Prayer During the Day


Prayer During the Day
Passiontide (Begins March 29th)


O God, make speed to save us.All   O Lord, make haste to help us.

My trust is in you, O Lord.

All   I have said,‘You are my God.’

Psalm 31.14


A hymn, song, canticle, extempore praise or

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you, because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

Holy God, holy and strong, holy and immortal, have mercy upon us.

We glory in your cross, O Lord,and praise and glorify your holy resurrection:

for by virtue of the cross joy has come to the whole world.

from the Liturgy of Good Friday

The Word of God

On Good Friday and any day    Psalm 22.1-11


Sunday         Psalm 27.1-8  Monday    Psalm 43           Tuesday        Psalm 142        Wednesday    Psalm 143 

Thursday     Psalm 23         Friday      Psalm 69.1-13    Saturday       Psalm 130

Each psalm or group of psalms may end with

All   Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit;

as it was in the beginning is now and shall be for ever. Amen.

Short readings


It was fitting that God, for whom and through whom all things exist, in bringing many children to glory, should make the pioneer of their salvation perfect through sufferings. For the one who sanctifies and those who are sanctified all have one Father. For this reason Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters, saying, ‘I will proclaim your name to my brothers and sisters, in the midst of the congregation I will praise you.’

Hebrews 2.10-12


Jesus began to teach his disciples that the Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. He said all this quite openly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. But turning and looking at his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, ‘Get behind me, Satan! For you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.’ He called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them, ‘If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it.’

Mark 8.31-35


Surely he has borne our infirmities and carried our diseases; yet we accounted him stricken, struck down by God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the punishment that made us whole, and by his bruises we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have all turned to our own way, and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.

Isaiah 53.4-6


The message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For Jews demand signs and Greeks desire wisdom, but we proclaim Christ crucified, a stumbling-block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God’s weakness is stronger than human strength.

I Corinthians 1.18,22-25


Christ himself bore our sins in his body on the cross, so that, free from sins, we might live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed. For you were going astray like sheep, but now you have returned to the shepherd and guardian of your souls.

I Peter 2.24,25


While we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. Indeed, rarely will anyone die for a righteous person – though perhaps for a good person someone might actually dare to die. But God proves his love for us in that while we still were sinners Christ died for us.

Romans 5.6-8


Jesus answered Andrew and Philip, ‘The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified.Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. Those who love their life lose it, and those who hate their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there will my servant be also. Whoever serves me, the Father will honour.’

John 12.23-26

Or, on any day in Passiontide

I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me.

Galatians 2.19b,20a


Silence, study, song, or words from Scripture, such as

Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake,

All   for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Matthew 5.10


Prayers may include these concerns

¶    The persecuted Church

¶    The oppressed peoples of the world

¶    All who are lonely

¶    All who are near to death

¶    All who are facing loss

A form of prayer: 

With faith and love and in union with Christ,

let us offer our prayer before the throne of grace.

Have mercy on your people,

for whom your Son laid down his life: All Lord have mercy.

Bring healing and wholeness to people and nations,

and have pity on those torn apart by division: All Lord have mercy.

Strengthen all who are persecuted for your name's sake,

and deliver them from evil: All Lord have mercy.

Look in mercy upon all who suffer,

and hear those who cry out in pain and desolation: All Lord have mercy.

Bring comfort to the dying,

and gladden their hearts with the vision of your glory: All Lord have mercy.

Give rest to the departed

and bring them, with your saints, to glory everlasting: All Lord have mercy.

Let us commend the world, for which Christ died, to the mercy and protection of God.

The Collect of the day (if known) and 

The Lord’s Prayer is said (this, or the traditional form)

As our Saviour taught us, so we pray:

All      Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours
now and for ever.

The Conclusion

May Christ our Saviour give us peace.

All   Amen.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                           © Archbishops’ Council 2005 (adapted)