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The Power of the Cross
Good Friday Sermons from the Papal Preacher


Author: Cardinal Raniero Cantalamessa

ISBN: 9781685780036

Binding: Hardcover

Page Count: 336

Imprint: Word on Fire

Language: English

Release Date: 2023-01-30

“It is my hope that the book might serve the twofold purpose of meditating on the Passion of Christ and providing input for a New Evangelization in 'Spirit and power' (1 Cor 2:4). For today, as in the early Church, the Gospel will not make headway in the world as a result of “the wisdom of discourses,” but through the mysterious power of the cross.”


About the Book

For over forty years, the Capuchin Father Raniero Cantalamessa, in his role as Preacher to the Papal Household, has delivered a yearly homily in St. Peter's Basilica during the Good Friday liturgy. He has offered his meditations in the presence of the last three popes: Pope John Paul II from 1980 to 2005, Pope Benedict XVI from 2006 to 2012, and Pope Francis from 2013 to 2022. 

As in St. John’s Gospel and the early Church, Good Friday marks the hour of the death of Christ and at the same time of his exaltation and his victory over sin and suffering—a day of mourning but even more of rejoicing. The whole Paschal Mystery is commemorated in it. 

These insightful and moving sermons not only illuminate the mystery of the Lord’s Passion; they are also a precious instrument in view of a New Evangelization in “Spirit and power.” Cardinal Cantalamessa gazes on the cross of Christ in the light of our modern world, and the modern world in the light of Christ's cross.

About the Author

Cardinal Raniero Cantalamessa, OFM Cap., taught the history of Christian origins at the Catholic University of Milan and served on the International Theological Commission. He devotes his ministry to preaching and writing, and since 1980 he has been the Preacher to the Papal Household. In 2020, Pope Francis raised him to the rank of cardinal.

Table of Contents


1. Let Every Tongue Proclaim That Jesus Christ Is Lord (1980)

2. God So Loved the World (1981)

3. You Have Killed Jesus of Nazareth! (1982)

4. Baptized in His Death (1983)

5. Crucified in Weakness, Christ Lives by the Power of God (1984)

6. At Once There Came Out Blood and Water (1985)

7. The Righteousness of God Has Been Manifested (1986)

8. The Lion of the Tribe of Judah Has Conquered! (1987)

9. He Was Pierced for Our Sins (1988)

10. Standing by the Cross of Jesus Was Mary His Mother (1989)

11. He Humbled Himself (1990)

12. Jesus Cried with a Loud Voice and Yielded Up His Spirit (1991)

13. God Did Not Withhold His Own Son (1992)

14. He Will Come Again to Judge Both the Living and the Dead (1993)

15. Christ Loved the Church and Gave Himself Up for Her (1994)

16. The Mystery of the Cross Shines Out (1995)

17. One Man Has Died for All! (1996)

18. You Did It to Me (1997)

19. Christ Broke Down the Dividing Wall (1998)

20. To Ransom a Slave You Gave Your Son (1999)

21. It Is Accomplished! (2000)

22. Now the Prince of This World Is Cast Out (2001)

23. When I Am Lifted Up From the Earth, I Will Draw All People to Myself (2002)

24. He Is Our Peace (2003)

25. Victor Because Victim (2004)

26. Hail, True Body, Born of the Virgin Mary (2005)

27. God Manifests His Love for Us (2006)

28. There Were Also Women There (2007)

29. The Tunic Was Seamless (2008)

30. We Proclaim Christ Crucified (2009)

31. We Have a Great High Priest (2010)

32. The Faithful and True Witness (2011)

33. I Was Dead, and See, I Am Alive Forever and Ever (2012)

34. Justified Freely by His Grace, through Faith (2013)

35. Judas Was Standing with Them (2014)

36. Ecce Homo! (2015)

37. Be Reconciled to God (2016)

38. The Cross Stands While the World Revolves (2017)

39. An Eyewitness Has Testified (2018)

40. He Was Despised and Rejected (2019)

41. I Have Plans for Your Welfare and Not for Harm (2020)

42. The Firstborn Among Many Brothers (2021)

43. Pilate Said to Him, “What Is Truth?” (2022)