Rather than just linking to Kendall Harmon’s Holy Week category at TitusOneNine as I’ve been wont to do on Good Friday in past years, I thought it would be good if I did a round up of some of Kendall’s best Good Friday entries from today (so far) and years’ past… As I did in last night’s Maundy Thursday roundup, I’ll post several prayers in full, and then post links to quotes, poems, music, sermon excerpts, etc.
Lord Jesus Christ, who for the redemption of mankind didst ascend the cross, that thou mightest enlighten the world that lay in darkness: gather us this day with all they faithful to that same holy cross; that, gazing in penitence upon thy great sacrifice for us, we may be loosed from all our sins, and entering into the mystery of thy passion, be crucified to the vain pomp and power of this passing world; and finding our glory in the cross alone, we may attain at last thy everlasting glory, where thou, the lamb that once was slain, reignest with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever. Amen.
O Christ, who by the thorns pressed upon thy head hast drawn the thorns from the sorrows of this world, and given us a crown of joy and peace: Make us so bold as never to fear suffering, nor to suffer without cheerfulness in thy service; to the glory of thy holy name.
Lord Christ, who didst enter into thy triumph by the hard and lonely way of the cross: May thy courage and steadfast loyalty, thy unswerving devotion to the Father’s will, inspire and strengthen us to tread firmly and with joy the road which love bids us to take, even if it leads through suffering, misunderstanding, and darkness. We ask it for thy sake, who for the joy that was set before thee endured the cross, despising the shame, O Lord, our strength and our Redeemer.
O God, whose blessed Son endured the loneliness and darkness of the cross, that we might enjoy eternal fellowship with thee: Grant that amidst life’s shadows we may know that we are never forsaken, but that we are ever walking in the light of thy countenance; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.
Lord Jesus Christ, who didst for me endure the horror of deep darkness, teach me by the depth of thine agony the vileness of my sin, and so bind me to thyself in bonds of gratitude and love that I may be united with thee in thy perfect sacrifice, my Saviour, my Lord, and my God.
O holy and ever-blessed Jesus, who being the eternal Son of God and most high in the glory of the Father, didst vouchsafe in love for us sinners to be born of a pure virgin, and didst humble thyself unto death, even the death of the cross : Deepen within us, we beseech thee, a due sense of thy infinite love; that adoring and believing in thee as our Lord and Saviour, we may trust in thy infinite merits, imitate thy holy example, obey thy commands, and finally enjoy thy promises; who with the Father and the Holy Ghost livest and reignest, one God, world without end.
O holy and adorable Redeemer, by whose condemnation we are acquitted, by whose stripes we are healed, by whose death we have life, by whose cross we gain our crown: Keep us, we beseech thee, ever mindful of thy boundless love; and when thou dost call on us to bear for a while thy cross, like Simon of old, make us to rejoice that we are counted worthy to suffer for thy sake, and accept our feeble sacrifice, through the merits of thine eternal redemption. (W. E. Scudamore (Rector of Ditchingham and Fellow of Saint John’s College, Cambridge)
O God, the Father of mankind, who didst suffer thine only Son to be set forth as a spectacle despised, derided, and scornfully arrayed, yet in his humiliation to reveal his majesty: Draw us, we beseech thee, both to behold the Man and to worship the King, immortal, eternal, world without end. Amen.
Hear us, O merciful Lord, and remember now the hour in which thou didst commend thy blessed spirit into the hands of thy heavenly Father; and so assist us by this thy most precious death, that dying unto the world, we may live unto thee; and that at the hour of our departing from this mortal life, we may be received into thine everlasting kingdom, there to reign with thee, world without end.
Dear Lord, who hast blessed us with the gift of family life, that we may learn to love and care for others: We praise thee for the example of thy Son Jesus Christ, who even when deserted and betrayed by closest friends took thought for his mother and his disciple. Open our eyes to recognize in all men the claims of kinship, and stir our hearts to serve them as brethren called with us into the sonship of thy love.
Almighty and eternal God, who in thy great love didst give thine only Son to die for our sins, and for the sins of the whole world: Enable us, we beseech thee, by thy Holy Spirit, to worship thee with reverence, and meditate with humility upon those mighty acts by which thou didst bring redemption to thy people; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.
Poems, Quotes, Sermon Excerpts…
- John Donne—Good Friday, 1613, Riding Westward
- George Herbert—The Sacrifice
- Richard John Neuhaus on Good Friday
- Of Which Wood Shall we Eat this day? (Martin Luther)
- Lord George Carey’s 2014 Good Friday Sermon
- “The love that Jesus showed on the Cross: love that endures and that saves”
- Good Friday is about the central and pivotal idea of a “happy exchange”
- Good Friday—A Five Year Old Gives Just a Glimpse of What the Cross Really Means
- For I the Lord have slain (John Newton)
- All generations shall lament and bewail themselves more than him (Martin Luther)
- Charles Spurgeon on the Dying Thief
- The Agony (George Herbert)
- His Damnation our Liberation, His Defeat our Victory (Karl Barth)
- How shall I measure out thy bloud? (George Herbert)
- The Carpenter’s Son (A. E. Housman)
- And so we come to Good Friday (Benedict XVI)
- Ian Poulton’s Good Friday Sermon 2012 – Five Words from Matthew: Surely
- The 2012 Good Friday Homily of Father Raniero Cantalamessa (Preacher of the Papal Household)
- To open that Kingdom to them (St Thérèse of Lisieux)
- Father Cantalamessa’s Good Friday Homily 2011
- Meditations for Good Friday Via Crucis by Augustinian Sister Maria Rita Piccione
- Father Cantalamessa’s Good Friday Homily 2010
- A Ballad of Trees and the Master (–Sidney Lanier 1842-1881 )
- The Seven Last Words
- The Twelve –Allen Tate (1899-1979)
- Who was Jesus? –Attributed to Gregory of Nazianzus (329-389)
- Roosters –Elizabeth Bishop (1911 – 1979)
- Father Cantalamessa’s Sermon on Good Friday 2009
- Archbishop Thomas Menamparampil of India: Meditations for Good Friday 2009
MUSIC & SERMONS – Audio & Video links – (I’m in the process of checking these links, not all may be working)
- J.S. Bach: “O Sacred Head, Now Wounded” (Choir of King’s College, Cambridge)
- Try this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3M4uUJibpvw
- A Sermon for Good Friday: Tim Keller on 5 things the Cross Teaches us about Suffering