Good Friday is made up of two main ceremonies. The Stations of the Cross in the morning and the Adoration of the Cross in the afternoon. On this solemn day the liturgical colour is Red.
Stations of the Cross
The Stations of Cross can take many forms. In essence however each station is visited where a series of prayer and reflection is read. The stations are:
1st Station: Jesus is condemned to death
2nd Station: Jesus carries His cross
3rd Station: Jesus falls the first time
4th Station: Jesus meets his mother
5th Station: Simon of Cyrene helps Jesus to carry his cross
6th Station: Veronica wipes the face of Jesus
7th Station: Jesus falls the second time
8th Station: Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem
9th Station: Jesus falls a third time
10th Station: Jesus clothes are taken away
11th Station: Jesus is nailed to the cross
12th Station: Jesus dies on the cross
13th Station: The body of Jesus is taken down from the cross
14th Station: Jesus is laid in the tomb
Adoration of the Cross
This is a ver solemn ceremony that includes the reading of the Passion. The clergy process into the church in silence. No candles or cross is carried in this procession. The priests will then prostrate themselves in front of the altar (lying down face first on the ground). Altar Servers and acolytes will kneel beside them.
The clergy will then proceed to their accustomed spots where the mass will begin. The two readings will be read as usual then the Passion is read. Once the homily has been delivered Father will proceed to the back of the church where a cross is waiting, coverd in a white cloth. The priest will then process down the isle stopping three times to uncover a part of the cross singing "This is the wood of the cross...." to which the congregation replies "Come let us worship". At each of these everyone kneels.
Shortly after this a communion service begins. The Altar is still bare from the previous night. A simple corporal is placed on the altar and Father with the assistance of two altar servers will go to the altar of repose and bring back the eucharist concecrated the previous night.
At the end of this all of the congregation will be given the oppertunity to venerate the cross.