Good Friday, The Heaviness of Silence

Good Friday has come again, and another year is passing us by.  I was at church today for the Good Friday Services, Rosary, Stations, Reflection on the Passion and Bible Readings.  The tone was hushed and silent, prayerful and reflective.  The altar space was all cleared off last night after the Holy Thursday Mass, which I was glad to assist in clearing, and have done it in years past.  So today there was nothing left, except the bare altar, and the empty tabernacle with doors open, which impressed on me the further emptiness.