Reading – Mark 15:21-32
Then they brought Jesus to the place called Golgotha (which means the place of a skull). And they offered him wine mixed with myrrh; but he did not take it. And they crucified him, and divided his clothes among them, casting lots to decide what each should take.
It was nine o’clock in the morning when they crucified him. The inscription of the charge against him read, “The King of the Jews.” And with him they crucified two bandits, one on his right and one on his left. Let the Messiah, the King of Israel, come down from the cross now, so that we may see and believe.”
Good Friday is the Friday before Easter Sunday when Christians remember Jesus’ crucifixion. During Good Friday services, they reflect on the meaning of the crucifixion and the central message of Christianity. This message is that through his death on the cross, Jesus atoned for the sin of mankind which came into the world when Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden, and through Jesus’ sacrifice mankind is reconciled with God. The main service on Good Friday takes place between midday and 3 pm. In many churches it takes the form of a meditation based on seven sayings, or last words, of Jesus on the cross, with hymns, prayers, and short sermons. Roman Catholics start their service at 3 pm, the time that Jesus is thought to have died.
There are some envelopes in church which contain a Scratch Art Cross bookmark. Please take one. As you scratch away the black remember how Christ reveals himself to us and shines through our darkness.