The shape of liturgy for Holy Friday varies from place to place and among various faith communities. Typically, if the Eucharist is celebrated at all it is offered only in the morning hours, and during the afternoon and evening liturgical prayers are shaped around the Passion story. Sacramentals such as the Stations, or the Veneration of the Holy Cross may be experienced, especially among those of the Roman Church, and the somber nature of the day makes way for silent meditation. In many traditions, there is no music offered after the hours of the cross are observed, but the vast well of musical resources reflective of the day are hard to overlook. Pastoral sensitivity, as well as church tradition, needs to guide the preparation for this day (and all days).
Click on Scripture Lessons below for study links and resources for each individual pericope:
look with mercy on this your family
for which our Lord Jesus Christ was content to be betrayed
and given up into the hands of sinners
and to suffer death upon the cross;
who is alive and glorified with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
in the cross of Jesus
we see the cost of our sin
and the depth of your love:
in humble hope and fear
may we place at his feet
all that we have and all that we are,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.