At 3pm today, the Church throughout the world gathers, virtually if not physically, to remember that “Christ our Passover was sacrificed.”
Together we meditate on the Passion of the Lord, adore His Holy Cross and commemorate the origin of the Church, flowing from the side of Christ dead on the cross.
We intercede for the salvation of the whole world. In those special prayers made once a year. This year a new prayer has been added:
IX b. For the afflicted in time of pandemic
Let us pray also for all those who suffer the consequences of the current pandemic, that God the Father may grant health to the sick, strength to those who care for them, comfort to families and salvation to all the victims who have died.
Prayer in silence. Then the Priest says:
Almighty ever-living God,
only support of our human weakness,
look with compassion upon the sorrowful condition of your children
who suffer because of this pandemic;
relieve the pain of the sick,
give strength to those who care for them,
welcome into your peace those who have died
and, throughout this time of tribulation,
grant that we may all find comfort in your merciful love.
Through Christ our Lord.
Once Canon has kissed the Cross, he will elevate it so that all of us who are viewing the service in our home can venerate Jesus who died for us and for our salvation.
Please remember that Good Friday is a day of penance observed by the whole Church. It is a day of fasting and abstinence.