HOLY WEEK – FRIDAY OF THE PASSION OF THE LORD – FIRST READING – ISAIAH 52:13-53:12

HOLY WEEK

FRIDAY OF THE PASSION OF THE LORD

(GOOD FRIDAY) 

PRAYER

LATIN

Reminiscere miserationum tuarum,

Domine,

et famulos tuos æterna

protectione sanctifica,

pro quibus Christus,

Filius tuus,

per suum cruorem instituit

paschale mysterium.

Qui vivit et regnat

in sæcula sæculorum.

R.) Amen. 

VEL:

Deus,

qui peccati veteris

hereditariam mortem,

in qua posteritatis genus

omne successerat,

Christi Filii tui,

Domini nostri,  

passione solvisti,

da,

ut conformes eidem facti,

sicut imaginem terreni hominis

naturæ necessitate portavimus,

ita imaginem cælestis

gratiæ sanctificatione portemus.

Per Christum Dominum nostrum.

R.) Amen. 

ENGLISH

Remember your mercies,

O Lord,

and with your eternal protection

sanctify your servants,

for whom Christ your Son,

by the shedding of his Blood,

established the Paschal Mystery.

Who lives and reigns

for ever and ever.

R.) Amen. 

OR:

O God,

who by the Passion of Christ

your Son,  

our Lord,

abolished the death

inherited from ancient sin

by every succeeding generation,

grant that

just as,

being conformed to him,

we have borne

by the law of nature

the image of the man of earth,

so by the sanctification of grace

we may bear the image of the Man of heaven.

Through Christ our Lord.

R.) Amen. 

ISAIAH 52:13-53:12 

A READING FROM THE PROPHET ISAIAH

(HE WAS PIERCED THROUGH OUR FAULTS.)

See,

my servant will prosper,

he shall be lifted up,

exalted,

rise to great heights.

As the crowds were appalled on seeing him

– so disfigured did he look that he seemed no longer human –

so will the crowds be astonished at him,

and kings stand speechless before him;

for they shall see something never told and witness

something never heard before:

“Who could believe what we have heard,

and to whom has the power of the Lord been revealed?”

Like a sapling he grew up in front of us,

like a root in arid ground.

Without beauty,

without majesty

(we saw him)

 no looks to attract our eyes;

a thing despised and rejected by men,

a man of sorrows

and familiar with suffering,

a man to make people screen their faces;

he was despised

and we took no account of him.

And yet ours were the sufferings he bore,

ours the sorrows he carried.

But we,

we thought of him as someone punished,

struck by God,

and brought low.

Yet he was pierced through for our faults,

crushed for our sins.

On him lies a punishment that brings us peace,

and through his wounds we are healed.

We had all gone astray like sheep,

each taking his own way,

and the Lord burdened him with the sins of all of us.

Harshly dealt with,

he bore it humbly,

he never opened his mouth,

like a lamb that is led to the slaughter-house,

like a sheep that is dumb before its shearers

never opening its mouth.

By force and by law he was taken;

would anyone plead his cause?

Yes,

he was torn away from the land of the living;

for our faults struck down in death.

They gave him a grave with the wicked,

a tomb with the rich,

though he had done no wrong

and there had been no perjury in his mouth.

The Lord had been pleased

to crush him with suffering.  

If he offers his life in atonement,

he shall see his heirs,

he shall have a long life

and through him

what the Lord wishes

will be done.

His soul’s anguish over

he shall see the light and be content.

By his sufferings shall my servant justify many,

taking their faults on himself.

Hence I will grant whole hordes

for his tribute,

he shall divide the spoil with the mighty,

for surrendering himself to death

and letting himself be taken for a sinner,

while he was bearing the faults of many

and praying all the time for sinners.

The word of the Lord.

R.) Thanks be to God.

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