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10th April 2020


By Ian Cardinal - Posted on 10 April 2020

Reflection for Good Friday

One of my earliest memories of my time within the Benefice is taking part in the Good Friday Walk of Witness. I was both impressed and humbled in equal measure. Impressed that so many people from the town took part as we processed silently along the high street following behind the cross as Dennis marked time on the big drum. Humbled because of the nature of the act we were taking part in. As we walked along I was aware that the world carried out around us in the shops and the cafes but also that many people stood and watched as we passed by. What were they thinking I wonder? Some no doubt thought it was a waste of time, a pointless act that meant nothing to today’s world. But others perhaps were prompted to think more deeply about their own relationship with God.

This year of course is different. No public act of remembrance or gathering for worship. How strange it will be. But perhaps in our “social distancing” and “lockdown” we might find that we connect with Good Friday in a different way. Perhaps even in a deeper way. In our isolation and enforced physical separation from loved ones we might be more aware of Christ’s own isolation and feeling of loneliness on that first Good Friday as the support of his followers ebbed away and the crowd turned from ‘Alleluia’ to ‘Crucify’.

Today I invite you to join with me (virtually) in journeying to the cross with Jesus through following the Stations of the Cross. Perhaps like me you could obtain some prints of the stations from the various sources on the internet and place them around your room moving from one to the other in turn. Or simply reflect on the stations using the bible passages below:

Station 1 - Jesus is condemned to death (John 19. 14-16)

Station 2 - Jesus receives his cross (John 19.17)

Station 3 - Jesus falls for the first time (Philippians 2: 6-8)

Station 4 - Jesus meets his mother (Luke 2: 34-35)

Station 5 - Simon of Cyrene helps Jesus to carry his cross - (Mark 15: 21)

Station 6 - Veronica wipes the face of Jesus (Psalm 27: 8-9)

Station 7- Jesus falls for the second time (Romans 7: 21-25)

Station 8 - Jesus speaks to the women of Jerusalem (Luke 23: 27-31)

Station 9 - Jesus falls for the third time (John 21.17)

Station 10- Jesus is stripped of his garments (Ephesians 4: 22-24)

Station 11 - Jesus is nailed to the cross (Luke 23:33)

Station 12 - Jesus dies on the cross (Luke 23: 44-47)

Station 13 - Jesus is taken down from the cross (John 19.32 - 34, 38)

Station 14 - Jesus is laid in the tomb (Roman 6: 3-4)

The readings are taken from the Walsingham Pilgrim Manual.

However you spend today be assured that nothing can separate us from the love of God.

Every Blessing

Father John

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