“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?
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.
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:
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.
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
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.
March 14th, 2018 - Posted & Written by Laura White