©2007 Cheryl A. B. Boydston
CCLI Song #5181665
Word #1 -- Luke 23:33-34
Word #2 -- Luke 23:39-43
Word #3 -- John 19:26-27
Word #4 -- Matthew 27:45-46
Word #5 -- John 19:28-29
Word #6 -- John 19:30
Word # 7 -- Luke 23:44-46
Theme: Tenebrae, Good Friday
This song was written to be the framework of the Tenebrae/Good Friday service. The mood is pensive and somber. After each of the seven Scripture passages is read, the congregation responds by singing the chorus once, and a soloist (or small group) sings one verse of Seven Words from the Cross.
Between each section, there is time for silent reflection and meditation, and the extinguishing of another candle. As appropriate, it can also be meaningful to supplement the silence with drama, dance, homily or instrumental music.
Seven Words from the Cross .pdf file (sheet music)
Seven Words from the Cross .mid sound file (audio sample)
Seven Words from the Cross .pdf file (bulletin insert)
Seven Words from the Cross
In this hour before Your death
Speak Your word with holy breath
Father forgive these vengeful few
For they do not know what they do
Truly I tell you, you will be
Today in paradise with Me
Woman, I say to you and John:
Here is your mother, here is your son
Darkness and gloom and agony;
My God, My God,
My God, why have You forsaken Me?
I am thirsty, yet as a sign,
They offer only bitter wine
It is finished!
Father, I cry in anguish and
Commit My spirit into Your hand
Welcome!This collection of music is provided as a resource for churches and individuals. The songs that are posted on this site are listed alphabetically on the sidebar below. By clicking on a selected title you will link to these resources:
two printable versions of sheet music -- one includes melody, guitar chords, and an arrangement for keyboard; the other is simply the melody line and can be used as a bulletin insert. This free sheet music is in .pdf format. (If you do not have a .pdf reader you can download the free Adobe Reader).
audio sample -- helps the listener become familiar with the mood and tempo of each song -- you'll hear the computer playing the sheet music arrangement.
May the Lord bless you and your congregation as you plan your worship services, and as you join together to offer praise to God alone!