Good Friday

 

 

 

On this day the ministers enter in silence.

All then kneel for silent prayer, after which the Celebrant stands and
begins the liturgy with the Collect of the Day.

Immediately before the Collect, the Celebrant may say

            Blessed be our God.
People     For ever and ever. Amen.

Let us pray.

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.


Old Testament
     Isaiah 52:13--53:12,     or Genesis 22:1-18,
                             or Wisdom 2:1, 12-24
Psalm     22:1-11(12-21),     or 40:1-14, or 69:1-23
Epistle     Hebrews 10:1-25

The Passion Gospel is announced in the following manner

 

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The Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John.

The customary responses before and after the Gospel are omitted.

John 18:1-19:37     or 19:1-37

The Passion Gospel may be read or chanted by lay persons. Specific roles
may be assigned to different persons, the congregation taking the part of
the crowd.

The congregation may be seated for the first part of the Passion. At the
verse which mentions the arrival at Golgotha (John 19:17) all stand.

The Sermon follows.

A hymn may then be sung.

The Solemn Collects

All standing, the Deacon, or other person appointed, says to the people

Dear People of God: Our heavenly Father sent his Son into
the world, not to condemn the world, but that the world
through him might be saved; that all who believe in him
might be delivered from the power of sin and death, and
become heirs with him of everlasting life.

We pray, therefore, for people everywhere according to their
needs.

In the biddings which follow, the indented portions may be adapted by
addition or omission, as appropriate, at the discretion of the Celebrant.
The people may be directed to stand or kneel.

The biddings may be read by a Deacon or other person appointed. The
Celebrant says the Collects.

 

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Let us pray for the holy Catholic Church of Christ
throughout the world;

    For its unity in witness and service
    For all bishops and other ministers
        and the people whom they serve
    For N., our Bishop, and all the people of this diocese
    For all Christians in this community
    For those about to be baptized (particularly___________)

That God will confirm his Church in faith, increase it in love,
and preserve it in peace.

Silence

Almighty and everlasting God, by whose Spirit the whole
body of your faithful people is governed and sanctified:
Receive our supplications and prayers which we offer before
you for all members of your holy Church, that in their
vocation and ministry they may truly and devoutly serve you;
through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.


Let us pray for all nations and peoples of the earth, and for
those in authority among them;

    For N., the President of the United States
    For the Congress and the Supreme Court
    For the Members and Representatives of the United Nations
    For all who serve the common good

That by God's help they may seek justice and truth, and live
in peace and concord.

Silence

Almighty God, kindle, we pray, in every heart the true love of
peace, and guide with your wisdom those who take counsel for
the nations of the earth; that in tranquility your dominion may

 

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increase, until the earth is filled with the knowledge of your
love; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


Let us pray for all who suffer and are afflicted in body or in mind;

    For the hungry and the homeless, the destitute
        and the oppressed
    For the sick, the wounded, and the crippled
    For those in loneliness, fear, and anguish
    For those who face temptation, doubt, and despair
    For the sorrowful and bereaved
    For prisoners and captives, and those in mortal danger

That God in his mercy will comfort and relieve them, and
grant them the knowledge of his love, and stir up in us the
will and patience to minister to their needs.

Silence

Gracious God, the comfort of all who sorrow, the strength of
all who suffer: Let the cry of those in misery and need come
to you, that they may find your mercy present with them in all
their afflictions; and give us, we pray, the strength to serve
them for the sake of him who suffered for us, your Son Jesus
Christ our Lord. Amen.


Let us pray for all who have not received the Gospel of Christ;

    For those who have never heard the word of salvation
    For those who have lost their faith
    For those hardened by sin or indifference
    For the contemptuous and the scornful
    For those who are enemies of the cross of Christ and
        persecutors of his disciples
    For those who in the name of Christ have persecuted others

That God will open their hearts to the truth, and lead them to
faith and obedience.

 

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Silence

Merciful God, creator of all the peoples of the earth and
lover of souls: Have compassion on all who do not know you
as you are revealed in your Son Jesus Christ; let your Gospel
be preached with grace and power to those who have not
heard it; turn the hearts of those who resist it; and bring
home to your fold those who have gone astray; that there
may be one flock under one shepherd, Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.


Let us commit ourselves to God, and pray for the grace
of a holy life, that, with all who have departed this world and
have died in the peace of Christ, and those whose faith is
known to God alone, we may be accounted worthy to enter
into the fullness of the joy of our Lord, and receive the crown
of life in the day of resurrection.

Silence

O God of unchangeable power and eternal light: Look
favorably on your whole Church, that wonderful and sacred
mystery; by the effectual working of your providence, carry
out in tranquility the plan of salvation; let the whole world
see and know that things which were cast down are being
raised up, and things which had grown old are being made
new, and that all things are being brought to their perfection
by him through whom all things were made, your Son Jesus
Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity
of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The service may be concluded here with the singing of a hymn or anthem,
the Lord's Prayer, and the final prayer on page 282.

 

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If desired, a wooden cross may now be brought into the church and
placed in the sight of the people.

Appropriate devotions may follow, which may include any or all of the
following, or other suitable anthems. If the texts are recited rather than
sung, the congregation reads the parts in italics.


Anthem 1

We glory in your cross, O Lord,
and praise and glorify your holy resurrection;
for by virtue of your cross
joy has come to the whole world.

May God be merciful to us and bless us,
show us the light of his countenance, and come to us.

Let your ways be known upon earth,
your saving health among all nations.

Let the peoples praise you, O God;
let all the peoples praise you.

We glory in your cross, O Lord,
and praise and glorify your holy resurrection;
for by virtue of your cross
joy has come to the whole world.


Anthem 2

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you,
because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

If we have died with him, we shall also live with him;
if we endure, we shall also reign with him.

 

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We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you,
because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.


Anthem 3

O Savior of the world,
who by thy cross and precious blood hast redeemed us:
Save us and help us, we humbly beseech thee, O Lord.

The hymn "Sing, my tongue, the glorious battle," or some other hymn
extolling the glory of the cross, is then sung.

The service may be concluded here with the Lord's Prayer and the final
prayer below.

In the absence of a bishop or priest, all that precedes may be led by a
deacon or lay reader.


In places where Holy Communion is to be administered from
the reserved Sacrament, the following order is observed

A Confession of Sin
The Lord's Prayer
The Communion

The service concludes with the following prayer. No blessing or dismissal
is added.

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, we pray you to set
your passion, cross, and death between your judgment and
our souls, now and in the hour of our death. Give mercy and
grace to the living; pardon and rest to the dead; to your holy
Church peace and concord; and to us sinners everlasting life
and glory; for with the Father and the Holy Spirit you
live and reign, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

 

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