In today’s short video you will again find the format a bit different: A familiar hymn, a reading from Isaiah’s Suffering Servant passage and the stripping of the altar, reminding us that Christ was stripped of his clothing and dignity as he was crucified.


Life and death stand side by side as we enter into Good Friday. In John’s passion account, Jesus reveals the power and glory of God, even as he is put on trial and sentenced to death. Standing with the disciples at the foot of the cross, we pray for the whole world in the ancient bidding prayer, as Christ’s death offers life to all. We gather in solemn devotion, but always with the promise that the tree around which we assemble is indeed a tree of life. We depart silently, and we anticipate the culmination of the Three Days in the Easter Vigil.

Readings and Psalm


Isaiah 52:13–53:12        The suffering servant

Psalm 22                       My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? (Ps. 22:1)

Hebrews 10:16-25       The way to God is opened by Jesus’ death

John 18:1–19:42          The passion and death of Christ

Prayer of the Day


Merciful God, your Son was lifted up on the cross to draw all people to himself. Grant that we who have been born out of his wounded side may at all times find mercy in him, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.


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