Good Friday ‘WALK OF WITNESS’Date: Friday 3rd April, 2015
Time: 10:00 am
Venue: Starting at Ararat Baptist Church
On Good Friday every year, Christians of all denominations from Whitchurch’s churches and chapels join together to follow symbolically the Way of the Cross, to remind ourselves and others of the events of that first ‘Good’ Friday which led to Jesus’s death on the cross.
We do this by walking to each of Whitchurch’s places of worship in turn where we listen to and meditate on accounts of the Last Supper, Jesus’s final Passover meal with His disciples the night before His death.
We remember Jesus’s arrest in the Garden of Gethsemane, where, instead of keeping watch while Jesus prayed, His friends fell asleep; and where Judas, His erstwhile friend and follower, betrayed Him, identifying Jesus to the soldiers by giving Him a traitor’s kiss.
We hear the gospel narratives of how His friends ran away, how Simon Peter betrayed His friend and Lord by denying vehemently three times that he knew Him.
We follow the accounts of the travesty of justice in the ‘trials’ Jesus underwent when he was brought firstly before the High Priests, then before Herod, and finally before Pontius Pilate, the Roman Governor, while His enemies tried repeatedly to find a pretext to have Him put to death.
We hear how the soldiers made sport of Him, dressing Him in a royal purple robe, putting a crown of thorns on His head, and pretending to pay Him homage; how they stripped Him, scourged Him, spat at Him, and finally led Him away to be crucified.
We meditate on the words Jesus spoke while he hung on the cross, waiting for death to release Him; and how, even in the extremes of His own agony, He could still find words of comfort for the penitent thief who was crucified next to Him; and make arrangements for His friend and disciple, John, to look after Mary, His bereft mother.
Finally we remember that He breathed His last at three o’clock in the afternoon, and that the veil of the Temple in Jerusalem split in half from the top to the bottom. And we echo the words of the Centurion who had watched all these events: ‘ Truly this Man was God’s Son.’