MT. VERNON — The Jefferson County Ministerial Association will present a special Community Good Friday Service at 12:15 p.m. Friday at the Good Samaritan Regional Health Center Chapel in Mt. Vernon.
Organizers say the format of the service will be similar to last year’s ceremony.
However, this will be the first time the event will take place inside the Good Samaritan Chapel, which opened in January 2013, said Father Gene Tucker, a member of the Ministerial Association.
“I’m excited we’re getting to use the new chapel at (Good Samaritan),” Tucker said. “It’s a good setting.”
The 30-minute service will feature a series of “reflections” performed by members of the Ministerial Association.
The reflections are entitled “I Was There” and present accounts of the events of Good Friday from some of the participants in Jesus Christ’s crucifixion.
For most of the reflections, association members will portray different Biblical characters, including Pontius Pilate, Jesus’ mother Mary, one of the criminals who was also crucified that day, and others. There will be about 10 total reflections.
“It’s sort of like reflections of what happened that day,” Tucker said.
In between each reflection, the congregation will be invited to sing a verse from the spiritual, “Were You There?”
Tucker said the goal of the service is to encourage people to contemplate the “darkness” of Good Friday contrasted with the “brightness and hope” of Easter Sunday.
“This script lets us consider the events of Good Friday in the light of what happened on Easter Sunday,” Tucker said. “I think it’s important for us to spend some time thinking about Good Friday, not to rush forward into the celebration of Easter before Easter. That’s the temptation, to do that.”
The Community Good Friday Service is free and open to the public.