Good Friday is dedicated to the Passion of Christ and the Crucifixion, this day celebrate the cross itself, as the instrument of salvation. The Church - stripped of its ornaments, the altar bare, and with the door of the empty tabernacle standing open - is as if in mourning. Rev. Fr. Angel Sanchez and the Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion (EMHC) vested in red Mass vestments.
Adoration or veneration of an image or representation of Christ's cross does not mean that we are actually adoring the material image, of course, but rather what it represents. In kneeling before the crucifix and kissing it we are paying the highest honor to the our Lord's cross as the instrument of our salvation. Because the Cross is inseparable from His sacrifice, in reverencing His Cross we are, in effect, adoring Christ. Thus we affirm: 'We adore Thee, O Christ, and we bless Thee because by Thy Holy Cross Thou has Redeemed the World.'