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PR.: We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You.
All: Because by your holy Cross You have redeemed the world.
PR.: When they came to Golgotha, the place called the Skull, they crucified Jesus and the robbers, one on his right and the other on his left. And Jesus said, "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing." (Lk. 23, 33-34; Jn. 19, 18)
All: (kneel and pause)
My God, my God, why have you forsaken me, far from my prayer, far from the words of my cry? O my God, I cry out by day, and you anser not; I cry out by night, and there is no relief for me. All my bones are racked. My heart has become like wax melting away within my chest. My throat is dried up like baked clay, my tongue cleaves to my jaws; they have pierced my hands and my feet; I can count all my bones. (ps. 21, 2-3, 15-16, 17b)
Pr.: Let us pray. Lord and Saviour, You have told us that we too must accept crucifixion if we are to accept resurrection with You. Help us to rejoice in the sufferings that come with the fulfillment of our daily duties, seeing in them the roayal road of the cross to the resurrection.
All: Amen.
SING: Life eternal, death defiant, Bowed his head -- the world was silent, Through his death came life anew.