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Beneath the Cross Good Friday Service based on 7 Last Words of Christ

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Title: Beneath the Cross
Author: Lisa Wallover - PCA

Beneath the Cross provides the readings and structure for a moving and sacred Good Friday Tenebrae service. The repetition of three elements—Scripture, story, and song—poignantly retell the crucifixion events recorded in the four Gospels. The gradual dimming of lights and extinguishing of candles throughout the service creates a meaningful atmosphere for thought and reflection.

The Scripture readings are the Seven Last Words (statements) of Christ from the cross. The story readings represent people we find in the Gospels: each lived life at a distance, separated from family, community, and some, even from God—until they encountered Jesus. Their narratives reflect the impact Jesus’s specific words from the cross might have had on them, given their life stories. The songs (seven to nine pieces) are choral/musical responses to the specific Scriptures and stories and are a powerful element of the service.

Seven Readers (four men, three women)
Reading Time (without music): 15-20 minutes
Musical Selections are suggested.

Lisa Wallover's Tenebrae services capture the pace and measure of the gospel moment beautifully. The congregation has responded in feeling the weight of the Passion story and commented on how meaningful it has been to them. These services not only communicate the narrative clearly, they also ground us in the right tone of the Easter story, and this material is a valuable contribution to any church's Easter week! We will use them in our church and would encourage any Christ-centered church to do the same!

- Mark Robertson, Senior Pastor, Safe Harbor Presbyterian Church, Stevensville, MD

“Beneath the Cross offers church leaders a dynamic liturgical resource that can be easily customized to the context of any church. I especially appreciate that the musical elements can be customized to match the canon of song within a given community. From musical recommendations to bulletin templates and even a guide for room lighting, this might just be the Good Friday resource you’ve been looking for."

- Tim Nicholson, Director of Music, Covenant Presbyterian Church, Nashville, TN, and founder of Liturgy Collective
Publisher: CDM
ISBN: 9781944964764
Item #: 15800
Binding: Spiral
Page Count: 38
Publication Date: 2023

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