These readings are from the Anglican Church of Canada’s adaptation of the Revised Common Lectionary.
Good Friday (Red or Black) Major Fast
Friday, April 19th, 2019
Morning Prayer: In past years some places have combined the Prayer Book’s provisions (of Mattins and Ante Communion & Evensong), moving directly from Benedictus to the Collect(s), Epistle, and Passion Gospel.
The sermon or homily may be followed by some form of solemn prayer, an act of devotion before the Cross and Holy Communion from the reserved sacrament distributed in stark simplicity.
The Veneration of the Cross can provide an opportunity for a wholehearted personal and communal devotion. A large wooden Cross can be carried in by the celebrant or others and set up where all can see. The form of prayer can be the traditional Reproaches, etc., or something specially suitable for a particular congregation.
An order for Good Friday:
1 Opening Sentence, Good Friday (BCP, p. 1), General Confession (BCP, p. 4)
2 Good Friday Anthems (p. 173)
3 Psalm 22 without Gloria patri
4 Gen 22:1–18; Salvator (1938 hymn book chant appendix); Jn 18:1–32; Benedictus or hymn
5 Two collects (p. 174); third collect not used
6 The epistle (p. 174); and Tract, psalm 54
7 The Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ (Gospel, p. 176)
8 The sermon, and an appropriate hymn
9 The five biddings (silence between), and the intercession
10 The unveiling of the Cross: choir sings Invit 5, p. 25, and AOH 830 Hymn book 1938 (i.e., verse 1 of part 1, and all of parts 2 and 3)
11 The Lord’s Prayer is then said or sung
12 Collect of Palm Sunday (p. 150); Funeral Blessing The God of peace (p. 601)
OR omitting the collect and blessing, the Celebrant may communicate those desirous from yesterday’s Gifts: then everyone leaves in disarray.
Evening Prayer: No hymn; Ps 88; no Gloria Patri; Is 50:4–10; Magnificat; no Gloria Patri; Jn 19:38–end; Nunc Dimittis; 1st Collect Good Friday only (p. 174)
If another evening service is required, Compline, p. 722, is very suitable: use Passiontide short chapter.
The commemoration of Alphege, Archbishop of Canterbury, Martyr, 1012 is not observed in 2019 or may be transferred to a ferial day.
Lectionary citations are reprinted from Revised Common Lectionary Daily Readings, copyright © 2005 Consultation on Common Texts, admin. by Augsburg Fortress. Reproduced by permission.
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