The Foot of the Cross
Church News | Friday, 30 March 2018 |
On Good Friday many of us spent a beautiful, quiet and poignant hour at the Foot of the Cross. At the chancel-end of the church isle there were five candles aflame, and as we progressed through the service so the candles were extinguished one by one. We had prayers and readings telling of the agony of Jesus’ journey that led to his death on the cross. A reading from Isaiah 52: foretold the fate of the Messiah, then in a reading from John 18: we heard about the arrest of Jesus. Continuing with a follow-on reading from John, it told us of Jesus’ sham of a trial and Peter's denial, we then heard of Jesus' trial before Pontius Pilate who seemed totaly bewildered as to why the Jews wanted Jesus to die, but we were told that eventually Pilate gave in to the crowds and handed Jesus over to be crucified. The final reading from John 19: Tells of the cruel death of Jesus and of the sacrifice he made for us all.
Between each reading we had prayers, the extinguishing of the candles and silences. After each prayer we sang a beautiful Taize chant that can be found in the hymnal no. 562. At the end of the service we remained seated to sing that lovely hymn ‘Be still for the presence of the Lord’.
‘Lord Jesus, wounded and crushed; You gave your life that we might Live’. We sang the beautiful chant and the final candle was extinguished…