Today is Good Friday for most Christians (for Orthodox believers, Good Friday is a week from today). Eugene Peterson, in Under the Unpredictable Plant: An Exploration in Vocational Holiness
recommends that all Christians read the Psalms daily on a monthly schedule, so I have been endeavoring to do that for the past 6 months, using the Book of Common Prayer as my guide. Fittingly, today’s readings for morning prayer included Psalm 51 and Psalm 52.
Have mercy upon me, O God, after thy great goodness; / according to the multitude of they mercies do away mine offences.
Wash me thoroughly from my wickedness, / and cleanse me from my sin. (Psalm 51:1-2)
Why boastest thou thyself, thou tyrant, that thou canst do mischief, / whereas the goodness of God endureth yet daily? (Psalm 52:1)
Some other Good Friday readings:
First Things has republished an excerpt from the late Richard John Neuhaus’ book, Death on a Friday Afternoon: Meditations on the Last Words of Jesus from the Cross.
Also on the last words of Christ, you may like to read or sing a cycle of hymns that I wrote based on the Seven Last Words. You can download the lyrics here. They can be read as poems, or sung using the tunes from a hymnal. (Some of the tunes are obscure, some common, so your hymnal’s mileage will vary.)
What are you reading or doing today to observe Good Friday?