"...and hereafter ye shall see the Son of Man sitting on the right hand of the power of God, and coming in the clouds of heaven." St. Mark 14:62
It is Good Friday. The day of the Crucifixion. If you haven't seen the movie The Passion of Christ, we recommend it as a solemn preparation for the Good Friday Stations and Service. Here are eight bits of history and tradition about this most somber of days on the liturgical calendar.
- Good Friday is one of two days during the year that the Mass is not celebrated. The Easter Vigil, while taking place in the late evening of Holy Saturday, liturgically occurs on Sunday.
- The Extraordinary Form of the liturgy uses black vestments on this day while the Ordinary Form uses red. The focus in the Ordinary Form being the martyrdom and triumph of Christ instead of the death of Christ.
- The ceremony for venerating the cross on Good Friday first started in Jerusalem during the fourth century following the recovery of the True Cross by St. Helen. During the seventh century the practice spread to the rest of the Church.