Worship At Home, Good Friday

 

 

Because of the complexity of the Good Friday Liturgy, taking the time to read these few notes can help make your navigation of this page smoother, and therefore less distracting as you begin your Worship experience. If you are already familiar with our Online Worship you can probably skip the notes. Click here to open the 'Notes'

 

the Reading of the Passion is provided in two different styles:

  •  The choral reading in three voices. This is how the Passion has typically been proclaimed at Corpus Christi.
  •  The text as it appears straight from the bible. This format would probably be less distracting for one person to read.

Both are sectioned into four parts with a sung Kyrie position between the sections.

The two reading choices will appear in each of the sections like this, click the one you want:

Click here for the text of Passion formatted for three voices, Section One

Click here for the un-formatted text of the Passion, Section one

 

Each section also has an audio recording of that section you can listen to as an alternative to and/or while reading the text.

 

If your browser supports tabs it should be possible to start an audio clip and then open the associated image of the music score to sing along with the recording:

The music scores are place beneath the audio clips and can be clicked to enlarge:

 

 

 


Welcome to Worship at Home with Corpus Christi Church

Good Friday

 

Our liturgy continues

The emphasis today is on the cross. On this day we remember in solemn celebration that Jesus suffered and died for us, we are reminded that this is not a somber day, but a day to celebrate the glory of the cross. How do we make sense of the cross? How do we make sense of our own suffering? How do we make sense of the world’s suffering? Jesus is never more real, more human, more embodied, more identified with us, than he is on the cross. Christ died for us, not because we are bad people or worthless sinners, but because we are loved, because we are his sisters and brothers. The arc of God’s love is long, never ending, and knows no boundaries. We move deeper into the paschal mystery, the mystery of life and death in our own lives.

 

 We gather in silence and prayer.

The First Reading

A reading from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah
See, my servant shall prosper,
he shall be raised high and greatly exalted.
Even as many were amazed at him,
so marred was his look beyond human semblance
and his appearance beyond that of the sons of man,
so shall he startle many nations,
because of him kings shall stand speechless;
for those who have not been told shall see,
those who have not heard shall ponder it.
Who would believe what we have heard?
To whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?
He grew up like a sapling before him,
like a shoot from the parched earth;
there was in him no stately bearing to make us look at him,
nor appearance that would attract us to him.
He was spurned and avoided by people,
a man of suffering, accustomed to infirmity,
one of those from whom people hide their faces,
spurned, and we held him in no esteem.
Yet it was our infirmities that he bore,
our sufferings that he endured,
while we thought of him as stricken,
as one smitten by God and afflicted.
But he was pierced for our offenses,
crushed for our sins;
upon him was the chastisement that makes us whole,
by his stripes we were healed.
We had all gone astray like sheep,
each following his own way;
but the LORD laid upon him
the guilt of us all.
Though he was harshly treated, he submitted
and opened not his mouth;
like a lamb led to the slaughter
or a sheep before the shearers,
he was silent and opened not his mouth.
Oppressed and condemned, he was taken away,
and who would have thought any more of his destiny?
When he was cut off from the land of the living,
and smitten for the sin of his people,
a grave was assigned him among the wicked
and a burial place with evildoers,
though he had done no wrong
nor spoken any falsehood.
But the LORD was pleased
to crush him in infirmity.
If he gives his life as an offering for sin,
he shall see his descendants in a long life,
and the will of the LORD shall be accomplished through him.
Because of his affliction
he shall see the light in fullness of days;
through his suffering, my servant shall justify many,
and their guilt he shall bear.
Therefore I will give him his portion among the great,
and he shall divide the spoils with the mighty,
because he surrendered himself to death
and was counted among the wicked;
and he shall take away the sins of many,
and win pardon for their offenses.
The Word of the Lord

Thanks be to God

 

The Psalm

R. I place my life into your hands, into your hands.

Shelter, be my shelter, do not let me be condemned.
In your justice rescue me.
Into your hands I entrust my breath;
you will deliver me from death.

