|Entrance||The priest and the other ministers go to the altar in silence. All kneel as the priest and the deacon prostrate themselves. The priest goes to the chair and prays the opening prayer.|
|LITURGY OF THE WORD|
|First Reading||Isaiah 52:13-53:12|
|Psalm||Psalm 30 (‘Father, into your hands’, Geoffrey Boulton Smith)|
|Second Reading||Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:7-9|
|Gospel Acclamation||‘Praise to you, O Christ’ (Alan Rees, OSB)|
|Gospel||John 18:1-19:42||The Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ according to John.|
|THE ADORATION OF THE HOLY CROSS|
|Showing of the Cross||‘Behold the wood of the Cross’ (Stephen Dean)||The Cross is shown three times, and each time the music is sung slightly higher, racheting up the tension.|
|Adoration of the Cross|
‘Sing, my tongue, the glorious battle’ (Venantius Fortunatus, 6th century)
Faithful Cross! above all other,
Sweetest wood, and sweetest iron!
This is one of several traditional texts that are prescribed for the Good Friday liturgy. It is by the 6th century poet St Venantius Fortunatus, Bishop of Poitiers, translated in the 19th century by John Mason Neale. Like his other masterwork ‘Vexilla Regis’ (The royal banners forward go’), the hymn sounds the fundamental note of the Triduum: the victory of the risen Christ over death in a “glorious battle”.
We sing the hymn to its traditional chant melody, but its refrain ‘Crux fidelis’ (Faithful Cross) was a favourite with Renaissance polyphonic composers.
|HOLY COMMUNION||‘Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom’ (Taizé)|
|[notes on the Easter Vigil will be added on Friday]|