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Posted on 04/01/2010 10:10:21 AM PDT by Salvation
58. On this day, when "Christ our passover was sacrificed,"  the Church mediates on the passion of her Lord and Spouse, adores the cross, commemorates her origin from the side of Christ asleep on the cross, and intercedes for the salvation of the whole world.
59. On this day, in accordance with ancient tradition, the Church does not celebrate the Eucharist: Holy Communion is distributed to the faithful during the celebration of the Lord's passion alone, though it may be brought at any time of the day to the sick who cannot take part in the celebration. 
60. Good Friday is a day of penance to be observed as an obligation in the whole Church, and indeed, through abstinence and fasting. 
61. All celebration of the sacraments on this day is strictly prohibited, except for the sacraments of penance and anointing of the sick.  Funerals are to be celebrated without singing, music, or the tolling of bells.
62. It is recommended that on this day the Office of Readings and Morning Prayer, be celebrated with the participation of the people in the churches (cf. n. 40).
63. The celebration of the Lord's passion is to take place in the afternoon, at about three o'clock. For pastoral reasons, an appropriate time will be chosen in order to allow the people to assemble more easily, for example, shortly after midday or in the late evening, however not later than nine o'clock. 
64. The order for the celebration of the Lord's passion (the liturgy of the word, the adoration of the cross, and Holy Communion) that stems from an ancient tradition of the Church should be observed faithfully and religiously and may not be changed by anyone on his own initiative.
65. The priest and ministers proceed to the altar in silence, without any singing. If any words of introduction are to be said, they should be pronounced before the ministers enter.
The priest and ministers make a reverence to the altar, prostrating themselves. This act of prostration, which is proper to the rite of the day, should be strictly observed for it signifies both the abasement of "earthly man,"  and also the grief and sorrow of the Church.
As the ministers enter, the faithful should be standing, and thereafter should kneel in silent prayer.
66. The readings are to be read in their entirety. The responsorial psalm and the chant before the gospel are to be sung in the usual manner. The narrative of the Lord's passion according to John is sung or read in the way prescribed for the previous Sunday (cf. n. 33). After the reading of the passion, a homily should be given, at the end of which the faithful may be invited to spend a short time in meditation. 
67. The general intercessions are to follow the wording and form handed down by ancient tradition, maintaining the full range of intentions, so as to signify clearly the universal effect of the passion of Christ, who hung on the cross for the salvation of the whole world. In case of grave public necessity, the local ordinary may permit or prescribe the adding of special intentions. 
In this event, it is permitted to the priest to select from the prayers of the Missal those intentions more appropriate to local circumstances, in such a way, however, that the series follows the rule for general intercessions. 
68. For veneration of the cross, let a cross be used that is of appropriate size and beauty, and let one or other of the forms for this rite be carried out with the splendor worthy of the mystery of our salvation. Both the invitation pronounced at the unveiling of the cross and the people's response should be made in song, and a period of respectful silence is to be observed after each act of veneration, with the celebrant standing and holding the raised cross.
69. The cross is to be presented to each of the faithful individually for their adoration, since the personal adoration of the cross is a most important feature in this celebration. Only when necessitated by the large numbers of faithful present should the rite of veneration be made simultaneously by all present. 
Only one cross should be used for the veneration, as this contributes to the full symbolism of the rite. During the veneration of the cross, the antiphons, "Reproaches," and hymns should be sung so that the history of salvation be commemorated through song.  Other appropriate songs may also be sung (cf n. 42).
70. The priest sings the invitation to the Lord's Prayer, which is then sung by all. The sign of peace is not exchanged. The communion rite is as described in the Missal.
During the distribution of communion, Psalm 21 or another suitable song may be sung. When communion has been distributed, the pyx is taken to a place prepared for it outside of the church.
71. After the celebration, the altar is stripped; the cross remains, however with four candles. An appropriate place (for example, the chapel of repose used for reservation of the Eucharist on Maundy Thursday) can be prepared within the church, and there the Lord's cross is placed so that the faithful may venerate and kiss it and spend some time in meditation.
