FRIDAY OF THE PASSION OF THE LORD
Reminiscere miserationum tuarum,
et famulos tuos æterna
pro quibus Christus,
per suum cruorem instituit
Qui vivit et regnat
in sæcula sæculorum.
qui peccati veteris
in qua posteritatis genus
Christi Filii tui,
ut conformes eidem facti,
sicut imaginem terreni hominis
naturæ necessitate portavimus,
ita imaginem cælestis
gratiæ sanctificatione portemus.
Per Christum Dominum nostrum.
Remember your mercies,
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.
who by the Passion of Christ
abolished the death
inherited from ancient sin
by every succeeding generation,
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.
A READING FROM THE PROPHET ISAIAH
(HE WAS PIERCED THROUGH OUR FAULTS.)
my servant will prosper,
he shall be lifted up,
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.
(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.
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?
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.