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Click here to download a PDF of this lovely household resource that supports the celebration of Good Friday at home.


On Good Friday we commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus. The calendar date of Good Friday varies from year to year, along with Lent and Easter, but it is always the Friday before Easter. It is a gloomy day of silence and prayer and the only day of the liturgical year on which we do not celebrate the Eucharist. The origin of the name "Good Friday" is unknown. Some believe it comes from an older name, "God's Friday". Good Friday was called "Long Friday" by the Anglo-Saxons and is called "Good Friday" in some places.

The portion of John's Gospel known as The Passion (John 18-19) is often read on Good Friday. As we read, it is important to understand that these texts were written in a context, to acknowledge that they were mistakenly used to perpetrate anti-Semitism and violence against Jewish people, and to remind yourself that it is Roman Was the kingdom that Jesus killed. Crucifixion was a common form of public execution at the time. It is believed that the crucifixion of Jesus took place at the gates of Jerusalem on Golgotha, also called Golgotha.


So they took Jesus; and he carried the cross alone and went out to the place of the skull, which in Hebrew is called Golgotha. There they crucified him and two others with him, one on either side, with Jesus between them. When the soldiers crucified Jesus, they took his clothes and divided them into four pieces, one for each soldier. They also took his tunic; Now the tunic was seamless and woven in one piece from above. So they said to each other, "Let's not tear it up, let's throw a lot for it to see who will get it." This was to fulfill what is written in Scripture: "They divided my clothes among themselves and threw lots for my clothes." And that's exactly what the soldiers did. Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother and his mother's sister, Mary, the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple he loved standing next to him, he said to his mother: "Woman, here is your son." Then he said to the disciple: Here is your mother. And from that hour on, the disciple took her to his own house. Afterward, when Jesus knew it was all ready, He said (to fulfill the scripture), “I'm thirsty.” There was a glass of sour wine there. So they put a sponge full of wine on a sprig of hyssop and put it to his mouth. When Jesus received the wine, he said, "It is finished." Then he lowered his head and gave up the ghost. (John 19: 17-31)


At the end of the Maundy Thursday liturgy, the bedclothes are removed from the altar and the sanctuary is darkened. We remember how barren and lonely the world would feel without the life and love of Jesus. On Good Friday we immerse ourselves in the heartbreaking story of the crucifixion of Jesus. Think about the objects and works of art in your home that remind you of the life of Jesus. Cover these items or put them away until Easter.

Put a cross in a room where you can sit and pray. If you don't have a cross, create one from what you have at home. Darken your home for a while. Put away distractions. Silence loud devices. Sit on the cross and meditate or pray. What did you notice? How do you feel? What laments, worries, and prayers bring you to the cross? What do you hear when you listen to the silence?


Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, we ask you to put your passion, your cross and your death between your judgment and our souls now and at the hour of our death. Give mercy and grace to the living; Forgiveness and rest to the dead; peace and harmony to your holy church; and for us eternal life and glory; for with the Father and the Holy Spirit you live and rule, one God, now and forever. Amen.

The Book of Common Prayer, Church Publishing, 1979, p. 282, adapted.

More on Good Friday

Who Killed Jesus ?: Uncovering the Roots of Anti-Semitism in the Gospel Story of the Death of Jesus by John Dominic Crossan, Harper One, 1996.

Entering the Passion: A Beginner's Guide to Holy Week by Amy-Jill Levine, Abingdon Press, 2018.

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