PS 65: Beginning the Good Friday Liturgy

Jesus arms outstretchedRemember, you can check the full document Paschale Solemnitatis on this site, among many on the internet. The Good Friday liturgy commences:

65. The priest and ministers proceed to the altar in silence, and without any singing. If any words of introduction are to be said, they should be pronounced before the ministers enter.

I would interpret silence strictly. No music. No commentary either. No “please kneel” or any such instruction unless it were, as PS 65 instructs, before the entry of ministers.

The priest and ministers make a reverence to the altar prostrating themselves. This act of prostration, which is proper to the rite of the day, should be strictly observed, for it signifies both the abasement of “earthly (humanity)”, (Cf. Roman Missal, Good Friday, Celebration of the Lord’s Passion, 5, alternative prayer) and also the grief and sorrow of the Church.

The faithful for their part, as the ministers enter, should be standing, and thereafter should kneel in silent prayer.

The people will likely stand at the entrance of clergy, and will kneel if the clergy kneel. After a pause there, then it seems good to have the priest prostrate himself. Unless the worship space is very unusual, the assembly will remain kneeling, unable to follow again.

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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