|Date||Friday, April 19, 2019 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM|
This Liturgy marks Christ’s crucifixion, but it is not a funeral. Instead, the focus is on extolling the glory of the Cross, through which all creation has been redeemed.
The Church is bare and the ministers enter in silence. The Liturgy of the Word concludes with the reading of the Passion according to John. The sermon and the Solemn Collects follow. In praying the Solemn Collects, we pray on behalf of the entire world, for which Christ died.
After the Solemn Collects, a heavy wooden cross is brought in and positioned on the Chancel steps. Time is allowed for worshipers to come forward and venerate the cross by kneeling before it, touching it, standing next to it, even kissing it.
During the Veneration of the Cross, we sing The Reproaches. Christ, in the words of The Reproaches, rebukes us. We are to understand these rebukes as directed to all humanity, and that we all, through our sins, are brought to the judgment of the cross, and are there forgiven and saved by Christ. In response to the saving power of the Cross, we conclude the Veneration by singing the ancient hymn Pange lingua (Sing, my tongue, the glorious battle).
The service concludes with a brief communion taken from the bread consecrated the night before at the Maundy Thursday service.
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION
In the Church after the Good Friday Liturgy with The Rev. Kate Wesch
Private and confidential, this sacrament is a healing way to end the Lenten season for any who wish to be restored to God because their relationship with God has been broken by sin.
For those unfamiliar with the service, the rite may be found beginning at page 446 in The Book of Common Prayer.