Good Friday Prayers

Holy Week is the last week of Lent, preceding Easter Sunday. Good Friday is part of the Paschal Triduum. It is the day of commemoration of the Passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Discover prayer suggestions to help you relive the mystery of His love, especially if you can’t join Church services. 

Prayer to Christ at The Hour of His Death

“Lord Jesus, every death reminds us of our mortality. The thought of it scares us so.

O Lord, though we abhor your agony on the Cross, Your death reminds us of a new and brighter beginning. 

Blessed are You, O suffering Christ!”

Prayer of Abandonment to Jesus Christ on the Cross

“I leave everything into Your hands:
my pain, my afflictions,
the causes of my discomfort and anguish,
and the worries of tomorrow,
O Lord, I leave it all to You.

I leave everything into Your hands:
the heavy burden I once had to bear
my tears, my hopes,
and the shape of my future,
O Lord, I leave it all to You. 

I leave everything into Your hands:
joy or sadness,
poverty or wealth,
and the fears I had until this day,
O Lord, I leave it all to You. 

I leave everything into Your hands:
life or death,
sickness or health,
beginning or end.

O Lord, I leave it all to You.”

St. Bridget’s Prayer to Deliver 33 Souls from Purgatory

St. Bridget composed the following prayer to recite on Good Friday for the deliverance of 33 souls from Purgatory. 

"I adore Thee, O Holy Cross, which has been adorned with the tender, delicate, and venerable hands and feet of my Savior, Jesus Christ, and imbued with the Precious Blood. I adore Thee, my God, nailed to the Cross for me. I adore Thee again, O Holy Cross, for the love of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen."

On Good Friday, Christians pray for all the souls waiting in Purgatory to join the Father and rest. Offer this prayer to Jesus Christ, that He may bring it to His Father! Kneel before a Cross and repeat it 33 times.

The Meaning of Good Friday

Why do we call “Good Friday” the day marking the crucifixion of Jesus Christ at Calvary? There has been much debate over the origin of the term “Good Friday”. What can be said for sure, is that on this day, Christians celebrate the love that Jesus Christ has shown for mankind with His sacrifice. We mourn His death, but we celebrate the ‘good’ that came from it: namely, our salvation, the washing away of our sins, and, eventually, His Resurrection, symbol of eternal life.

Other Prayers for Holy Week

We, Christians, are invited to pray each day of Holy Week: it is the perfect opportunity to meditate on the passion of Christ and prepare to celebrate His Resurrection on Easter Day.

Good Friday is also a good occasion to express your devotion to the Holy Wounds of Jesus Christ, notably with the Rosary of the Most Holy Wounds of Jesus.

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Meditate on the last week of Lent, by joining the Brothers of St. John’s spiritual program to pray each day of Holy Week. Find inspiration during your time of devotion by learning to pray with the Bible. Dive deeper into your faith and reflect on the words of the Fathers of the Church