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Pope Francis honors Jesus' Passion on Good Friday Service

2013-03-29

To remember Jesus' Passion, the ceremony included a liturgical reading from St. John, which describes the Lord's passing. Afterward, the preacher of the Pontifical Household, Raniero Cantalamessa gave a reflection.


RANIERO CANTALAMESSA
Preacher of the Papal Household

"Today, on Good Friday, as we celebrate the Year of Faith with a new Successor of Peter, it could be, if we wish it so, the beginning of a new chapter.”

One of the most moving moments is the Adoration of the Cross. The procession begins with those seated on the last rows of the Basilica. One by one, everyone pays homage.

The Pope also removed his Papal vestments to worship the Cross as a pilgrim. Then the Cardinals and faithful  kneel before the Crucifix before kissing it.

Mass is not celebrated on Good Friday. Rather, the death and burial of Jesus is honored and remembered, which is precisely why the day's readings focus specifically on His Passion.

It's a simple yet moving ceremony to mourn the death of Jesus until Easter, when His Resurrection is celebrated.


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