The sanctuary will be stark, stripped bare or covered in black cloth. The music will be haunting. The story, though familiar to many, sounds new in its depths of grief and hope mingled together. The silence that descended on Jesus' first followers echoes in us as well.
Many ask why it is called "Good" Friday when the events we remember are so sad and even horrifying. The answer may be found in Jesus' last words: "It is finished." The work he was anointed to do was complete. While we know that it is not the end of the story, what comes next is a mystery even now, as Christ works through the Body (us) in ever new ways.