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Good Friday At-Home Worship Guide

Updated: Apr 8

While we cannot be physically together for Good Friday, we can still participate in Good Friday as a collective Church! Use this stations of the cross worship guide to walk through Jesus' crucifixion with him.


Introduction to Good Friday


As Christians, Holy Week holds great significance throughout our entire lives, as well as in our current circumstances. If you have never heard of Holy Week, or perhaps just need a refresher, watch this video for a quick introduction to Holy Week.


The type of Good Friday service we are participating in is called the Stations of the Cross. Watch the video below to understand the purpose behind participating in the Stations of the Cross.



The Stations of the Cross


If you are with a group of people, have one person be the designated leader. They will read aloud what is written for each station, as well as begin the response. The second half of the response (the words in bold) is said by everyone. The leader will also facilitate moving from one station to the next. Allow for several minutes of silence and meditation before reading the response. Perhaps watch the clock or set a timer—minutes of silence can be intimidating, but don't let yourself be rushed. Once the response has been said, it is time to move on to the next station. If you are alone, read at least the words in bold aloud, or feel free to read the whole thing out loud.

1. Jesus Is Condemned to Death.


Pontius Pilate condemns Jesus to death. As you view the scene, look at Jesus. As Pilate washes his hands of the whole thing, Jesus' hands are bound. Look at Jesus' face. His crown of thorns. Notice the blood, and how his clothes stick to the wounds on his back.


*time of silence and meditation*


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

because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

2. Jesus Carries His Cross.


Jesus willingly accepts and patiently bears his cross. Contemplate the wood of the cross. How heavy is it? Imagine the weight. Where are you in this scene, as you witness it? Does Jesus cry out, or does he bear his burden silently? Does he look at you?


*time of silence and meditation*


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

because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.


3. Jesus Falls the First Time.


Weakened by fatigue, torments, and loss of blood, Jesus falls beneath his cross. Stare at the weakness in his eyes. Look at his body, on the ground. See the exhaustion, the fatigue, and the grief.


*time of silence and meditation*


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

because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

4. Jesus Meets His Mother.


Jesus meets Mary, who is filled with grief. The two look into each other's eyes, each grieved for the other. Feel Mary's breaking heart. Share Mary's tears. As you look at them together, what do they have in common? As well as grief, love and trust in God binds them together.


*time of silence and meditation*


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

because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.


5. Simon Helps Jesus Carry His Cross.


Simon of Cyrene bends down to help Jesus carry the instrument of his death. Look into Jesus' face, and into his struggle. Notice his fragility. Notice his need for help. How does he look at Simon? See Jesus' humility.


*time of silence and meditation*


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

because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

6. Veronica Wipes the Face of Jesus.


A compassionate and loving disciple wipes the spit and blood from Jesus' face, leaving the imprint of his face on her veil. What does the face of Jesus hold for you? Look deeply into his face; what do you see? As you witness Jesus' anguish, what are you doing? Do you go up to him? Do you want to touch his bloody face?


*time of silence and meditation*


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

because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.


7. Jesus Falls the Second Time.


Jesus falls beneath the weight of the cross for a second time. Even with help, he falls to the ground. He is in the dirt and the dust. Behold Jesus there, in the dirt.


*time of silence and meditation*


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

because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.


8. Jesus Meets the Women of Jerusalem.


The women of Jerusalem and their children come out to Jesus. Why did they come? What brought them to this gruesome scene? This time, look at the faces of the women. How do they react to Jesus' suffering? How will you react to Jesus' suffering?


*time of silence and meditation*


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

because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

9. Jesus Falls the Third Time.


Weakened almost to the point of death, Jesus falls a third time. Contemplate Jesus on the ground, again. Broken so that you may be whole.


*time of silence and meditation*


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

because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.


10. Jesus Is Stripped.


The soldiers strip Jesus of his garments to hang him naked. How does he face death, with everything stripped from him? He is completely vulnerable and completely defenseless. Look at him, in a place of such shame. Is there any hardness, any bitterness in his eyes? Or does he remain loving, even when stripped bare?


*time of silence and meditation*


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

because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.


11. Jesus Is Nailed to the Cross.


Jesus' hands and feet are nailed to the cross. He is bleeding very heavily now. Watch the nails pierce his skin. Watch his hands and his feet. Watch his face. Is there any pain or agony which he does not understand?


*time of silence and meditation*


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

because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

12. Jesus Dies on the Cross.


Come now to the foot of the cross."My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" Mary and John and Mary are the only ones left. With his last breath, Jesus cries out,"Into your hands I commend my spirit." And Jesus is dead. The giver of life, dead. Let yourself grieve with Mary and John and Mary, for the Christ is dead.


*time of silence and meditation*


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

because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.


13. Jesus Is Taken Down From the Cross.


Jesus' lifeless body is in the arms of his mother. Listen to her sobbing. Would you want to hold him in your own arms? Would you touch his hands, remembering all that his hands have touched? What is his face like, now that his spirit has departed?


*time of silence and meditation*


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

because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.


14. Jesus Is Laid in the Tomb.


Jesus' body is laid in the tomb, and the stone is placed at the entrance—the final sign of the permanence of death.


*time of silence and meditation*


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

because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

As you end the service, pray this simple prayer:

Lord Jesus, help us walk in your steps. Amen.


Credit for the images goes to Scott Erickson.

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