Diocesan News

Good Friday Service to Be Celebrated at the Cathedral Basilica of St. James

Christ’s crucifixion is depicted in the chapel reredos at Immaculate Conception Seminary in Huntington, N.Y. Good Friday is observed April 2 in 2021. (Photo: CNS/Gregory A. Shemitz)

WINDSOR TERRACE — Good Friday is the second day of the Easter Triduum on which Catholics commemorate the Crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ on the cross at Calvary.

According to the Gospels, Jesus was betrayed by Judas on the night of the Last Supper, which is commemorated on Holy Thursday. The following day, Jesus carried His cross to the place of His death while being flogged and ridiculed.

Bishop DiMarzio, who will preside over the Solemn Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion at the Cathedral Basilica of St. James on Good Friday, noted the differences the day holds in the context of Holy Week.

“There is actually no Mass in the sense that there’s no consecration [performed],” Bishop DiMarzio explained — noting, however, that the Good Friday service is also traditionally known as the Mass of the Presanctified. Communion distributed that day comes from the hosts consecrated on Holy Thursday.

Bishop DiMarzio added that the faithful read and meditate on the Passion of the Lord during Good Friday.

Churches also strip the altars of cloths, candles, and crosses, making the sanctuary look bare on Good Friday. No music or bell-ringing takes place.

Good Friday is an obligatory day of fasting and abstinence for Catholic adults — meaning no eating meat and eating only one full meal or two smaller meals.

Many parishes across the Diocese of Brooklyn usually hold outdoor processions and the Stations of the Cross indoors on Good Friday. However, some parishes will have such celebrations outdoors because of the ongoing pandemic and the need to maintain social distancing.

The Solemn Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion at the Cathedral Basilica of St. James will air live on NET TV on Friday, April 2, at 3 pm.