Suggested Hymns from

Holy Friday (Good Friday)

(Years A, B, and C)

Unifying Theme:
God's eternal sacrifice to give us eternal life

Scripture Theme Hymns
Isaiah 52:13-53:12 The prophet tells of the humble servant sacrificed 501: O Thou Who Camest from Above
Psalm 22 The psalmist gives the cry of the humble servant sacrificed 355: Depth of Mercy
John 18:1-19:42 Arrested, tried, crucified, died,
all as it was prophesied.
267: O Love, How Deep
287: O Love Divine, What Hast Thou Done
289: Ah, Holy Jesus
290: Go to Dark Gethsemane
294: Alas! and Did My Savior Bleed
297: Beneath the Cross of Jesus
298: When I Survey the Wondrous Cross
299: When I Survey the Wondrous Cross
301: Jesus, Keep Me Near the Cross
Hebrews 10:16-25
Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:7-9
When sins are forgiven, there is no need for more sacrifices 623: Here, O My Lord, I See Thee
682: All Praise to Thee, My God, This Night

This isn't a featured hymn. In fact, it isn't about any hymn at all. As with the other pages during Holy Week, I had not planned to write anything. But I feel such great excitement each time that I read the Psalm for today. Of all the things that Christ did during His life, of all the things that He said, His cry in the crucifixion story, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me," seems so inconsistent with the rest of His life and ministry. Didn't He expect His disciples to have faith in all situations? Didn't He tell them that God would never forsake them? Then while He was on the cross, why didn't Christ show the same faith that He expected from His disciples?

In Psalm 22 we find an answer. When Christ cried out, he was quoting this Psalm. It is true that this Psalm begins with a cry of dispair, but there is so much more. This Psalm declares God's great works for His people. This Psalm claims the promises of God. This Psalm praises God and shouts that praise to the whole world.

Christ was in pain, but His faith was not compromised. He had not given up hope in God. Today, when we reflect on the crucifixion--the darkest day ever known to earth--we should always remember that even in His cry of despair, Christ was shouting the power and praise of God.

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Passages suggested are from The Revised Common Lectionary: Consultation on Common Texts (Abingdon Press, 1992) copyright © by the Consultation on Common Texts (CCT), P.O. Box 340003, Room 381, Nashville TN 37203-0003. Reprinted with permission of CCT.