Good Friday’sVeneration is important enough for serious consideration in the planning of a church:
§ 83 § The celebration of the Lord’s passion on Good Friday has its particular spatial requirements. After the proclamation of the passion and the General Intercessions, the entire assembly rise to venerate the cross or crucifix.(Circular Letter Concerning the Preparation and Celebration of the Easter
Feasts 68) The cross used for the veneration preferably should be of sufficient size to be held easily, be carried in procession, and be venerated. After the veneration, the cross remains in the sanctuary.
That 1988 CDWDS letter gives this note: “For veneration of the cross, let a cross be used that is of appropriate size and beauty, and let one or the other of the forms of this rite as found in the Roman Missal be followed.”
Over the years I’ve heard of and seen multiple small crosses used like stations for the distribution of the Eucharist, or one large cross passed overhead in the assembly. The Missal calls for movement of the people. Veneration represents a commitment. Movement helps reinforce that.
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