This Passiontide sequence of words and music recounts simply, the story of Jesus’s arrest, his trial and crucifixion.
As we reflect on his journey we pray for those around us who have been caught up in betrayal by those they have loved; we pray for the friendless, the tortured, the abused, and those worn down by fatigue. We pray for those who suffer physical pain; or die at the hands of others.
The theme of love returns again and again as we meditate on the way to the cross – the inadequacy of our love for Jesus and the mystery of his abundant love for us.
The final hymn, John Ireland’s My song is love unknown, gathers up these reflections and expresses our response:
Here might I stay and sing:
no story so divine;
never was love, dear King, never was grief like thine!
This is my Friend, in whose sweet praise
I all my days could gladly spend.
The whole sequence is divided into seven sections, each containing a short reading, a time of silence, and a hymn or an anthem. Each section is linked by the prayer
We adore you O Christ, and we bless you
because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.
and by the hymn known as the Trisagion :
Holy God, Holy and strong, Holy and immortal, Have mercy on us.
which grows in strength and intensity each time it is repeated.
Our parish choir is enriched on this occasion by singers from neighbouring parishes, and from the Uniting and Catholic churches in our district, all of whom regularly join us for these special presentations.
The congregation shares in the music and the prayers, as together we prepare ourselves for Holy Week and Passiontide.
Director of Music