Adoration of the Cross


A ceremony of Good Friday. The term is inaccurate, but it is sanctioned by long use. Veneration is the proper term. Following the Collects in the Mass of the Presanctified, the veiled crucifix is gradually uncovered, with the threefold chanting of “Ecce lignum crucis, in quo Salva tor mundi pependit” (Behold the wood of the Cross, on which hung the Saviour of the world). The clergy then remove their shoes, an ancient sign of reverence, and, kneeling, kiss the crucifix. The laity then venerate the crucifix by kissing it.

MLA Citation

  • “Adoration of the Cross”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 22 October 2010. Web. 16 June 2021. <>