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Good Friday
15th April 2022

HT 13th Station of the Cross

Thank you for joining us on Good Friday as we continue our journey through the Easter Triduum
Here you can find resources for our liturgy to pray at home or wherever you are. 

The readings for today and some of the prayers of our liturgy are on the downloadable pew sheet.

Our service features the Passion Gospel according to John, the Sung Reproaches
and the Solemn Intercessions set for this day.

In church, we start the service in silence.
The presiding priest prostrates on the floor as a sign of humility in the sight of Christ’s passion
as we keep a time of silent prayer.

You may want to have a cross ready as you worship as a reminder
of the power and message of this day and this liturgy.

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The Collect

Collect

Almighty God,
look graciously, we pray, on 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,
now and for ever. Amen.

The Liturgy of the Word

Page from Gospel Book
First Reading: Isaiah 52.13-53.12 (read by Tony Mitchell)
Psalm 22.1-20
Psalm 22 (sung)

Please join in saying the text, pausing shortly at the *asterisk

Refrain: My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? *
and are so far from my cry and from the words of my distress?

O my God, I cry in the daytime, but you do not answer; *
by night as well, but I find no rest.

Yet you are the Holy One, *
enthroned upon the praises of Israel.

Our forefathers put their trust in you; *
they trusted, and you delivered them.

They cried out to you and were delivered; *
they trusted in you and were not put to shame.

But as for me, I am a worm and no man, *
scorned by all and despised by the people.

All who see me laugh me to scorn; *
they curl their lips and wag their heads, saying,

‘He trusted in the Lord; let him deliver him; *
let him rescue him, if he delights in him.’

Yet you are he who took me out of the womb, *
and kept me safe upon my mother's breast.

I have been entrusted to you ever since I was born; *
you were my God when I was still in my mother's womb.

Be not far from me, for trouble is near, *
and there is none to help.

Many young bulls encircle me; *
strong bulls of Bashan surround me.

They open wide their jaws at me, *
like a ravening and a roaring lion.

I am poured out like water; all my bones are out of joint; *
my heart within my breast is melting wax.

My mouth is dried out like a pot-sherd; my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth; *
and you have laid me in the dust of the grave.

Packs of dogs close me in, and gangs of evildoers circle around me; *
they pierce my hands and my feet; I can count all my bones.

They stare and gloat over me; *
they divide my garments among them; they cast lots for my clothing.

Be not far away, O Lord; *
you are my strength; hasten to help me.

Save me from the sword, *
my life from the power of the dog.

Save me from the lion's mouth, *
my wretched body from the horns of wild bulls.

Refrain: My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?

Second Reading: Hebrews 4.14-16; 5.7-9 (read by Tony Mitchell)

The Passion

The Passion Gospel: John 18.1 – end of 19 (The Rector)

The Proclamation of the Cross

In the Liturgy of Good Friday, a simple wooden cross is brought among those assembled for worship for veneration and meditation.

Traditionally, the Reproaches are sung at this moment and solemn intercessions are offered as we assemble at the foot of the cross.

Proclamation of the Cross

This is the wood of the cross, on which hung the Ssaviour of the world.
Come, let us worship.

The Reproaches

We reflect on the readings we have heard and meditate on presence of the cross in our midst as the Reproaches are sung. You can join in singing the following antiphons.

The Reproaches (sung)
music and words: My people, what have I done to you (1st stave)

I led you out of Egypt, from slavery to freedom,
but you led your Saviour to the cross.
My people, what have I done to you? How have I offended you? Answer me!

For forty years I led you safely through the desert,
I fed you with manna from heaven, and brought you to a land of plenty,
but you led your Saviour to the Cross.

music and words: Holy is God! Holy and strong!

What more could I have done for you?
I planted you as my fairest vine, but you yielded only bitterness: 
When I was thirsty you gave me vinegar to drink, 
and you pierced your Saviour with a lance.
Holy is God! Holy and strong! Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us.

