Stations of the Cross, Meditations, and the Great Liturgy of Good Friday
Friday 23 March
10.15am: meet at Cowley Road Methodist Church
12 Noon: Meditations (St Mary & St John)
1.45pm: The Great Liturgy of Good Friday (St Mary & St John)
The Stations of the Cross is a devotion practised especially in Lent, Fridays throughout the year, and most significantly on Good Friday, the day Our Lord walked from his place of condemnation to his place of crucifixion bearing his cross. We, the Christians of many traditions in East Oxford, walk this via dolorosa (sorrowful way) in our own time and in our own locale: keeping silent and spoken prayer at places along the length of the Cowley Road, ending at St Mary & St John.
“It was about he sixth hour and darkness came over all the land until the ninth hour,” St Luke (Luke 23:44) says of the time of Our Lord’s crucifixion. These three hours (noon to 3pm in modern reckoning) have been observed with great devotion by Christians for centuries. Here at Cowley St John we meditate upon short verses of Scripture, with silence and with simple hymns, before we enter onto the Great Liturgy. That liturgy is made up of the Liturgy of the Word (including the dramatic reading of the Passion according to St John), the Veneration of the Cross (the symbol of the Christian Faith), the Solemn Collects (prayers for God’s people and the whole creation), and our Communion in the Blessed Sacrament.