HOLY WEEK AT HOME
Good Friday is the Friday before Easter when we remember Jesus’ death on the cross. It is a day of solemnity involving fasting, abstinence, and penance. As part of the Triduum, the service is a continuation of the Maundy Thursday worship, beginning and ending in silence. The focus of the service is the reading of Jesus’ passion, death, and burial as found in John’s Gospel and the solemn collects that pray for all people, their various conditions and needs. As part of the service, it is appropriate to venerate a wooden cross – reflecting and giving thanks “because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.”
Two options follow for your use on Good Friday. The first is an adaptation of the Good Friday Liturgy found in The Book of Common Prayer. The second is a Stations of the Cross for individual or group use.
PREPARE THE SPACE
If this liturgy is used at home, place a small cross or icon on your altar for this service.
PREPARE YOUR HEART It is customary for a time of silence prayer to be kept. The service begins with the following:
One: Blessed be our God for ever and ever. Amen.
One: Let us pray. Almighty God, we pray you graciously to behold this your family, for whom our Lord Jesus Christ was willing to be betrayed, and given into the hands of sinners, and to suffer death upon the cross; who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
THE LESSONS For congregational and group use, the Passion narrative is printed in parts that may be shared.
See, my servant shall prosper; he shall be exalted and lifted up, and shall be very high.
Just as there were many who were astonished at him--so marred was his appearance, beyond
human semblance, and his form beyond that of mortals--so he shall startle many nations
kings shall shut their mouths because of him; for that which had not been told them they shall see,
and that which they had not heard they shall contemplate.
Who has believed what we have heard? And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?
For he grew up before him like a young plant, and like a root out of dry ground; he had no form or
majesty that we should look at him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.
He was despised and rejected by others; a man of suffering and acquainted with infirmity;
and as one from whom others hide their faces he was despised, and we held him of no account.
Surely he has borne our infirmities and carried our diseases; yet we accounted him stricken,
struck down by God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the punishment that made us whole, and by his bruises we are healed.
All we like sheep have gone astray; we have all turned to our own way,
and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.
He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; like a lamb that is led to the
slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth.
By a perversion of justice he was taken away. Who could have imagined his future?
For he was cut off from the land of the living, stricken for the transgression of my people.
They made his grave with the wicked and his tomb with the rich, although he had done no violence,
and there was no deceit in his mouth.
Yet it was the will of the LORD to crush him with pain. When you make his life an offering for sin,
he shall see his offspring, and shall prolong his days; through him the will of the LORD shall prosper.
Out of his anguish he shall see light; he shall find satisfaction through his knowledge.
The righteous one, my servant, shall make many righteous, and he shall bear their iniquities.
Therefore I will allot him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong;
because he poured out himself to death, and was numbered with the transgressors;
yet he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.
Psalm 22:1-11 may be read in unison or responsively
1 My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? *
and are so far from my cry and from the words of my distress?
2 O my God, I cry in the daytime, but you do not answer; *
by night as well, but I find no rest.
3 Yet you are the Holy One, *
enthroned upon the praises of Israel.
4 Our forefathers put their trust in you; *
they trusted, and you delivered them.
5 They cried out to you and were delivered; *
they trusted in you and were not put to shame.
6 But as for me, I am a worm and no man, *
scorned by all and despised by the people.
7 All who see me laugh me to scorn; *
they curl their lips and wag their heads, saying,
8 "He trusted in the LORD; let him deliver him; *
let him rescue him, if he delights in him."
9 Yet you are he who took me out of the womb, *
and kept me safe upon my mother's breast.
10 I have been entrusted to you ever since I was born; *
you were my God when I was still in my mother's womb.
11 Be not far from me, for trouble is near, *
and there is none to help.
THE PASSION OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST ACCORDING TO JOHN
The narrative is set in parts for use by small groups. However, it can be read aloud by one person.
Narrator: The Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John. After Jesus had spoken these words, he went out with his disciples across the Kidron valley to a place where there was a garden, which he and his disciples entered. Now Judas, who betrayed him, also knew the place, because Jesus often met there with his disciples. So Judas brought a detachment of soldiers together with police from the chief priests and the Pharisees. They came there with lanterns and torches and weapons. Then Jesus, knowing all that was to happen to him, came forward and asked them,
Jesus: Whom are you looking for?
Soldier: Jesus of Nazareth.
