Presider: We adore you, O Most Holy Lord Jesus Christ, here and in all of your churches throughout the whole world.
All: And we praise you, because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.
Presider: Jesus, you did not become human to die such a horrible death. Instead you came to us out of love and were incarnate of the Virgin to be one of us. Yet, your death by means of capital punishment is the length you have gone to show us that your mission was indeed worth it all. Your death proves the depth of your love for us. For what greater love is there, than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends?
All: Lord Jesus, we are your friends and we are perplexed you had to die in such a terrible fashion. Christmas gives such joy, but Good Friday seems to take it away into darkness. Help us see with the eyes of love. Help us understand the mystery of why only in your death do we receive forgiveness of our sins once and for all. Thank you for fulﬁlling your earthly mission of love!