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Good Friday Service

Service begins in silence.

OFFICIANT:     Blessed be our God. 

PEOPLE:  For ever and ever.  Amen.

OFFICIANT:     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. [BCP 276]

Isaiah 52:13-53:12 is now read.

Psalm 22 to be recited by whole verse- [BCP 610-612]

Hebrews 10:16-25 is now read.

John 19:1-37 is now read. 

Reflection follows.


Hymn:  "Were You There" [Hymn 172 vs. 1&4]

The Solemn Collects are now given.

OFFICIANT:     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.  [BCP 277]

OFFICIANT:     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 they serve / For Bishop Shannon, and all the people of this diocese / For all Christians in this community.

{*Silence is observed.}

OFFICIANT:     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.



OFFICIANT:     Let us pray for all nations and peoples of the earth, and for those in authority among them; For Joseph, our President / For the Congress and the Supreme Court / For righteous leadership in the nations of the world / 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 is observed.}  [BCP 278]

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


OFFICIANT:     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 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 is observed.}

OFFICIANT:     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. 


OFFICIANT:     Let us pray for all who have not received the Gospel of Christ; For those who have lost their faith / For those hardened by sin or indifference / For the contemptuous and the scornful / 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. 

{*Silence      is observed.}  [BCP 279]

OFFICIANT:     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. 


OFFICIANT:     Let us commit ourselves to our 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.

Postlude:  "O Sacred Head , Sore Wounded" [Hymn 168]

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