GOOD FRIDAY: CELEBRATION OF THE LORD'S PASSION (A, B, C) Lectionary #40

The second ritual of the Triduum. We find ourselves between Eucharists, on a day when “according to the Church's ancient tradition, the sacraments are not celebrated.” As with Passion (Palm) Sunday, the focus today is on the proclamation of the Passion, though just as on last Sunday, the popular focus for many people is on something else. Today, it’s the veneration of the cross. Planning should recognize that popular focus but still find ways of calling attention to the Passion narrative in the fourth Gospel.

Music Suggestions

Choral Anthems


Music Suggestions

Isaiah 52:13—53:12. The “fourth song of the servant” repeats the image of the “lamb” from Holy Thursday's first reading, and it adds terrible details of the pain borne by the “man of suffering, accustomed to infirmity.” Though all the details don't fit the story of Jesus' own suffering (for instance, he had no direct descendants), this song has helped us interpret Jesus’ Passion as a redemptive act. Certainly “by his stripes we were healed.”

Psalm of the Day: Ps (30) 31
An individual lament that reveals immense trust in God. As used by the Church, it is placed on the lips of Jesus to express his trust in God even on the cross.

Father, I Put My Life in Your Hands (DeBruyn) GP 194
Father, I Put My Life in Your Hands (McKeon) RS 63/WOR814
Father, I Put My Life in Your Hands (Schiavone) JS 278
Father, I Put My Life in Your Hands (Strahan/Freund)  WC 394
Father, I Put My Life in Your Hands (Talbot) GP 195/JS 287
Father, into Your Hands (Marchionda)  WC 395
I Put My Life in Your Hands/Pongo Mi Vida (Haas) G2 40/GC 42/GC2 31/RS 61
I Put My Life in Your Hands (Haugen) G2 41/GC 43/RS 62
In You, O Lord, I Take Refuge (O'Carroll) CH 123
Padre, en Tus Manos (Montgomery) FYC 194
Padre, en Tus Manos/Father, into Your Hands (Hurd) FYC 195

Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:7-9. Though he was not a member of the priestly tribe of Levi, Jesus is described in the Letter to the Hebrews as “a great high priest” who has broken the mold of priestly identity. As the “source of eternal salvation for all who obey him,” he has the right to appropriate any title that helps us to understand what that salvation might mean for us.

John 18:1—19:42. Like Matthew (see Passion Sunday), John presents Jesus as in charge of his own destiny. John goes farther, however, showing Jesus as totally in control of what happens to him, almost manipulating people into the pattern that will lead to his death. Jesus is the equal of all who address him, speaking on even terms with the high priest and the Roman governor. Note the anti-Jewish feeling in John's narrative. This stems from several events that preceded the final form of this Gospel: the expulsion of some Christians from some synagogues and their denunciation as heretics; the first persecutions of Christians by Roman officials, which caused the Gospel writers to play down Roman involvement in Jesus’ death; and a theology of Jesus’ death which included a belief that he died for the sins of the people, that is, for his own Jewish community. Misunderstood, such anti-Jewish sentiments were used in the past to justify persecutions, pogroms, and even the Holocaust.

Note: The Passion is normally proclaimed by three voices. GIA has a musical setting of this text. However you proclaim the Passion on Good Friday, please do not give the “crowd” lines to the congregation; this is inappropriate.

Veneration of the Cross
Note: As with the proclamation of John’s passion narrative, the “Reproaches” have been used in the past in anti-Jewish ways. If you choose to use the traditional Reproaches during the veneration of the cross, be sure that the homily explains the true meaning of this song, or include a note in the worship aid mentioning that we are the people being reproached. Our sins prepared the cross for the savior.

