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Mass of the Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ

Votive Mass for Friday

Epistle  •  Zacharias 12:10-11; 13:6-7

Lesson from Zacharias the Prophet.

[The Passion of Christ shall be a fountain of grace and devotion.]

Thus saith the Lord: I will pour out upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace, and of prayers: and they shall look upon Me, Whom they have pierced: and they shall mourn for Him as one mourneth for an only son, and they shall grieve over Him as the manner is to grieve for the death of the first-born.

In that day there shall be a great lamentation in Jerusalem, and it shall be said: What are these wounds in the midst of Thy hands? And He shall say: With these I was wounded in the house of them that loved Me. Awake, O sword, against My shepherd, and against the man that cleaveth to Me, saith the Lord of hosts: strike the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered: saith the Lord Almighty.

Gospel  •  John 19:28-35

Continuation of the holy Gospel according to St. John.  

[The history of the Passion of Christ.]

At that time: Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said: I thirst. Now there was a vessel set there full of vinegar. And they putting a sponge full of vinegar about hyssop, put it to His mouth. Jesus therefore when He had taken the vinegar, said: It is consummated. And bowing His head He gave up the ghost.

Then the Jews (because it was the parasceve), that the bodies might not remain upon the cross on the Sabbath day (for that was the great Sabbath day), besought Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away.

The soldiers, therefore, came: and they broke the legs of the first, and of the other that was crucified with Him. But after they were come to Jesus, when they saw that He was already dead, they did not break His legs. But one of the soldiers with a spear opened His side, and immediately there came out blood and water. And he that saw it hath given testimony, and his testimony is true.