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Good Friday Prayer


On this day in the church calendar, we pause to reflect on the supreme sacrifice of Christ our Saviour at the cross on Calvary Hill some 2000 years ago. This page has four Christian prayers for Good Friday, with a prayer for opening a morning service, an inspiring devotional prayer, a short beautiful prayer for Eastertime, and a traditional collect for the day.


Prayer for a Good Friday Morning Service

Suitable as a invocation prayer (opening prayer)

Father,

As we gather together today, we remember the supreme sacrifice of our beautiful King, the Lord Jesus Christ. Led like a lamb to the slaughter, clothed in humility and grace, he willing offered himself to death so that we might live forever. We are truly thankful for the extent of his love, stretched out on a cruel wooden cross. We dwell on the pain he bore for us and are truly grateful for the forgiveness that he offers. As we worship and praise now, help us to live in the wonder of this goodness and marvel at his endless grace.

Amen.

(a short invocation prayer from www.lords-prayer-words.com)


A prayer for Good Friday


Jesus,

Today we pause to remember your sacrificial love
That shone light into the darkness
That bore life from such emptiness
That revealed hope out of devastation
That spoke truth through incrimination
That released freedom in spite of imprisonment
And brought us forgiveness instead of punishment.

Thank you that we can now walk in the light of your life,
Hope, truth, freedom and forgiveness,
This day and everyday.

Amen.

(a short prayer for Easter time from www.lords-prayer-words.com)

click here for a selection of traditional & contemporary prayers for Easter Sunday.


Easter Prayer

Easter Prayer


Episcopal Prayer

Collect for Good Friday

Almighty God, we beseech thee graciously to behold this thy family,
for which our Lord Jesus Christ was contented to be betrayed,
and given up into the hands of sinners, and to suffer death upon the cross;
who now liveth and reigneth with thee
and the Holy Ghost ever,
one God,
world without end.

Amen.

(source: Book of Common Prayer, 1979 version, Protestant Episcopal Church in the USA.)


Easter Passion Meditation

Featuring a reading of Matthew 27:27-54 on the events leading up to the crucifixion of Christ, followed by a short reading from Hebrews 12:2-3:-



The day which we fear as our last is but the birthday of eternity.

Lucius Annaeus Seneca