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, this year that included the soundtrack from Joseph and the Technical Coat and the soundtrack from Leap of Faith.
Tonight, I will participate in the Tenebrae service at First United Methodist Church. This will be the first time since I was in high school I have remembered (celebrate seems the wrong word for this service) the last day of Jesus’ life at this church. Following the service tonight, 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. It is not Good Friday, until I watched this movie. Then the holy waiting begins.
This is another piece of music, however, that has become very profound for me.. 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.