72. Devotions, such as the Way of the Cross, processions of the passion, and commemorations of the sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary are not, for pastoral reasons, to be neglected. The texts and songs used, however, should be adapted to the spirit of the liturgy of this day. Such devotions should be assigned to a time of day that makes it quite clear that the liturgical celebration, by its very nature, far surpasses them in importance. 
**63. The celebration of the Lord’s passion is to take place in the afternoon, at about three o’clock. For pastoral reasons, an appropriate time will be chosen in order to allow the people to assemble more easily, for example, shortly after midday or in the late evening, however not later than nine o’clock. **
Does this happen at your church, or is the service held at other times. For example, we have one at noon, at 7:00, both English, and one at 8:00 for Spanish.
Years ago most churches had Good Friday services. Even where I worked we got a half day off with pay because so many people left anyway to go to church.
Are the Catholics the only ones left who hold services on Good Friday?
Friday, April 2
9:00am Morning Prayer
12:00pm Ecumenical Service
3:00pm Celebration of the Lord’s Passion
7:30pm Stations of the Cross
Our church begins with the 7 last words and Stations at 11:00 a.m.; then we have the Mercy Novena at 3:00 and Mass at 7:30. I lead a very sheltered life; I don’t know what the rest of the Churches in our Diocese (Galveston/Houston)are doing but suffice it to say, practically no one will be at work tomorrow.
We have Holy Thursday Mass this evening at 7:30; we were at Church last night for Confession, (it was SRO with 4 priests hearing confessions). We’ll have Easter Vigil Mass at 7:30 Saturday Night.
Actually, as my wife and I were discussing, here in Texas, Easter has slowly but surely become a bigger deal than Christmas. And.........it’s driving the Atheists NUTS! Bwahahahahahah!
Part of the reason I think is the strength of this Diocease; the growing strength and presence of both the Greek and Russian Orthodox Churches here; the near complete merger of the Roman Catholic with the “Episcopalian” Churches and a developing closeness between the “European” (we have lots of German/Italian/Anglo/Hispanic) Roman Catholic communities/Parishes and both the African-American Roman Catholic and the African-American Protestant communities/Parishes.
12:00 service with veneration, followed by indoor stations of the cross.
1:45 outdoor stations of the cross with music, procession, liturgical dancers, readers, actors, ushers, props. As Joe Biden would say, it’s a BFD (um, Big Friday Deal), lasting about 1 1/2 hours, so it does cover the 3:00 traditional time-frame.
7:00 evening service.
Our family goes to the afternoon extravaganza. Our kids actually are quite moved by it, even though it is long. True, we do get them out of school early to attend it, so that is a motivator, but they really do have some prayerful reflection and participation while they are there. My husband was a “Roman soldier” for a couple of years until he had to tell the organizers that he just couldn’t bring himself to stand there in public scourging “Christ” anymore, even if it was just pantomime.
We only have one at 3.
Ours starts at 3 pm.
Service begins at 3 pm sharp. Confessions, though, begin at noon.
It’s not a Mass — just a very solemn prayer service.
Readings from the Old and New Testament and Gospel — The Passion from John are all read.
Communion is distributed and the Church is left dark. Everyone leaves in silence. After all — Christ is in the tomb.
The hour of 3:00 in the afternoon is significiant, for that supposedly was the time of the Lord’s death.
Also the Divine Mercy Novena starts on Good Friday and goes through Mercy Sunday — the Sunday after Easter. It’s a beautiful prayer — meditating on the Passion of Christ.
I was able to visit the home church of St. Faustina in Poland to whom this awesome prayer was given when I went to Eastern Europe three plus years ago. My how time flies.
**Actually, as my wife and I were discussing, here in Texas, Easter has slowly but surely become a bigger deal than Christmas. And.........its driving the Atheists NUTS! Bwahahahahahah!**
Good news! LOLOLOLOLOLOLOL!
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Our parish in Louisville has one service on Good Friday - at 3:00. Went to Holy Thursday Mass this evening - it was the first time in 14 years that I did not have a son who was an altar server. The mass was absolutely beautiful.....