Church of the Home for Good Friday 2022

Good Friday is the most solemn day of the year. This is the day when we remember Christ’s passion and death on the cross for us.

There is no Mass today. However we will gather for a Communion service and to venerate the Holy Cross at 1:00 PM. There will also be an abbreviated service at 7:00 PM for those unable to attend in the afternoon.

We also fast and refrain from eating meat today since Jesus sacrificed his flesh for us on Good Friday. Traditionally, meat was more expensive and only eaten during times of feasting and rejoicing.

Julianne Wallace from Busted Halo has created a guide for each day of the Triduum to help you walk and pray through the liturgies.

Good Friday: Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion

In this solemn celebration, we remember the Passion and Death of Our Lord. The service is marked by several important rituals including the proclaiming of the Passion according to John, the Veneration of the Cross, an extended form of General Intercessions, and finally, the distribution of Communion (reserved from the Holy Thursday celebration of the Eucharist).

The Veneration of the Cross

It seems strange that in the Good Friday liturgy Catholics choose to venerate, or show reverence to, the very instrument that was used to crucify Jesus. The Veneration of the Cross reminds us that through this Cross, the Glory of the resurrection emerges. So, on Good Friday, we come forward to show our great reverence and respect for the Cross. People have various traditions when they approach the Cross. Sometimes they kiss the Cross, kneel before the Cross, or even just touch it in some fashion. As you participate in this ritual, venerate the Cross in whatever way feels most normal. And most of all, just take in the experience of the gathered community coming so close to such a tragic, but integral, event in our faith.