Good Friday question  

In Paul Turner's Blog by Paul Turner

Q:  What IS the preferred “cross” for Good Friday veneration?  A cross or crucifix ?  I see the pope uses a large crucifix.   Any thoughts ?

A:  I’ve treated this in Glory in the Cross, but in short, you can make an argument for using either a cross or a crucifix. The rubrics all say “cross” on Good Friday, and I think that that is the better practice. We are not adoring an image of Christ, we are adoring the cross on which he died. “Behold the wood of the cross…”