First Reading: Isaiah 52:13- 53:12
13 Behold, my servant will understand; he will be exalted and lifted up, and he will be very sublime.
12 Therefore, I will allot to him a great number. And he will divide the spoils of the strong. For he has handed over his life to death, and he was reputed among criminals. And he has taken away the sins of many, and he has prayed for the transgressors.
Psalm: Psalms 31:2,6,12-13,15-17,25
2 In you, Lord, I have hoped; let me never be confounded. In your justice, deliver me.
6 Into your hands, I commend my spirit. You have redeemed me, O Lord, God of truth.
12 I have become a disgrace among all my enemies, and even more so to my neighbors, and a dread to my acquaintances. Those who catch sight of me, flee away from me.
13 I have become forgotten, like one dead to the heart. I have become like a damaged utensil.
15 But I have hoped in you, O Lord. I said, “You are my God.”
16 My fate is in your hands. Rescue me from the hand of my enemies and from those who are persecuting me.
17 Shine your face upon your servant. Save me in your mercy.
25 Act manfully, and let your heart be strengthened, all you who hope in the Lord.
Second Reading: Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:7-9
14 Therefore, since we have a great High Priest, who has pierced the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, we should hold to our confession.
15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to have compassion on our infirmities, but rather one who was tempted in all things, just as we are, yet without sin.
16 Therefore, let us go forth with confidence toward the throne of grace, so that we may obtain mercy, and find grace, in a helpful time.
7 It is Christ who, in the days of his flesh, with a strong cry and tears, offered prayers and supplications to the One who was able to save him from death, and who was heard because of his reverence.
8 And although, certainly, he is the Son of God, he learned obedience by the things that he suffered.
9 And having reached his consummation, he was made, for all who are obedient to him, the cause of eternal salvation,
Gospel: John 18:1-19: 42
1 When Jesus had said these things, he departed with his disciples across the Torrent of Kidron, where there was a garden, into which he entered with his disciples.
42 Therefore, because of the preparation day of the Jews, since the tomb was nearby, they placed Jesus there.
Good Friday of The Lord´s Passion
April 2, 2010
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