Jesus: I am he.
Narrator: Judas, who betrayed him, was standing with them. When Jesus said to them, "I am he," they stepped back and fell to the ground. Again Jesus asked them,
Jesus: Whom are you looking for?
Soldier: Jesus of Nazareth.
Jesus: I told you that I am he. So if you are looking for me, let these men go.
Narrator: This was to fulfill the word that he had spoken, "I did not lose a single one of those whom you gave me." Then Simon Peter, who had a sword, drew it, struck the high priest's slave, and cut off his right ear. The slave's name was Malchus. Jesus said to Peter,
Jesus: Put your sword back into its sheath. Am I not to drink the cup that the Father has given me?
Narrator: So the soldiers, their officer, and the Jewish police arrested Jesus and bound him. First they took him to Annas, who was the father-in-law of Caiaphas, the high priest that year. Caiaphas was the one who had advised the Jews that it was better to have one person die for the people. Simon Peter and another disciple followed Jesus. Since that disciple was known to the high priest, he went with Jesus into the courtyard of the high priest, but Peter was standing outside at the gate. So the other disciple, who was known to the high priest, went out, spoke to the woman who guarded the gate, and brought Peter in. The woman said to Peter,
Servant: You are not also one of this man's disciples, are you?
Narrator: Peter said,
Peter: I am not.
Narrator: Now the slaves and the police had made a charcoal fire because it was cold, and they were standing around it and warming themselves. Peter also was standing with them and warming himself. Then the high priest questioned Jesus about his disciples and about his teaching. Jesus answered,
Jesus: I have spoken openly to the world; I have always taught in synagogues and in the temple, where all the Jews come together. I have said nothing in secret. Why do you ask me? Ask those who heard what I said to them; they know what I said.
Narrator: When he had said this, one of the police struck Jesus on the face, saying,
Soldier: Is that how you answer the high priest?
Jesus: If I have spoken wrongly, testify to the wrong. But if I have spoken rightly, why do you strike me?
Narrator: Then Annas sent him bound to Caiaphas the high priest. Now Simon Peter was standing and warming himself. They asked him,
Servant: You are not also one of his disciples, are you?
Narrator: Peter denied it and said,
Peter: I am not.
Narrator: One of the slaves of the high priest, a relative of the man whose ear Peter had cut off, asked,
Servant: Did I not see you in the garden with him?
Narrator: Again Peter denied it, and at that moment the cock crowed. Then they took Jesus from Caiaphas to Pilate's headquarters. It was early in the morning. They themselves did not enter the headquarters, so as to avoid ritual defilement and to be able to eat the Passover. So Pilate went out to them and said,
Pilate: What accusation do you bring against this man?
Narrator: They answered,
All: If this man were not a criminal, we would not have handed him over to you.
Pilate: Take him yourselves and judge him according to your law.
All: We are not permitted to put anyone to death.
Narrator: Then Pilate entered the headquarters again, summoned Jesus, and asked him,
Pilate: Are you the King of the Jews?
Jesus: Do you ask this on your own, or did others tell you about me?
Pilate: I am not a Jew, am I? Your own nation and the chief priests have handed you over to me. What have you done?
Jesus: My kingdom is not from this world. If my kingdom were from this world, my followers would be fighting to keep me from being handed over to the Jews. But as it is, my kingdom is not from here.
Pilate: So you are a king?
Jesus: You say that I am a king. For this I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.
Pilate: What is truth?
Narrator: After Pilate had said this, he went out to the Jews again and told them,
Pilate: I find no case against him. But you have a custom that I release someone for you at the Passover. Do you want me to release for you the King of the Jews?
Narrator: They shouted in reply,
All: Not this man, but Barabbas!
Narrator: Now Barabbas was a bandit. Then Pilate took Jesus and had him flogged. And the soldiers wove a crown of thorns and put it on his head, and they dressed him in a purple robe. They kept coming up to him, saying, "Hail, King of the Jews!" and striking him on the face. Pilate went out again and said to them,
Pilate: Look, I am bringing him out to you to let you know that I find no case against him.
Narrator: So Jesus came out, wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe. Pilate said to them,
Pilate: Here is the man!
Narrator: When the chief priests and the police saw him, they shouted,
All: Crucify him! Crucify him!
Pilate: Take him yourselves and crucify him; I find no case against him.
