Good Friday

The Gathering

All         Holy God, holy and strong, holy and immortal, have mercy on us.

 

Fifth Station – Jesus judged by Pilate

 

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you,

All           because by your Holy Cross you have redeemed the world.

Reading – Mark 15. 14,15

 

Lord Jesus, you were condemned to death for political expediency:

be with those who are imprisoned for the convenience of the powerful.

You were the victim of unbridled justice:

change the minds and motivations of oppressors and exploiters to your way of peace.

To you, Jesus, innocent though condemned,

be honour and glory with the Father and the Holy Spirit,

now and for ever.

All           Amen

 

Holy God,

holy and strong,

holy and immortal,

have mercy upon us.

 

Sixth Station – Jesus is crucified

 

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you,

All           because by your Holy Cross you have redeemed the world.

Reading – Mark 15. 24

 

Lord Jesus, you bled in pain as the nails were driven into your flesh:

transform through the mystery of your love the pain of those who suffer.

To you, Jesus, our crucified Lord,

be honour and glory with the Father and the Holy Spirit,

now and for ever.

All           Amen

 

Holy God,

holy and strong,

holy and immortal,

have mercy upon us.

 

Seventh Station – Jesus dies on the cross

 

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you,

All           because by your Holy Cross you have redeemed the world.

Reading – Mark 15. 34-37

 

Lord Jesus, you died on the cross

and entered the bleakest of all circumstances:

give courage to those who die at the hands of others.

In death you entered into the darkest place of all:

illumine our darkness with your glorious presence.

To you, Jesus, your lifeless body hanging on the tree of shame,

be honour and glory with the Father and the Holy Spirit,

now and for ever.

All           Amen

 

Holy God,

holy and strong,

holy and immortal,

have mercy upon us.

 

Eighth Station – Jesus laid in the tomb

 

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you,

All           because by your Holy Cross you have redeemed the world.

Reading – Mark 15. 46

 

Lord Jesus, Lord of life, you became as nothing for us:

Be with those who feel worthless and as nothing in the world’s eyes.

You were laid in a cold, dark tomb and hidden from sight:

Be with all who suffer and die in secret,

Hidden from the eyes of the world.

To you, Jesus, your rigid body imprisoned in a tomb,

be honour and glory with the Father and the Holy Spirit,

now and for ever.

All           Amen

 

Holy God,

holy and strong,

holy and immortal,

have mercy upon us.

 

The Conclusion

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.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever.
Amen.

 

Final response

You are worthy O Lamb for you were slain,

and by your blood you ransomed for God

saints from every tribe and language ad nation:

you have made them to be a kingdom and priests

serving our God.

 

All       We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you,

            because by your holy cross

 You have redeemed the world.