I'll add a few things to FigureSpins nice post.
I don't think the disciples were there when Jesus spent his 40 days in the desert, that was at the beginning of his active ministry.Originally Posted by FigureSpins
What I think is cool is that the whole period of time is one liturgy. So, there is no formal ending to the Holy Thursday Mass, no beginning and no ending to the Good Friday, and of course a very different "beginning" to the Easter vigil.Originally Posted by FigureSpins
This is not my favorite service either, but many people in my parish bow deeply before the cross or genuflect, and that's what I do. I haven't seen anyone lie prostrate in front of it. Of course, the priest and deacon do that at the start of the Good Friday service. I do like the very somber nature of it.Originally Posted by FigureSpins
And now I need to go to our Ash Wednesday Mass.