All: We have a law, and according to that law he ought to die because he has claimed to be the Son of God.
Narrator: When Pilate heard this he was more afraid than ever. He entered his headquarters again and asked Jesus,
Pilate: Where are you from?
Narrator: But Jesus gave him no answer. Pilate therefore said to him,
Pilate: Do you refuse to speak to me? Do you not know that I have power to release you, and power to crucify you?
Jesus: You would have no power over me unless it had been given you from above; therefore the one who handed me over to you is guilty of a greater sin.
Narrator: From then on Pilate tried to release him, but the Jews cried out,
All: If you release this man, you are no friend of the emperor. Everyone who claims to be a king sets himself against the emperor.
Pilate: When Pilate heard these words, he brought Jesus outside and sat on the judge's bench at a place called The Stone Pavement, or in Hebrew Gabbatha. Now it was the day of Preparation for the Passover; and it was about noon. He said,
Pilate: Here is your King!"
All: Away with him! Away with him! Crucify him!
Pilate: Shall I crucify your King?
All: We have no king but the emperor.
Narrator: Then Pilate handed Jesus over to them to be crucified. So they took Jesus; and carrying the cross by himself, he went out to what is called The Place of the Skull, which in Hebrew is called Golgotha.
++++ As you are able, all stand ++++
Narrator: There they crucified Jesus, and with him two others, one on either side, with Jesus between them. Pilate also had an inscription written and put on the cross. It read, "Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews." Many of the Jews read this inscription, because the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city; and it was written in Hebrew, in Latin, and in Greek. Then the chief priests of the Jews said to Pilate,
Priest: Do not write, 'The King of the Jews,' but, 'This man said, I am King of the Jews.'"
Pilate: What I have written I have written.
Narrator: When the soldiers had crucified Jesus, they took his clothes and divided them into four parts, one for each soldier. They also took his tunic; the tunic was seamless, woven in one piece from the top. They said to one another,
Soldier: Let us not tear it, but cast lots for it to see who will get it.
Narrator: This was to fulfill what the scripture says, "They divided my clothes among themselves, and for my clothing they cast lots." And that is what the soldiers did. Meanwhile, standing near the cross of Jesus were his mother, and his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing beside her, he said to his mother,
Jesus: Woman, here is your son.
Narrator: Then Jesus said to the disciple,
Jesus: Here is your mother.
Narrator: And from that hour the disciple took her into his own home. After this, when Jesus knew that all was now finished, he said
Jesus: I am thirsty.
Narrator: A jar full of sour wine was standing there. So they put a sponge full of the wine on a branch of hyssop and held it to his mouth. When Jesus had received the wine, he said,
Jesus: It is finished.
Narrator: Then Jesus bowed his head and gave up his spirit.
++++++++++ Silence is kept for a few minutes ++++++++++++
Narrator: Since it was the day of Preparation, the Jews did not want the bodies left on the cross during the Sabbath, especially because that Sabbath was a day of great solemnity. So they asked Pilate to have the legs of the crucified men broken and the bodies removed. Then the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first and of the other who had been crucified with him. But when they came to Jesus and saw that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. Instead, one of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear, and at once blood and water came out. (He who saw this has testified so that you also may believe. His testimony is true, and he knows that he tells the truth.) These things occurred so that the scripture might be fulfilled, "None of his bones shall be broken." And again another passage of scripture says, "They will look on the one whom they have pierced." After these things, Joseph of Arimathea, who was a disciple of Jesus, though a secret one because of his fear of the Jews, asked Pilate to let him take away the body of Jesus. Pilate gave him permission; so he came and removed his body. Nicodemus, who had at first come to Jesus by night, also came, bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, weighing about a hundred pounds. They took the body of Jesus and wrapped it with the spices in linen cloths, according to the burial custom of the Jews. Now there was a garden in the place where he was crucified, and in the garden there was a new tomb in which no one had ever been laid. And so, because it was the Jewish day of Preparation, and the tomb was nearby, they laid Jesus there.
A brief meditation or reflection may be included here. Or you may listen to the following recording of O Sacred Head Now Wounded as a meditation.
THE SOLEMN COLLECTS The solemn collects may be prayed kneeling, standing, or seated as any are able.
One: Dear People of God: Our heavenly Father sent his Son into the world, not to condemn the world, but that the world through him might be saved; that all who believe in him might be delivered from the power of sin and death, and become heirs with him of everlasting life. We pray, therefore, for people everywhere according to their needs.
