Good Friday - Reflection

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A Reflection for Good Friday

We follow Jesus of Nazareth from the Passover Supper, through the darkness of Gethsemane to Golgotha and the Tomb.

The readings are taken from the four Gospels and the writings of Kahlil Gibran.

The musical interludes are from the St Matthew Passion by Johann Sebastian Bach.

The Service consists of eight separate parts. Each part, except the last, finishes with a musical interlude allowing time for reflection before moving on to the next part. The final part ends the service with a closing prayer.


Part One - Prologue

Opening Prayer

Wise men from the East bring gifts for the new-born Jesus.

Jesus gathers his followers; they go to Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover.

Part Two - The Passover Feast

James, the brother of Jesus, narrates the story of the Last Supper.

The disciples follow Jesus to the Garden of Gethsemane.



The street Jesus was taken along
to the house of the High Priest

The Road Jesus Walked


Part Three - Betrayal and Arrest

James relates the story of Jesus’ arrest.

A friend tells of a visit from Judas Iscariot on the eve of the Passover.

Simon Peter denies knowing Jesus.

Part Four - The Trial

Jesus is brought before the council of the Elders.

Jesus is questioned by Pontius Pilate, Governor of Judea.

Jesus is stripped and led out to be crucified. 

Part Five - The Crucifixion

Simon of Cyrene tells how he carried Jesus’ cross.

Jesus is crucified.

Part Six – The Death of Jesus

Mary addresses her son.

Jesus dies.

Part Seven -  Burial

A man reflects on the Crucifixion.

Joseph of Arimathea buries the body of Jesus.

Mary returns to Jerusalem.

A rolling stone tomb, like the one in which Jesus was laid

Rolling Stone Tomb


Part Eight - Epilogue

Ten years after, Joseph of Arimathea reflects on Jesus.

Closing Prayer


Prayers Rev Shona Hoad

Readings Tony and Wendy Heath

Organist Richard Joyce

Photographs Canon Marion de Quidt

The Lamb of God was compiled by Tony and Wendy Heath and produced by members of the Whitewater Churches




Kahlil Gibran was born in 1883 to a poor Christian family in Lebanon. He and his family emigrated to the United States when he was twelve. He studied art in Paris but settled in New York where he devoted himself to painting and writing. He died in 1931, aged 48. He is reputed to be the third best-selling poet of all time.


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Bible readings are from the New International Version – UK (NIVUK) Holy Bible, New International Version® Anglicized, NIV® Copyright © 1979, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission.
Additional Bible readings are from the Good News Bible © 1994 published by the Bible Societies/HarperCollins Publishers Ltd UK, Good News Bible© American Bible Society 1966, 1971, 1976, 1992. Used with permission.