from Lutheran Service Book: Altar Book, page 501
4. During the silence before the Collect of the Day, the crosses may be veiled.
6. If the full passion narrative is read, other portions of the Service of the Word may be omitted, such as the Old Testament Reading, the Psalm of the Day or the Gradual, and the Creed. The sermon may also be abbreviated.
7. In order to assist the congregation better to hear the lengthy passion reading, the narrative may be divided into sections. Appropriate hymn stanzas or choral music may be inserted between some or all of the divisions. A fitting hymn introduction to the passion reading is stanza 1 of "Jesus, I Will Ponder Now" (Hymn 440).
8. To assist the congregation further, the Gospel narrative may be read by several readers. Suggestions for the division of parts are provided in the Appendix to this service. [Weedon's note: historic practice is the second option - three readers; this was traditionally chanted and the so-called "Gospel tone" that we use to chant the Verba was of a piece with the traditional chant formula.]