Good Friday at St Hugh
Good Friday is observed by Christians on the Friday before Easter Sunday, and it commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus. In the Roman Catholic Church, today’s service is titled “The Celebration of the Passion of the Lord,” and it consists of three parts: Liturgy of the Word, the Adoration of the Cross, and Holy Communion. The following photos are taken at Saint Hugh of Grenoble Church in Greenbelt, Maryland.
It is a silent entrance on Good Friday, without cross, candles or songs.
Deacon Desi Vikor and Pastor Walter Tappe wear red vestments and enter at the end.
Father Tappe and Deacon Vikor go to the altar and prostrate themselves in an act of adoration. Everybody else kneels.
The first part of the liturgy is the Liturgy of the Word. The first reading is from Isaiah 52:13-53:12.
The second reading is from Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:7-9.
Deacon Vikor leads the Gospel reading (John 18:1-19:42): “The Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John.”
Father Tappe gives the homily.
The Solemn Intercessions conclude the Liturgy of the Word, and there are ten prayers for Holy Church, the Pope, all orders and degrees of the faithful, catechumens, the unity of Christians, the Jewish people, those who do not believe in Christ, those who do not believe in God, those in public office, and those in tribulation.
The second part of the liturgy is the Adoration of the Cross. Deacon Vikor goes to the door of the church and receives the unveiled cross. Accompanied by two servers holding lighted candles, the procession goes to the sanctuary.
Deacon Vikor holds the unveiled cross.
Deacon Vikor raises the cross and sings: “Behold the wood of the Cross, on which hung on salvation of the world.” The assembly replies: “Come, let us adore.”
This is repeated three times, near the door, in the middle of the church, and at the sanctuary.
“All come forward in a procession to venerate the cross. Appropriate signs of reverence include genuflection, kissing the cross, touching the cross, bowing, or prostration before the cross.”
The third part of the liturgy is the Holy Communion. A minister leads two acolytes holding lighted candles.
Deacon Vikor, wearing a humeral veil, brings the Blessed Sacrament to the altar.
“Behold the Lamb of God,
behold him who takes away the sins of the world.
Blessed are those called to the supper of the Lamb.”
“Almighty ever-living God,
who have restored us to life
by the blessed Death and Resurrection of your Christ,
preserve in us the work of your mercy,
that by partaking of this mystery
we may have life unceasingly devoted to you.
Through Christ our Lord.”
“May abundant blessing, O Lord, we pray,
descend upon your people,
who have honored the Death of your Son
in the hope of their resurrection:
may pardon come,
comfort be given,
holy faith increase,
and ever-living redemption be made secure.
Through Christ our Lord.”
The ministers, Deacon, and Priest depart in silence, and the service concludes.