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.