Following the entrance procession, the Pope lay prostrate just below the stairs of the presbytery. The triple unveiling of the Cross preceded the act of adoration. Due to the current health regulations in place, the act of kissing the Cross was limited to the Celebrant alone.
During the Liturgy of the Word, the account of the Passion according to Saint John was read aloud, then the Preacher of the Papal Household, Father Raniero Cantalamessa, OFM Cap. delivered the homily.