How to Celebrate Good Friday

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“To the casual observer, there was nothing unusual about these six hours.

To the casual observer, this Friday was a normal Friday. Six hours of routine. Six hours of the expected.

Six hours. One Friday.” 

- Six Hours One Friday by Max Lucado

Good Friday is nearly upon us. Nestled in amongst the jubilant triumph of Palm Sunday, the cryptic messages and chaos of Maundy Thursday and the enduring joy of Easter Sunday. A day of sadness, grief, despair but a day that is pivotal to the message of the Gospels and of Grace. 

How, therefore, does the Church commemorate such a powerful, thought-provoking day? 

Bible

 Stations at the Cross

Open up your Church building for the day with stations for members of the congregation to sit and reflect at. 
At each station include a passage, prayer and maybe a small, reflective activity to encourage contemplation. 
Examples could be lighting a candle in remembrance, writing names of specific people who need prayer or feet washing stations. 

 Private Reflection

If you’re unable to make it to Church on Good Friday, take the opportunity for some personal reflection. 

You could meditate upon the Gospel accounts of Good Friday found in:

Matthew 27
Mark 15
Luke 23
John 19 

Hot Cross Buns

 Eating (or not… ) 

Traditionally, hot cross buns, a spiced sweet bun made with currants or raisins, are enjoyed on Good Friday. The cross maks on the bun symbolises the crucifixion of Jesus and the spices represent the embalming of his body. 
Others choose to observe Good Friday by fasting for 24 hours. 

Good Friday Worship

  Worship

Whilst there aren’t “Easter Carols”, there are many traditional hymns and contemporary songs associated with Good Friday, including:

The Power of the cross
When I Survey the Wondrous Cross 
Once Again
 In Christ Alone 
The Wonderful Cross 

Traditionally, Good Friday is a time of quiet contemplation and therefore not the time for loud, hand clapping, foot stomping praise. Instead, why not pop on a CD and reflect upon the gift of the cross?

However, you choose to celebrate this Good Friday may you remember the gift of Grace. 

Good Friday is 30th March 2018. Easter resources, books and CDs are available to buy now

14th March

March 14th, 2018 - Posted & Written by Laura White

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