Adoramus Te  WOR 815
Adoramus Te WOR 815
Adoramus Te Christe GC 396/GC2 400/RS 542
Adoramus Te Domine WOR 548
Behold the Wood GC 420/GC2 437/GP 369
Crucem Tuam/O Lord, Your Cross GC 417/GC2 393/RS 571
Crux Fidelis  WC 751
Down at the Cross LMGM 46
Jesus, Keep Me Near the Cross LMGM 45
Jesus, Remember Me GC2 422/RS 770/LMGM 48/WC 221/WOR 423
Jesus the Lord GC2 403/GP 370/RS 574
Lift High the Cross CH 542/GC 791/GC2 785/GP 444/RS 884/WC 748/WOR 704
Mirad la Cruz Cantos 42
My Faith Looks Up to Thee LMGM 221
No Greater Love GC 628/GC2 607/RS 753
O My People By Flowing Waters 129-130
Oh Cruz Fiel y Venerable Cantos 41
Oh Cruz, Te Adoremos FYC 382
Oración en la Cruz FYC 386
Parce Domine GC 383/GC2 412/GP 350/RS 549/WC 518/WOR 416
Pueblo Mio FYC 388
Salvator Mundi WOR 425
Venid, Oh Cristianos Cantos 40/FYC 383
We Acclaim the Cross of Jesus WC 754
When I Survey the Wondrous Cross CH 263/WC 753/WOR 433

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Choral Anthems

Title of Anthem, Voicing & Instrumentation Composer/arranger/editor Publisher & edition #
Adoramus Te Christe Clemens Non Papa GIA
G
Adoramus Te Christe Dubois GIA
G
Adoramus Te Christe
Adoramus Te Christe
Gasparini
Gasparini
Belwin
CPDL
G
Adoramus Te Christe (Three Communion Anthems) Near Aureole Ed.
G
Adoramus Te Christe (SATB)
Adoramus Te Christe
Pavlechko
Pitoni
St. James Press
CPDL
G
Adoramus Te Christe Viadana CPDL
G
Anima Christi Burgo WLP
G
Anima Christi Powell Augsburg
G
Anima Christi
Anima Christi (SATB)
Near
Thatcher
Aureole Ed.
Trinitas/OCP 03103363
G
Anima Christi Warren OUP
G
Ave Verum
Ave Verum
Ave Verum
Ave Verum
Ave Verum
Ave Verum
Ave Verum
Ave Verum - Three Eucharistic Motets (SATB)
Ave Verum (SSATBB)
Ave Verum (SATB)
Ave Verum (SSA)
Ave Verum (SA)
Ave Verum
Byrd
Elgar
F. Peeters
Robison
Mawby
Gontijo
Mozart
Near
Near
Pavlechko
Poulenc
Faure
Saint-Saens
OUP & CPDL
CPDL
Schwann
Alliance Music Publications AMP0621
Mayhew, Trinitas/OCP
Cantus Quercus Press
CPDL
Aureole/MSM AE9
Aureole/MSM AE93
St. James Press
Salabert
E.C.Schirmer & CPDL
Morning Star & CPDL
G
Behold the Lamb of God (SA)
Behold the Lamb of God - from Messiah (SATB)
Bouman
Handel
Concordia
Various
G
Christ, be Thine the Glory Schutz G. Schirmer
Christus Factus Est (SATB, Latin only)
Christus Factus Est (SATB, keyboard/organ, Latin only)
Christus Factus Est (SATB, keyboard/organ, Latin/English)
Christus Factus Est (SATB, keyboard/organ, Latin/English)
Christus Factus Est
Christus Factus Est
Christus Factus Est
Christus Factus Est
Christus Factus Est (SAB)
Christus Factus Est
Christus Factus Est in “Geistliche Gesang Für Männerchor (TTBB)
Christus Factus Est (SATB)
Bruckner, Anton
Bruckner, Anton/Barlow, Stephen
Bruckner, Anton/Klein, Maynard
Bruckner, Anton
Bruckner, Anton
Morago
Anerio
Daley
Durante, Francesco
Eberlin
Palestrina, G. P.
Zingarelli, Miccolo/Kaplan, A.
Arista (AE-157)
Walton (2161)
G. Schirmer
Summy Birchard (5249)
Peters
Aureole Editions / MS
Tetra Music Corp. & CPDL
Alliance Music Publications
Arista (AE 275)
CPDL
Oratoriumsverlag
Lawson-Gould (51428)
G
Crucifixus Lotti CPDL
G
Crux Fidelis
Crux Fidelis/Faithful Cross (SAB)
Crux Fidelis
Ducasse, Roger
Frahm
King John the IV of Portugal
Presser
Concordia 98-3478
CPDL
G
Deep Were His Wounds (SATB) Sateren Augsburg (downloadable)
G
Faithful Cross (Two Miniatures for Holy Week) Nestor, Leo E.C. Schirmer
For God So Loved the World (SATB)
For God So Loved the World (SATB)
Busarow
Martinson
GIA G-7509
Selah 410-546
G
For Our Sake Hughes S.M. WLP
God So Loved the World (SATB)
God So Loved the World (SA)
God So Loved the World (SAB)
God So Loved the World (SATB)
God So Loved the World (SATB)
God So Loved the World (SATB)
God So Loved the World (SATT(Bar.)B)
B. Chilcott
Marttinson
Goemanne
Bender
Davis
Moe
Schuetz

