At the heart of the Good Friday liturgy is the passion according to Saint John, which proclaims Jesus as a triumphant king who reigns from the cross, uniting all people to himself and to one another.

The ancient title for this day β€” the triumph of the cross β€” reminds us that the church gathers not to mourn this day but to celebrate Christ's life-giving passion and to find strength and hope in the tree of life. In the ancient bidding prayer we offer petitions for all the whole world for whom Christ died.

Appointed texts

The ecumenical Revised Common Lectionary appoints texts in a three year cycle (Years A, B and C). The texts for Good Friday always are:

Isaiah 52:13β€”53:12
Psalm 22
Hebrews 4:14–16; 5:7–9
Saint John 18:1β€”19:42

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Planning your visit

Saint Peter's Church is located at the intersection of Lexington Avenue and 54th Street in midtown Manhattan, and is accessible to all people at the building entrances on Lexington Avenue and on 54th Street.

The E, M (weekdays only), 4, 5 and 6 trains stop nearby, as do the M57, M31, M50, M101 and M103 buses.