Morning Prayer – Good Friday

INVITATORY – PSALM 95

LEADER: Lord, open my lips.

ALL: And my mouth will proclaim your praise.

LEADER: Come, let us worship Christ, who for our sake suffered death and was buried.

LEADER: Come, let us sing to the Lord
and shout with joy to the Rock who saves us.
Let us approach him with praise and thanksgiving
and sing joyful songs to the Lord.

ALL: Come, let us worship Christ, who for our sake suffered death and was buried.

LEADER: The Lord is God, the mighty God,
the great king over all the gods.
He holds in his hands the depths of the earth
and the highest mountains as well
He made the sea; it belongs to him,
the dry land, too, for it was formed by his hands.

ALL: Come, let us worship Christ, who for our sake suffered death and was buried.

LEADER: Come, then, let us bow down and worship,
bending the knee before the Lord, our maker,
For he is our God and we are his people,
the flock he shepherds.

ALL: Come, let us worship Christ, who for our sake suffered death and was buried.

LEADER: Today, listen to the voice of the Lord:
Do not grow stubborn, as your fathers did in the wilderness,
when at Meriba and Massah they challenged me and provoked me,
Although they had seen all of my works.

ALL: Come, let us worship Christ, who for our sake suffered death and was buried.

LEADER: Forty years I endured that generation.
I said, “They are a people whose hearts go astray
and they do not know my ways.
So I swore in my anger,
“They shall not enter into my rest.”

ALL: Come, let us worship Christ, who for our sake suffered death and was buried.

LEADER: Glory to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Spirit:

ALL: as it was in the beginning, is now,
and will be for ever. Amen

ALL: Come, let us worship Christ, who for our sake suffered death and was buried.

MORNING PRAYER FOR GOOD FRIDAY

APRIL 2, 2021

LEADER: God, come to my assistance.

ALL: Lord, make haste to help me.

LEADER: Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:

ALL: as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

HYMN

LEADER: God did not spare his own Son, but gave him up to suffer for our sake.

SIDE 1: Have mercy on me, God, in your kindness.
In your compassion blot out my offense.
O wash me more and more from my guilt
and cleanse me from my sin.

SIDE 2: My offenses truly I know them;
my sin is always before me
Against you, you alone, have I sinned;
what is evil in your sight I have done.

SIDE 1: That you may be justified when you give sentence
and be without reproach when you judge,
O see, in guilt I was born,
a sinner was I conceived.

SIDE 2: Indeed you love truth in the heart;
then in the secret of my heart teach me wisdom.
O purify me, then I shall be clean;
O wash me, I shall be whiter than snow.

SIDE 1: Make me hear rejoicing and gladness,
that the bones you have crushed may revive.
From my sins turn away your face
and blot out all my guilt.

SIDE 2: A pure heart create for me, O God,
put a steadfast spirit within me.
Do not cast me away from your presence,
nor deprive me of your holy spirit.

SIDE 1: Give me again the joy of your help;
with a spirit of fervor sustain me,
that I may teach transgressors your ways
and sinners may return to you.

SIDE 2: O rescue me, God, my helper,
and my tongue shall ring out your goodness.
O Lord, open my lips
and my mouth shall declare your praise.

SIDE 1: For in sacrifice you take no delight,
burnt offering from me you would refuse,
my sacrifice, a contrite spirit,
a humbled, contrite heart you will not spurn.

SIDE 2: In your goodness, show favor to Zion:
rebuild the walls of Jerusalem.
Then you will be pleased with lawful sacrifice,
holocausts offered on your altar.

SIDE 1: Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:

ALL: as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

ALL: God did not spare his own Son, but gave him up to suffer for our sake.

(PAUSE)

LEADER: Jesus Christ loved us, and poured out his own blood for us to wash away our sins.

SIDE 1: O Lord, I have heard your renown,
and feared, O Lord, your work.
In the course of the years revive it,
in the course of the years make it known;
in your wrath remember compassion!

SIDE 2: God comes from Teman,
the Holy One from Mount Paran.
Covered are the heavens with his glory,
and with his praise the earth is filled.

SIDE 1: His splendor spreads like the light;
rays shine forth from beside him,
where his power is concealed.
You come forth to save your people,
to save your anointed one.

SIDE 2: You tread the sea with your steeds
amid the churning of the deep waters.
I hear, and my body trembles;
at the sound, my lips quiver.

SIDE 1: Decay invades my bones,
my legs tremble beneath me.
I await the day of distress
that will come upon the people who attack us.

SIDE 2: For though the fig tree blossom not
nor fruit be on the vines,
though the yield of the olive fail
and the terraces produce no nourishment,

SIDE 1: though the flocks disappear from the fold
and there be no herd in the stalls,
yet will I rejoice in the Lord
and exult in my saving God.

