Archbishop Edward Adams led the celebration of the Lord’s passion on Good Friday afternoon, April 3, at the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul in Philadelphia. Archbishop Adams is the Vatican apostolic nuncio, akin to an ambassador, to Greece and originally a Philadelphia priest. Archbishop Charles Chaput, priests, deacons and faithful from across the Archdiocese of Philadelphia prayed in commemoration of the crucifixion and death of Jesus, which included solemn veneration of the cross. (Photos by Sarah Webb)
Transitional Deacon James Cordosi carries the cross up the main aisle of the cathedral.
Teagan Welsh of St. Patrick in Malvern venerates the cross.
Deacon Cordosi transfers the Eucharist from the altar of repose in the chapel to the basilica for communion.
From left, Archbishop Charles Chaput, Archbishop Edward Adams and Father Dennis Gill, rector of the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul.
John Romeri leads the Cathedral Choir for the liturgy.
The faithful venerate the cross.
Seminarians from St. Charles Borromeo Seminary recess from the cathedral in silence at the end of the liturgy.
Archbishop Edward Adams and seminarian Matt Brody pray during the solemn liturgy.
Archbishop Charles Chaput prays during the liturgy.
Couple Michael D’Angelo and Michelle Okon from St. Mary Magdalen Parish in Media.
Transitional Deacon James Cordosi holds the cross up for the congregation.
Deacon Cordosi holds the cross as Archbishop Adams venerates it.
Archbishop Chaput venerates the cross.
Father Sean Bransfield venerates the cross along with fellow priests and seminarians.
Jane Desiderio of St. Joseph Parish in Downingtown.
Constance Pappas from the Cathedral Parish venerates the cross.
Alexandria Luna from Resurrection of Our Lord Parish in Philadelphia venerates the cross.
Karen Harvey venerates the cross.
Hundreds of people come to venerate the cross at the Cathedral on Good Friday.
Daniel Santoleri of St. Thomas the Apostle Parish in Glen Mills venerates the cross.