island seemed to be using the day off to attend Mass.

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Jim O

Los Angeles, CA

#1 Apr 6, 2012
Catholics NEVER have mass on Good Friday. The Eire Times is misinformed about Catholic practice.



Since: Dec 06

Marco Island,Florida

#2 Apr 6, 2012
Why there is no Mass on Good Friday
From The New Theological Movement

Many people are wondering today: Why is there no Mass on Good Friday? Of course, there is the Liturgy of the Presanctified, or the Commemoration of Our Lordís Passion; but it is true that, although communion is distributed, Mass is not celebrated.

So, why no Mass today (or Holy Saturday, before the Vigil)? This question is especially relevant on the day when we commemorate the reality of which the Mass is a sacramental figure: The suffering and death of Christ.

This, like many other questions, was asked and answered a long time ago by a holy Dominican Friar named Thomas Aquinas. In the Summa Theologica, part III, question 83, article 2, reply to objection 2, St. Thomas tells us:

ďThe figure ceases on the advent of the reality. But this sacrament is a figure and a representation of our Lord's Passion, as stated above. And therefore on the day on which our Lord's Passion is recalled as it was really accomplished, this sacrament is not consecrated. Nevertheless, lest the Church be deprived on that day of the fruit of the Passion offered to us by this sacrament, the body of Christ consecrated the day before is reserved to be consumed on that day; but the blood is not reserved, on account of danger, and because the blood is more specially the image of our Lord's Passion.Ē

Yes, it is true that the Mass is the representation of the Passion, but as the figure passes away before the reality, so too the Church omits the celebration of Mass when she commemorates the Passion as it really happened in time.

So while we do not celebrate Mass today, we celebrate something more than Mass; for the Mass represents the Passion as a figure, but the liturgy of the Commemoration of Our Lordís Passion represents our Lordís suffering and death as it was in reality. In omitting the Mass, nothing is lost; but the sacramental figure is perfected in the reality commemorated on Good Friday.
peste a mojon cherokee

Andover, NJ

#4 Apr 10, 2012
Tres patines Argentino wrote: /why-corruption-in-miami-dade- county-must-be-rooted-out/comm ent-page-1/#comment-269470
Vote for a martian not a Cuban
FLUSH!!!!! and the mojon goes down the drain

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