Good Friday – Veneration of the Cross

Veneration of the cross is the most austere church event of the liturgical year. Believed to have originated in the the fourth century, the veneration was included in the 1979 Book of Common Prayer. A wooden cross is placed in front of the altar and parishioners kneel,  genuflect, touch, and or kiss the cross to honor the greatest sacrifice that, in turn, gave us our greatest gift as Christians.   There is no liturgy involved.  There is no communion at this service.