Prayer for Good Friday (prepared for Holy Week Radio Broadcast, April 13, 2014)

O Lord Jesus Christ, we thank you for your holy passion and bitter death, for your sorrow and anguish, for your pains and wounds, for all you endured in body and soul. You gave your back to those who beat you, your cheeks to those who pulled out your beard, and did not hide your face from shame and spitting. You were numbered with the transgressors and were hanged on a tree as a curse. Your hands and feet were pierced with nails. They gave you vinegar for your thirst and gall to drink. Even in death your enemies insulted you. You were brought like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so you did not open your mouth.

Spotless Lamb of God, you bore our griefs and carried our sorrows, and the Lord laid on you the iniquity of us all. In obedience to your Father’s plan, you laid down your life as the perfect satisfaction for sin so that we might be clothed in your innocence and have pardon and peace. To you who loved us and washed us from our sins with your own blood, to you be glory and praise forever and ever.

Blessed Redeemer, help us remember your bitter suffering and death. Teach us to turn from all false comforters and have true comfort by faith in you alone as the one sacrifice and only atonement for sin. When we are tempted, remind us of your suffering for our sins, and stir up in us holy desires that we may live lives that glorify you. Teach us also to take up our cross and endure all things for your name’s sake in patient obedience. Let your cross be our comfort and strength in our last hour. By faith may we overcome all hardships and, in the end, joyfully commit our spirits into your hands, that having suffered with you, we may also be glorified with you, our Savior and Redeemer. Amen.

Based on The Lutheran Liturgy (St. Louis: Concordia, 1945?),  p. 348-349 (Good Friday 2)


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Lutheran pastor serving St. Stephen's in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin.

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