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Good Friday Prayer can refer to any of the prayers prayed by Christians on Good Friday, the Friday before Easter, or to all such prayers collectively.

Eastern Orthodox and Byzantine-rite Catholic prayer on Good Friday

Eastern Orthodox Christians and many Byzantine-rite Catholics, who use the same liturgy, spend this day fasting from all food, to the extent that their health permits. Neither the Divine Liturgy nor the Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts may be celebrated, thereby fasting from the Eucharist as well (with the exception of communion for the dying). Instead, they come together three times during the day for communal worship:

The prayers include commemoration of the events of Jesus' crucifixion and burial. During this time, the hymns do not forget the coming Resurrection. Holding both events in tension, the following troparia (hymns) are sung during the afternoon prayers while the epitaphios (shroud) is being carried to the tombmarker:

The noble Joseph, when he had taken down Thy most pure Body from the tree, wrapped it in fine linen, and anointed it with spices, and placed it in a new tomb.


Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, both now and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.


The angel came to the myrrh-bearing women at the tomb and said:
Myrrh is fitting for the dead, but Christ has shown Himself a stranger to corruption.


Roman Catholic Prayers

In the Roman Rite the first part of the Celebration of the Passion of the Lord consists of the reading or chanting of , , , and the Passion account from the Gospel of John, which is often divided between more than one singer or reader. This part concludes with a series of prayers: for the Church, the Pope, the clergy and laity of the Church, those preparing for baptism, the unity of Christians, the Jewish people, those who do not believe in Christ, those who do not believe in God, those in public office, those in special need.

Some writers use the term "Good Friday Prayer" to refer to one particular prayer among these, namely that offered for the Jewish people.

Anglican Prayers

One of the Solemn Collects says
Merciful God, creator of all the peoples of the earth and lover of souls: Have compassion on all who do not know you as you are revealed in your Son Jesus Christ; let your Gospel be preached with grace and power to those who have not heard it; turn the hearts of those who resist it; and bring home to your fold those who have gone astray; that there may be one flock under one shepherd, Jesus Christ our Lord.


Lutheran prayers

The Good Friday bidding prayer in the Evangelical Worship book used by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America reads as follows :
Let us pray for the Jewish people, the first to hear the word of God.
Silent prayer.
Almighty and eternal God,
long ago you gave your promise to Abraham and your teaching to Moses.
Hear our prayers that the people you called and elected as your own
may receive the fulfillment of the covenant's promises.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Amen.


Alleged antisemitism

There have been debates on alleged antisemitism in the Good Friday Prayer since the 1950s.

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