A GOOD FRIDAY reflection with Prayer

14 Apr 2017

Sing, my tongue, the glorious battle,

sing the last, the dread affray;

o’er the cross, the victor’s trophy,

sound the high triumphal lay,

how, the pains of death enduring,

earth’s Redeemer won the day.

When at length the appointed fulness

of the sacred time was come,

he was sent, the world’s Creator,

from the Father’s heavenly home,

and was found in human fashion,

offspring of the virgin’s womb.

Now the thirty years are ended

which on earth he willed to see.

Willingly he meets his passion,

born to set his people free:

on the cross the Lamb is lifted,

there the sacrifice to be.

There the nails and spear he suffers,

vinegar and gall and reed.

From his sacred body piercèd

blood and water both proceed:

precious flood, which all creation

from the stain of sin hath freed.

Faithful Cross, above all other,

one and only noble Tree.

none in foliage, none in blossom,

none in fruit thy peer may be.

Sweet the wood and sweet the iron,

and thy load, most sweet is he.

Bend, O lofty Tree, thy branches,

thy too rigid sinews bend;

and awhile the stubborn harshness,

which thy birth bestowed, suspend;

and the limbs of heaven’s high Monarch

gently on thine arms extend.

Thou alone wast counted worthy

this world’s ransom to sustain,

that a shipwrecked race for ever

might a port of refuge gain,

with the sacred Blood anointed

of the Lamb for sinners slain.

Praise and honour to the Father,

praise and honour to the Son,

praise and honour to the Spirit,

ever Three and ever One:

One in might and One in glory,

while eternal ages run.

Let us pray to our Redeemer, who suffered for us, was buried, and rose from the dead.

– Lord, have mercy on us.

Lord and master, for us you became obedient even to death;

  keep us faithful to God’s will in the darkness of our lives.

– Lord, have mercy on us.

Jesus, our life, by dying on the cross you destroyed hell and death;

  grant that we may die with you and rise with you in glory.

– Lord, have mercy on us.

Christ, our king, you were the scorn of the people, a worm not a man;

  teach us to tread your path of humility.

– Lord, have mercy on us.

Jesus, our Saviour, you laid down your life for your friends;

  let us love one another as you have loved us.

– Lord, have mercy on us.

Jesus, our hope, you stretched out your hands on the cross to embrace all ages of men;

  gather all God’s scattered children into the kingdom of salvation.

– Lord, have mercy on us.

 

Be mindful, Lord, of this your family,

  for whose sake our Lord Jesus Christ, when betrayed,

did not hesitate to yield himself into his enemies’ hands

  and undergo the agony of the cross.

Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

  God for ever and ever.  AMEN

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