GOOD FRIDAY – CELEBRATION OF THE LORD’S PASSION

10 April 2020

[taken from An Anglican Prayer Book 1989, p188ff; bible readings from the New International Version]

 

THE LITURGY OF THE WORD

  1. The altar is completely bare. Procession enters in silence, the congregation standing. After the Priest enters he prostrates himself (herself) or kneels. There is a period of silence, the congregation kneeling. The priest alone standing without greeting prays:

Almighty Father

hear our prayer

and look with mercy on this your family

for which our Lord Jesus Christ

was ready to be betrayed

into the hands of sinners

and to suffer death on the cross;

who is alive, and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit

one God, now and for ever.

  1. Old Testament reading

Isaiah 52:13 – 53:12 The suffering servant

13See, my servant will act wisely;
he will be raised and lifted up and highly exalted.
14Just as there were many who were appalled at him—
his appearance was so disfigured beyond that of any human being
and his form marred beyond human likeness—
15so he will sprinkle many nations,
and kings will shut their mouths because of him.
For what they were not told, they will see,
and what they have not heard, they will understand.

53Who has believed our message
and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?
He grew up before him like a tender shoot,
and like a root out of dry ground.
He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him,
nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.
He was despised and rejected by mankind,
a man of suffering, and familiar with pain.
Like one from whom people hide their faces
he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.

Surely he took up our pain
and bore our suffering,
yet we considered him punished by God,
stricken by him, and afflicted.
But he was pierced for our transgressions,
he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
and by his wounds we are healed.
We all, like sheep, have gone astray,
each of us has turned to our own way;
and the Lord has laid on him
the iniquity of us all.

He was oppressed and afflicted,
yet he did not open his mouth;
he was led like a lamb to the slaughter,
and as a sheep before its shearers is silent,
so he did not open his mouth.
By oppression and judgment he was taken away.
Yet who of his generation protested?
For he was cut off from the land of the living;
for the transgression of my people he was punished.[e]
He was assigned a grave with the wicked,
and with the rich in his death,
though he had done no violence,
nor was any deceit in his mouth.

10Yet it was the Lord’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer,
and though the Lord makes his life an offering for sin,
he will see his offspring and prolong his days,
and the will of the Lord will prosper in his hand.
11After he has suffered,
he will see the light of life and be satisfied;
by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many,
and he will bear their iniquities.
12Therefore I will give him a portion among the great,
and he will divide the spoils with the strong,
because he poured out his life unto death,
and was numbered with the transgressors.
For he bore the sin of many,
and made intercession for the transgressors.

 

  1. Psalm. There is no doxology at the end of the psalm

From Psalm 31            

To you Lord have I come for shelter:
let me never be put to shame.

O deliver me in your righteousness:

incline your ear to me and be swift to save me.

Into your hands: Lord I commit my spirit.

 

For my life wears out in sorrow

and my years with sighing:

my strength fails me in my affliction

and my bones are consumed.

I am become the scorn ofall my enemies:

and my neighbours wag their heads in derision.

Into your hands: Lord I commit my spirit.

 

I am a thing of horror to my friends:

and those that see me in the street shrink from me.

I am forgotten like a dead man out of mind:

I have become like a broken vessel.

Into your hands: Lord I commit my spirit.

 

For I hear the whispering of many:

and fear is on every side;

While they plot together against me:

and scheme to take away my life.

Into your hands: Lord I commit my spirit.

 

But in you Lord have I put my trust:

I have said ‘You are my God.’

All my days are in your hand:

O deliver me from the power of my enemies

and from my persecutors.

Into your hands: Lord I commit my spirit.

 

But you heard the voice of my supplication:

When I cried to you for help.

Be strong and let your heart take courage:

All you that hope in the Lord.

Into your hands: Lord I commit my spirit.

  1. New Testament reading

Hebrews 13:8-16  Jesus our High Priest

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

Do not be carried away by all kinds of strange teachings. It is good for our hearts to be strengthened by grace, not by eating ceremonial foods, which is of no benefit to those who do so. 10 We have an altar from which those who minister at the tabernacle have no right to eat.

11 The high priest carries the blood of animals into the Most Holy Place as a sin offering, but the bodies are burned outside the camp. 12 And so Jesus also suffered outside the city gate to make the people holy through his own blood. 13 Let us, then, go to him outside the camp, bearing the disgrace he bore. 14 For here we do not have an enduring city, but we are looking for the city that is to come.

15 Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that openly profess his name. 16 And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.

  1.  Acclamation

Christ humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even death on a cross. Therefore, God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name which is above every name.

 Reading of the Gospel. This is announced without a response.

The Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John 19:1-37

 

Then Pilate took Jesus and had him flogged. The soldiers twisted together a crown of thorns and put it on his head. They clothed him in a purple robe and went up to him again and again, saying, “Hail, king of the Jews!” And they slapped him in the face.

Once more Pilate came out and said to the Jews gathered there, “Look, I am bringing him out to you to let you know that I find no basis for a charge against him.” When Jesus came out wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe, Pilate said to them, “Here is the man!”

As soon as the chief priests and their officials saw him, they shouted, “Crucify! Crucify!”

But Pilate answered, “You take him and crucify him. As for me, I find no basis for a charge against him.”

The Jewish leaders insisted, “We have a law, and according to that law he must die, because he claimed to be the Son of God.”

When Pilate heard this, he was even more afraid, and he went back inside the palace. “Where do you come from?” he asked Jesus, but Jesus gave him no answer. 10 “Do you refuse to speak to me?” Pilate said. “Don’t you realize I have power either to free you or to crucify you?”

11 Jesus answered, “You would have no power over me if it were not given to you from above. Therefore the one who handed me over to you is guilty of a greater sin.”

12 From then on, Pilate tried to set Jesus free, but the Jewish leaders kept shouting, “If you let this man go, you are no friend of Caesar. Anyone who claims to be a king opposes Caesar.”

13 When Pilate heard this, he brought Jesus out and sat down on the judge’s seat at a place known as the Stone Pavement (which in Aramaic is Gabbatha). 14 It was the day of Preparation of the Passover; it was about noon.

“Here is your king,” Pilate said to the Jews.

15 But they shouted, “Take him away! Take him away! Crucify him!”

“Shall I crucify your king?” Pilate asked.

“We have no king but Caesar,” the chief priests answered.

16 Finally Pilate handed him over to them to be crucified.

So the soldiers took charge of Jesus. 17 Carrying his own cross, he went out to the place of the Skull (which in Aramaic is called Golgotha). 18 There they crucified him, and with him two others—one on each side and Jesus in the middle.

19 Pilate had a notice prepared and fastened to the cross. It read: jesus of nazareth, the king of the jews. 20 Many of the Jews read this sign, for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city, and the sign was written in Aramaic, Latin and Greek. 21 The chief priests of the Jews protested to Pilate, “Do not write ‘The King of the Jews,’ but that this man claimed to be king of the Jews.”

22 Pilate answered, “What I have written, I have written.”

23 When the soldiers crucified Jesus, they took his clothes, dividing them into four shares, one for each of them, with the undergarment remaining. This garment was seamless, woven in one piece from top to bottom.

24 “Let’s not tear it,” they said to one another. “Let’s decide by lot who will get it.”

This happened that the scripture might be fulfilled that said,

“They divided my clothes among them
and cast lots for my garment.”

So this is what the soldiers did.

25 Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. 26 When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to her, “Woman,] here is your son,” 27 and to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” From that time on, this disciple took her into his home.

28 Later, knowing that everything had now been finished, and so that Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I am thirsty.” 29 A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus’ lips. 30 When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.

31 Now it was the day of Preparation, and the next day was to be a special Sabbath. Because the Jewish leaders did not want the bodies left on the crosses during the Sabbath, they asked Pilate to have the legs broken and the bodies taken down. 32 The soldiers therefore came and broke the legs of the first man who had been crucified with Jesus, and then those of the other. 33 But when they came to Jesus and found that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. 34 Instead, one of the soldiers pierced Jesus’ side with a spear, bringing a sudden flow of blood and water. 35 The man who saw it has given testimony, and his testimony is true. He knows that he tells the truth, and he testifies so that you also may believe. 36 These things happened so that the scripture would be fulfilled: “Not one of his bones will be broken,”37 and, as another scripture says, “They will look on the one they have pierced.”

 

  1. Sermon

 

THE GENERAL INTERCESSIONS

  1. General intercessions.

Today Christ offers his life to the Father for the salvation of humankind.  In union with him we now pray that all may receive the benefits of his passion.

For the Church

Let us pray, dear friends, for the holy Church of God throughout the world, that God the almighty Father may guide it and gather it together so that we may worship him in peace and tranquillity

Silent prayer

 

Almighty and eternal God, you have shown your glory to all nations in Christ, your

Son.  Guide the work of your Church. Help it to persevere in faith, to proclaim your

name, and to bring your salvation to people everywhere

Lord, in your mercy. Hear our prayer

For the clergy and laity of the Church

Let us pray for Ndabezinhle our vicar general, together with Thabo our metropolitan, for all bishops, priests and deacons; for those who have special ministry in the Church; and all God’s people.