R. I place my life into your hands, into your hands.

Nothing, I am nothing; to my friends a thing to be feared,
and a laughingstock to my foes.
Out on the street people hurry past,
leave me lie garbage, broken glass.

R. I place my life into your hands, into your hands.

But I, I have learned to trust in you;
My word is: “You are my God.
my life is in your hands: deliver me
from those who want me dead.”

R. I place my life into your hands, into your hands.

O shine on your servant,
save me in your love.
Be strong, let your heart take courage,
all who live in God.

R. I place my life into your hands, into your hands.

 

The Second Reading

A reading from the Letter to the Hebrews
Brothers and sisters:
Since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens,
Jesus, the Son of God,
let us hold fast to our confession.
For we do not have a high priest
who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses,
but one who has similarly been tested in every way,
yet without sin.
So let us confidently approach the throne of grace
to receive mercy and to find grace for timely help.
In the days when Christ was in the flesh,
he offered prayers and supplications with loud cries and tears
to the one who was able to save him from death,
and he was heard because of his reverence.
Son though he was, he learned obedience from what he suffered;
and when he was made perfect,
he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him.
The word of the Lord

Thanks be to God


The Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ

(Provided in four parts)

(Part 1):

 

Click here for the text of Passion formatted for three voices, Section One

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The Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John.
Jesus went out with his disciples across the Kidron valley
to where there was a garden,
into which he and his disciples entered.
Judas his betrayer also knew the place,
because Jesus had often met there with his disciples.
So Judas got a band of soldiers and guards
from the chief priests and the Pharisees
and went there with lanterns, torches, and weapons.
Jesus, knowing everything that was going to happen to him,
went out and said to them, “Whom are you looking for?”
They answered him, “Jesus the Nazorean.”
He said to them, “I AM.”
Judas his betrayer was also with them.
When he said to them, “I AM, “
they turned away and fell to the ground.
So he again asked them,
“Whom are you looking for?”
They said, “Jesus the Nazorean.”
Jesus answered,
“I told you that I AM.
So if you are looking for me, let these men go.”
This was to fulfill what he had said,
“I have not lost any of those you gave me.”
Then Simon Peter, who had a sword, drew it,
struck the high priest’s slave, and cut off his right ear.
The slave’s name was Malchus.
Jesus said to Peter,
“Put your sword into its scabbard.
Shall I not drink the cup that the Father gave me?”

 

 

Kyrie:

 

(Part 2):

 

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So the band of soldiers, the tribune, and the Jewish guards seized Jesus,
bound him, and brought him to Annas first.
He was the father-in-law of Caiaphas,
who was high priest that year.
It was Caiaphas who had counseled the Jews
that it was better that one man should die rather than the people.
Simon Peter and another disciple followed Jesus.
Now the other disciple was known to the high priest,
and he entered the courtyard of the high priest with Jesus.
But Peter stood at the gate outside.
So the other disciple, the acquaintance of the high priest,
went out and spoke to the gatekeeper and brought Peter in.
Then the maid who was the gatekeeper said to Peter,
“You are not one of this man’s disciples, are you?”
He said, “I am not.”
Now the slaves and the guards were standing around a charcoal fire
that they had made, because it was cold,
and were warming themselves.
Peter was also standing there keeping warm.
The high priest questioned Jesus
about his disciples and about his doctrine.
Jesus answered him,
“I have spoken publicly to the world.
I have always taught in a synagogue
or in the temple area where all the Jews gather,
and in secret I have said nothing.  Why ask me?
Ask those who heard me what I said to them.
They know what I said.”
When he had said this,
one of the temple guards standing there struck Jesus and said,
“Is this the way you answer the high priest?”
Jesus answered him,
“If I have spoken wrongly, testify to the wrong;
but if I have spoken rightly, why do you strike me?”
Then Annas sent him bound to Caiaphas the high priest.
Now Simon Peter was standing there keeping warm.
And they said to him,
“You are not one of his disciples, are you?”
He denied it and said,
“I am not.”
One of the slaves of the high priest,
a relative of the one whose ear Peter had cut off, said,
“Didn’t I see you in the garden with him?”
Again Peter denied it.
And immediately the cock crowed.

 

 

 

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Then they brought Jesus from Caiaphas to the praetorium.
It was morning.
And they themselves did not enter the praetorium,
in order not to be defiled so that they could eat the Passover.
So Pilate came out to them and said,
“What charge do you bring against this man?”
They answered and said to him,
“If he were not a criminal,
we would not have handed him over to you.”
At this, Pilate said to them,
“Take him yourselves, and judge him according to your law.”
The Jews answered him,
“We do not have the right to execute anyone, “
in order that the word of Jesus might be fulfilled
that he said indicating the kind of death he would die.
So Pilate went back into the praetorium
and summoned Jesus and said to him,
“Are you the King of the Jews?”
Jesus answered,
“Do you say this on your own
or have others told you about me?”
Pilate answered,
“I am not a Jew, am I?
Your own nation and the chief priests handed you over to me.
What have you done?”
Jesus answered,
“My kingdom does not belong to this world.
If my kingdom did belong to this world,
my attendants would be fighting
to keep me from being handed over to the Jews.
But as it is, my kingdom is not here.”
So Pilate said to him,
“Then you are a king?”
Jesus answered,
“You say I am a king.
For this I was born and for this I came into the world,
to testify to the truth.
Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.”
Pilate said to him, “What is truth?”
When he had said this,
he again went out to the Jews and said to them,
“I find no guilt in him.
But you have a custom that I release one prisoner to you at Passover.
Do you want me to release to you the King of the Jews?”
They cried out again,
“Not this one but Barabbas!”
Now Barabbas was a revolutionary.
Then Pilate took Jesus and had him scourged.
And the soldiers wove a crown out of thorns and placed it on his head,
and clothed him in a purple cloak,
and they came to him and said,
“Hail, King of the Jews!”
And they struck him repeatedly.
Once more Pilate went out and said to them,
“Look, I am bringing him out to you,
so that you may know that I find no guilt in him.”
So Jesus came out,
wearing the crown of thorns and the purple cloak.
And he said to them, “Behold, the man!”
When the chief priests and the guards saw him they cried out,
“Crucify him, crucify him!”
Pilate said to them,
“Take him yourselves and crucify him.
I find no guilt in him.”
The Jews answered,
“We have a law, and according to that law he ought to die,
because he made himself the Son of God.”
Now when Pilate heard this statement,
he became even more afraid,
and went back into the praetorium and said to Jesus,
“Where are you from?”
Jesus did not answer him.
So Pilate said to him,
“Do you not speak to me?
Do you not know that I have power to release you
and I have power to crucify you?”
Jesus answered him,
“You would have no power over me
if it had not been given to you from above.
For this reason the one who handed me over to you
has the greater sin.”
Consequently, Pilate tried to release him; but the Jews cried out,
“If you release him, you are not a Friend of Caesar.
Everyone who makes himself a king opposes Caesar.”
When Pilate heard these words he brought Jesus out
and seated him on the judge’s bench
in the place called Stone Pavement, in Hebrew, Gabbatha.
It was preparation day for Passover, and it was about noon.
And he said to the Jews,
“Behold, your king!”
They cried out,
“Take him away, take him away!  Crucify him!”
Pilate said to them,
“Shall I crucify your king?”
The chief priests answered,
“We have no king but Caesar.”
Then he handed him over to them to be crucified.

