Good Friday – Closing Reading & Prayers (3pm) – by David Runcorn

Runcorn cross

Hymn – to sing or read
O dearly, dearly has he loved
And we must love him too
And trust in his unfailing love
And try his works to do.

Reading
After this, when Jesus knew that all was now finished, he said (in order to fulfil the scripture), ‘I am thirsty.’ A jar full of sour wine was standing there. So they put a sponge full of the wine on a branch of hyssop and held it to his mouth. When Jesus had received the wine, he said, ‘It is finished.’ Then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.
As this vigil at the cross comes its close, take a moment to gather thoughts and insights that have particularly touched your heart and mind.
Pause and keep silence for a few moments.

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.
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.

Lord upon the cross
Our life giver, pain bearer, love maker
Open wide your arms
to embrace our tortured world
that we may not turn away our eyes
but abandon ourselves to your mercy
and so become life giving, pain bearing
and love making signs of your kingdom,
For your name and glory’s sake.

We adore you O Christ and we bless you
For by your Holy Cross
You have redeemed the world.