(Dear Friends in Christ,)
This wonderful recording (linked above on UTube) of the Good Friday Reproaches tore my heart as I listened to it this morning (Holy Wednesday).
Although I do love our own Vittoria version of The Reproaches at SMAA, which we will be hearing here on Good Friday, this particular recording – being more modern – does not use the traditional Greek response of the mourners to the cry of Jesus:
“O my people, what have I done unto you, wherefore have I wearied you; testify against me!” However, this English version of the choral response may be even more effective in addressing the meaning of the words: “Holy God, Holy, Mighty, Holy and Strong; Holy and Immortal, have mercy on us”. (*)
( ‘Agios ‘o Theos; ‘Agios, Ischyros; ‘Agios, Athanatod, eleison imas” (Gk.)
The cantors sing the words of Jesus while the choir sings the chorus (*) – at the time when the People come up for the traditional Veneration of the Cross – to kiss the feet of Jesus in a symbolic act of penitence for their sins.
I well remember the occasion, when I was Vicar of the Hibiscus Coast Parish in the Auckland Diocese, that the local Presbyterian Minister who, at the time was also the national Moderator, attended our Good Friday Liturgy at St.Stephen’s, Whangaparaoa. Afterwards, he told me he had been much moved by the ceremony; expressing the thought that it might well be a good way for his own community to reflect on the dereliction of Christ.on Good Friday.
Looking forward to the Sacred Triduum,
Yours, in Christ,