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JERUSALEM – This Friday, April 14, 2017, the Church relives the trial, crucifixion and burial of Jesus. In the Holy Sepulcher, the faithful are gathered at Calvary as close as possible to the site of the Cross. A highlight in the heart of the Easter Triduum.

At Calvary, the place of origin of the World…

“Dear brothers and sisters, in the same place called Calvary, or in Hebrew, Golgotha, in this place which witnessed the passion and death of our Redeemer, we venerate the precious wood of the Cross, aware accompany Christ in his passion here at the center of the world. Here mankind received regeneration, and this place, the world was transformed into a new creature through the shedding of the blood of Christ.”

These are the words spoken this morning by the Apostolic Administrator Archbishop Pizzaballa to introduce the veneration of the Cross. To live this Friday, the faithful of all nationalities are pressed into the Upper Chapel of the Holy Sepulcher, the site of Calvary, to relive the Passion. The Gospel according to St. John, chanted in Latin, rang solemnly in the small chapel. A particularly moving ceremony here in Jerusalem, where the world was saved. 

… All the way to the tomb

The day of Good Friday in the holy city continues at noon by Way of the Cross in the footsteps of Jesus, in the heart of the Old City. By mid-afternoon, the Franciscans celebrate the Tenebrae. Finally, Christians will conduct, in the Basilica of the Resurrection, a ceremony proper to Jerusalem, a Funeral Procession of Christ. Taking a liturgical tradition of the Middle Ages, a statue of Christ is carried in procession to Golgotha hoisted and then placed in a shroud, and brought to the tomb. Far from being a mere folklore, this liturgy presided by the Custos allows pilgrims to relive every moment of the Passion of Christ, and prepare well for the Resurrection.

Claire Guigou

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