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Good Friday Prayer

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by Carol Cook Moore

This is the day when hatred wins.
Lord, have mercy.
This is the day when evil dances.
Christ, have mercy.
This is the day when the Light dies.
Lord, have mercy.

Whatever we believe, whatever we doubt,
Whatever we know, whatever we deny,
Today we watch the source of all creation,
And join the innocent victims of all time.
Today, we remember and join the cry of the guilty,
“Remember me, Lord Jesus!”

The veil of our doubt is torn.
Surely, he has borne our grief.
Together we see what the centurion proclaimed,
Surely, this is the Son of God.

This is the day love wins.
Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy. Amen.


Permission is granted for use in corporate setting. Copyright © 2012 The Upper Room. Used with permission.

Carol Cook Moore is an ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church and a member of the Oklahoma Annual Conference. She is currently working on a collection of writings on the topic of encountering grace in the midst of grief. In addition to teaching courses in worship, preaching, and designing worship, Carol enjoys gardening, beaching, and preparing family feasts.

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I join many of those who will pray for you as you seek to discern what you are called to be at this moment. May God grant you the courage to fulfill that calling. May we all open our eyes and see the misery, open our ears and hear the cries of God’s people, and, like God through the Lord Jesus Christ, be incarnate amongst them.” 

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