We welcome you to St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church and to this service. We hope this commemoration of our Lord’s death is a meaningful part of your observance of Holy Week and Easter.
Good Friday is the second of the “Great Three Days” (in Latin, Triduum sacrum), and is the most somber and desolate day of the Christian calendar. In token of this desolation, the church sanctuary is completely bare. The liturgical color is black, the color of mourning and death, for today we remember Jesus’ death. Good Friday teaches us that we must die with Jesus, who died for us. We are reminded that it is only within the love of Jesus that we can do this hard work of acknowledging what within us needs to die, for Christ to be alive in us.
Our Good Friday service includes a form of intercession known as the Solemn Collects, dating from early Rome, when we pray for the world. Then, just as Jesus shared the last supper with his disciples before his passion and death, so we gather tonight to share Holy Communion before we trace his steps to the Cross. We then soberly walk the Stations of the Cross. Each station tells a part of the story of how Jesus makes his way to the cross at Calvary. There is a point in our service when we can write our sins on pieces of paper and nail them to the cross. These papers will then be burned and the prayers for healing released to the grace of our loving God.
We encourage your participation in the prayers and in the musical response (the Trisagion, sung three times) at each station. We pray that the words and music will draw you deeply into this very moving service, entering fully into the Passion of Christ.