Good Friday is always a day of pondering for me. I have a few rituals that I engage in each year during the final week of Lent, called Holy Week. I ALWAYS listen to Jesus Christ Superstar ( the original cast) and Godspell ( the original cast recording) and then add some other music that seems appropriate for these last days of Lent.
After the evening Tenebrae service I have another tradition. I watch the movie Jesus Christ Superstar. I know it is SOOO 1970’s, but it has been my tradition for many years. When it first came out, it was shown at the midnight movie each year on Good Friday. After that, I searched for it in video stores and finally purchased my own copy.
My poor children were, of course, subject to this every year. I am happy to say my daughter continues the tradition of listening to this “holy week” music.
This year, however I came across this piece of music. It is from the Psalm Project. It is a new version of Psalm 22 put to music. That psalm is difficult at best to read, but this musical rendition is hauntingly beautiful. It is a sign of hope for me that Jesus knew what it felt like to feel abandoned, betrayed and all alone. On this Good Friday, I share this piece music with faith for presence, peace and new life promised in Easter.
On this Good Friday, I am graced to serve.