And since I was seated on the sanctuary by the altar, I was able to look out and see a beautiful moment. When everyone came forth for the veneration of the Cross, all kissed the feet on the Crucifix. There were many elderly people there. But, there were also middle-aged and teenagers there. Every last one of them, even the small children, approached the crucifix and tenderly kissed Jesus's feet in remembrance for His love. I had to gaze out in the congregation, and I just thought about the death of Jesus. For each one of them individually, Jesus Christ died, every last one of them. Today we remembered that God died on the Cross. And God died for everyone of those people - the saint and the sinner. Nails pierced His Body in the ultimate expression of love. For Jesus Christ was the same God of the Old Testament that saved His people and brought them from salvary, and on this day His own people did not know Him.
Pope Benedict XVI presided at his first Good Friday service today as the Vicar of Christ, the Pope. Read his speech that he gave at the end of the Stations of the Cross.