Thank you for joining us on Good Friday as we continue our journey through the Easter Triduum
Here you can find resources for our liturgy to pray at home or wherever you are
Our service features the Passion Gospel according to John, the Sung Reproaches
and the Solemn Intercessions set for this day.
Please join in, using the full audio file of this service.
You may want to have a cross ready as you worship as a reminder of the power and message of this day
and this liturgy.
look graciously, we pray, on this your family,
for whom our Lord Jesus Christ was willing to be betrayed
and given into the hands of sinners,
and to suffer death upon the cross;
who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God,
now and for ever.
The Liturgy of the Word
You can find the texts of the readings on the pew sheet
First reading: Isaiah 52.13-53.12 (recorded by Nick Morris)
Psalm 22.1-20 (The Rector)
(please join in singing the psalm, pausing shortly at the asterisk *)
Refrain: My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? *
and are so far from my cry and from the words of my distress?
O my God, I cry in the daytime, but you do not answer; *
by night as well, but I find no rest.
Yet you are the Holy One, *
enthroned upon the praises of Israel.
Our forefathers put their trust in you; *
they trusted, and you delivered them.
They cried out to you and were delivered; *
they trusted in you and were not put to shame.
But as for me, I am a worm and no man, *
scorned by all and despised by the people.
All who see me laugh me to scorn; *
they curl their lips and wag their heads, saying,
‘He trusted in the Lord; let him deliver him; *
let him rescue him, if he delights in him.’
Yet you are he who took me out of the womb, *
and kept me safe upon my mother’s breast.
I have been entrusted to you ever since I was born; *
you were my God when I was still in my mother’s womb.
Be not far from me, for trouble is near, *
and there is none to help.
Many young bulls encircle me; *
strong bulls of Bashan surround me.
They open wide their jaws at me, *
like a ravening and a roaring lion.
I am poured out like water; all my bones are out of joint; *
my heart within my breast is melting wax.
My mouth is dried out like a pot-sherd; my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth; *
and you have laid me in the dust of the grave.
Packs of dogs close me in, and gangs of evildoers circle around me; *
they pierce my hands and my feet; I can count all my bones.
They stare and gloat over me; *
they divide my garments among them; they cast lots for my clothing.
Be not far away, O Lord; *
you are my strength; hasten to help me.
Save me from the sword, *
my life from the power of the dog.
Save me from the lion’s mouth, *
my wretched body from the horns of wild bulls.
Refrain: My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
Second reading: Hebrews 4.14-16; 5.7-9 (recorded by Nick Morris)
Gospel reading John 18.1 – end of 19 (The Rector)
The Proclamation of the Cross
In the Liturgy of Good Friday, a simple wooden cross is brought among those assembled for worship for veneration and meditation.
Traditionally, the Reproaches are sung at this moment and solemn intercessions are offered as we assemble at the foot of the cross.
The Solemn Intercessions
Intercessions (The Rector)
After praying the intercessions, we join in saying the Lord’s Prayer:
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.
Do not bring us to the time of trial
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power
and the glory are yours,
now and for ever. Amen.
Send down your abundant blessing, Lord,
upon your people who have devoutly recalled the death of your Son
in the sure and certain hope of the resurrection.
Grant them pardon; bring them comfort.
May their faith grow stronger and their eternal salvation be assured.
We ask this through Christ the Lord.
Thank you for joining us at Holy Trinity Church, Stirling for Good Friday
You might find it helpful to pray The Stations of the Cross
- Holy Saturday 9 p.m.
The Easter Vigil with the Blessing of the Paschal Candle, Readings and Renewal of our Baptismal Vows
- Easter Day 10.30 a.m.
Holy Communion (said in private)
The church will be open for private prayer from 12 noon to 4 p.m.
BISHOP’S LENT APPEAL
One of the two charities that the Bishop is encouraging us to support this Lent is Start Up Stirling, a charity that is very familiar to Holy Trinity. We are used to collecting items to contribute to the designated box in the church porch. We can’t do that at present. However we can make a donation. £10 pays for the Start Up van to make a Foodbank delivery.
Start Up welcomes donations and it is straightforward to give
+ online at: https://www.startupstirling.org.uk
+ or you can send a cheque to
Start Up Stirling, 16B Whitehouse Road, Stirling FK7 7SP
In addition we can buy an item on Start Up’s Amazon wish-list page.
If you can, do take a look at it as there is a good range of items and prices.