On Good Friday, April 14, parishes across the Anchorage Archdiocese and around the world will celebrate the Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion, which includes a reading of a Gospel account of Christ’s Passion, Holy Communion and veneration of the Cross.
During the veneration, a priest or deacon holds a wooden crucifix while the faithful process to him at the foot of the sanctuary, as if to receive communion. There each person reverences the crucifix with a kiss or a bow.
In some places, there are additional Good Friday devotions. Especially from noon to 3 p.m. — the hour at which Christ died on the cross — some silently meditate, pray the Stations of the Cross or participate in a Good Friday procession.