At each station, we stopped and there was a reading from a person identified as the First Voice who either told us “This was the way it was” when what he read came from what we are told in Scripture, or “This was the way it might have been” when he read what church tradition believes to be true. At each station following the reading by the First Voice, the Assistant Rector read a short (one paragraph) meditation that we could all follow along with in our programs. Then someone else would volunteer to carry the cross to the next station. Young and old, male and female, participated. It was particularly a joy to see couples carrying the cross together.
I. Jesus is Condemned to Death
There we participated in the tenth Station, X. Jesus is Laid in the Tomb. After its First Voice and Meditation readings, we sang the fourth verse of Were You There? Two more prayers and then The Pilgrims depart(ed) in silence.
As I left the building, thinking of all my Savior had gone through for me, I turned right (with a few others) rather than go left back to the parking lot to walk and meditate a while through the church’s beautiful cemetery where people have been buried for close to three centuries.
This “nice little non-liturgical congregant” had one of the most meaningful Good Friday services I have experienced in years. I strongly recommend it. For a selection of some of the readings at each Station you may wish to Google “Station of the Cross Liturgy”. Better still make it a point to attend a similar service next year at a church that has one near you.
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