Praying Good Friday

Live-Streaming Worship

Join us for live-streaming worship on Good Friday:
7:30 pm – Liturgy of the Passion and Holy Communion

All services stream at, or on the Friends of SSJE Facebook page.


"What is your lament today? What is your suffering? What pain of others weighs on you? Words are not necessary. Perhaps you need a break from them. Gaze at something broken. Shake your fists. Stomp your feet. Groan. Roar. Cry. God hears you. Take a deep breath. Lie down and feel your body fully supported. In the shadows with Jesus, cry out with trouble and trust." – Br. Luke Ditewig

Good Friday marks the second day of the Triduum (from the Latin for ‘three days’), the day on which we commemorate the Lord’s crucifixion and death.

The worship offered at the Monastery is in fact a continuation of the liturgy begun last night and it will not ‘end’ until the Great Vigil of Easter. The vesture of the sacred ministers is deep red, accented with black, recalling the solemnity and sobriety of the day, and the Gospel according to John is chanted to an ancient tone, which you can hear below.

The liturgy crests as a cross is carried in and venerated by the gathered congregation. All depart in silence to the awkward waiting of Holy Saturday and the restrained anticipation of the Great Vigil of Easter.

How will you stand beside Jesus in his hour of greatest need?



  • "Gone is thy Shame" – Br. Jim Woodrum
    On Good Friday, Br. Jim Woodrum invites us to leave our shame at the foot of the cross.
  • "Finding the Goodness in Good Friday" – Br. Jim Woodrum
    During a Holy Week when there is so much to mourn, Br. Jim Woodrum explores what is "good" about Good Friday.
  • "Faith in a Seed" – Br. Nicholas Bartoli
    On Good Friday, Br. Nicholas Bartoli invites us to enter into the paschal mystery as it unfolds for us now, letting our fear be buried with Jesus, to rise with him in new life.
  • "Look at Love" – Br. Luke Ditewig
    Would you rather turn away from the Cross? Br. Luke encourages us, "Admit your fear or grief or confusion, your guilt and shame." And look at love on the Cross.
  • "Life out of Death" – Br. Curtis Almquist
    We are not spared the experience of the cross, we are shared the experience. And the only way to survive the many deaths of this life is to surrender to Christ, taking him at his word: that life comes out of death.
  • "Love Upon a Cross" – Br. David Vryhof
    We have been captured by this love, smitten and overwhelmed by this love, changed and transformed by this love. And how could it not be?
  • "Life By His Death" – Br. Geoffrey Tristram
    Our greatest hope in Jesus is that however dark the day, even as dark as Good Friday, we can look in confidence and trust to the cross. “For he hath given me rest by his sorrow, and life by his death.”


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  3. Verlinda on April 3, 2015 at 09:50

    My standing with Jesus began last night, as the altar was stripped following the Maundy Thursday service. I’m waiting and watching, in the darkness…

    Blessings to all.

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