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Vol: 46, No.26 GOOD FRIDAY ( C) April 19 2019  
(Pray in silence. Then the Priest sings or says:)
Almighty ever-living God, comfort of mourners, strength of all who toil, may the prayers of those who cry out in any tribulation come before you, that all may rejoice, because in their hour of need your mercy was at hand. Through Christ our Lord. R/ AMEN
Cel: Behold the wood of the Cross, on which hung the salvation of the world.
All: Come, let us adore.
(While the adoration of the Holy Cross is taking place, the antiphon “We adore your Cross, O Lord”, the Reproaches, the hymn “Faithful Cross” or other suitable chants are sung, during which all who have already adored the Cross remain seated.)
Ant: We adore your Cross, O Lord, / we praise and glorify your holy Resurrection, / for behold, because of the wood of a tree / joy has come to the whole world.
May God have mercy on us and bless us; / may he let his face shed its light upon us / and have mercy on us.
Ant: We adore your Cross, O Lord...


(With Joyful Lips — H. 6)
Antiphon 1:
  My people, what have I done to you?/ How have I afflicted you?
Antiphon 2:
  Holy God, holy and strong! /Holy immortal one, have mercy.
  1. I led you out of Egypt, from slavery to freedom,/ But you led your Saviour to the Cross. (Ant. 1 & 2)
  2. For forty years I led you safely through the desert./I fed you with manna from heaven,/ And brought you to a land of plenty;/ But you led your Saviour to the Cross. (Ant. 2)
  3. What more could I have done for you?/ I planted you as my fairest vine,/ but you yielded only bitterness;/ When I was thirsty you gave me vinegar to drink,/ and with a lance you pierced your Saviour’s side. (Ant. 2)
  4. For your sake I scourged your captors and their firstborn sons,/ But you brought your scourges down on me. (Ant. 1)
  5. led you from slavery to freedom/ and drowned your captors in the sea;/ But to your high priests you handed me over. (Ant. 1)
  6. I opened the sea before you,/ But you opened my side with a spear. (Ant. 1)
  7. I led you on your way in a pillar of cloud,/ but you led me to Pilate’s court. (Ant. 1)
  8. With manna in the desert I bore you up,/ but you struck me down and scourged me. (Ant. 1)
  9. I gave you saving water from the rock,/ But you gave me gall and vinegar to drink. (Ant. 1)
  10. For you I struck down the kings of Canaan,/ But with a reed you struck my head. (Ant. 1)
  11. I gave you royal sceptre,/ But you gave me a crown of thorns. (Ant. 1)
  12. I raised you to the height of majesty,/ But high on a Cross, you raised me. (Ant. 1)
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