Dark Friday

Contemplate the sacrifice.

Contemplate the mystery.

While you contemplate, listen to this instrumental piece called “Gethsemane” from Jeff Johnson’s album “No Shadow of Turning.”

A new version of the piece can be found on Jeff’s album “Thin Places” You can listen to it at this link.

Then please listen to this classical song “Go to Dark Gethsemane” by John Montgomery. It is one of my favorite choral pieces. Performed by Choeur de chambre Exprime (if you received the blog in your email you’ll need to click through to the web site where the song is embedded using SoundCloud):


[A version of this blog was originally published on April 3, 2015]


14 Responses to Dark Friday

  1. Kathy April 3, 2015 at 7:57 am #

    This was beautiful. The music captured the somber spirit of that day!

  2. Mocha with Linda April 3, 2015 at 8:20 am #

    Beautiful. Thank you.

  3. Ron Andrea April 3, 2015 at 8:36 am #

    Nice. Thank you.

  4. James L. Rubart April 3, 2015 at 10:11 am #

    Love this. Jeff is a friend of mine, Steve. Will let him know about this post.

  5. Steve Laube April 3, 2015 at 10:17 am #


    Try going to our web site where the blog resides. The second link is indeed the story of the hymn, but below it on the site is the SoundCloud embedded performance.


  6. Holly April 4, 2015 at 5:16 am #

    Powerful. Stirring.
    I’ve been listening to the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles, “Lent at Ephesus,” that you introduced to me last year, and it has deepened my Lenten experience. Thank you for adding this to my playlist. The emotion within both pieces is beautiful.

  7. Andrew Budek-Schmeisser April 14, 2017 at 7:25 am #

    Profound post, and excellent music.

    My Good Friday meditation is a poem by Henry Lee. He was an officer in the US Army in the Philippines at the beginning of WW2. Captured on Bataan, he survived the Death March and imprisonment, only to die when a ‘hell ship’ carrying him to the Japanese Home Islands was sunk by an American submarine.

    Before leaving the Philippine prison camp, he buried his writings, and they were discovered after the war.

    Thus, his poem, “Fighting On”:

    I see no gleam of vict’ry alluring;
    no hope of splendid booty or of gain.
    If I endure, I must go on enduring,
    and my sole reward for bearing pain – is pain.
    Yet though the thrill, the zest, and the hope are gone,
    something within me keeps me fighting on.

    • Glenda April 14, 2017 at 10:16 am #

      Nothing like words from survivors to add veracity! Fac fortia et patere, indeed! A gift to read, thank you, Andrew!

      My father-in-law fought in WWII and narrowly escaped with his life when two ships sunk. Without him, no hubby or sons! He was a quiet man but one compliment he gave ever lingers: “She’s a writer.”

  8. Melissa Henderson April 14, 2017 at 8:58 am #

    Thank you for sharing this beautiful message through music. Very touching.

  9. Glenda April 14, 2017 at 10:17 am #


  10. LK Simonds April 14, 2017 at 12:23 pm #

    Beautiful. Thank you and Happy Easter!

  11. Andrew Budek-Schmeisser April 14, 2017 at 12:39 pm #

    guys, need to ask yours prayer.

    In trouble. pain meds are not working.

    oh, help

    i dont want to die


    • Steve Laube April 14, 2017 at 1:12 pm #

      Our heavenly Father, we ask on behalf of our friend Andrew that your presence be made known to him in his time of need.

      You are the author and finisher of our faith (Hebrews 12:2).
      Your are the source of all things (1 Corinthians 8:6)
      In you we find rest (Exodus 33:14)

      On this Dark Friday we meditate on the suffering Jesus endured on the cross on our behalf. In the midst of our pain and suffering your example ultimately points us towards the resurrection.

      Yet in the now, the pain is real. The suffering encompasses. For Andrew we pray for relief. All the while believing that through the resurrection we have redemption and release.

      According to Your will, O Lord, our Strength and our Redeemer.


      • Judith Robl April 14, 2017 at 11:51 pm #

        And Amen to Steve’s prayer.

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