Observing Good Friday

How are you observing Good Friday? Tell us in the comments.

Eloi, Eloi, lama Sabachthani?
by Ann Kim


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I have been at the church since about 9; we keep the building open all day on Good Friday for passers-by to come in and pray, but someone needs to be here in order for us to do that. We observed Way of the Cross at noon and will have the traditional Good Friday liturgy at 6:30.

Michael Harnois

This noon, we celebrated the Stations of the Cross from the Book of Occasional Services. I think next year I would like to take it to the streets. This evening we will celebrate the Liturgy of Good Friday as well.

After that service, I visited the Roman Catholic cathedral here as a classmate from college seminary is the present bishop of the Diocese of Scranton and he was presiding at the same liturgy that we have in the BCP. Then I stopped at the Polish National Cathedral (my first exposure to a PNC church which was very interesting--- they have a window with Abraham Lincoln in it) and after that, Saint Paul's in Greenridge, one of our neighbors. Later, I plan to stop at Saint Matthew's Lutheran too. This is my small attempt to chip away at denominational boundaries and/or barriers because they are just plain wrong and do nothing to build up the Body of Christ. So, for today I will act as if there were no division and see what that does to my soul.

This morning I was at the church early setting up for our Good Friday children's program, "Walk to Easter", patterned after work by Gretchen Pritchard, and rehearsing with the "Jesus" for the day and the "stage manager", a helper we've had for the first time this year.

The young people arrived in a timely manner to assist. Adults joined us and the children, and, after the walk was over (ending in the "tomb" with Jesus walking through us with a lighted candle, opening the doors and setting us free), the adults went into the church for a liturgy of the Seven Last Words of Christ. The children, I and our teen assistants then helped the children with some crafts and then some lunch. We and the adults finished up at the same time.

Tonight we will have the BCP liturgy for Good Friday, with communion from the sacrament reserved from last night's Maundy Thursday supper and communion service.

Right now, I'm having my afternoon cuppa. Then a nap.

Spent a quiet hour in the chapel of repose. Then 8 of us walked the Way of the Cross around the grounds, icons hanging from 100 year old trees. Cars flew by us, but when the light changed I wonder what they thought seeing a cassock clad woman swinging incense at the trees!

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We had our Good Friday service with communion from the reserved sacrament at noon, and left the church open after for meditation and then Stations of the Cross at 2:30 which takes us almost exactly to 3. This evening we join an ecumenical tenebrae service reflecting on the seven last words.

The Cathedral in San Diego had a noontime meditation with Haydn's "Seven last words". We were able to get time off work, since we had business out of town this evening. And we were impressed at how many people were there with us!

Very well done with the Dean reading Collects and the Bishop sharing meditations between the musical Words, intensifying the arc of the narrative.

--Susan Forsburg

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