Good Friday Moments

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.

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