Friday, April 02, 2010

Friday Five: Good Friday

Sally says: "It seems almost irreverent to post a Friday Five on Good Friday, so I will try to treat it with some respect. I am still mulling over the darkness of last nights Tenebrae Service, the silence as we left was profound, and although I travelled home with others we did not speak, there was a holiness about it.....and yet we know that holiness was born of horror!So as we enter into this darkest of days I offer you this Friday Five:"

1. Of all the gospel accounts of the crucifixion, which one stands out for you, and why? Today, this year...John. It seems more focused on Jesus, less on the the atmospherics, the other details surrounding, if that makes any sense. That is where I am this Holy Week. Another year might get a wholly different response.

2.Do you identify with any people in this account, how does that challenge you? Peter...sigh...and I wish I didn't.

3. Hymns or silence? The hymns and many of the words, for that matter this year did not touch my soul. I think silence might have had a better chance.

4. Post a poem or a quote that sums up Good Friday for you? I don't know that it exactly sums up Good Friday...but it's a favorite and speaks to me about something that resonates with this day.....

No, no, there is no going back.
Less and less you are
that possibility you were.
More and more you have become
those lives and deaths
that have belonged to you.
You have become a sort of grave
containing much that was
and is no more in time, beloved
then, now, and always.
And so you have become a sort of tree
standing over a grave.
Now more than ever you can be
generous toward each day
that comes, young, to disappear
forever, and yet remain
unaging in the mind.
Every day you have less reason
not to give yourself away.
~ Wendell Berry ~

5.Is there a tradition you could not be without, a tradition that makes Good Friday, Good Friday? Once I would have said the Stations of the Cross. But this year there have already been too many words in Holy Week....so......maybe it's time for new traditions.

4 comments:

Sally said...

I am with you on the two many words thinking. I used lots of images today....

Terri (AKA Mompriest) said...

A Holy Week with too many words...sigh...I love coming over here and seeing your count down to the wedding...so exiting! May you have a blessed Easter. (and thanks for your comment on my blog.)

Deb said...

Thanks for the Wendell Berry. I haven't been doing much poetry reading these days... ah. soon!!

Peceli and Wendy's Blog said...

Yes, often too many words. Easter was full on for us - Peceli helping with three services of worship, me playing music at a few, but the best moments were so simple, very few words, as we watched the sun rise over the sea. A few cameras clicking, a bit of 'Christ has risen' but mostly silence or murmuring as we watched the spectacle and remembered other sunrises and Easter Days.
Wendy