Good Friday makan for me is a light fast..ie eat but in small amounts..we had 'Hot Cross Buns' ..that was the only food at meal times yesterday....
..Good Friday service was in the evening ..the below shot is the priest prostrating before the altar..the shot isn't clear so click to enlarge..also note the bare decor and covered cross..a sign of mourning....
nowadays I enjoy the stations of the cross..like a story being retold every year which is what it is...hence i'm putting this online ..the shots of the stations were taken off the wall of St Michaels Church parking lot..
1st Station: Jesus is condemned to death...
a mock trial and he is condemned to death....."through his wounds we have been healed"(1 Peter 2.23-24)
2nd Station:Jesus takes up his cross..
"his state was divine but made himself nothing & became as men are.."(Phil.6-7)
3 rd Station:Jesus falls the 1st time.
4th Station:Jesus meets his mother. ..
Mary's mission was to give Christ to the world.. "Love is as strong as death"(the song of songs 8.6)
5th Station:Simon helps Jesus carry his cross...
a cross is a burden ..but not when two carry it.."Carry each others burden and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ" (Galatians 6.2)
6th Station: Veronica wipes the face of Jesus...
Veronica had courage..in spite of all the soldiers ..despite what people will think or say..she wiped the face of Jesus.."Your face Lord, I seek.Do not hide your face from me" (Psalm 22.8-9)
7th Station:Jesus falls the 2nd time.
"..my palate is drier than a potsherd and my tongue is stuck to my jaw.I am lying in the dust of death" (Psalm 22. 16)..Remember you are dust and to dust you will return.
8th Station: Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem."
Daughters of Jerusalem, weep not for me but for yourselves and your children" (Lk.23:28)
..the women & children of Jerusalem come out to comfort and thank him..he had broken all kinds of social and religious conventions to connect with them
9th Station: Jesus falls the 3rd time.
..Jesus can barely make it to the end..his executioners help him so he can make it up the hill of
crucification.."In my own body I make up what is still to be undergone by Christ for the sake of his body,which is the church"(Colossians1:24)
10th Station: Jesus is stripped of his garments "..they divide my garments and cast lots for my clothing" ( Psalm22:17-18)
11th Station: Jesus is nailed to the cross..
"Today you will be with me in Paradise" (Luke23:43).. Huge nails are hammered through his hands & feet..
12th Station:Jesus dies on the cross.
"Father into your hands I commend my spirit" (Luke 23:46)
13th Station: Jesus is taken down from the cross.
..Jesus body is laid in the arms of his Mother.."I am the Lords servant,let it be done as you have said"(Luke1:38)
14th Station: Jesus is laid in the tomb.
..your work is done.. you have redeemed the world..
15th Station:JESUS RISES FROM THE DEAD.....