Good friday

Behold the Cross

Holy Week AT HOME

Good Friday gift

Every Good Friday, Resurrection collects a financial gift for a global partner—and this year is more important than ever. We are helping to create a home for 1,000 orphans in Nigeria, a country much less equipped to face the threat of COVID-19 than our own.

AT HOME: PREPARE + PARTICIPATE

On Good Friday, we tell the story of the Passion of Jesus as we remember the love of God that was demonstrated by Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross for the forgiveness of sins.

What you need

  • A cross, as large as possible, that helps you connect to the actual cross of Jesus
  • If you don’t have one, you could make one out of wood with instructions like this, or a simpler one like this one, cut one out of paper or cardboard, or gather branches to tie together.
  • A service guide

What to do

  • During the service, move the cross from where it has been throughout Holy Week and lay it on the floor in the center of the room where you can kneel next to it to touch it and pray. 
  • Give online to Good Friday Gift

Daytime Activity: Take a Stations of the Cross Prayer Walk
Print the Stations of the Cross Guide and take a prayer walk, stopping along the way to observe each of the traditional stations. More instructions below.

Stations of the Cross

In this ancient devotional service, we walk with Christ through the last hours of his life, reflecting on his sufferings, death, and burial through reading the Bible, music, and prayer. The stations are traditionally prayed between 12pm – 3pm, the hours when Jesus hung on the cross. This year our stations will be led outside at regular intervals from 12pm – 2:30pm.

What you need

  • 1 cross to gather around, 1 cross for each person to hold as you walk, or 14 crosses placed throughout your home, yard, or neighborhood. 
  • The crosses could be as simple as a cross drawn on paper or wooden crosses that you make.

What to do

  • Use the guide to walk around your house, yard, or neighborhood, stopping in a new place to pray through each station.

For kids

Coloring page and story summary

VIDEO ACTIVITY:
Make cards for the kwashi kids

cardmaking instructions

RezKids are making cards to send to the “Kwashi Kids,” former orphans who will receive a home through your generosity to Good Friday Gift

Art

Original painting by Resurrection artist Michael Skura depicting Mary at the Cross of Christ. (Image copyright: Church of the Resurrection)

GO DEEPER

View our traditional Good Friday service from our Explainer videos for Holy Week 2019. 

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