Part Two: Good Friday

Poet and Senior Teaching Fellow John Dennison and artist and staff alumni Juanita Madden bring you Good Friday’s offering. The Collects and Readings are taken from A New Zealand Prayer Book, Lectionary Cycle Year A.

Good Friday by Juanita Madden

By John Dennison

after Eileen Duggan, New Zealand Poems, 1st edn., 1940

For their death read your death;
for I had always read I always;
for nothing that read nothing can;
for moon read mourn;
for limb read lamb;
for cuckoo read cockerel;
for thundered read thundering;
for quiet read quake;
for the hills’ river read the hill’s riven;
for Oh read Or;
for and if atonement read and is atonement;
for there read here;
for as read so;
for no read yes.

These, and other errors, are due to war conditions.

(first published in Otherwise, Auckland University Press, 2015)

For Reflection

Psalm 22
Isaiah 52:13–53:12
Hebrews 10:16–25
or Hebrews 4:14–16; 5:7–9
John 18:1–19:42

Lord Jesus Christ,
crucified for us,
we kneel at the foot of your cross to watch with you.
Help us to see the cost of our forgiveness
so that we may be made new through your love;
for the glory of your holy name.

As Christ took our place on the cross in an act of forgiveness, so too should we forgive those who have sinned against us. Who might you need to forgive today?