Good Friday Tenebrae

The Tenebrae service gets its name from the Latin word for darkness. You may want to light a candle, extinguishing it during the Passion reading.

GOOD FRIDAY TENEBRAE SERVICE

PRAYER OF THE DAY

Merciful God, your Son was lifted up on the cross to draw all people to himself. Grant that we who have been born out of his death may at all times find mercy in him, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

O Crucified Jesus, Son of the Father, conceived by the Holy Spirit,

born of the Virgin Mary, eternal Word of God,

we worship you.

O crucified Jesus, holy temple of God,

dwelling place of the Most High, gate of heaven, burning flame of love,

we worship you.

O crucified Jesus, sanctuary of justice and love,

full of kindness, source of faithfulness,

we worship you.

O crucified Jesus, ruler of every heart, in you are all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge,

in you dwells all the fullness of the Godhead,

we worship you.

Jesus, Lamb of God, have mercy on us.

Jesus, bearer of our sins, have mercy on us.

Jesus, redeemer of the world, grant us peace.

[a time of silence]

Almighty God, 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 to suffer death on the cross; who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.

HYMN “Jesus, Keep Me Near the Cross”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cQuZd14ZIJ4

Passion Story from The Gospel of John

Read John 18-19

HYMN “Were You There”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6wa6PusugYU

THE BIDDING PRAYER

A brief silence follows each intercession.

We pray for the church throughout the world. . .

We pray for Pastor Laurie Jungling and Pastor Liz Eaton, our bishops, for Pastor Phil and Pastor Beth our pastors, and all servants of the church. . .

We pray for the Jewish people, the first to hear the word of God. . .

We pray for those who do not share our faith in Jesus Christ. . .

We pray for those who do not believe in God. . .

We pray for God’s creation. . .

We pray for those who serve in public office. . .

We pray for those in any need. . . and we pray for all afflicted by the coronavirus. . .

Finally, we pray: THE LORD’S PRAYER

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us;

and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever. AMEN

HYMN “Ah, Holy Jesus”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m7MpWAKltos

The Solemn Reproaches are an ancient litany of Western Christendom dating to the 9th century. They were used at the ending of a Good Friday service. The reproaches follow the pattern of Psalm 78, which rehearses God’s continuing acts of faithfulness and Israel’s repeated rebellion. Each reproach follows a similar pattern, calling to mind God’s saving acts and concluding with the same words: “but you have prepared a cross for your Savior.” Following each reproach the congregation responds with a prayer for mercy, “Holy God, holy and mighty, holy and immortal, have mercy on us.” The service may then conclude with an appropriate hymn or spiritual, and the worshipers depart in silence.

If you desire to not use the Solemn Reproaches, the closing line: “We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you. By your holy cross you have redeemed the world.” is a fitting end for your Tenebrae:

Solemn Reproaches

O my people, O my church, what have I done to you?

How have I offended you? Answer me.

I led you out of slavery into freedom, and delivered you through the waters of rebirth, but you have prepared a cross for your Savior.

Holy God, holy and mighty, holy and immortal, have mercy on us.

O my people, O my church, what more could I have done for you?

Answer me.

Forty years I led you through the desert, feeding you with manna on the way; I saved you from the time of trial and gave you my body, the bread of heaven, but you have prepared a cross for your Savior.

Holy God, holy and mighty, holy and immortal, have mercy on us.

O my people, O my church, what more could I have done for you?

Answer me.

I led you on your way in a pillar of cloud and fire, but you led me to the judgment hall of Pilate; I guided you by the light of the Holy Spirit, but you have prepared a cross for your Savior.

Holy God, holy and mighty, holy and immortal, have mercy on us.

O my people, O my church, what more could I have done for you?

Answer me.

I planted you as my fairest vineyard, but you brought forth bitter fruit; I made you branches of the vine and never left your side, but you have prepared a cross for your Savior.

Holy God, holy and mighty, holy and immortal, have mercy on us.

O my people, O my church, what more could I have done for you?

Answer me.

I poured out saving water from the rock, but you gave me vinegar to drink; I poured out my life and gave you the new covenant in my blood, but you have prepared a cross for your Savior.

Holy God, holy and mighty, holy and immortal, have mercy on us.

O my people, O my church, what more could I have done for you?

Answer me.

I gave you a royal scepter, but you gave me a crown of thorns; I gave you the kingdom and crowned you with eternal life, but you have prepared a cross for your Savior.

Holy God, holy and mighty, holy and immortal, have mercy on us.

O my people, O my church, what more could I have done for you?

Answer me.

I struck down your enemies, but you struck my head with a reed; I gave you my peace, but you draw the sword in my name, and you have prepared a cross for your Savior.

Holy God, holy and mighty, holy and immortal, have mercy on us.

O my people, O my church, what more could I have done for you?

Answer me.

I opened the waters to lead you to the promised land, but you opened my side with a spear; I washed your feet as a sign of my love, but you have prepared a cross for your Savior.

Holy God, holy and mighty, holy and immortal, have mercy on us.

O my people, O my church, what more could I have done for you?

Answer me.

I lifted you up to the heights, but you lifted me high on a cross; I raised you from death and prepared for you the tree of life, but you have prepared a cross for your Savior.

Holy God, holy and mighty, holy and immortal, have mercy on us.

O my people, O my church, what more could I have done for you?

Answer me.

I grafted you into my people Israel, but you made them scapegoats for your own guilt, and you have prepared a cross for your Savior.

Holy God, holy and mighty, holy and immortal, have mercy on us.

O my people, O my church, what more could I have done for you?

Answer me.

I came to you in the least of your brothers and sisters, but I was hungry and you gave me no food, thirsty and you gave me no drink, a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me, and you have prepared a cross for your Savior.

Holy God, holy and mighty, holy and immortal, have mercy on us.

After a brief silence, conclude with these words:

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you.

By your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

As you reflect quietly, may these words serve as a blessing on your way:

Be at peace. May Jesus Christ, who for our sake became obedient unto death, even death on a cross, keep you and strengthen you this night and forever. Amen

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