This is the most solemn day of the Church's year.
The Liturgy of the Day re-enacts the suffering and death of Our Lord as we hear the story of Jesus passion from the Gospel. A crucifix is carried in procession through the Church and we are invited to come to the foot of the cross to venerate it. The cross reminds us of the helplessness Jesus felt (and that we all feel) in the face of suffering. We bring to the cross our sins and the evil in the world, and we offer ourselves to God who shares in our pain, our suffering and our failure.
The Blessed Sacrament is collected from the Altar of Repose and after Communion we leave the Church in silence.