SIDE 2: God, my Lord, is my strength;
he makes my feet swift as those of hinds
and enables me to go upon the heights.

SIDE 1: Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:

ALL: as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

ALL: Jesus Christ loved us, and poured out his own blood for us to wash away our sins.

(PAUSE)

LEADER: We worship your cross, O Lord, and we praise and glorify your holy resurrection, for the wood of the cross has brought joy to the world.

SIDE 1: O praise the Lord, Jerusalem!
Zion, praise your God!
He has strengthened the bars of your gates,
he has blessed the children within you.
He established peace on your borders,
he feeds you with finest wheat.

SIDE 2: He sends out his word to the earth
and swiftly runs his command.
He showers down snow white as wool,
he scatters hoar-frost like ashes.

SIDE 1: He hurls down hailstones like crumbs.
The waters are frozen at his touch;
he sends forth his word and it melts them:
at the breath of his mouth the waters flow.

SIDE 2: He makes his word known to Jacob,
to Israel his laws and decrees.
He has not dealt thus with other nations;
he has not taught them his decrees.

SIDE 1: Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit

ALL: as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

ALL: We worship your cross, O Lord, and we praise and glorify your holy resurrection, for the wood of the cross has brought joy to the world.

READER: A reading from the prophet Isaiah

See, my servant shall prosper,
he shall be raised high and greatly exalted.
Even as many were amazed at him —
so marred was his look beyond that of man,
and his appearance beyond that of mortals —
So shall he startle many nations,
because of him kings shall stand speechless;
For those who have not been told shall see,
those who have not heard shall ponder it.

The word of the Lord.

ALL: Thanks be to God.

SACRED SILENCE a moment to reflect and receive in our hearts the full resonance of the voice of the Holy Spirit and to unite our personal prayer more closely with the word of God and public voice of the Church.

LEADER: For our sake Christ was obedient, accepting even death, death on a cross

ALL: For our sake Christ was obedient, accepting even death, death on a cross.

LEADER: Over his head they hung their accusation: Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews.

ALL: Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel;
he has come to his people and set them free.
He has raised up for us a mighty savior,
born of the house of his servant David.

Through his holy prophets he promised of old
that he would save us from our enemies,
from the hands of all who hate us.
He promised to show mercy to our fathers
and to remember his holy covenant.

This was the oath he swore to our father Abraham:
to set us free from the hands of our enemies,
free to worship him without fear,
holy and righteous in his sight all the days of our life.

You, my child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High;
for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way,
to give his people knowledge of salvation
by the forgiveness of their sins.

In the tender compassion of our God
the dawn from on high shall break upon us,
to shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death,
and to guide our feet into the way of peace.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now,
and will be for ever. Amen.

ALL: Over his head they hung their accusation: Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews.

INTERCESSIONS

LEADER: For our sake our Redeemer suffered death and was buried, and rose again. With heartfelt love let us adore him, and pray:

ALL: Lord, have mercy on us.

LEADER: Christ our teacher, for our sake you were obedient even to accepting death, teach us to obey the Father’s will in all things.

ALL: Lord, have mercy on us.

LEADER: Christ our life, by your death on the cross you destroyed the power of evil and death, may we die with you, to rise with you in glory.

ALL: Lord, have mercy on us.

LEADER: Christ our King, you became an outcast among us, a worm and no man, teach us the humility by which you saved the world.

ALL: Lord, have mercy on us.

LEADER: Christ our salvation, you gave yourself up to death out of love for us, help us to show your love to one another.

ALL: Lord, have mercy on us.

LEADER: Christ our Savior, on the cross you embraced all time with your outstretched arms,
unite God’s scattered children in your kingdom of salvation.

ALL: Lord, have mercy on us.

LEADER: Now we make our own petitions in silence: (PAUSE) Let us pray to the lord:

ALL: Lord, have mercy on us.

LEADER: Let us pray as Jesus taught us.

ALL: Our Father who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us,
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil. AMEN

LEADER: Let us pray.

Father,
look with love upon your people,
the love which our Lord Jesus Christ showed us
when he delivered himself to evil men
and suffered the agony of the cross,
for he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

ALL: Amen.

L: During this Year of St. Joseph let us pray

A: Oh, Saint Joseph, foster-father of Jesus, most pure spouse of the Virgin Mary, pray for us daily to the same Jesus, the Son of God, that we, being defended by the power of His grace and striving faithfully in life, may be crowned by Him at the hour of death. Amen.

L: The Lord be with you.

A: and with your Spirit.

L: May God bless you in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

A: Amen

L: Go in peace.

A: Amen.

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