Good Friday entries at Kendall Harmon’s TitusOneNine (2009 – 2015)

April 3, 2015

Rather than just linking to Kendall Harmon’s Holy Week category at TitusOneNine as I’ve been wont to do on Good Friday in past years, I thought it would be good if I did a round up of some of Kendall’s best Good Friday entries from today (so far) and years’ past…  As I did in last night’s Maundy Thursday roundup, I’ll post several prayers in full, and then post links to quotes, poems, music, sermon excerpts, etc.

A Prayer for Good Friday (I)

Lord Jesus Christ, who for the redemption of mankind didst ascend the cross, that thou mightest enlighten the world that lay in darkness: gather us this day with all they faithful to that same holy cross; that, gazing in penitence upon thy great sacrifice for us, we may be loosed from all our sins, and entering into the mystery of thy passion, be crucified to the vain pomp and power of this passing world; and finding our glory in the cross alone, we may attain at last thy everlasting glory, where thou, the lamb that once was slain, reignest with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever. Amen.

A Prayer for Good Friday (II)

O Christ, who by the thorns pressed upon thy head hast drawn the thorns from the sorrows of this world, and given us a crown of joy and peace: Make us so bold as never to fear suffering, nor to suffer without cheerfulness in thy service; to the glory of thy holy name.

A Prayer for Good Friday (III)

Lord Christ, who didst enter into thy triumph by the hard and lonely way of the cross: May thy courage and steadfast loyalty, thy unswerving devotion to the Father’s will, inspire and strengthen us to tread firmly and with joy the road which love bids us to take, even if it leads through suffering, misunderstanding, and darkness. We ask it for thy sake, who for the joy that was set before thee endured the cross, despising the shame, O Lord, our strength and our Redeemer.

A Prayer for Good Friday (IV)

O God, whose blessed Son endured the loneliness and darkness of the cross, that we might enjoy eternal fellowship with thee: Grant that amidst life’s shadows we may know that we are never forsaken, but that we are ever walking in the light of thy countenance; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.

A Prayer of William Temple

Lord Jesus Christ, who didst for me endure the horror of deep darkness, teach me by the depth of thine agony the vileness of my sin, and so bind me to thyself in bonds of gratitude and love that I may be united with thee in thy perfect sacrifice, my Saviour, my Lord, and my God.

A Prayer of John Wesley

O holy and ever-blessed Jesus, who being the eternal Son of God and most high in the glory of the Father, didst vouchsafe in love for us sinners to be born of a pure virgin, and didst humble thyself unto death, even the death of the cross : Deepen within us, we beseech thee, a due sense of thy infinite love; that adoring and believing in thee as our Lord and Saviour, we may trust in thy infinite merits, imitate thy holy example, obey thy commands, and finally enjoy thy promises; who with the Father and the Holy Ghost livest and reignest, one God, world without end.

And Another Good Friday Prayer

O holy and adorable Redeemer, by whose condemnation we are acquitted, by whose stripes we are healed, by whose death we have life, by whose cross we gain our crown: Keep us, we beseech thee, ever mindful of thy boundless love; and when thou dost call on us to bear for a while thy cross, like Simon of old, make us to rejoice that we are counted worthy to suffer for thy sake, and accept our feeble sacrifice, through the merits of thine eternal redemption. (W. E. Scudamore (Rector of Ditchingham and Fellow of Saint John’s College, Cambridge)

Still Another Good Friday Prayer

O God, the Father of mankind, who didst suffer thine only Son to be set forth as a spectacle despised, derided, and scornfully arrayed, yet in his humiliation to reveal his majesty: Draw us, we beseech thee, both to behold the Man and to worship the King, immortal, eternal, world without end. Amen.

A Prayer for Good Friday (IX)

Hear us, O merciful Lord, and remember now the hour in which thou didst commend thy blessed spirit into the hands of thy heavenly Father; and so assist us by this thy most precious death, that dying unto the world, we may live unto thee; and that at the hour of our departing from this mortal life, we may be received into thine everlasting kingdom, there to reign with thee, world without end.

A Prayer for Good Friday (VII)

Dear Lord, who hast blessed us with the gift of family life, that we may learn to love and care for others: We praise thee for the example of thy Son Jesus Christ, who even when deserted and betrayed by closest friends took thought for his mother and his disciple. Open our eyes to recognize in all men the claims of kinship, and stir our hearts to serve them as brethren called with us into the sonship of thy love.

