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The Solemn Liturgy of Good Friday

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Friday, March 25, 2016
5:30 pm High Altar

GOOD FRIDAY

Over the years, we've had many guest preachers meditate on the seven last words of Christ at the Three Hours Devotion. Among them:

Meditations on the Seven Last Words of Christ (2015) by Fr Austin, Fr Spurlock and Fr Daniels
Meditations on the Seven Last Words of Christ (2014) by Fr Mead, Fr Austin, Fr Spurlock and Fr Daniels
Jesus' Seven Last Words from the Cross (2012) by The Right Rev'd Dr Robert Gillies, Bishop of Aberdeen
Meditations on the Seven Last Words of Christ (2011) by Canon Andrew Diestche
Meditation on the Seven Last Words of Christ (2010) by The Very Reverend Joseph Britton
Seven Addresses on the Last Words of Our Lord from the Cross (2007) by Fr Andrew

Among some of the sermons preached at the 5:30pm Good Friday Liturgy are these:

Crucifixion & Clarity (2013) by Fr Daniels
The Blood is on Our Hands (2012) by Fr Spurlock
Father, Into Thy Hands I Commend My Rubbish (2011) by Fr Spurlock
I Thirst (2010) by Fr Austin
A Sermon for Good Friday (2008) by Fr Mead

Collect:

Almighty God, we beseech thee graciously to behold this thy family, for which our Lord Jesus Christ was contented to be betrayed, and given up into the hands of sinners, and to suffer death upon the cross; who now liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost ever, one God, world without end. Amen.

The Solemn Liturgy of Good Friday is the second of three services of the triduum (the first was last night, the third is tomorrow night). Today, the altar remains bare, stripped last night at the end of the Solemn Liturgy of Maundy Thursday. Because there is no extra ornamentation in the church whatsoever—no flowers and no colorful falls hanging on the pulpit or lectern—the church is as unadorned as you will ever see it. Even the crosses used in procession are simple black and red. There are no torches flanking the crosses.

Celebrant: Fr Turner

Preacher: Fr Austin

Deacon: Fr Spurlock

Subdeacon: Fr Daniels

Sung by: The Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys

The Solemn Liturgy of Good Friday


Lesson: Isaiah 52:13 — 53:12

Psalm: 22:1-11 Deus, Deus meus Plainsong (Tone II1)

Epistle: Hebrews 10:1-25

Hymn: (See leaflet)
Sing my tongue, the glorious battle
PANGE LINGUA

Passion: according to Saint John, Plainsong, Solemn Tone

Hymn: (See leaflet)
Cross of Jesus, cross of sorrow
CROSS OF JESUS

Reproaches: adapted from Tomás Luis de Victoria (1548-1611)

Motet: Crux fidelis, inter omnes, King John IV of Portugal (1603-1656)

Hymn: (See leaflet)
The royal banners forward go
VEXILLA REGIS

Agnus Dei: from Missa quarti toni, Tomás Luis de Victoria

Motet: Salvatur mundi, Thomas Tallis (c. 1505-1585)

Motet: Crucifixus etiam pro nobis, Antonio Lotti (c. 1667-1740)


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