Good Friday Service 2020:

The Way of the Cross

 

The devotion known as the Way of the Cross is an adaptation to local usage of a custom widely observed by pilgrims to Jerusalem: the offering of prayer at a series of places in that city traditionally associated with our Lord’s passion and death.

 

The number of stations, which at first varied widely, finally became fixed at fourteen. Of these, eight are based directly on events recorded in the Gospels.  The remaining six (numbers 3, 4, 6, 7, 9, and 13) are based on inferences from the Gospel account or from pious legend.  These six stations are omitted.

 

First Station

Jesus is condemned to death

Meditation by Jennifer Seaver

 

Second Station

Jesus takes up his cross

He was despised from Messiah     by G.F. Handel

Isaiah 53: 3; 50: 6

Meditation by Julie May, alto

 

Third Station

The Cross is laid on Simon of Cyrene

Meditation by Joe McAllister

 

Fourth Station

Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem

Weeping Mary   Spiritual, arr. by H. T. Burleigh         

Meditation by Cathy Stout, soprano

 

If there’s anybody here like weeping Mary,

Call upon your Jesus, and He’ll draw nigh.

O, glory, glory be to Jesus. Glory be to my God, who rules on high!

 

Fifth Station

Jesus is stripped of his garments

Meditation by Cathy Stout

 

Sixth Station

Jesus is nailed to the Cross

Crucifixion    Spiritual, arr. by J Rosamond Johnson

Meditation by Dan Williams, tenor

 

They crucified my Lord, and He never said a mumbaling word;

Not a word, not a word, not a word.

They nailed him to the tree, and He never said a mumbaling word;

Not a word, not a word, not a word.

They pierced him in the side, and He never said mumbaling word;

Not a word, not a word, not a word.

The blood came twinking down, and He never said a mumbaling word;

Not a word, not a word, not a word.

He bowed His head and died, and He never said a mumbaling word;

Not a word, not a word, not a word.

 

 

Seventh Station

Jesus dies on the Cross

Meditation by The Rev. Paul S. Hunt

Won’t Someone Let Him Down    Sweeney

 

 

Eighth Station

Jesus is laid in the tomb

Into the Woods  by Peter Lutkin

Meditation by Dan Williams, tenor

 

Into the woods my Master went, Clean forspent, forspent;

Into the woods my Master went, Forspent with love and shame.

But the olives they were not blind to Him, The little gray leaves were kind to Him,

The thorn-tree had a mind to Him, When into the woods He came.

 

Out of the woods my Master went, And He was well content;

Out of the woods my Master came, Content with death and shame.

When death and shame would woo Him last, From under the trees they drew Him last,

‘Twas on a tree they slew Him last, When out of the woods He came.

 

 

Music for the Veneration of the Cross

O sacred head sore wounded    by Dietrich Buxtehude

Performed by Elizabeth Cochran, Organist

First Station
Second Station
Third Station
Fourth Station
Fifth Station
Sixth Station
Seventh Station
Eight Station

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West Chester, PA 19382-3404
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