Good Friday 3/30

Good Friday 3/30

Good Friday (March 30, 12:00pm & 5:30pm): On this day the church commemorates the crucifixion and death of Jesus.  At St. Peter’s there will be services at both noon and at 5:30 in the evening.  The noon service is a service of prayer, contemplation and reflection called Stations of the Cross.  Worshippers walk the way of the cross that is depicted on the image/stations on the walls of our sanctuary. This is an ancient practice that slows us down to walk with Jesus on his last day of life.  The evening service is a traditional Good Friday Liturgy. The clergy and acolytes are dressed in black and enter in silence and, though the mood is somber, the Good Friday liturgy is not a funeral.  We remember Jesus’ suffering and death while celebrating the victory over death he has won for us now.  The liturgy has three distinctive parts.  The first is a liturgy of the Word in which we hear a passion gospel and pray a series of intercessions called the Solemn Collects.  The second part of the service is the Veneration of the Cross – all are invited to come near to a large wooden cross to pray. It concludes with Eucharist from the reserved sacrament from Maundy Thursday evening, after which all remaining communion sacrament is returned to the earth and the sanctuary candle is extinguished, not to be lit again until after the first Eucharist of Easter.

 

Article by Mary Alice Bird

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