Good Friday Liturgy



A Life Laid Down: A meditation on the Passion of Christ from El Salvador.

Julian Filochowski and Jon Sobrino remember Oscar Romero, the Archbishop who was assassinated 25 years ago.


The Cross and the Bomb

The Bishop of London, The Rt Revd and Rt Hon Richard Chartres, reflects on religious conflict in the context of Jesus' Passion on the Cross. He leads this Good Friday meditation from St Ethelburga's, the medieval city church nearly destroyed by an IRA bomb and rebuilt as a Centre for Reconciliation and Peace. The church survived the Great Fire and the Blitz and has served the City of London since the Middle Ages. From the ruins of the 1993 bombing, it has risen as an innovative centre, a symbol of hope when London is once more threatened with terrorist activity.

Also taking part will be Simon Keyes, Director of the centre, and the St Ethelburga's Singers directed by Andrew Parmley.


From Durham Cathedral.

On the most solemn day in the Christian calendar, Bishop Tom Wright, the Very Rev Michael Sadgrove and Ruth Etchells reflect on the themes of betrayal and sacrifice.

James Lancelot directs the Cathedral Consort of Singers.


Daughters of Jerusalem

The words of Carol Ann Duffy tell the story of the crucifixion from the perspective of the women who witnessed Christ's Passion.

With Lesley Sharp as Mary Magdalene.

Music composed by Sasha Johnson Manning.


Cries of the Passion.

Professor of Christianity and the Arts at King's College London, the Revd Prof Ben Quash, traces the way of the cross through the sounds and cries he hears on his daily walk to work across London.

The cries of the Passion tell the story as Ben's pilgrimage moves from the roaring crowds of the Arsenal stadium, past the joyful shouting of children in Coram's Fields playground, the cries of the market place in Covent Garden, into the box of darkness in Tate Modern.

The journey starts in the chant of the crowd and ends in a solitary cry.

Producer: Clair Jaquiss.

Rev Prof Ben Quash traces the way of the cross on his daily walk to work across London.


On the most solemn day in the Christian calendar, Dr Tina Beattie, Director of Catholic Studies at Roehampton University, travels to Jerusalem to reflect on the last moments of Christ's life.

Starting at night, in the Garden of Gethsemene, the place where Jesus was arrested, Dr Beattie re-examines the human and spiritual consequences of Christ's journey to his death on the cross.

She visits the Pavement on which Christ was tried by Pontius Pilate and scourged, and reflects on the moment where Mary has to contemplate the death of her son.

The programme finishes inside the Church of the Holy Sepluchre, the site Christians believe to be the place of the crucifixion and resurrection.

Producer: Mark O'Brien.

Tina Beattie in the Old City of Jerusalem reflects on the desolation of the Crucifixion.


A meditation on the Crucifixion in music and readings from Westminster Cathedral. Fr James Hanvey SJ reflects on the final moments of Christ's earthly journey and how we continue to encounter the Crucified Christ in our daily lives. With traditional music from the world famous Westminster Cathedral Choir, readings from the Gospel accounts of Christ's Passion and poetry, Fr Hanvey explores how it is from the margins of society as well as the margins of our comprehension that we stand at the foot of the Cross.

Master of Music: Martin Baker

Assistant Master of Music: Peter Stevens

Producer: Mark O'Brien.

A meditation on the Crucifixion in music and readings from Westminster Cathedral.


On the most solemn day of the Christian Calendar, marking the death of Christ, Bishop Stephen Oliver explores the language of grief and bereavement. Reflecting on his own experience following the death of his wife, Bishop Stephen explore the effect grief can have and challenges often inadequate language and emotions which try to hide and avoid the realities of bereavement.

Featuring music by Eric Whitacre (Sleep); Purcell (Hear my Prayer) and Tomas Victoria (Popule Meus).

Producer: Mark O'Brien.