 

 

Kyrie:

 

 

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So they took Jesus, and, carrying the cross himself,
he went out to what is called the Place of the Skull,
in Hebrew, Golgotha.
There they crucified him, and with him two others,
one on either side, with Jesus in the middle.
Pilate also had an inscription written and put on the cross.
It read,
“Jesus the Nazorean, the King of the Jews.”
Now many of the Jews read this inscription,
because the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city;
and it was written in Hebrew, Latin, and Greek.
So the chief priests of the Jews said to Pilate,
“Do not write ‘The King of the Jews,’
but that he said, ‘I am the King of the Jews’.”
Pilate answered,
“What I have written, I have written.”
When the soldiers had crucified Jesus,
they took his clothes and divided them into four shares,
a share for each soldier.
They also took his tunic, but the tunic was seamless,
woven in one piece from the top down.
So they said to one another,
“Let’s not tear it, but cast lots for it to see whose it will be, “
in order that the passage of Scripture might be fulfilled that says:
They divided my garments among them,
and for my vesture they cast lots.

This is what the soldiers did.
Standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother
and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas,
and Mary of Magdala.
When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple there whom he loved
he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son.”
Then he said to the disciple,
“Behold, your mother.”
And from that hour the disciple took her into his home.
After this, aware that everything was now finished,
in order that the Scripture might be fulfilled,
Jesus said, “I thirst.”
There was a vessel filled with common wine.
So they put a sponge soaked in wine on a sprig of hyssop
and put it up to his mouth.
When Jesus had taken the wine, he said,
“It is finished.”
And bowing his head, he handed over the spirit.
Now since it was preparation day,
in order that the bodies might not remain on the cross on the sabbath,
for the sabbath day of that week was a solemn one,
the Jews asked Pilate that their legs be broken
and that they be taken down.
So the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first
and then of the other one who was crucified with Jesus.
But when they came to Jesus and saw that he was already dead,
they did not break his legs,
but one soldier thrust his lance into his side,
and immediately blood and water flowed out.
An eyewitness has testified, and his testimony is true;
he knows that he is speaking the truth,
so that you also may come to believe.
For this happened so that the Scripture passage might be fulfilled:
Not a bone of it will be broken.
And again another passage says:
They will look upon him whom they have pierced.
After this, Joseph of Arimathea,
secretly a disciple of Jesus for fear of the Jews,
asked Pilate if he could remove the body of Jesus.
And Pilate permitted it.
So he came and took his body.
Nicodemus, the one who had first come to him at night,
also came bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes
weighing about one hundred pounds.
They took the body of Jesus
and bound it with burial cloths along with the spices,
according to the Jewish burial custom.
Now in the place where he had been crucified there was a garden,
and in the garden a new tomb, in which no one had yet been buried.
So they laid Jesus there because of the Jewish preparation day;
for the tomb was close by.
The Gospel of the Lord

Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ

 


The Homily

Deacon Glenn Skuta:

 

Over the years, there have been times when I’ve said to people: “Wow – you are really living Lent this year”. It has been on occasions when their own personal suffering has coincided in time with Lent in a given year – when they’ve been diagnosed with cancer or some other illness just as Lent begins, for example; when their child has started suffering from psychological issues in the Lenten season; when a loved one has died during Lent. They were forced to live Lent in a deep, troubling, meaningful way – like it or not, and usually, “not”. The pain and suffering and privation of Lent and of Jesus’ passion. This year we, and the whole world, are living Lent perhaps at a whole different level than we’ve ever experienced it before.
The fear of the virus, stay at home orders, quarantines, the sudden disappearance of toilet paper and cleaning supplies. We’ve had to give up things involuntarily – things we never imagined in the past in a typical Lent. Fasting has taken on a whole new meaning.
Charities are reaching out more than ever – even as many struggle to figure out how to fend for themselves. And many who are able are responding to support local businesses, to give to charities who are ensuring the poorest of the poor are not left behind in this crisis. Almsgiving has taken on a whole new meaning.
And we’ve all been required to slow down our all-too-busy and hectic lives. So many events canceled. Schools and businesses closed. Traffic on the roads a thing of the past! How are we using the “extra” time we now have? Are we using some of it to pray more? To talk to God. To hold each other in our hearts, when we can’t hold each other in our arms? Prayer has taken on a whole new meaning.
On Good Friday, we remember the suffering of Jesus. Not to dwell on the suffering itself, but to marvel at the love of God in Jesus that took on that suffering for us, voluntarily. And all the while knowing that the suffering is not the end of the story. It is merely the prequel to the glory of the resurrection – of Jesus overcoming his suffering and death, and his promise of victory over suffering and death that Jesus promises to us.
Through Good Friday, suffering has taken on a whole new meaning. Death itself has taken on a whole new meaning. Pandemic and fear and suffering and illness and isolation and privation take on a whole new meaning.
Yes, we are all really living Lent this year.
And that means that we will soon really be living Easter this year too. That whole glorious Easter Season, from Easter until 50 days later on Pentecost, when we reclaim the life and freedom and love that Christ has won for us through his Passion, death, and Resurrection!
A Blessed Good Friday to you all.

Solemn Intersessions

These very solemn traditional prayers make us aware that Christ died out of love for all people. As an important part of our ministry as the baptized we lift up these prayers today as a community.
1. For the Holy Church
2. For the Pope
3. For all orders and degrees of the faithful
4. For catechumens
5. For the unity of Christians
6. For the Jewish people
7. For those who do not believe in Christ
8. For those who do not believe in God
9. For those in public office
10. For those in tribulation
11. For the afflicted in time of pandemic

 

Solemn Intercessions – formatted for two voices

Un-formatted text of the Solemn Intercessions

 

SOLEMN INTERCESSIONS
My sisters and brothers in Christ, let us lift up our prayers as we lift up the cross:
Proclaiming our Lord as the Way that leads to peace, the Truth that cannot be silenced, and the Life that will not be entombed.

 

I. For Holy Church
Let us pray, dearly beloved, for the Holy Church of God,
May the Lord our God be pleased to give her peace,
to guard her and to unite her throughout the whole world and grant that, leading our life in tranquility and quiet,
we may glorify God the Father almighty.
Prayer in silence.
Almighty ever-living God,
who in Christ revealed your glory to all the nations,
watch over the works of your mercy,
that your Church, spread throughout all the world,
may persevere with steadfast faith in confessing your name.
Through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

 

II. For the Pope
Let us pray also for our most Holy Father Pope Francis,
May the Lord our God,
who chose him for the Order of Bishops,
keep him safe and unharmed for the Lord’s Holy Church.
Prayer in silence.
Almighty ever-living God,
by whose decree all things are founded,
look with favor on our prayers
and in your kindness protect Pope Francis, whom you have chosen.
Under his pastoral care may we, your flock, grow in living faith.
Through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

 

III. For all orders and degrees of the faithful
Let us pray also for our Bishop, Bernard Hebda,
for all Bishops, Priests, and Deacons of the Church
and for the whole of the faithful people.
Prayer in silence.
Almighty ever-living God,
by whose Spirit the whole body of the Church
is sanctified and governed,
hear our humble prayer for your ministers.
With the gift of your grace,
may all serve you faithfully.
Through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

 

IV. For catechumens
Let us pray also for our catechumens,
Lord God, open wide the ears of their inmost hearts
to the Word and unlock the gates of divine mercy,
Set them free from sin by the water of re-birth, so
they, too, may be one with Christ Jesus our Lord.
Prayer in silence.
Almighty ever-living God,
who make your Church ever fruitful with new offspring,
increase the faith and understanding of our catechumens,
that, reborn in the font of Baptism,
they may be added to the number of your adopted children.
Through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

 

