The Origin And Meaning Of The Veneration Of The Cross Service

Source: The Complete Library of Christian Worship, Robert E. Webber, General Editor

The aim of this essay is to set forth the origin and the significance of the Veneration of the Cross service with the hope that it will provide the basis for a more faithful interpretation and practice of the Veneration of the Cross service.

Origin and Development

At the outset it must be emphasized that veneration of the cross was not part of the ancient Roman liturgy. Until the seventh century, the Good Friday service at Rome consisted only of the scriptural readings and solemn orations....


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