The Celebration of Christ’s Passion
Good Friday is the day on which Catholics commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Catholics are joined by other Christians in solemn commemoration on this day.
The altar is completely bare, with no clothes, candles or cross. The service is divided into three parts: Liturgy of the Word, Veneration of the Cross and Holy Communion.
The liturgy started with the Bishop, Clergy and Deacons processing to the altar in silence and prostrating themselves for a few moments in silent prayer, then the introductory prayer was prayed.
Liturgy of the Word
In part one, the Liturgy of the Word, we heard the most famous of the Suffering Servant passages from Isaiah (52:13-53:12), He was pierced through for our faults. Psalm 30 was the Responsorial Psalm “Father, I put my life in your hands.” The Second Reading, or Epistle, was from the letter to the Hebrews, 4:14-16; 5:7-9. The Gospel Reading was The Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ According to John.
The General Intercessions conclude the Liturgy of the Word. The ten intercessions cover these areas:
- For the Church
- For the Pope
- For the clergy and laity of the Church
- For those preparing for baptism
- For the unity of Christians
- For the Jewish people
- For those who do not believe in Christ
- For those who do not believe in God
- For all in public office
- For those in special need
Veneration of the Cross
Part two was the Veneration of the Cross. The cross was unveiled by the Deacon, as he processed through the Church, and then venerated by the congregation. We joyfully venerate and kiss the wooden cross “on which hung the Saviour of the world.
Part three, Holy Communion, concludes the Celebration of the Lord’s Passion. The altar was covered with a cloth and the ciboriums containing the Blessed Sacrament was brought to the altar from the place of reposition. The Our Father and the Ecce Agnus Dei (“This is the Lamb of God”) are recited. The congregation received Holy Communion, and then Bishop Marcus Prayer Over the People, and everyone departed in silence.