V. For the unity of Christians
Let us pray also
for all our brothers and sisters who believe in Christ,
May the Lord our God bring us to deeper unity and keep us together, one holy Church seeking to live one truth.
Prayer in silence.
Almighty ever-living God,
who gather what is scattered
and keep together what you have gathered,
look kindly on the flock of your Son.
We share one baptism, which sanctifies and forms us as your own.
May we be joined together by integrity of faith
and united in the bond of charity.
Through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

 

VI. For the Jewish people
Let us pray also for the Jewish people,
to whom the Lord our God spoke first.
May the love they bear for the name they do not speak grow, and may they be faithful to the covenant they cherish.
Prayer in silence.
Almighty ever-living God,
who promised fidelity to Abraham and Sarah
and their countless descendants,
graciously hear the prayers of your Church,
that the people you first made your own
may attain the fullness of redemption.
Through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

 

VII. For those who do not believe in Christ
Let us pray also for those who do not yet believe in Christ. May the light of the Holy Spirit shine on them and guide them into the pathway of salvation.
Prayer in silence.
Almighty ever-living God,
for those who, with sincerity of heart, walk always in your presence, let every path explored and each step taken lead surely and finally to the Truth.
May our love be a more perfect witnesses to your love in the world.
Through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

 

VIII. For those who do not believe in God
Let us pray also for those who do not yet believe in God. May their quest for truth be sincere and single-hearted and may all the paths by which they seek the truth lead them to God.
Prayer in silence.
Almighty ever-living God,
our hearts are restless, for you have made them so. You have made them restless until they rest in you, yet many obstacles hide your face from the eyes of the world.
May all recognize the signs of your fatherly love
and the witness of the good works
done by those who believe in you,
and so in gladness confess you,
the one true God and Father of our human race.
Through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

 

IX. For those in public office
Let us pray also for those in public office.
Lord God, direct their minds and hearts towards true peace and freedom for all.
Prayer in silence.
Almighty ever-living God,
in whose hand lies every human heart
and the rights of peoples, look with favor, we pray,
on those who govern with authority over us.
Throughout the whole world, may the prosperity of peoples, the assurance of peace,
and freedom of religion
may through your gift be made secure.
Through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

 

X. For those in tribulation
Let us pray, for a world where falsehood is no more, for an end to ravages of famine, epidemic and disease; for a stop to crime and violence, for the liberation of every shackled mind and body, safety for the traveler, for pilgrims to return, healing for the sick and a peaceful passage home to God for those now at death’s door.
Prayer in silence.
Almighty ever-living God,
comfort of mourners, strength of all who toil,
may the prayers of those who cry out in any tribulation
come before you,
that all may rejoice,
because in their hour of need
your mercy was at hand.
Through Christ our Lord.
Amen

 

IX. For the afflicted in time of pandemic
Let us pray also for all those who suffer the consequences of the current pandemic, that God may grant health to the sick, strength to those who care for them, comfort to families and salvation to all the victims who have died.
Prayer in silence.
Almighty ever-living God,
only support of our human weakness,
look with compassion upon the sorrowful condition of your children who suffer because of this pandemic; relieve the pain of the sick, give strength to those who care for them, welcome into your peace those who have died and, throughout this time of tribulation,
grant that we may all find comfort in your merciful love.
Through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

 

 


Veneration of the Cross

At this time, find a cross in your home and take a moment to venerate the cross while perhaps joining in singing with the music. There is no right or wrong way to venerate the cross. Many people kneel and kiss the cross. Some simply lay a hand. Others bow their head and pray. Chose whatever is comfortable.

 

 

Pie Jesu:

(no music score provided)

 

 

Were You There:

 

 

O God, Why Are You Silent?:

 

 

Gracious God,
we ache for your guidance and strength.
Hear us when we cry out to you in fear, anger, and disappointment.
Pull away all things that keep us far from you.
Help us lead a life of forgiveness, peace, and love.
Open our eyes to see the true and lasting love you have for the whole
human race through your Son, Jesus, in whose name we pray.

Amen

 

 

We depart in silence…