The Three Hours Devotion

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Friday, March 30, 2018
12:00 pm High Altar


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


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 Reverend Fleming Rutledge delivered this year's meditations on the seven last words of Christ

About This Service

The Three Hours Devotion is one of the best opportunities you will find to put yourself in a contemplative state of mind, one which is open to experiencing the mystery of God incarnate sacrificed for those he created and loves.

The service involves a series of meditations on the last seven words of Christ spoken from the cross. Between each meditation, there are prayers, hymns and long periods of silence.

While we encourage you to come for the entire three hours if you are able, we understand that many worshipers can be here only for shorter periods of time. Even if you are able to be with us for only a half hour or an hour, please do come. We ask, however, if you must leave early, that you please leave during the singing of a hymn so that you do not disrupt the periods of silence, during which many worshipers pray and meditate in their pews.

The service ends at 3pm, the traditional time we commemorate the death of Christ, at which point the bell tolls 33 times.


The First Word: Saint Luke 23:34 0:00-17:45
The Second Word: Saint Luke 23:43 17:45-32:22
The Third Word: Saint John 19:25-27 32:22-48:30
The Fourth Word: Saint Matthew 27:46 48:30-5:56
The Fifth Word: Saint John 19:28 01:05:57-01:23:18
The Sixth Word: Saint John 19:30 01:23:18-01:37:35
The Seventh Word: Saint Luke 23:46 01:37:35-01:53:56

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