The Three Hours Devotion

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Friday, April 18, 2014
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.

Having been stirpped bare the night before, the altar of Saint Thomas is completely unadorned. Worship our Lord with us from the foot of the Cross, and meditate on his seven last words.

Officiant: Fr Mead

Preacher: Fr Mead, Fr Austin, Fr Spurlock & Fr Daniels

Sung by: The Gentlemen of the Choir

Hymn: Beneath the cross of Jesus
Words: Elizabeth Cecilia Clephane

First Word: Luke 23:34

Hymn: There is a green hill far away,
Words: C. F. Alexander

Psalm: 102:1 - 17, Domine, exaudi

Second Word: Luke 23:43

Hymn: When I survey the wondrous cross
Words: Isaac Watts

Psalm: 32, Beati quorum

Third Word: John 19:25 - 27

Hymn: Were you there when they crucified my Lord?
African - American Spiritual

Psalm: 130, De profundis

Fourth Word: Matthew 27:46

Hymn: Cross of Jesus, cross of sorrow,
Words: William J. Sparrow - Simpson

Psalm: 22 :1 - 19, Deus, Deus meus

Fifth Word: John 19:28

Hymn: O sacred head, sore wounded,
Words: Paulus Gerhardt

Psalm: 69:1 - 22, Sal vum me fac

Sixth Word: John 19:30

Hymn: Ah, holy Jesus, how hast thou offended,
Words: Johann Heermann, tr. Robert Seymour Bridges

Psalm: 27, Dominus illuminatio

Seventh Word: Luke 23:46

Hymn: My song is love unknown,
Words: Samuel Crossman

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