Our Good Friday service is always one of my favorites in the year. The service had moments of silent meditation and singing of hymns that reflect the depth of Christ’s death, such as “Stricken, Smitten, and Afflicted,” “O Sacred Head Now Wounded,” and “Ah, Holy Jesus.”
Thinking about Christ and his death has a certain sense of “weightiness” to it that is hard to describe. I cannot imagine what it would have been like to live through that Sabbath after Good Friday. Thanks be to God for the resurrection of Jesus Christ!
Here is one of Thomas Cranmer’s collects for Good Friday (based on Ezekiel 18:23, 33:11 and John 10:16):
Merciful God, who has made all men, and hatest nothing that thou has made, nor wouldest the death of a sinner, but rather that he should be converted and live; have mercy upon all Jews, Turks, Infidels and heretics, and take from them all ignorance, hardness of heart, and contempt of thy word: and so fetch them home, blessed Lord, to thy flock, that they may be saved among the remnant of the true Israelites, and be made one fold under one shepherd, Jesus Christ our Lord; who liveth and reignth with thee and the holy ghost, now and forever. Amen.