Good Friday is the commemoration of Jesus’ death on the Holy Cross. There is no Mass celebrated on Good Friday. Instead, we celebrate a special liturgy in which we hear the account of the Passion according to John’s Gospel. This liturgy is especially solemn. In keeping with ancient tradition, no instruments are played during this liturgy, and we both enter and exit in silence. We pray a series of solemn intercessions for ourselves, the church, and the world. We also take time to venerate the cross and remember that it, though shocking, is the instrument used in our salvation. As the cross is venerated, the choir sings “the reproaches”, in which God asks “O, my people, what have I done to you? How have I grieved you? Answer me!” There is no consecration, and Holy Communion is distributed using hosts from the celebration of the night before. It can be easy to look at this liturgy as being sorrowful, but it is important to remember that it is only the second of a three part celebration. Because of this, we should approach Good Friday with solemnity, but also hope and anticipation for the joy of Easter that is almost upon us.