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Good Friday, Part 3: The Reproaches of the Cross

The “Solemn Reproaches of the Cross” is an ancient text from the Western tradition of Christian worship that is used in many Good Friday services. The reproaches follow the pattern of Psalm 78, which rehearses God’s acts of faithfulness and Israel’s repeated rebellion. There are different versions of this, but here is the one we use:

Thus says the Lord: What have I done to you, O My people, and wherein have I offended You? Answer Me. For I have raised you up out of the prison house of sin and death, and you have delivered up your Redeemer to be scourged. For I have redeemed you from the house of bondage, and you have nailed your Savior to the cross. O My people. (Micah 6:3-4)

Holy Lord God, holy and mighty God, holy and most merciful Redeemer; God eternal, leave us not to bitter death. O Lord, have mercy.

Thus says the Lord: What have I done to you, O My people, and wherein have I offended You? Answer Me. For I have conquered all your foes, and you have given Me over and delivered Me to those who persecute Me. For I have fed you with My Word and refreshed you with living water, and you have given Me gall and vinegar to drink. O My people. (Jeremiah 2:6-7)

Holy Lord God, holy and mighty God, holy and most merciful Redeemer; God eternal, allow us not to lose hope in the face of death and hell. O Lord, have mercy.

Thus says the Lord: What have I done to you, O My people, and wherein have I offended You? Answer Me. What more could I have done for My vineyard that I have done for it? When I looked for good grapes, why did it yield only bad? My people, is this how you thank your God? O My people. (Isaiah 5:2-4)

Holy Lord God, holy and mighty God, holy and most merciful Redeemer; God eternal, keep us steadfast in the true faith. O Lord, have mercy.

3 Thoughts on “Good Friday, Part 3: The Reproaches of the Cross

  1. I have been attending worship in a Lutheran Missouri Synod Congregation for 10 years and this Good Friday service was my first experience with the Reproaches of the Cross. I looked up the verse 2 sections of scripture and the scripture in the bible does not come across as the same as written above. This troubles me. I felt a very strong interference of man in these reproaches. I felt a strong feeling of quilt but not from God. I have read and heard intuition cannot be trusted when believing in scripture but it is difficult for me to not rely on it. God’s word has moved me in many ways in my life to follow Him and be His servant. But to me these are not God’s word.

  2. Thanks for the thoughts. I would be interested in your fleshing this out some more. I do not see the problem with the application of these verses to the church. It seems to me that we can apply the rebellion of Israel to the church. But I might not be understanding your point. Again, you would have to clarify the point specifically.

  3. Sterling work…I need to know more about this. As a pastor of a small, poor church and bi-vocational, I am trying more and more to center worship on Christ and the Cross.

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