Eric Gill Jesus and Pilate

Invitation to Worship

The Lamb of God is slain for us.

Come, let us follow him on the way of the cross.


O Holy One, + open my lips,

~and my mouth shall proclaim your praise.


Hymn for Good Friday

The humble myst’ry of a cross Proclaims the greatness of our God.

The wondrous maker of all flesh– Himself as man our path has trod.


What David prayed upon his harp We see today has come to be!

Our mighty Lord does rule the world–From humble cross for all to see.


O blest are you on whose poor arms Was placed all human destiny.

You weighed the love of God’s own Son– Who by his death has set us free.


To you, Eternal Persons Three, Whom all in heav’n and earth adore;

You showed your love in Jesus Christ To save this world for ever more. Amen.



Antiphon One

God did not spare the only Son, but gave him up for  the  life of all.

Psalm 50/51

Have mercy on me, O God, in your loving kindness;

in your compassion blot out my offenses.

Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,

and cleanse me from my sin.


I know full well my misdeeds,

and my sin is always before me.

Against you, against you have I sinned,

and done what is evil in your sight.


Yet you look for truth in my inmost being,

and teach me wisdom in my heart.

Purify me that I may be clean,

wash me, make me brighter than snow.


Create in me a pure heart O God,

and renew a right spirit within me.

Cast me not away from your presence,

and take not your holy Spirit from me. 


Deliver me from death, O God my Savior,

that my tongue may sing of your justice.

O Holy One, open my lips,

and my mouth will proclaim your praise.


You have no delight in sacrifices;

burnt offerings from me would not please you.

The sacrifice you accept is a humble spirit;

a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not spurn.

God did not spare the only Son, but gave him up for  the  life of all.


Antiphon Two

The Lamb of God is slain for us,

come let us follow him on the way of the cross.

Psalm 55/56

Have mercy on me, God, men crush me;

they fight me all day long and oppress me

My foes trample me down;

how many fight proudly against me!


When I am afraid, I hope in you,

in You, in whose promise I trust.

I trust in you, why should I fear?

What can mere mortals do against me?


All day they twist my words,

plotting evil and harm against me.

They hide themselves, waiting in ambush,

track me down to take my life.


Can nations escape their crimes?

Won’t your justice bring them down?

Have you not  kept account of my turmoil,

and a record of my tears written in your book?

Then my enemies will retreat

on the day I call to you for help.


I am certain of this: God is on my side.

I glory in the promise that you made

I trust you without hesitation or fear;

what can mere mortals do to me?


I will fulfill my vows to you, O God,

offer gifts of thanksgiving  to you.

You have saved me from the  brink of death

and kept my feet from stumbling.

I will walk with you, Adonai,

and enjoy the light of life.

The Lamb of God is slain for us,

come let us follow him on the way of the cross.

Antiphon Three

By his wounds, we have been healed.

Psalm 84/85

O Holy One, you have blessed your land

and averted the destruction of Jacob,

You forgave your people’s iniquity

covering all of their shame,

You blessed them and raised up new hope;

Forgiving with merciful love.


Revive us now, God, our Helper!

Refine us with the Fire of your Love!

Restore once again our life,

That all people may rejoice in you!

Show us your Love and Compassion

And grant us your saving help.


I will hear what Adonai has to say,

Speaking with a voice of peace,

Peace for this people and the saints

Who turn their hearts to Love:

New life is drawing near,

Glory is filling the land.


Kindness and faithfulness have embraced

Righteousness and peace have kissed.

Truth sprouts from the earth,

While justice leans down from heaven.


Adonai will grant what is good,

And Earth will bear her fruit;

Justice will walk ahead

And guide us in the ways of peace.

 By his wounds, we have been healed.


READING  Isaiah 52:13-15

Behold, my servant shall prosper, he shall be raised high and greatly exalted.

Even as many were amazed at him–so marred was his appearance beyond that of mortals–  So shall he startle many nations, because of him,

emperors and kings will stand speechless.



Christ became obedient for us unto death, even to death on a cross.




Above his head was posted the charge:

“Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews.”

Canticle of Zachariah

Blessed + be Adonai, the God of Israel,

Who visits this people to set us free

Raising for us a sign of salvation

In the house and family of David.


God promised throughout past ages

In words of holy prophets

To save us from our enemies,

And from the control of our oppressors.


Adonai favored our ancestors

And remembered the sacred covenant.

The pledge to Abraham and Sarah

Is now renewed for us;


That freed from the grip of our foes

We might worship without fear

And be both just and holy

For the rest of our days.


And you, child, called “prophet of the Most High,”

Will go ahead to prepare the way,

By teaching this people of salvation

Through forgiveness of their sins.


For the loving compassion of the Holy One

As the Rising Sun will shine upon us

To illumine the darkness and dispel death’s shadow

To guide our feet on the way of peace.

Above his head was posted the charge:

“Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews.”



Intercessory Prayer

You were anointed by the Spirit to proclaim liberty to all those in bondage to oppression and sin; ~ free us from all that keeps us from following you.


You went up to Jerusalem to suffer and enter into your glory,

~bring us all to the Passover feast  where humanity and the rest of Earthkind celebrate liberation.


You took up the unleavened bread of liberation, blessed God for it, broke it and gave it to your disciples as a sacrament of your self-giving life and love ~ may we who share this bread break ourselves in loving service.  


You were tortured, stripped, crucified and pierced with a soldier’s lance;

~heal our wounds and the wounds of all who are tortured by injustice and sin.


You forgave both the repentant thief and the unrepentant who condemned and nailed you to the cross; ~forgive us our sins and help us to forgive those who sin against us.


You made the cross into the tree of life,

~share its fruit with all those reborn in the Easter sacraments so they may share this fruit with a starving world.



Prayer of Jesus

Our Father…


Closing Prayer

Gracious God of infinite Compassion, you sent Jesus as the Incarnation of your unselfish love.  His way of life frees us from sin and his way of dying destroys the power of death.  May our celebration of these Three Holy Days enable us to enter more deeply into the Mystery of his suffering, death, and burial,  so that we may more fully experience the new life and joy of his resurrection, both here on earth and in heaven where you live and love, One God, forever and ever.  Amen


May the God of Compassion + bless and guide us

as we follow Jesus on the way of the cross.  ~Amen.


Let us bless the world with peace.

~And give thanks to God.