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Good Friday

Reading I: Isaiah 52:13-53:12
Responsorial Psalm: 31:2, 6, 12-13, 15-16, 17, 25
Reading II: Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:7-9
Gospel: John 18:1-19:42

In the beginning was the Word …

(Introductory Prayers)

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THE GOSPEL

Passion according to John 18:1–19:42

Behold the man.

In the beginning was the Word
and the Word was with God
and the Word was God.
In tangled thorns he
emptied himself,
pouring out
grace on
all of
us.

Christ,
led to slaughter,
bearing our torment,
wearing our guilt,
and crushed
for our
sins.

Behold the
love of
God.


THE FIRST READING

Isaiah 52:13–53:13

See, my servant shall prosper,
he shall be raised high and greatly exalted.

Kings
 are made
speechless
 and nations startled.
Those who have not heard,
ponder.

Who can understand this?

Jesus,
we had all gone astray—like sheep.
You take on the guilt of us all.
Your stripes heal us and
your punishment
makes us
 whole.

We believe.


THE SECOND READING

Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:6-7

Since we have a great high priest
who has passed through the heavens,
     Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast to our confession.

Our high priest cries out
in a loud voice
with tears.

We have a high priest
able to enter our
 weaknesses.

Jesus, we
come to you now

to receive
 mercy after mercy

and grace after grace.

Anne Osdieck         
Art by Martin Erspamer, OSB
from Religious Clip Art for the Liturgical Year (A, B, and C). This art may be reproduced only by parishes who purchase the collection in book or CD-ROM form. For more information go http://www.ltp.org