St. Basil: Good Friday prayers

April 25, 2008

From the prayers of the sixth hour:

✚ O God and Lord of the Powers and Maker of all creation, Who by Thine incomparable pity and mercy didst send down Thine only-begotten Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, for the salvation of our race, and by His precious Cross didst both rend the handwriting of our sins, and also by It triumph over the rulers and powers of darkness: Do Thou, O merciful Master, receive, even from us sinners, these prayers of gratitude and supplication, and deliver us from all offences of destruction and darkness and from all visible and invisible enemies that seek to do us hurt. Nail down our flesh with the fear of Thee and let not our hearts be inclined to words or thoughts of evil, but pierce our souls through with the desire for Thee; that as we ever contemplate Thee, and led by Thy Light discover Thee the unapproachable and everlasting Light, we may to Thee the Eternal Father unceasingly ascribe thanks and gratitude, with Thine only-begotten Son and Thine all-holy and good and life-creating Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.

From the prayers of the ninth hour:

✚ O Lord and Master, Jesus Christ our God, Who hast forbearance for our transgressions and hast led us even unto this present hour, in which Thou hangedst upon the life-giving Tree and madest a way into Paradise for the penitent Thief, and by death destroyed Death: do Thou be gracious to us Thy sinful and unworthy servants; for we have sinned and acted unjustly, and we are not worthy to raise our eyes and look unto the heights of heaven: for we have forsaken the path of Thy righteousness and have gone after the desires of our own hearts. Yet we supplicate Thine ineffable goodness: spare us, O Lord, according to the multitude of Thy mercy and save us through Thy holy Name, for our days have passed in vanity. Release us from the hand of the enemy, and take from us our sins, and deaden our sensual desires so that we may put off the Old Man and be clothed with the New, and may live to Thee our Master and Protector. And so, as we follow Thy Commandments, may we come to the eternal rest which is the dwelling-place of those in bliss. For Thou art truly the joy and gladness of those that love Thee, O Christ our God, and to Thee we ascribe glory, with Thine eternal Father and Thine all-holy and good and life-creating Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.

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