A Friday Prayer

Fridays are important to all the children of Abraham. For Jews, tonight marks the beginning of the sabbath and its rest, ushered in with joy and thanksgiving; for Muslims it is a day of prayer, and after the call to prayer has sounded, also a day of resting from work. For Christians it is a memorial of the Passion and Death of our Lord Jesus Christ, a reminder that we cannot save ourselves. For us too it is a day of joy and gladness, but it is a sober, plain joy, for it is lived in the shadow of the Cross. For all the children of Abraham this is a day of prayer. What might the world be if we all, individually and collectively, lived what we believe?

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4 thoughts on “A Friday Prayer”

  1. I remember Fridays as a day of fasting and abstinence, ‘fish’ Friday as we abstained from meat. Nowadays, I abstain from meat totally as a veggie.

    Prayerful Friday could be promoted a bit, at the conclusion of a busy working week for many it’s also a celebration of rest, family and social activity to come over the weekend.

    Having worked many weekends over the years, I pray for those who keep our services running, for those in retail and logistics, in health care and the emergency services where weekends might just blend into the rest of their shift patterns 🙁

    I remember the days when we actually worked Saturday mornings as well, and I know that my parents and grandparents worked the whole day on Saturday.

    We don’t actually appreciate the gains that we’ve had in terms of employment, more time with families and better holiday entitlements.

    Friday should be precious for that reason. It certainly is in this house as my spouse finishes at lunch time and we always go out for lunch together. One day that I don’t have to cook 🙂

  2. Inserting myself into a weekly rhythm which includes every Friday as a fast day, is one of the treasures I’ve discovered since coming home to the Catholic Church 3 months ago. God knows how to do us good in His Church.

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