Good Friday – The Triduum

Act Two
Good Friday – The Triduum
Scene One – Fasting
Traditionally beginning after the Agape Meal
The Book of Common Prayer appoints Ash Wednesday and Good Friday as days of fasting.
On Ash Wednesday we fast in imitation of Jesus’ fast of 40 days in the wilderness. On Good Friday, we fast in thanksgiving for his crucifixion.

This thanksgiving is best expressed by the Fraction Anthem we have been saying throughout Lent:

O Lamb of God, that takest away the sins of the world,
have mercy upon us.

O Lamb of God, that takest away the sins of the world,
have mercy upon us.

O Lamb of God, that takest away the sins of the world,
have mercy upon us.

Traditionally, a strict fast such as the Good Friday fast entails eating nothing for the bulk of the day, and having a simple meal sometime after one has been to church for the Good Friday Liturgy. Some choose to extend the fast until after the Great Vigil of Easter. If you have medical issues, you should not fast.

Scene Two
Good Friday Liturgy April 14 at 7:30 pm
Nursery Care available 6:30 – 9:00 pm
This Liturgy marks Christ’s crucifixion, but it is not a funeral. Instead, the focus is on extolling the glory of the cross, through which all creation has been redeemed.

The Church is bare and the ministers enter in silence. The Liturgy of the Word concludes with the Choir singing the Passion According to John in a setting by Craig Phillips. The sermon and the Solemn Collects follow. In praying the Solemn Collects, we pray on behalf of the entire world for which Christ died.

After the Solemn Collects, a heavy wooden cross is brought in by a priest and positioned at the top of the Chancel steps. Time is allowed for worshippers to come forward and venerate the cross by kneeling before it, touching it, standing next to it, even kissing it.

During the Veneration of the Cross, the Choir sings The Reproaches, in a setting by Tomás Luis de Victoria. Christ, in the words of The Reproaches, rebukes us. We are to understand these rebukes as directed to all humanity, and that we all, through our sins, are brought to the judgment of the cross, and are there forgiven and saved by Christ. In response to the saving power of the cross, we conclude the Veneration by singing the ancient hymn Pange lingua (Sing, my tongue, the glorious battle).

The service concludes with a brief communion taken from the bread consecrated the night before at the Maundy Thursday service.

Scene Three
Sacrament of Reconciliation
April 14, 2017
In the Church after the Good Friday Liturgy with the Rev. Kate Wesch
In the Chapel after the Good Friday Liturgy with The Rev. Doyt Conn

Private and confidential, this sacrament is a healing way to end the Lenten season for any who wish to be restored to God because their relationship with God has been broken by sin.

For those unfamiliar with the service, the rite may be found beginning at page 446 in The Book of Common Prayer.