Silent prayer

Almighty and eternal God, your Spirit guides the Church and makes it holy. Listen to our prayers and help all in their own vocation to do your work more faithfully.

Lord, in your mercy. Hear our prayer

For those preparing for baptism and confirmation

Let us pray for those who are preparing for baptism and confirmation, that God in his mercy may make them responsive to his love.

Silent prayer

Almighty and eternal God, you continually add to your Church those whom you call. Increase the faith and understanding of those preparing for baptism and confirmation. Increase the faith and understanding of those preparing for baptism and confirmation, and make them faithful members of your chosen family.

Lord in your mercy. Hear our prayer

For the unity of Christians

Let us pray for all our brothers and sisters who share our faith in Jesus Christ, that God may gather and keep together in one Church all those who seek the truth.

Silent prayer

Almighty and eternal God, you keep together those you have united. Look kindly on all who follow Jesus your Son. We are consecrated to you by our common baptism; make us one in the fulness of faith and keep us one in the fellowship of love.

Lord in your mercy. Hear our prayer

For the Jewish people

Let us pray for the Jewish people, the first to hear the word of God, that they may continue to grow in the love of his Name and confess Jesus as Messiah.

Silent prayer

Almighty and eternal God, you gave your promise to Abraham and his descendants. Grant that the people you first made your own may arrive at the fulness of redemption.

Lord in your mercy. Hear our prayer

For those who do not believe in Christ

Let us pray for those who do not believe in Christ, that the light of the Holy Spirit may show them the way of salvation.

Silent prayer

Almighty and eternal God, whom all seek, even unknowingly: open the eyes of those who know not Christ, that they may find in him alone, the way, the truth and the life.

Lord in your mercy. Hear our prayer.

For those who do not believe in God

Let us pray for those who do not believe in God.

Silent prayer

Almighty and eternal God, you have given us freedom, even freedom to choose whether to believe in you or not: Grant that those who do not believe in you may rejoice that you do not force them to come to Christian faith.Lord in your mercy. Hear our prayer

For all in public office

Let us pray for those who serve in public office, that God will guide their minds and hearts, so that all may live in true peace and freedom.

Silent prayer

Almighty and eternal God, in your goodness watch over those in authority so that all people everywhere may enjoy true freedom, security and peace.

Lord in your mercy. Hear our prayer.

For those in special need

Let us pray, dear friends, that God the almighty Father may heal the sick, comfort the dying, give safety to the travellers, free those unjustly deprived of liberty and rid the world of falsehood, hunger and disease.

Silent prayer

Almighty and eternal God, you give strength to the weary and new courage to those who have lost heart. Hear the prayers of all who call on you in any trouble, that they may have the joy of receiving your help in their need.

We ask all this through Jesus Christ our Lord.

AMEN

THE SOLEMN ADORATION OF CHRIST CRUCIFIED

  1. Congregation stands up while the Priest takes priest unveils the cross for solemn adoration.

Lord by your holy cross you have redeemed the world

We adore you, Christ, and we bless you

  1. Please kneel for the reproaches.

       My people, what have I done to you? How have I offended you? Answer me!

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!

Holy is God! Holy and strong! Holy immortal One, have mercy on us!

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.

Holy is God! Holy and Strong! Holy immortal One, have mercy on us

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’s side with a lance.

Holy is God! Holy and strong! Holy immortal One, have mercy on us.

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 scourged 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!

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!

We praise you and adore you, O Christ.

By your cross and precious blood you have redeemed us

Worthy is the Lamb, the Lamb that was slain, to receive all power and wealth, wisdom and might, honour and glory and praise!

We praise you and adore you, O Christ. By your cross and precious blood you have redeemed us.

You are worthy, O Christ, for you were slain, and by your blood you purchased for God people of every tribe, language, nation and race; you have made them a royal house, to serve our God as priests; and they shall reign upon earth.

We praise you and adore you, O Christ. By your cross you have redeemed us

To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood, and made us a kingdom, priests to his God and Father.

To him be glory and dominium for ever and ever. Amen.

  1. Cross is placed on the altar. All stand to sing offertory hymns
  2. Service concludes with these two prayers

Almighty and eternal God

you have restored us to life

by the triumphant death and resurrection of Christ:

continue this healing work within us

and grant that we who participate in this mystery

may never cease to give you dedicated service;

we ask this through Christ our Lord.

Amen

  1. The priest facing the people and extending his hands towards them, dismisses them by saying

Lord send down your abundant blessing on your people

who have devoutly recalled the death of your Son

in the sure hope of the resurrection:

grant them pardon, bring them comfort

may their faith grow stronger

and their eternal salvation be assured.

Amen

  1. No blessing or dismissal at the end, the service ends in silence.