During the Passion reading, this verse rang loudly against too much of the news these days:
“If he were not a criminal,
we would not have handed him over to you.”
– John 18:30
And the saddest thing I’ve ever seen in a liturgy:
the Veneration of the Cross was no-contact.
One by one, each of the five liturgical ministers present approached the cross, but only as far as a mark on the floor about six feet away. They knelt, and gazed at the cross from a distance to venerate it in silence; then rose and walked away, so the next person could take their place.
Behold, behold, the wood of the cross
on which is hung our salvation:
O come, let us adore.
“Behold,” but nothing more.