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Good Friday - A Prostrate Papal Prayer.

Good Friday - A Prostrate Papal Prayer.
Lying prostrate on the floor before the main altar of St. Peter's Basilica, Pope Francis celebrated the Liturgy of the Lord's Passion.

The pope presided at the service to commemorate Christ's death on the cross.

He began the rite after a silent procession down the central nave under dim lighting, which underlined the solemnity of the ceremony. Then he rested his forehead on a red pillow while lying face down in front of the altar in silent prayer, in a sign of adoration and penance.

After the homily, during the adoration of the cross, the pope removed his red chasuble and, in a sign of penance, placed a red stole over his shoulders, bowed three times and kissed the cross.

Following tradition, the homily was delivered by the preacher of the papal household.

Pope Francis was scheduled to speak briefly later that night at the end of the Stations of the Cross in Rome's Coliseum.