Good Friday liturgy for Aotearoa New Zealand
Three o'clock on Good Friday marks the hour of the death of Jesus, and is the traditional time when we gather to commemorate this event, at the heart of our Christian faith.
This year because we're unable to gather in the usual way, we're uniting with Christians from around the world via video from nine households, leading us from inside their 'bubbles.'
Our prayers focus on the cross which is our pathway to the resurrection.
Please join us at 3pm Friday at This Link
Good Friday Solemn Intercessions
This year due to the lockdown households are invited to use these prayers together in your home group or as personal prayer. They include a new prayer for the afflicted in time of pandemic. For a copy of these Intercessions click here.
Good Friday 10 April 2020 Message from Pope Francis
“Why did all this take place? Once again, it was done for our sake, to serve us.
So that when we have our back to the wall, when we find ourselves at a dead end, with no light and no way of escape, when it seems that God Himself is not responding, we should remember that we are not alone. Jesus experienced total abandonment in a situation He had never before experienced in order to be one with us in everything. He did it for me, for you, for all of us; He did it to say to us: ‘Do not be afraid, you are not alone. I experienced all your desolation in order to be ever close to you.’ That is the extent to which Jesus served us: He descended into the abyss of our most bitter sufferings, culminating in betrayal and abandonment. Today, in the tragedy of a pandemic, in the face of the many false securities that have now crumbled, in the face of so many hopes betrayed, the sense of abandonment that weighs upon our heart, Jesus says to each one of us: ‘Courage, open your heart to my love. You will feel the consolation of God who sustains you.’”