Morning Prayer 14th April 2017

Good Friday

 

THE WORD OF GOD

Psalm 22

  1. My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
    Why are you so far from helping me, from the words of my groaning?
  2. O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer;
    and by night, but find no rest.
  3. Yet you are holy,
    enthroned on the praises of Israel.
  4. In you our ancestors trusted;
    they trusted, and you delivered them.
  5. To you they cried, and were saved;
    in you they trusted, and were not put to shame.
  6. But I am a worm, and not human;
    scorned by others, and despised by the people.
  7. All who see me mock at me;
    they make mouths at me, they shake their heads;
  8. ‘Commit your cause to the Lord; let him deliver—
    let him rescue the one in whom he delights!’
  9. Yet it was you who took me from the womb;
    you kept me safe on my mother’s breast.
  10. On you I was cast from my birth,
    and since my mother bore me you have been my God.
  11. Do not be far from me,
    for trouble is near
    and there is no one to help.
  12. Many bulls encircle me,
    strong bulls of Bashan surround me;
  13. they open wide their mouths at me,
    like a ravening and roaring lion.
  14. I am poured out like water,
    and all my bones are out of joint;
    my heart is like wax;
    it is melted within my breast;
  15. my mouth is dried up like a potsherd,
    and my tongue sticks to my jaws;
    you lay me in the dust of death.
  16. For dogs are all around me;
    a company of evildoers encircles me.
    My hands and feet have shrivelled;
  17. I can count all my bones.
    They stare and gloat over me;
  18. they divide my clothes among themselves,
    and for my clothing they cast lots.
  19. But you, O Lord, do not be far away!
    O my help, come quickly to my aid!
  20. Deliver my soul from the sword,
    my life from the power of the dog!
  21. Save me from the mouth of the lion!
    From the horns of the wild oxen you have rescued me.
  22. I will tell of your name to my brothers and sisters;
    in the midst of the congregation I will praise you:
  23. You who fear the Lord, praise him!
    All you offspring of Jacob, glorify him;
    stand in awe of him, all you offspring of Israel!
  24. For he did not despise or abhor
    the affliction of the afflicted;
    he did not hide his face from me,
    but heard when I cried to him.
  25. From you comes my praise in the great congregation;
    my vows I will pay before those who fear him.
  26. The poor shall eat and be satisfied;
    those who seek him shall praise the Lord.
    May your hearts live for ever!
  27. All the ends of the earth shall remember
    and turn to the Lord;
    and all the families of the nations
    shall worship before him.
  28. For dominion belongs to the Lord,
    and he rules over the nations.
  29. To him, indeed, shall all who sleep in the earth bow down;
    before him shall bow all who go down to the dust,
    and I shall live for him.
  30. Posterity will serve him;
    future generations will be told about the Lord,
  31. and proclaim his deliverance to a people yet unborn,
    saying that he has done it.

Glory to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit; *
as it was in the beginning, is now,
and shall be for ever. Amen.

After these things God tested Abraham. He said to him, ‘Abraham!’ And he said, ‘Here I am.’ He said, ‘Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt-offering on one of the mountains that I shall show you.’ So Abraham rose early in the morning, saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him, and his son Isaac; he cut the wood for the burnt-offering, and set out and went to the place in the distance that God had shown him. On the third day Abraham looked up and saw the place far away. Then Abraham said to his young men, ‘Stay here with the donkey; the boy and I will go over there; we will worship, and then we will come back to you.’ Abraham took the wood of the burnt-offering and laid it on his son Isaac, and he himself carried the fire and the knife. So the two of them walked on together. Isaac said to his father Abraham, ‘Father!’ And he said, ‘Here I am, my son.’ He said, ‘The fire and the wood are here, but where is the lamb for a burnt-offering?’ Abraham said, ‘God himself will provide the lamb for a burnt-offering, my son.’ So the two of them walked on together.

When they came to the place that God had shown him, Abraham built an altar there and laid the wood in order. He bound his son Isaac, and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. Then Abraham reached out his hand and took the knife to kill his son. But the angel of the Lord called to him from heaven, and said, ‘Abraham, Abraham!’ And he said, ‘Here I am.’ He said, ‘Do not lay your hand on the boy or do anything to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from me.’ And Abraham looked up and saw a ram, caught in a thicket by its horns. Abraham went and took the ram and offered it up as a burnt-offering instead of his son. So Abraham called that place ‘The Lord will provide’; as it is said to this day, ‘On the mount of the Lord it shall be provided.’ (Genesis 22.1-14)

Concerning this salvation, the prophets who prophesied of the grace that was to be yours made careful search and inquiry, inquiring about the person or time that the Spirit of Christ within them indicated, when it testified in advance to the sufferings destined for Christ and the subsequent glory. It was revealed to them that they were serving not themselves but you, in regard to the things that have now been announced to you through those who brought you good news by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven—things into which angels long to look!

Therefore prepare your minds for action; discipline yourselves; set all your hope on the grace that Jesus Christ will bring you when he is revealed. Like obedient children, do not be conformed to the desires that you formerly had in ignorance. Instead, as he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in all your conduct; for it is written, ‘You shall be holy, for I am holy.’

If you invoke as Father the one who judges all people impartially according to their deeds, live in reverent fear during the time of your exile. You know that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your ancestors, not with perishable things like silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without defect or blemish. He was destined before the foundation of the world, but was revealed at the end of the ages for your sake.  (1 Peter 1.10-20)

Simon Peter said to him, ‘Lord, where are you going?’ Jesus answered, ‘Where I am going, you cannot follow me now; but you will follow afterwards.’ Peter said to him, ‘Lord, why can I not follow you now? I will lay down my life for you.’ Jesus answered, ‘Will you lay down your life for me? Very truly, I tell you, before the cock crows, you will have denied me three times. (St John 13.36-38)

THE GOSPEL CANTICLE: BENEDICTUS – THE SONG OF ZECHARIAH

Over his head, they put the charge against him:
this is Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews.

  1. Blessèd be the Lord God of Israel, for he has looked favourably on his people and redeemed them.
  2. He has raised up a mighty saviour for us in the house of his servant David,
  3. as he spoke through the mouth of his holy prophets from of old,
  4. that we would be saved from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us.
  5. Thus he has shown the mercy promised to our ancestors,and has remembered his holy covenant,
  6. the oath that he swore to our ancestor Abraham,to grant us
  7. that we, being rescued from the hands of our enemies,might serve him without fear,
  8. in holiness and righteousness before him all our days.
  9. And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High;for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways,
  10. to give knowledge of salvation to his people by the forgiveness of their sins.
  11. By the tender mercy of our God,the dawn from on high will break upon us,
  12. to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death,to guide our feet into the way of peace.’ (St Luke 1.68-79)

Glory to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit; *
as it was in the beginning, is now,
and shall be for ever. Amen.

Over his head, they put the charge against him:
this is Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews.

THE PRAYERS

THE KYRIES

Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

THE LORD’S PRAYER

Standing at the foot of the cross,
as our Saviour taught us, so we pray
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.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours
now and for ever.
Amen.

THE COLLECT

Almighty Father,
look with mercy on this your family
for which our Lord Jesus Christ was
content to be betrayed and given up into the hands of sinners and to suffer death upon the cross;
who is alive and glorified with you and
the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
Amen.

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