Last year for Good Friday, we planned a service that followed a modified “stations [or way] of the cross.” Each station was framed by the traditional ancient text Adoramus te. We sang it in English in the version translated by Theodore Baker, made famous in The Seven Last Words of Christ by Theodore Dubois (see box; music can be found in The Hymnal for Worship and Celebration 597 as well as in Celebration Hymnal 230). Readings and prayers as noted are from “Prayers on the Way of the Cross” from the book Prayers by Michel Quoist (Sheed and Ward, Inc., 1963; used by permission www.rowmanlittlefield.com/sheed/). Each station was accompanied by at least one black-and-white slide with the station title; many of these were taken from a CD of religious clip art. Members of our eight-member vocal chorale also served as readers. All of the Scripture, commentary, and song texts were included in the bulletin.
The Way of the Cross
Scripture: Isaiah 52:13-15
Reading: The way of the cross is also the way to life; this a real Christian should never forget. (from Prayers)
Sung Prayer: “Christ, We Do All Adore Thee” [ensemble]
1. Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane
Hymn: “Go to Dark Gethsemane” (st. 1) PsH 381, PH 97, TWC 225
2. Jesus Betrayed by Judas
Scripture: John 18:1-11
3. Jesus Condemned by the Sanhedrin
Scripture: John 18:12-14
Hymn: “Go to Dark Gethsemane” (st. 2)
4. Jesus Denied by Peter
Scripture: John 18:15-23
Poem: “Judas, Peter”
—Luci Shaw, Polishing the Petoskey Stone, © 2003, Regent College Publishing, Vancouver.
5. Jesus Condemned by the People
Scripture: Isaiah 53:1-8
Hymn: “Ah, Holy Jesus” (st. 1-2) PsH 386, PH 93, RL 285, TH 248, TWC 231
6. Jesus Crowned with Thorns and Clothed in Purple
Sung Prayer: “Christ, We Do All Adore Thee”
7. Jesus Carries the Cross
You had no cross and you came to get ours, and all through your life, and along the way to Calvary, you took upon you, one by one, the sins of the world.
You have to go forward,
Lord, you walk on silently; is it true, then, that there is
Is it true that there is a time for struggling and another for the silent bearing of our sins and the sins of the world?
Lord, I would rather fight the Cross; to bear it is hard. The more I progress, and the more I see the evil in the world, the heavier is the Cross on my shoulders.
Lord, help me to understand that the most generous
8. Jesus Assisted by Simon of Cyrene
Hymn: “Christ, We Do All Adore Thee”
9. Jesus Meets the Women of Jerusalem
The Way of the Cross: A Service for Good Friday
Reformed Worship 78 © December 2005 Worship Ministries of the Christian Reformed Church. Used by permission.