A veiled image of the Crucifix is gradually exposed to view, while the celebrant, accompanied by his assistants, sings three times the "Ecce lignum Crucis", etc.
(Behold the wood of the Cross on which hung the salvation of the world), to which the choir answers, each time, "Venite adoremus" (Come let us adore).
He then takes off his shoes and approaches the Cross (genuflecting three times on the way) and kisses it. During this ceremony the choir sings what are called Improperia, the Trisagion (in Greek as well as Latin), if time permits the hymn Crux fidelis ...(Oh, Cross, our hope...).
A non-Catholic may say that this is all very dramatic and interesting, but allege a grave deordination in the act of adoration of the Cross on bended knees. Veneramur crucem, per quam redempti sumus, et illum deprecamur, qui redemit" (While we bend down in body before the cross we bend down in spirit before God. Churches which procured a relic of the True Cross might imitate this ceremony to the letter, but other churches had to be with an image which in this particular ceremony represents the wood of the True Cross.(Sorrowful Friday) in German, is the English designation of Friday in Holy Week that is, the Friday on which the Church keeps the anniversary of the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ.Parasceve, the Latin equivalent of , preparation (i.e.While the Judica, introit, and the Gloria in Excelsis have been added to this first part of the Mass and the long series of prayers omitted from it, the oldest order of the Synaxis, or meeting without Mass, has been retained in the Good Friday service. The modern collect is the representative of this old solemn form of prayer.The first part is reduced to the Oremus, the second part has disappeared, and the third part remains in its entirety and has come to be called the collect.During the singing of this response the whole assembly (except the celebrant) kneel in adoration. For an account of the peculiarly impressive ceremony known as the "Creeping to the Cross", which was once observed in England, see article CROSS.