Good Friday

Good Friday

Because what he said and did was such a threat to the ways

of the religious authorities, they made sure he was condemned and flogged and taken out and nailed up onto a cross.

The disciples could not cope with the violence, the crowds,

only his mother and the women stayed, and the beloved disciple.

Roman crucifixion was a humiliation, a public mockery.

Jesus became human and went to the very depths of being human,

abandoned by God, tortured, and made a victim.

He did not fight back; he absorbed the violence of the human race.

And from his high place on the cross, outside the walls of the city, forgave us.

Lord, we do not know what we are doing,

help us to forgive and be reconciled,

never again to make victims.


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The parish of the Durham Martyrs incorporates the Catholic churches of Our Lady of Mercy and St Godric, St Bede and St Joseph (Gilesgate) in Durham City. We are part of the Finchale Partnership and based within the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle.

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St. Bede,

St Godric's RC Primary School, Carrhouse Drive,


DH1 5LZ 

Our Lady of Mercy

and St Godric

Castle Chare

St Joseph

Mill Lane

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