Customs of Great and Holy Friday


What is the proper way to approach the Tomb of Jesus [Winding Sheet, or Shroud] that is set up in church on Great and Holy Friday?

Which is supposed to be kissed first? The hands, feet, or Bible?


While local and national customs vary, in general one would approach the tomb of Christ, make one or three prostrations, and then kiss the hands and the feet. If there is a Gospel Book present (this is not always the case), one should kiss it as well.

There really is no right or wrong order.

It is always best to check with the priest at the parish to see what the local custom dictates.