OUP, Oxford BC29
Concordia 98-3098*
GIA G-7824
Concordia 98-1078*
Galaxy 1.2214
Kjos 90920
Concordia 98-1078*

G
God So Loved the World Stainer  
Good Friday Anthems Powell  
Good Friday Reproaches Victoria / Thatcher WLP
Hail, the True and Only Savior (SATB) Pavlechko St. James Press
G
Improperium Witt, F. CPDL
In manus tuas, Domine Pujol/French GIA
In Monte Oliveti (SATB)
In Monte Oliveti
In Monte Oliveti (SATB)
Bruckner/Batastini
Croce
Pavlechko
CPDL, GIA G-5540
CPDL
St. James Press
G
I See His Blood Bedford GIA
G
Jesus Tot (Lament of the Blessed Virgin) (Unison) Leopold/Hunter  
Lamentations of Jeremiah Krueger St. James Press
Tenebrae
Lord, To Your Feast We Come (SATB) Lvov/Hopson GIA G-4434  
Mary Speaks (SSAA) Gawthorp Belwin
Nolo Mortem Peccatoris Morley CPDL
G
O Bone Jesu (SATB)
O Bone Jesu
Cooman
Ingereri

St. James Press
CPDL

G
O Bone Jesu (Three Communion Anthems) Near Aureole Ed.
O Crux Ave Palestrina CPDL
G
O Crux Nystedt Hinshaw
O Dearest Lord, Thy Sacred Head Johnson Augsburg
O Love Divine (SATB) White Alliance Music Publishers AMP 0099
G
O Savior of the World
O Savior of the World (SATB)
O Savior of the World (SATB)
Goss
Shephard
Somervell
CPDL
St. James Press
St. James Press
G
O Vos Omnes (SATB) Jommelli, Niccolo Belwin Mills (OCT 2474)
G
O Vos Omnes (SATB) Casals, Pablo Broude (AB 128)
G
O Vos Omnes (SATB)
O Vos Omnes (SSATB)
Croce
Henson
CPDL
GIA G-6483
G
O Vos Onmes (SATB) Victoria, Thomas Luis de E. C. Schirmer (1173)
G
O Vos Onmes in “Seven More Motets for Occasional Use” (SATB)
O Vos Onmes in “Seven More Motets for Occasional Use” (SATB)

