Lamentations of Good Friday (stasis 1)

The Lamentations of Good Friday are both sad and hopeful. The male chanter chants from Psalm 118/119 recalling Jesus’ obedient life, while the female chanter laments Jesus’ death. The Lamentations of Good Friday were sung in all Eastern Orthodox churches the evening of April 6. To close one’s eyes and allow the words and rhythm of the chant to draw one in is to enter in part in to the sorrows Mary the mother of Jesus, Mary Magdalene, John the Apostle and the other disciples must have felt the night after Jesus had been laid in the tomb by Joseph of Arimathea.

 

Sips from Ancient Wells

“There is no time yours but the present time, no day yours but the present day; therefore, do not please and feed yourselves with hopes of time to come; that you will repent, but not yet; and lay hold on mercy, but not yet; and give yourselves up to the Lord next week, next month, next year; for that [same] God who has promised you mercy and favor upon the day of your return [to him], has not promised to prolong your lives till that day comes.” — Thomas Brooks