A Theology of Lament in Worship on Good Friday

As I have found myself repeating upon reflection through this Holy Week, the saying continually comes to mind that “you can’t have Easter without Good Friday.” In his piece for Reformed Worship “On Good Friday”, Dr. John D. Witvliet writes of our liturgical need for lament in the spiritual life of those seeking to live out their faith in Christ.

 
 

Professor Witvliet, director of the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, states that, ideally, worship on Good Friday ought to “include [a number of] elements. We should narrate Jesus’ death. We should sense the profundity of his passion. We should acknowledge the world-changing ramifications of the cross for the salvation of the world.” He goes on to say that “lament is a key ingredient in worship that arises from honest, soul-searching faith.” <

~ by prayersForMelissa on April 20, 2011.

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