Vol I No. 7

The Liturgy of Good Friday

by sinetortus
(St George’s Hanover Square)
To hear the opening of the St Matthew Passion by J.S. Bach
as traditionally sung in the parish on this day


Holy Week


The Liturgy of Good Friday

audio is available HERE



A Sermon for Good Friday

is available HERE
(further listings are also placed below
the Collects and Litany)



The Collects:

we beseech thee graciously to behold this thy family, for which our Lord Jesus Christ was contented
to be betrayed
and given up into the hands of wicked men,
and to suffer death upon the cross;
who now liveth and reigneth with thee
and the Holy Ghost ever, one God,
world without end. Amen.


ALMIGHTY and everlasting God,
by whose Spirit the whole body of the Church
is governed and sanctified;
Receive our supplications and prayers,
which we offer before thee
for all estates of men in thy holy Church,
that every member of the same,
in his vocation and ministry,
may truly and godly serve thee;
through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.


O MERCIFUL God, who hast made all men,
and hatest nothing that thou hast made,
nor desirest the death of a sinner,
but rather that he should be converted and live; Have mercy upon all Jews, Turks, infidels,
and heretics;
and take from them all ignorance, hardness of heart, and contempt of thy Word;
and so fetch them home, blessed Lord, to thy flock, that they may be saved
among the remnant of the true Israelites,
and be made one fold under one shepherd,
Jesus Christ our Lord,
who liveth and reigneth with thee
and the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen.



From the Litany:

Lord, have mercy upon us.
Lord, have mercy upon us.
Christ, have mercy upon us.
Christ, have mercy upon us.
Lord, have mercy upon us.
Lord, have mercy upon us.


OUR Father which art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy Name, Thy kingdom come,
Thy will be done, in earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread; And forgive us our trespasses, As we forgive them that trespass against us; And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil. Amen.

Priest.O Lord, deal not with us after our sins.
Answer.Neither reward us after our iniquities.
Let us pray.

O GOD, merciful Father,
that despisest not the sighing of a contrite heart,
nor the desire of such as be sorrowful:
Mercifully assist our prayers that we make before thee
in all our troubles and adversities,
whensoever they oppress us; and graciously hear us,
that those evils, which the craft and subtilty of the devil or man worketh against us, be brought to nought,
and by the providence of thy goodness
they may be dispersed;
that we thy servants, being hurt by no persecutions,
may evermore give thanks unto thee in thy holy Church; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

O Lord, arise, help us, and deliver us for thy Name’s sake.

O GOD, we have heard with our ears,
and our fathers have declared unto us,
the noble works that thou didst in their days,
and in the old time before them.

O Lord, arise, help us, and deliver us for thine honour.
Glory be to the Father,
and to the Son: and to the Holy Ghost;
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be :
world without end. Amen.

From our enemies defend us, O Christ.
Graciously look upon our afflictions.
Pitifully behold the sorrows of our hearts.
Mercifully forgive the sins of thy people.
Favourably with mercy hear our prayers.
O Son of David, have mercy upon us.
Both now and ever vouchsafe to hear us, O Christ.
Graciously hear us, O Christ;
graciously hear us, O Lord Christ.

Priest.O Lord, let thy mercy be shewed upon us;
Answer.As we do put our trust in thee.
Let us pray.

WE humbly beseech thee, O Father,
mercifully to look upon our infirmities;
and for the glory of thy Name turn from us all those evils
that we most righteously have deserved;
and grant that in all our troubles
we may put our whole trust and confidence in thy mercy,
and evermore serve thee
in holiness and pureness of living,
to thy honour and glory; through our only Mediator and Advocate, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

A Prayer of Saint Chrysostom:

who hast given us grace at this time with one accord to make our common supplications unto thee;
and dost promise that when two or three are gathered
together in thy Name
thou wilt grant their requests:
Fulfil now, O Lord,
the desires and petitions of thy servants,
as may be most expedient for them;
granting us in this world knowledge of thy truth,
and in the world to come life everlasting. Amen.

2 Corinthians 13
THE grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,
and the love of God,
and the fellowship of the Holy Ghost,
be with us all evermore. Amen.


Further resources:


in video


St John’s Church

with Fr. Gavin Dunbar PBS USA President

St. Alban’s Church

Joppa Maryland
With the Very Revd. Gordon Anderson, PBS USA

St Mark’s Church

Rydal, PA
With the Revd. Jason Patterson

All Souls’ Church

Oklahoma City

St Andrew’s Church

Fort Worth

The Church of the Incarnation


All Saints’

Wynnwood, PA


THE law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the corners thereunto perfect. For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins. But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year. For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins. Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me: in burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure. Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God. Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the law; then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second. By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins: but this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; from hence-forth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool. For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified. Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for after that he had said before, This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them; and their sins and iniquities will I remember no more. Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin. Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; and having an high priest over the house of God; let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) and let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

Hebrews, X
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