FIRST WORD: John 19:14-16a; Luke 23:32-34a
It was the day of Preparation of Passover Week, about the sixth hour. “Here is your king,” Pilate said to the Jews. But they shouted, “Take him away! Take him away! Crucify Him!” “Shall I crucify your king?” Pilate asked. “We have no king but Caesar,” the chief priests answered. Finally Pilate handed him over to them to be crucified. Two other men, both criminals, were also led out with him to be executed. When they came to the place called the Skull, there they crucified him, along with the criminals–one on his right, the other on his left. Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”
L: God forbid that I should glory
R: except in the cross of our Lord, Jesus.
The first candle is extinguished. Sing: Jesus Remember Me
SECOND WORD: Luke 23:35-43
The people stood watching, and the rulers even sneered at him. They said, “He saved others; let him save himself if he is the Christ of God, the Chosen One.” The soldiers also came up and mocked him. They offered him wine vinegar and said, “If you are the king of the Jews, save yourself.” There was a written notice above him, which read: THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS. One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Christ? Save yourself and us!” But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence? We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.” Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” Jesus answered him, “I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise.”
L: Surely he has borne our griefs
R: and carried all of our sorrows.
The second candle is extinguished. Sing: Jesus Remember Me
THIRD WORD: John 19:25-27
Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his mother’s sister, Mary, the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, “Woman, here is your
son,” and to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” From that time on, this disciple took her into his home.
L: Bind us to each other with bonds of charity and love,
R: that we ever may reflect the great and sacrificial love that you have showed to us through your suffering, pain and death on the cross.
The third candle is extinguished Sing: Jesus Remember Me
FOURTH WORD: Matthew 27:45-47
From the sixth hour until the ninth hour darkness came over all the land. About the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?”—which means, “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?” When some of those standing there heard this, they said, “He’s calling Elijah.”
L: Keep us mindful of your abiding presence with us
R: that our witness to the love you have shown us may never falter or fail.
The fourth candle is extinguished. Sing: Jesus Remember Me
FIFTH WORD: Matthew 10:38-42, John 19:28-29
[Jesus told His disciples,] “Anyone who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. He who receives you receives me, and he who receives me receives the one who sent me. Anyone who receives a prophet because he is a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward, and anyone who receives a righteous man because he is a righteous man will receive a righteous man’s reward. And if anyone gives a cup of cold water to one of these little ones because he is my disciple, I tell you the truth, he will certainly not lose his reward.” Later, knowing that all was now completed, and so that the Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I am thirsty.” A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus’ lips.
L: Grant us peace and patience under all trials;
R: keep us mindful of the great sacrifice you willingly made for us, to pay the price of our sins.
The fifth candle is extinguished. Sing: Jesus Remember Me
SIXTH WORD: Hebrews 9:11-12, 15, 27-28; John 19:30a
When Christ came as high priest of the good things that are already here, he went through the greater and more perfect tabernacle that is not man-made, that is to say, not a part of this creation. He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but he entered the Most Holy Place once for all by his own blood, having obtained eternal redemption. For this reason Christ is the Mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance – now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant. Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him. When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.”
The sixth candle is extinguished. Sing: Jesus Remember Me
SEVENTH WORD: Luke 23:44-46; Matthew 27:54
It was now about the sixth hour, and darkness came over the whole land until the ninth hour, for the sun stopped shining. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two. Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit My spirit.” When he had said this, he breathed his last.
(Kneel in Silence for meditation)
When the centurion and those with him who were guarding Jesus saw the earthquake and all that had happened, they were terrified, and exclaimed, “Surely he was the Son of God!”
END IN SILENCE