At the heart of the Good Friday liturgy is the passion according to John, which proclaims Jesus as the triumphant king who reigns from the cross.  The ancient title for this day—the triumph of the cross—reminds us that the church gathers not to mourn this day but to celebrate Christ’s life-giving passion and to find strength and hope in the tree of life.  In the ancient bidding prayer we offer petitions for all the world for whom Christ died.  Today’s liturgy culminates in the Easter Vigil tomorrow evening.