Good Friday

April 18, 2014 at 12:01 am
Detail from Crucifixion, Pietro Cavallini, from San Domenico Maggiore in Naples,  1308

Detail from Crucifixion, Pietro Cavallini, from San Domenico Maggiore in Naples, 1308

7:30 am Morning Prayer & Mass of the Pre-Sanctified

Sanctified bread from last evening’s worship has been on the Altar of Repose throughout the night vigil. This is the consecrated bread which will be consumed at the Mass of the Pre-Sanctified (there will be no consecration today).

10 am Stations of the Cross

(especially suitable for children and families but all are welcome )

The Stations are a series of fourteen pictures, designed for devotional purposes, which show significant incidents in the last journey of Christ, from Pilate’s house to his tomb. This is a very common, powerful and universal Christian devotion, especially popular during Lent and Passiontide. It is the custom to visit the Stations in order, praying and meditating on each event in Our Lord’s journey to his death. All who attend this service are encouraged to participate in this simple and dramatic representation of the “Via Dolorosa”, or Way of Suffering. At the end of the service, the children prepare a table top tomb in an Easter garden and roll a stone across the mouth of the cave.

12-3 pm The Three Hour Service

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Poems for Good Friday (pdf)

Today we gather to remember the sacrifice that Our Lord Jesus Christ made for us and for the whole world. We hope that everyone will come for all or part of this service. The beautiful music sung by our choir and the hymns in which we will all join reflect the solemnity of this holy day, interwoven with meditations on the last words of Chris.

Dr. John Baxter, our Good Friday preacher, is a Professor in the English Department at Dalhousie University, with a particular interest in Renaissance Poetry, Shakespearean Drama, and the tradition of Literary and Rhetorical Theory descending from Aristotle. His current project is a book-length study with the working title Shakespeare and the Name of Action.  Some parishioners may recollect his fine Good Friday addresses delivered here at St. George’s in Lent 2008, as well as his splendid sermon series, “Perilous Stuff: Poems of Religious Meditation” at Sunday Choral Evensongs during Lent 2006.  He was subsequently awarded the Joseph M. Schwartz Memorial Essay Prize for this Evensong Sermon Series.

Moments of silent meditation are provided throughout the service. (If you are arriving or leaving during the service, please do so quietly and during the singing of hymns, if possible. Please use the Brunswick Street entrance unless you are unable to climb the stairs.)