Jesus dies on the crossV. We adore you, O Christ and praise you.
R. Because by Your Holy Cross you have redeemed the world.
ReadingFrom the Passion according to Mark
And when it came to the sixth hour, darkness came on the whole land until the ninth hour. And at the ninth hour Jesus shouted in a loud voice, ‘Eloi, eloi, lema sabachthani?’ when it is translated is, ‘My God, my God, for what purpose did you abandon me?’ And some of the bystanders, hearing [this], started to say, ‘Look – he is calling on Elijah.’… ‘Wait – let’s see if Elijah is coming to take him down.’ But Jesus, letting out a great shout, expired.
MeditationEven Jesus appears to have lost hope now. No one is coming to save him. Do you find yourself crying, ‘My God, my God, for what purpose did you abandon me?’
PrayerJesus, our Lord, you’ve shown us you understand the depths of our hopelessness and pain. But God did not abandon you, and three days later, He proved it for the entire world to see. Give us the patience and courage to hold on to the promises of God.
CloseAll: Our Father …
Let me share with thee His pain,
Who for all my sins was slain,
Who for me in torments died.
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