All: Let us pray for the holy catholic Church of Christ throughout the world;
For its unity in witness and service; for all those who meet in homes on these holy days
for those isolated due to illness or age, that all your people might be one.
For all Christians in this community and throughout the world, separated by distance, but united
in Spirit. That God will confirm his Church in faith, increase it in love, and preserve it in peace.
One: Almighty and everlasting God, by whose Spirit the whole body of your faithful people is governed and sanctified: Receive our supplications and prayers which we offer before you for all members of your holy Church, that in their vocation and ministry they may truly and devoutly serve you; through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.
All: Let us pray for all nations and peoples of the earth, and for those to whom their care is entrusted, that by God’s help they may seek justice and truth, and live in peace and concord.
One: Almighty God, kindle, we pray, in every heart the true love of peace, and guide with your wisdom those who take counsel for the nations of the earth; that in tranquility your dominion may increase, until the earth is filled with the knowledge of your love; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
All: Let us pray for all who suffer and are afflicted in body or in mind;
For the hungry and the homeless, the destitute and the oppressed
For the sick, the wounded, and the crippled. For those in loneliness, fear, and anguish
For those who face temptation, doubt, and despair
For the sorrowful and bereaved
For prisoners and captives, and those in mortal danger
That God in mercy comfort and relieve them, and grant them the knowledge of his love,
and stir up in us the will and patience to minister to their needs.
One: Gracious God, the comfort of all who sorrow, the strength of all who suffer: Let the cry of those in misery and need come to you, that they may find your mercy present with them in all their afflictions; and give us, we pray, the strength to serve them for the sake of him who suffered for us, your Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
All: Let us commit ourselves to God, and pray for the grace of a holy life, that, with all who have departed this world and have died in the peace of Christ, and those whose faith is known to God alone, we may be accounted worthy to enter into the fullness of the joy of our Lord, and receive the crown of life in the day of resurrection.
One: O God of unchangeable power and eternal light: Look favorably on your whole Church, that wonderful and sacred mystery; by the effectual working of your providence, carry out in tranquility the plan of salvation; let the whole world see and know that things which were cast down are being raised up, and things which had grown old are being made new, and that all things are being brought to their perfection by him through whom all things were made, your Son Jesus Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen
One or more of the following anthems may be recited.
One: We glory in your cross, O Lord,
All: and praise and glorify your holy resurrection; for by virtue of your cross joy has come to the whole world.
One: May God be merciful to us and bless us, show us the light of his countenance, and come to us.
All: Let your ways be known upon earth, your saving health among all nations.
One: Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you.
All: We glory in your cross, O Lord, and praise and glorify your holy resurrection;
for by virtue of your cross joy has come to the whole world.
One: We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you,
All: because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.
One: If we have died with him, we shall also live with him; if we endure, we shall also reign with him.
All: We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you, because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.
One: Savior of the world, who by thy cross and precious blood hast redeemed us:
All: Save us and help us, we humbly beseech thee, O Lord.
Take some time in silence. Or listen to the following hymn, Were You There When They Crucified My Lord
THE LORD’S PRAYER said by all
The service concludes with the following prayer. No blessing or dismissal is added.
All: Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, we pray you to set your passion, cross, and death between your judgment and our souls, now and in the hour of our death. Give mercy and grace to the living; pardon and rest to the dead; to your holy Church peace and concord; and to us sinners everlasting life and glory; for with the Father and the Holy Spirit you live and reign, one God, now and for ever. Amen
THE STATIONS OF THE CROSS
A pre-recorded video of a liturgy of the stations of the cross will be available by this Friday, April 3. It incorporates images of actual stations from churches around the diocese.
It is intended for use at home. You may meditate while at rest in your home, or you may wish to watch pausing the video after each station and take a brief walk between each station. The text of the liturgy can be read here: Stations of the Cross Liturgy
Other resources made known to us by churches in the diocese that can be adapted for use in your home.
+ Used by St. Christopher’s Pensacola https://www.amazon.com/We-Were-There-Advent Christmas/dp/0814623557 This is a booklet that can be ordered.
+ Used by St. Mary’s Andalusia https://onlineministries.creighton.edu/CollaborativeMinistry/stations.html
This is a simple online version with visual at each station.
+ Used by St. John's Mobile: Download document