EntranceThe 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
PsalmPsalm 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 18:1-19:42The Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ according to John.
Solemn Intercessions
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,
One and only noble Tree!
None in foliage, none in blossom,
None in fruit thy peer may be;

Sweetest wood, and sweetest iron!
Sweetest weight is hung on thee.

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]
The Easter Triduum: Good Friday