Good Friday, April 19, 2019
By the cross and passion of your Son our Lord,
Bring us with all your saints to the joy of his resurrection.
By his Incarnation and his willing obedience, Christ accepted full union with the human family.
The union of the divine nature with his human nature restored all of human nature to its proper relationship with God. To carry that union through to its end, and to overcome the separation between Creator and the created caused by human sin, Jesus was willing to surrender his life to the results of our sin.
His act of obedience restored the kinship of the human family torn apart by our disobedience.
Even on the cross, Jesus was concerned to establish a new kinship, saying to the disciple whom he loved, “Behold your mother,” and to his mother, “Woman, behold your son.”
Since his death was the cost of establishing this new kinship, we can have confidence that God will regard this family with supreme tenderness.
Almighty God, we pray you graciously to behold this your family, for whom our Lord Jesus Christ was willing to be betrayed, and given into the hands of sinners, and to suffer death upon the cross; who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
(Collect for Good Friday, BCP 221)