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  1. Paige says:

    Amen. So beautiful.


    A day of darkness, sorrowful contemplation and trying to imagine the confusion of the disciples….then and now… different circumstances.
    Blessed are those who mourn.

  2. Scooter Jones says:

    It was also a long dark night for Jesus on that evening of Passover.

    I can’t imagine what he experienced as he prayed that night, petitioning the Father to allow the cup he was about to partake of to be removed, if “possible.”

    It wasn’t possible and praise God He paid the ultimate price to redeem a rotten sinner like me!

  3. Martin Luther's Disciple says:

    This is a good hymn that says it all – especially the 2nd stanza “our God is dead”

    O Darkest Woe

    A Mournful Graveside Song on the Sorrowful Burial of Our Savior Jesus Christ, to Be Sung on Good Friday.

    O darkest woe!
    Ye tears, forth flow!
    Has earth so sad a wonder?
    God the Father’s only Son
    Now is buried yonder!

    O sorrow dread!
    Our God is dead!
    But by His expiation
    Of our guilt upon the cross
    Gained for us salvation.

    O child of man!
    It was the ban
    Of death on thee that brought Him
    Down to suffer for thy sins,
    And such woe hath wrought Him.

    See, stained with blood,
    The Lamb of God,
    The Bridegroom, lies before thee,
    Pouring out His life that He
    May to life restore thee.

    O Ground of fait,
    Laid low in death,
    Sweet lips now silent sleeping!
    Surely all that live must mourn
    Here with bitter weeping.

    O Virgin-born,
    Thy death we mourn,
    Thou lovely Star of gladness!
    Who could see Thy reeking blood
    Without grief and sadness?

    Yea, blest is he
    Whose heart shall be
    Fixed here, who apprehendeth
    Why the Lord of Glory thus
    To the grave descendeth.

    O Jesus blest,
    My Help and Rest,
    With tears I now entreat Thee:
    Make me love Thee to the last,
    Till in heav’n I greet Thee!

  4. John 20:29 says:

    #3 – Yes, blessed we are whose hearts are fixed here until we can somewhat comprehend why the Lord of Glory did this…
    time is relative they say, but sometimes it seems so slow – perhaps that, too, is a mercy?

  5. Duane Arnold says:

    In some of our traditions, following Maundy Thursday, the Stripping of the Altars is performed. The candles and cross are taken down, the hangings (linens, frontal, etc.) are removed. The priest in an alb and purple (or black) stole comes out and washes down the altar surface with wine and water. After it’s cleansing, a simple white cloth is placed on the altar with a simple wooden cross and two (or four) candles. It is left like this until the Easter vigil. It is indeed a time of desolation…

  6. Martin Luther's Disciple says:

    Duane, we strip and wash, but I don’t think we use wine. That is great addition.

  7. Captain Kevin says:

    My mind is numbed by what Jesus suffered for me. The sadness of both the Father and His Son overwhelms me.

  8. dusty says:

    For some reason this year on the blog this Holy week seems extra special to me and it seems others as well. I love that i got to spend it with all of you. Much love to all.

  9. Duane Arnold says:

    In NYC, we were able to obtain hyssop stalks with which to do the washing (which adds to the teaching aspect). Have not been able to do the same in Indy…

  10. Paige says:

    My husband and I have attended several “Service of Darkness” or “Tenebrae” services in recent years at a few different churches (Presbyterian, Lutheran, Crossroads)

    Very moving

    I think our favorite was presented by a very small conservative Presbyterian church. All decor in the church was either removed or covered with black draping. There was a very large 14 branch menorah candelabra on the stage. After each Bible reading of a verse or verses from the Passover meal to the Burial, a candle was extinguished and a mournful hymn (several Celtic style or Gregorian) was sung. Eventually, after the last reading of the stone being placed over the Tomb, the last candle is put out. The sanctuary was completely dark, and attendees went out in silence. Very somber and sobering atmosphere. Of course, the contrast on Resurrection Sunday is all the more profound.

    I had never heard of this type of service until about 9 years ago. We’ve attended them yearly since. It is a Good reminder on Good Friday, of the seriousness of Our Lord’s sacrifice, and once again, why we do this Christian way of life.

    Ask Google to find a Tenebra in your area. I think you will be blessed.

  11. em ... again says:

    Paige, that is beautiful… and appropriate, too … simple and, yet, profoundly detailed

  12. Linnea says:

    Thank you Michael, and thank you Paige. My youngest son professed Christ during a Tenebrae service in a non-denominational church, lead by an Episcopalian soon turned Anglican Bishop.

    Today was probably the most dark Good Friday I’ve spent. Many things to ponder.

    Praise God that He rose Jesus from the dead! We can cling to that and know that God has a plan.

  13. Jean says:

    The Lord has many reproaches against His church:

    “What have I done to you, O My people, and wherein have I offended you? Answer me. For I have conquered all your foes, and you have given Me over and delivered Me to those who persecute Me. For I have fed you with My Word and refreshed you with living water, and you have given Me gall and vinegar to drink. O My people.”

    In response, His church prays:

    “Holy Lord God, holy and mighty God, holy and most merciful Redeemer; God eternal, allow us not to lose hope in the face of death and hell. O Lord, have mercy.”

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