We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you:
Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.
When they came to the place that is called The Skull, they crucified Jesus there with the criminals, one on his right and one on his left, with Jesus between them. And the scripture was fulfilled which says, “He was numbered with the transgressors.” [Luke 23:33; John 19:18; Isaiah 53:12]
They pierce my hands and my feet:
They stare and gloat over me. [Psalm 22:16, 17]
O God, by the passion of your blessed Son you made the instrument of shameful death to be to us the means of life and peace: Grant that we may so glory in the cross of Christ, that we may gladly suffer shame and loss for the sake of your Son our Savior, Jesus Christ our Lord.
Let my soul, thy death declaring,
Thy unsparing passion sharing,
Count thy bruises one by one.