For your sake I scourged your captors and their first-born sons,
but you brought your scourges down on me.
My people, what have I done to you? How have I offended you? Answer me!

I led you from slavery to freedom and drowned your captors in the sea,
but you handed me over to your high priests.
My people, what have I done to you? How have I offended you? Answer me!

I opened the sea before you,
but you opened my side with a spear.
My people, what have I done to you? How have I offended you? Answer me!

I led you on your way in a pillar of cloud,
but you led me to Pilate’s court.
My people, what have I done to you? How have I offended you? Answer me!

I bore you up with manna in the desert,
but you struck me down and scoured me.
My people, what have I done to you? How have I offended you? Answer me!

I gave you saving water from the rock,
but you gave me gall and vinegar to drink.
My people, what have I done to you? How have I offended you? Answer me!

For I struck down the kings of Canaan,
but you struck me with a reed.
My people, what have I done to you? How have I offended you? Answer me!

I gave you a royal sceptre,
but you gave me a crown of thorns.
My people, what have I done to you? How have I offended you? Answer me!

I raised you to the height of majesty,
but you have raised me high on a cross.
My people, what have I done to you? How have I offended you? Answer me!

Prayer

Almighty God,
whose Son Jesus Christ taught us that what we do for others we do also for him:
give us the will to be the servant of others as he was the servant of all,
who gave up his life and died for us;
who lives and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, world without end. Amen.

Intercessions

In church, we sit or kneel as we make our prayer at the foot of the cross,
adapted from one of the most ancient litanies of the Church

The Intercessions

See the pew sheet for the text.
The Intercessions conclude with this prayer:

Eternal God of unchanging power and light:
look with mercy on your whole creation;
and bring to completion your saving work,
so that the whole world may see
the fallen lifted up, the old made new,
and all things brought to perfection
by him through whom all things were made,
our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

The Lord's Prayer

Please join in the prayer Jesus himself taught us:
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.
Do not bring us to the time of trial
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power
and the glory are yours,
now and for ever.
Amen.

In church, we sing the hymn See Christ was wounded for our sake

The Gospel of the Burial

Gospel of the Burial: John 19.38-42

After these things, Joseph of Arimathea, who was a disciple of Jesus, though a secret one because of his fear of the Jews, asked Pilate to let him take away the body of Jesus. Pilate gave him permission; so he came and removed his body. 39 Nicodemus, who had at first come to Jesus by night, also came, bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, weighing about a hundred pounds. 40 They took the body of Jesus and wrapped it with the spices in linen cloths, according to the burial custom of the Jews. 41 Now there was a garden in the place where he was crucified, and in the garden there was a new tomb in which no one had ever been laid. 42 And so, because it was the Jewish day of Preparation, and the tomb was nearby, they laid Jesus there.

Sending Out

Send down your abundant blessing, Lord,
upon your people who have devoutly recalled the death of your Son
in the sure and certain hope of the resurrection. 
Grant them pardon; bring them comfort.
May their faith grow stronger and their eternal salvation be assured. 
We ask this through Christ the Lord. Amen.

The service ends in silence.

Notices

Remaining Services of Holy Week and Easter

Holy Saturday

  • 9 p.m. Easter Vigil

We start with the Easter fire & Blessing of the Paschal Candle as we hear the story of salvation and journey from darkness to light
With the renewal of Baptismal Vows & the first Eucharist of Easter

Easter Day

  • 8.30 a.m. Holy Communion
  • 10.30 a.m. Sung Eucharist

online resources will be available on this website

Helping Ukraine

You might also be interested in how best to help people in crisis in Ukraine. The College of Bishops have highlighted these two organisations:

The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal: 
https://donation.dec.org.uk/ukraine-humanitarian-appeal 
Among the DEC partners are Christian Aid, the British Red Cross, and Tearfund. The UK Government has pledged to match donations from the public to the DEC fund, pound-for-pound, up to £20 million.

The UK for UNHCR: 
https://www.unrefugees.org.uk/where-help-is-needed/ukraine-situation/

HT 13th Station of the Cross

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