St Mary and St Anne Moseley

Good Friday

Faithful to the Cup of Sacrifice and Suffering

Service of Devotion and Veneration of the Cross

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On this the second day of the Triduum, we have moved from the scenes of the Last Supper and the Garden of Gethsemane to Calvary and the Cross. The voice from the crowds outside the Walls has changed from ‘Hosanna’ to ‘Crucify’. That change is also reflected in the way we have changed direction to face West, turning our back on Christ and towards the setting sun and death. The first two hours contain addresses from Canon Stephen Cherry from Durham Cathedral.

In the last hour we commemorate and embrace the crucifixion, death and burial of Christ and venerate tie cross on which he died.

Please come to the foot of the Cross and feel free to light a candle symbolising your support and love for Christ in these last hours of his passion. It can also be a time of offering any personal prayers to our Lord.

At 2:50 p.m. the cross is raised and myrrh is burnt as a sign of our love in the anointing of Jesus.

At 3:00 p.m. the lights are extinguished and we ask that you leave in total silence, remembering the horror of what happened but also the mercy that God has given us in freeing us from our sins, and in Christ's resurrection, giving us the hope of our new future of forgiveness and love.

This leaflet contains a blank piece of paper for you to write down any sins that either you, the Church or the World needs to offer and place on the Cross today. As you leave the Church through the Baptistery, please place them in the water of the font where they will naturally dissolve. At the beginning of our spiritual journey as Christians, the font is the traditional place where our sins are buried and washed away before we rise to new life. Your sins are known only to God and are not disclosed to anyone other than him.