Worship at Home for Good Friday

“Tenebrae” is the Latin word meaning shadows.  As scriptures are read, candles are extinguished, and the sanctuary is darkened. To do this at home, set out 7 candles that you will extinguish after each of the readings. When the final candle is extinguished, you may wish to dim all the lights and sit prayerfully for a few minutes.

SERVICE OF TENEBRAE

Lighting of the Candles

Prayer: Holy God, this is the end of Holy Week. What began with so much joy and hope on Sunday ends in betrayal, denial, confusion, mockery and death on Friday. In our lives, we have betrayed and been betrayed. We have denied and been denied. We have been confused and caused confusion. We have mocked and been mocked. We all will face death. Jesus knows our pain and hopes. It is through Jesus’ death that we are forgiven and loved. Jesus remember and forgive us. Amen.

First Reading      Betrayal and Arrest         John 18:1-14

Hymn    “Go to Dark Gethsemane”            

Go to dark Gethsemane,
Ye that feel the tempter’s pow’r;

Your Redeemer’s conflict see;
Watch with him one bitter hour;
Turn not from his griefs away;
Learn from him to watch and pray.
Author: James Montgomery (1825) Tune: Redhead, Public Domain

Second Reading                Jesus, Peter and the High Priest
                                John 18:15-27

 

Hymn    “Go to Dark Gethsemane”            

See him at the judgement hall,
Beaten, bound, reviled, arraigned;
See him meekly bearing all!
Love to man his soul sustained.

Shun not suffering, shame, or loss;
Learn of Christ to bear the cross.

Third Reading    Jesus and Pilate                 John 18:28-40

Hymn    “O Sacred Head, Now Wounded”               

O sacred Head, now wounded,
with grief and shame weighed down,

Now scornfully surrounded with thorns,
thine only crown,
O sacred Head, what glory,
What bliss till now was thine!
Yet, though despised and gory,
I joy to call thee mine.
Author: Latin 12th Century att. Bernard of Clairvaux,,  Melody: Hans Hassler, Harm by Johann Sebastian Bach, Public Domain

Fourth Reading                 Jesus is Declared King     John 19:1-16a

Hymn    “O Sacred Head, Now Wounded”               

How art thou pale with anguish,
With sore abuse and scorn;
How does that visage languish
Which once was birth as morn!
O make me thine forever,
And should I fainting be,
Mine, mine was the transgression,
But thine the deadly pain.

 

 

Fifth Reading     Jesus is Crucified               John 19:16b-30

Hymn    “O Sacred Head, Now Wounded”               

What language shall I borrow
To thank the, dearest Friend,
For this thy dying sorrow,
Thy pity without end?
O make me thine forever,
And should I fainting be,
Lord, let me never, never,
Outlive my love to thee.

Sixth Reading    Jesus’ Side is Pierced       John 19:31-37

Hymn    “Were You There”             

Were you there when they crucified my Lord?

Were you there when they crucified my Lord?

Oh....Sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble. Were you there when they crucified my Lord?
African-American Spiritual, Public Domain

Seventh Reading              Jesus is Buried    John 19:38-42

Hymn    “Were You There”             

Were you there when they laid him in the tomb?

Were you there when they laid him in the tomb?

Oh....Sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble. Were you there when they laid him in the tomb?

SILENT PRAYER  

You are invited to pray silently and meditate on the crucifixion.

 

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