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Good Friday



Liturgy of the Day


The liturgy of the day begins at 12:00 noon.  This service has several very distinct parts and begins with the reading of the Holy Scripture, culminating with the singing of the Passion.  The sermon follows and, when it is concluded, the Church across the globe prays for the whole of the created order in the Solemn Collects.  These come to us from the liturgy of the church in Jerusalem (which for centuries had a piece of the cross upon which Jesus was hung) and is even older than the Solemn Collects.  We approach the cross with feet unshod and kneel three times along the way, kiss the feet of the crucified and return to our places while the choir and all others who wish sing the anthems long associated with this action.  At the conclusion of the veneration, we all go to the Upper Parish Hall and bring the Blessed Sacrament back to the church – we make our confessions and receive the Holy Communion, the pledge of the love of God and of our participation in the risen life of Christ.  We make a thanksgiving and leave the church in silence.  This is one of the most profoundly moving worship experiences of the year.





Stations of the Cross

Prayers at the stations of the cross begin at 6:30 p.m.  This is an extra liturgical devotion which we observe in the evening of Good Friday.  “This is an adaptation...of a custom widely observed by pilgrims to Jerusalem: the offering of a prayer at a series of places in the city traditionally associated with our Lord’s passion and death.”[


[1]Book of Occasional Services, p. 54.


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