This is the time of year when we remember how and why Jesus Christ died ‘once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring us to God’ (1 Peter 3.18). Normally we have a very moving, family based Passover style supper on Maundy Thursday, followed by a reflective hour at the cross and an all-age service on Good Friday.
This year, we’ve got two things to help you get your heart and mind into the real meaning and significance of this time of year. Firstly a reflective Maundy Thursday film, featuring readings from Mark’s Gospel and music by Pergolesi (‘Fac ut portem Christi mortem’), Handel (‘He was Despised’) and Fortunatus (‘Pange Lingua’ – trans. Neale), recorded live from the Vicarage: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BetLbMrRuDQ
Secondly, we’ve got a selection of hymns and readings for Good Friday, put together by Gilly Pitt. If, like me, you’ve spent quite enough time looking at a screen over the last few weeks, print this out, find a quiet spot and spend some time at the foot of the cross: Good Friday Reflection