GOOD FRIDAY CONTEMPLATIONS - Three Hours at the Cross
We have divided the three hours Christians have traditionally spent contemplating the Cross of Christ on Good Friday into six half-hour sections. Every section can stand as a half-hour service in itself: if you are not able to stay for the whole three hours, they are designed so that you can join in for as long as is best for you: remember; the workers who worked half an hour received the same reward as those who worked all day!
The structure of each section is as follows (AVAILABLE TO DOWNLOAD BELOW):
A Collect (one of the prayers from the Church's year), a psalm, a reading (this year all are from the Gospel of Matthew), a poem, a short talk, a piece of music and silence.
Good Friday is the time for a quiet pondering of the wonder of God's love and what Jesus has done for us.
I would recommend praying the collect out loud, reading the Gospel either twice or slowly or both and reading the poem first in your head and then saying it as if you were reading it to someone else, (- if the writer to the Hebrews was right and we are surrounded by a huge cloud of witnesses, and the Lord himself is with us, - you are!)
Then simply click on the 'play' triangle for the talk and the music and be still.
If you picked up a stone last night, please put it somewhere visible and or hold it during the listening parts of the service.
If you could not be at the Maundy Thursday evening service, please find a stone you can hold in your hand; hold it during the listening parts of today then put it somewhere where you will see it through the rest of today and tomorrow and be able to find it on Sunday morning.