A Prayer for Good Friday (VI)

Almighty and eternal God, who in thy great love didst give thine only Son to die for our sins, and for the sins of the whole world: Enable us, we beseech thee, by thy Holy Spirit, to worship thee with reverence, and meditate with humility upon those mighty acts by which thou didst bring redemption to thy people; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.


Poems, Quotes, Sermon Excerpts…


MUSIC & SERMONS – Audio & Video links(I’m in the process of checking these links, not all may be working)

A few Good Friday Links

April 2, 2015

This post is sticky.  New entries follow below.   Note: the Lent 2015 Links post that was at the top of the blog is here, should you need access to those links.

Good FridayApologies that Lent devotional blogging has not been possible in recent weeks.  Here are a few Good Friday links that may be of interest:

Our Compilation of various Good Friday poems, quotes, prayers, devotionals

Poems for Good Friday

Good Friday 2014 around the blogosphere

Dr. Peter Toon’s 2004 Reflection on the Good Friday Collects

Good Friday 2014 Index – last year I took a three day Holy Week retreat, which allowed some time for posting a lot of Good Friday entries here at L&B.  This post has links to 15+ Good Friday entries posted last year.


Our Good Friday category is here should you want to browse through our past entries.  Here are several sub-categories & tags:

Lent and Beyond: Good Friday 2014 Index

April 18, 2014

I (Karen) have had the joy and privilege of being able to take a Holy Week retreat the past 2 days, which enabled me to find a a lot of wonderful devotional material online to share here.  I never expected to post so many entries today, but I have been so thankful to spend the day in worship, prayer and reflection through the various devotionals, hymns, poems, etc. that I’ve posted.  Here’s an index of all our Good Friday posts today, starting with the earliest entries first.

  • GOOD FRIDAY 2014 (the header post which appeared at the top of the blog throughout the day with several key links)



After the posting of “DEAD!” at 20:00 GMT this evening, I won’t post anything further until 16:00 GMT tomorrow (noon Eastern) [Jill or Torre may perhaps post some entries, however].  I’ve scheduled five posts for Holy Saturday tomorrow afternoon and evening.  I’ve so enjoyed devotional blogging this Lent and Holy Week.  I hope to be able to continue posting with some frequency throughout the 50 Days of Easter.  Stay tuned….

I and all of us here at Lent & Beyond wish a blessed Good Friday, Holy Saturday and a GLORIOUS Easter to all our readers and friends.  – Karen B.  L&B founder

Good Friday related entries from the King’s English blog

April 18, 2014

As I did yesterday for Maundy Thursday, I thought many of our readers would appreciate have the links to various of the entries at the King’s English blog from past years that are tied to Scriptures related to Good Friday.

My kingdom is not of this world – John 18:36

Crucify him, crucify him – Luke 23:21

Pilate washed his hands – Matthew 27:24

Crown of thorns – Matthew 27:29

Hail King of the Jews – Matthew 27:29

Father, forgive them they know not what they do – Luke 23:34

Gave up the ghost – John 19:30

It is finished – John 19:30

Good Friday 2014 around the blogosphere

April 18, 2014

(entries in bold are particularly recommended!)

Anglican Mainstream:  Good Friday, and O Sacred Head Sore Wounded (Kings College Cambridge)

Angliverse: Original Poems for Good Friday by Teresa Roberts Johnson

Biola’s Lent Project:  Good Friday entry, including portion of Bach Mass in B Minor

Cranmer:  Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit

Desiring God: It Is Finished (Good Friday)

Give Us This Day:  A reflection on 1 Peter 2:11-25

Godspace (Christine Sine): Prayers for Good Friday 2014

Kendall Harmon’s Holy Week posts at TitusOneNine (TOO MUCH good stuff here to link! Go browse…)

Patrick Comerford: Art for Lent (45): ‘Christ of Saint John of the Cross’ (1951), by Salvador Dalí

Prydain:  For Holy Week: Annie Moses Band performs “Were You There?”

Scotty Smith:  A Prayer for Good Friday

Trevin Wax:  The Multifaceted Diamond of Christ’s Atoning Work

Trinity School for Ministry:  The Weight of Redemption


A few links from here at Lent & Beyond:

Lent & Beyond Good Friday category

Lent & Beyond: Compilation of Good Friday Poems

Lent & Beyond: Compilation of Good Friday entries (devotionals, music, prayers, quotes, etc.) from 2007 – 2013

Poems for Good Friday

April 3, 2014

Updated: April 4, 2014

The poems below are in somewhat random order.  I’ll probably work to reorganize them soon.  But in the meantime, here’s a good list of poems for Good Friday.  I’ve also created a separate compilation of poems for Holy Week.