Victoria, Thomas Luis de/Klein,M. Victoria, Thomas Luis de

GIA (G-1495)
CPDL
G
O Esca Viatorum
O Esca Viatorum
Haydn
Isaac
CPDL
CPDL
G
O Sacrum Convivium (SAATB)
O Sacrum Convivium (SATB)
O Sacrum Convivium (SATB)
O Sacrum Convivium (SATB)
O Sacrum Convivium
O Sacrum Convivium
O Sacrum Convivium
Tallis, Thomas
Biery, James
Messiaen, Olivier Victoria, Tomasso di/ed.
Tovey, Donald F.
Viadana
Croce
Marenzio
Oxford (TCM 74)
MorningStar (MSM-50-8311)
Durand, S.A. (12.742)
Stainer & Bell/Augener (Laudate Pueri, p. 36)
CPDL
CPDL
CPDL
G
Of the Glorious Body Telling (SATB) Victoria St. James Press
G
Pange Lingua Victoria CPDL
G
Panis Angelicus
Panis Angelicus (Unison, SA, TB, SATB, Organ/Keyboard)
Panis Angelicus (T-solo, SATB, String(s), opt. Harp)
Panis Angelicus
Panis Angelicus (SATB, a cappella)
Panis Angelicus (SATB, Organ)
Casciolini
Franck, César
Franck, César/arr. Proulx, Richard
Labillotte
Palestrina, Giovanni Pierluigi/Lee, John
Saint-Saëns, Camille
CPDL
Various publishers & editions
GIA (G-5572)
CPDL
GIA (G-2003)
Oxford (Oxford New Anthems, p. 359) & CPDL
S, G
Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ, The Victoria / Rowan GIA
Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ According to St. John, The (2-part) Byrd/Satg Cantica NOVA Publications
Populi Meus Victoria CPDL
G
Reproaches, The - Ash Wed. to Easter for Choirs (SSAATTBB) J. Sanders RSCM/GIA RS362
Veneration
Reproaches, The Victoria / Cox Trinitas/OCP
Requiem Motet (SATB divisi) Moe E. C. Schirmer 6024
G
Saw Ye My Savior (Unison and SATB) Johnson Augsburg (unison, 11-1732, satb)
G
Saw Ye My Savior
Saw Ye My Savior? (SATB)
Nestor, Leo
White
E. C. Schirmer
E. C. Schirmer/MSM 6808
G
See Now the Lamb of God Homilius Concordia
Surely He Hath Borne Our Griefs Garun Concordia
Surely He Hath Borne Our Griefs Garun CPDL
G
Surely He Hath Borne Our Griefs Copley Augsburg/Fortress
Tenebrae Factae Sunt Haydn, M. CPDL
Tenebrae Factae Sunt Ingegneri CPDL
That Virgin's Child Tallis G. Schirmer
Tristis Est Anima Mea
Tristis Est Anima Mea
Tristis Est Anima Mea
Tristis Est Anima Mea
Tristis Est Anima Mea
Tristis Est Anima Mea (SATB)
Croce
Haydn, M.
Ingegneri
Kuhuau
Martini
Daley
CPDL
CPDL
CPDL
CPDL
CPDL
Alliance Music Pub. AMP0138
G
Two Anthems for Holy Week Martini/Tortolano WLP*
G
Vere Languores Lotti CPDL
G
Verse for Good Friday Vieregge Concordia
Vexilla Regis
Vexilla Regis (SATB)
Bruckner
Martin
CPDL
St. James Press
G
Vinea mea electa Poulenc Salabert
We Adore You, O Christ Proulx, Richard Paraclete
Were You There? Luboff Walton W3048
Were You There? Chilcott, Bob OUP
Were You There? Felciano E.C. Schirmer/MSM 4061
When I Survey the Wondrous Cross Stiver Shelah
G
When I Survey the Wondrous Cross
When I Survey the Wondrous Cross (SATB)
Archer
Martin
Mayhew
Presser 312-40785
G
Wondrous Cross - Oxford Book of Flexible Anthems (SAB) Wilby Oxford
G
Wondrous Love Christiansen Augsburg

* out of print

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