We have reached Good Friday when we look upon the cross and venerate it as best we can during this time of the pandemic. A few years ago I wrote a litany that I share with you now.   Perhaps you can use it as you pray on this day.  I have added some phrases that speak to our present time. 

Who comes before the cross; the one who does not understand the enormity of the sacrifice nor the victory that resulted. 

Lord, by your cross and resurrection, you have set us free from death. 

 

Who comes before the cross; the one who’s heart is heavy from the burden of loneliness and despair.

Lord, by your cross and resurrection, you have set us free from death. 

 

Who comes before the cross; the one who is young, often overlooked and ignored or pressured beyond belief, struggling with fear and anxiety.   

Lord, by your cross and resurrection, you have set us free from death.  

 

Who comes before the cross; the one who because of economic hardship during this pandemic time is without employment, adequate housing or enough food.  

Lord, by your cross and resurrection, you have set us free from death. 

 

Who comes before the cross; the one who suffers because of strained relationships due to pandemic anxieties.  

Lord, by your cross and resurrection, you have set us free from death. 

 

Who comes before the cross; the one who because of racism and sexism is separated from others. 

Lord, by your cross and resurrection, you have set us free from death. 

 

Who comes before the cross; the one who has experienced the death in body of a loved one. 

Lord, by your cross and resurrection, you have set us free from death. 

 

Who comes before the cross; the one whose memory grows dim, whose steps falter, whose vision is clouded. 

Lord, by your cross and resurrection, you have set us free from death. 

 

Who comes before the cross; the one who feels unloved, rejected and unsure during this time.

Lord, by your cross and resurrection, you have set us free from death. 

 

Who comes before the cross; the one who in humility gives thanks for life and blessings granted. 

Lord, by your cross and resurrection, you have set us free from death. 

 

Who comes before the cross; the one whose heart is bursting with love for God and all people. 

Lord, by your cross and resurrection, you have set us free from death. 

 

Who comes before the cross; the one who simply comes, who is drawn to the Cross without even knowing why, but who comes and that is enough.

Lord, by your cross and resurrection, you have set us free from death. 

 

Good and glorious God, you have set us free.  May we in turn set others free through our love and compassion.  We pray this in the name of Jesus, he who is Lord forever and ever. Amen. 

 – Helen Ackermann