One of the things I’m going to miss most (among many!) during this unusual season when our church can’t gather is our annual “Facing the Cross Service,” a simple service we observe each year during Holy Week that recounts the last few days, death, and burial of our Lord through Scripture readings and hymns.
Since we cannot hold the service this year, I have prepared some resources to help our church families observe the sacrifice of Christ in a similar way, and I pray these might be useful and beneficial for others as well. The service, including Scripture readings and hymns, lasts about 45 minutes.
Full video of the service includes audio of the Scripture readings and piano accompaniments and lyrics of each hymn:
Service Order (PDF) – All the Scripture references and hymns are listed, so you could read the Scripture passages yourself and sing without the piano if you wish.
Collection of Passion Hymns (PDF), including all those used in this service
Audio of Scripture readings only (mp3) – You can pause between readings to sing.
Audio of hymn accompaniments only (mp3) – You can pause between hymns to read Scripture.
Finally, here is a video of just the hymn accompaniments if you wish to read the Scripture passages yourself. Simply pause the video during the readings: