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Lent 6 Good Friday Morning Holy Week


Part 1. From the Divine Office

We recommend the use of one or more Lenten Devotions at this time, especially near Easter.

Morning Prayer starts with the Acclamations and Psalms


Lenten Acclamations For Reflection:—

Acknowledging our sinfulness, our need of repentance, and expressing our strong desire to be restored fully to God’s household.

During Lent these morning acclamations are taken from the Mass of the day. Any one of them can be recited as an antiphon before and after the psalm, or be simply the subject of a meditation.

  • We adore You, O Christ, and we bless You, because of Your Cross You have redeemed the world.
  • By the wood we have become servants, and by the holy Cross we have been freed: the fruit of the tree has seduced us, and the Son of God has redeemed us.
  • O Saviour of the world, save us: we pray You, our God, to help us, Who by Your Cross and Blood have redeemed us.


From Psalm 139 [140] : 2 — 10 and 14.

Celebrate God’s Feasts


      Deliver me O Lord from evil men; preserve me from violent men.

      From those who devise evil in their hearts, and stir up wars every day.

      They make these tongues sharp as those of serpents; the venom of asps is under their lips.

      Save me, O Lord, from the hands of the wicked; preserve me violent men.
      Who plan to trip up my feet – the proud who have hidden a trap for me.

      They have spread cords for a net; by the wayside they have laid snares for me.


      I say to the Lord, You are my God; hearken O lord to my voice of supplication. 

      O Lord, my Lord, my strength and my salvation; You are my helmet in the day of battle.

      Give me not up from my desire to the wicked they have plotted against me. Do not forsake me lest at any time they should triumph.

      Those who surround me lift up their heads; may the mischief which they threaten overwhelm them. 

      Surely the just shall give thanks to Your name the upright shall dwell in Your presence.



Reading: — St. John 18: 1 — 40
and also — St. John 19: 1 — 42

We print a small portion for meditation.


St John’s account of the passion is set within the context of the celebration of the Jewish Passover. It appears as a mystery of salvation whose meaning is suggested by the wound from the soldiers lance: Christ’s death gives birth to the Church as the sacrifice of the lamb at the ancient Passover gave birth to the people of the old Law.

Jesus goes to His passion with the assurance of one fulfilling a mission. He explains that He is a king, but that His kingdom, which is spiritual, is not of this world. He dominates His opponents throughout, He knows that His death will show His victory and the end of Satan’s reign.


The Death and Burial of Jesus


And so they took Jesus and led Him away. And bearing the Cross for Himself, He went forth to the place called the Skull in Hebrew, Golgotha, where they crucified Him, and with Him two others, one on each side and Jesus in the centre.

And Pilate also wrote an inscription and had it put on the Cross. And there was written “Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews.” Many of the Jews therefore read this inscription, because the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city; and it was written in Hebrew, in Greek and in Latin. The chief priests of the Jews said therefore to Pilate, “Do not write ‘The King of the Jews,’ but ‘He said, I am the King of the Jews’ .” Pilate answered, “What I have written, I have written.”

The soldiers therefore, when they had crucified Him, took His garments and made of them four parts, to each soldier a part, and also the tunic. Now the tunic was without seam, woven in one piece from the top. They therefore said to one another, “Let us not teat it, but let us cast lots for it, to see whose it shall be.” That the Scripture might be fulfilled which says, “They divided My garments among them; and for My vesture they cast lots.” These things therefore the soldiers did.

Now there were standing by the Cross of Jesus His mother and His mother’s sister, Mary of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus, therefore, saw His mother and the disciple standing by, who He loved, He said to His mother, “Woman, behold your son.” Then He said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother.” And from that hour the disciple took her into his home,.

After this Jesus, knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled said, “I thirst.” Now there was standing there a vessel full of common wine; and having put a sponge soaked with the wine on a stalk of hyssop, they put it to His mouth. Therefore, when Jesus had taken the wine, He said, “It is consummated#.” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit. 

The Jews therefore, since it was the Preparation Day, in order that the bodies might not remain upon the cross on the Sabbath, (for that Sabbath was a solemn day), besought Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away. The soldiers therefore came and broke the legs of the first, and of the other, who had been crucified with Him. But when they came to Jesus and saw that He was already dead, they did not break His legs; but one of the soldiers opened His side with a lance and immediately there came out blood and water. And he who saw it has borne witness and his witness is true; and he knows that he tells the truth, that you also may believe. For these things came to pass that the Scripture might be fulfilled, “Not a bone of Him shall you break.” And again another Scripture says, “They shall look upon Him Whom they have pierced.”

Now after these things Joseph of Arimathea because he was a disciple of Jesus (although for fear of the Jews a secret one), besought Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus.  And Pilate gave permission. He came, therefore, and took away the body of Jesus.  And there also came Nicodemus, (who at first had come to Jesus by night) bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes in weight about a hundred pounds. They therefore took the body of Jesus and wrapped it in linen cloths with the spices, after the Jewish manner of preparing for burial. Now in the place where He was crucified there was a garden and in the garden a new tomb in which no one had yet been laid. There, accordingly, because of the Preparation Day of the Jews, for the tomb was close at hand, they laid Jesus.

#      “It is consummated.” — From the Latin “consummare” = to complete, perfect, or bring a process to the end for which it was designed. In this case, our Lord proclaims that His life, teaching, passion and death have reached their conclusion and achieved the end for which they were ordained by the Father.


Hymn for Good Friday

The Prayer of Habakkuk


      O Lord, I have heard Your hearing and was afraid: I have considered Your works and trembled.

      In the midst of two animals You shall be made known: when the years shall draw near, You shall be known: when the time shall come, You shall be manifested.

      When my soul shall be in trouble, You will remember mercy, even in Your wrath.

      God will come from Lebanon, and the Holy One from the shady thickly covered mountain.

      His majesty covered the heavens: and the earth is full of His praise.



      How favoured the tree on whose branches hung the ransom of the world; it was made a balance on which His body was weighed, and bore away the prey that hell had claimed.
      Hail, Cross, our only hope! In this season of Passiontide give an increase of grace to the good and wipe out the sins of the guilty.

      Let every spirit praise You, fount of salvation, Holy Trinity.  On those to whom You have generously given the victory of the Cross, bestow the reward also.    Amen.


V.      Deliver Me, O Lord, from evil                men.

R.      Rescue Me from the wicked.



The Lord’s Prayer



Our Father who art in heaven
Hallowed be thy name
Thy kingdom come
Thy will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
And forgive us our trespasses
As we forgive those who trespass against us;
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.


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.
Save us from the time of trial,
and deliver us from evil.



O God, by the Passion of Christ, our Lord, You have destroyed the hereditary death of the ancient sin, to which humankind had succumbed; grant that we may be made like to Him and, just as by necessity we have borne the image of an earthly nature, so by sanctification we may also bear the image of heavenly grace. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, Who Lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, world without end.

O God, from whom Judas received the punishment of his guilt, and the thief, the reward of his confession, grant us the full fruit of Your clemency, that even as in His Passion, or Lord Jesus Christ gave to each a retribution according to His merits, so, having taken away our past sins, He may bestow on us the grace of His Resurrection, Who with You lives and reigns in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, world without end. Amen.

End of Morning Prayer

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