Hours and hours

I’m working on Good Friday at present – the traditional Three Hours from 12-3 pm.  It sounds like a lot and it is – and the problem is that to fill three hours with words doesn’t really meet the need.  Traditionally, it is words – the seven last words of Jesus.  But, for me, it is sounds – clinking of Judas’ 30 pieces of silver, the shouting of crowds, the sound of Pilate washing his hands,  banging in of nails … and finally the words of the Centurion, ‘Truly this was the Son of God’


  1. I suppose it one of the downsides to your job that you cant really take a holiday at easter or christmas…lol :)but one good thing that can come out of it is not having to make up an excuse to the headmaster as to why one has to take their children out of school during term time to get a holiday at a better price 😀

  2. David Watson was once stopped by an elderly lady after preaching at a Good Friday 3 hrs at York. ‘Thank you so much for the service’, she said, ‘I particularly liked the times of silence.’

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