Note: for any of the entries from the Rev’d Patrick Comerford’s blog, you generally have to scroll down within the entry to find the poem, as each of his Lenten Poetry series also included background about the poet and reflection on the themes of the poem.


The Cross, by John Donne

John Keble, Good Friday

‘Holy Cross,’ by Sir Shane Leslie

‘East Coker’ (1943), by TS Eliot

Good Friday, by George Herbert

‘Good Friday, 1613, Riding Westward,’ by John Donne [Lent 2012];  See also here for addtional reflections on this poem [Lent 2013]

Beneath Thy Cross, by Christina Rossetti

‘I see His Blood Upon the Rose,’ by Joseph Mary Plunkett

The Passion, by George Herbert

The Agony, by George Herbert

The Agony, George Herbert

The Sacrifice, (Was Ever Grief Like Mine) George Herbert

How shall I measure out thy bloud?, George Herbert

For I the Lord have slain (In Evil Long I Took Delight), John Newton

The Carpenter’s Son, A. E. Housman

All in an April Evening by Katharine Tynan

It is a thing most wonderful, by William Walsham How

Barnfloor and Winepress, by Gerard Manley Hopkins

I saw the Sun at Midnight, by Joseph Mary Plunkett

Christine F. Nordquist “Eden Inversed”

Emily Polis Gibson:  We Must Choose

Emily Polis Gibson:  The Bud of the Wood

Emily Polis Gibson: Rather Be a Hammer

Christians and Pagans, by Dietrich Bonhoeffer in July 1944

Indifference, by GA Studdert Kennedy

Battlefield, by Teresa Roberts Johnson

Mercy’s Robes, by Teresa Roberts Johnson

Firstfruits, by Teresa Roberts Johnson

Moriah’s Song, by Teresa Roberts Johnson

Piecring the Soul (excerpts from three different poems about Mary at the Cross, compiled by Emily Pollis Gibson)

Jesus of the Scars, by Edward Shillito

John Piper:  The Book of Life

John Piper:  Joseph of Arimathea part 1, Joseph of Arimathea part 2

John Piper: Justified (the thief on the cross)

Salvator Mundi: Via Crucis, Denise Levertov

Looking at Stars, Jane Kenyon

Friday’s Child, WH Auden

The Four Quartets, T.S. Eliot (East Coker, IV)

A poem in German with translation:  Uber den gekreutzigten JESUS, by Catharina Regina von Greiffenberg (On the crucified Jesus).  An alternate translation is here.

The Dream of the Rood (from the 7th century)

Latayne C. Scott:  3 Holy Week Poems

The Cross, by Pedro Calderón de la Barca (translated from Spanish)

The Tree of Life, by Robert Buchanan

Amy Carmichael, A Carol  [Also known as “Two Bethlehems, Three Crosses”]

Amy Carmichael:  Lest We Forget

Amy Carmichael:  Love’s Eternal Wonder

Amy Carmichael: Toward Jerusalem

Amy Carmichael:  The Sign


See also our compilation of poems for Holy Week,

as well as our more general post with poems for Lent and links to sites featuring liturgically-themed poetry.

Resources for Holy Week: Palm Sunday,Maundy Thursday, and Good Friday

April 2, 2014

Updated April 14

Christine Sine of Mustard Seed Associates who blogs at Godspace is a woman after my own heart with all the wonderful compilations of Lent & Holy Week resources she has been posting this year!

Other great compilation posts at Godspace include:


As far as the resources for Palm Sunday, Holy Week and Good Friday here at Lent & Beyond, I’ve just updated several of our own indexes of Palm Sunday and Good Friday devotionals and prayers.  I’ve also put together several compilations of Poems and links to sites with good Christian poetry.  Here are our several of our Holy Week compilations or featured entries:

Recent Compilations or Featured Posts:

And looking ahead to Easter, here’s one useful link (I’ll add more soon):

A compilation of Easter Prayers


Also, here are several category links:

our Holy Week category

our Palm Sunday category,

our Maundy Thursday category,

our Good Friday category

You can browse those to find all the latest Holy Week related entries here at Lent & Beyond.

We love to hear from our readers!  Please post a comment to share any links to good Palm Sunday, Holy Week and Good Friday resources which you recommend!  Thanks!!

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