Holy Week Services – Good Friday Service – 12Noon & 6p.m.
Good Friday is the Friday before Easter Day, on which the church commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus. It is call “Good” because Jesus cried before His death that “It is finished”. This work of Christ on the cross is called by theologians the doctrine of the atonement. It is a day of fasting and special acts of discipline and self-denial. In the early church candidates for baptism, joined by others, fasted for a day or two before the Paschal feast. In the west the first of those days eventually acquired the character of historical reenactment of the passion and death of Christ. The liturgy of the day includes John’s account of the Passion gospel, a solemn form of intercession known as the solemn collects (dating from ancient Rome), and optional devotions before the cross (commonly known as the veneration of the cross). In the Episcopal Church on Good Friday readings are appointed for Morning Prayer and Evening Prayer and Holy Communion is administered from the reserved sacrament.