On Good Friday, Catholic Churches throughout the world celebrate the Passion of the Lord. The liturgical service begins in silence as the Presider approaches the altar and prostrates himself as the assembly kneels in prayer. Good Friday is the second day of the Sacred Triduum and is a continuation of the solemn events of the prior evening.
The Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge presided at the Celebration of the Passion at Sacred Heart Cathedral. Participating in the liturgy were Rev. Msgr. David D. Brockman, Vicar General of the Diocese; Very Rev. Daniel D. Oschwald, Cathedral Rector; and Rev. Chesco Garcia-Gonzalez, Parochial Vicar for Hispanic Ministry at the Cathedral. The Readings of the day were from Isaiah (52:13-53:12) and Hebrews (4:14-16, 5:7-9). The Gospel was the proclamation of the Lord’s Passion (John 18:1-19:42).
The Celebration is marked by the Adoration of the Cross, a ceremony in which the faithful pay respect to the Cross on which Jesus was crucified. In most churches, the service is held at 3:00 PM, the time of Jesus’ death. Veneration is performed by individuals kneeling, kissing or touching the cross.
“The Word of God proclaimed today reveals why we boast in the cross and venerate it,” Bishop Burbidge said in his homily. “On the cross, Jesus took on all the world had to offer. As Church, as families and as individuals, we all have crosses to carry and some are very heavy. Your veneration of the Cross reflects your belief that in the midst of our sufferings, we are united intimately to the Lord, the One who is with us always, most especially in hour of need.”
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Above: Bishop Michael F. Burbidge, Rev. Msgr. David D. Brockman, Very Rev. Daniel D. Oschwald, Rev. Chesco Garcia-Gonzalez, Deacon Michael Alig and Deacon Don Maloney prostrate before the altar at the beginning of the Celebration of the Passion of the Lord. (Click photo to view larger.)
Above: Adoration of the Holy Cross by faithful attending the Celebration of the Passion of the Lord at Sacred Heart Cathedral. The Cross is being held by Deacon Don Maloney and Deacon Michael Ailig. (Click photo to view larger.)