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)
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.
(a short invocation prayer from www.lords-prayer-words.com)
A prayer for Good Friday
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.
(a short prayer for Easter time from www.lords-prayer-words.com)
• click here for a selection of traditional & contemporary prayers for Easter Sunday.
Collect for Good Friday Almighty God, we beseech thee graciously to behold this thy
for which our Lord Jesus Christ was contented to be
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,
world without end.
(source: Book of Common Prayer, 1979 version, Protestant Episcopal Church in the USA.)