March 25, 2016
At the heart of the Good Friday liturgy is the passion according to John, which proclaims Jesus as a triumphant king who reigns from the cross. The ancient title for this day—the triumph of the cross—reminds us that the church gathers not to mourn this day but to celebrate Christ’s life-giving passion and to find strength and hope in the tree of life. In the ancient bidding prayer we offer petitions for all the world for whom Christ died.
Almighty God, we ask you to look with mercy on your family for whom our Lord Jesus Christ was willing to be betrayed and to be given over to the hands of sinners and suffer death on the cross; who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.
Good Friday – We remember Jesus’ crucifixion on the cross. After being arrested in the Garden of Gethsemane, being betrayed by one his own disciples, Judas Iscariot, abandoned by those closest to him, he was wrongly convicted by the religious leaders, and received massive physical abuse. Once sentenced to death by the Roman leader Pontius Pilate, Jesus receives the worst punishment-crucifixion on the cross. Even on the cross our Lord was abandoned by the Father God who could not stand the sins of the people taken on by Christ. That’s why Jesus cries out, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” After his death, Jesus’ body is laid in a never-used garden tomb.