It was preparation day for Passover, and it was about noon. And he (Pilate) said to the Jews: "Behold your King!" But they cried out:"Take Him Away! Take Him Away! Crucify Him!" Pilate said to them:"Shall I crucify your King?" The chief priests answered: "We have no king but Caesar"! Then he handed Him over to them to be crucified. [John 19:14-16]
So they took Jesus, and carrying the cross Himself He went out to what is called the Place of the Skull, in Hebrew, Golgotha. [John 19:16-17]
Many say, "Oh, that we might see better times!" O Lord, let the light of your countenance shine upon us!. [Psalm 4:7]
A large crowd of people followed Jesus, including many women who mourned and lamented Him.. [Luke 23:27]
"Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for Me: weep instead for yourselves and for your children, for indeed, the days are coming when people will say: Blessed are the barren, the wombs that never bore and the breasts that never nursed. For if these things are done when the wood is green what will happen when it is dry?" [Luke 23:28-29, 31]
My people, what have I done to you, or in what way have I offended you? Answer Me!
I led you out of the land of Egypt, and you have led Me to the cross.Forty years I fed you in the desert, and you have beaten Me with blows and scourges. I gave you a royal scepter, and you have given Me a crown of thorns.
What more ought I do for you that I have not done? [Reproaches of Good Friday]
They look on and gloat over Me; they divide my garments among them, and for my vesture they cast lots. [Psalm 22:18-19]
When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified Him and the criminals there, one on his right, the other on his left. Then Jesus said, "Father, forgive them, they not know what they do." [Luke 23:33-34]
Jesus cried out with a loud voice: "Father, into Your hands I commend My spirit!"; and when He had said this He breathed His last. The centurion who witnessed what had happened glorified God and said, "This man was innocent beyond doubt." [Luke 23:46-47]
Look, O Lord, and see how worthless I have become! Come, all you who pass by the way, look and see whether there is any suffering like my suffering, which has been dealt me... [Lamentations 11-12]
Now, in the place where He had been crucified there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb, in which no one had yet been buried. So they laid Jesus there because of the Jewish preparation day; for the tomb was close by. [John 19:41-42]
Scriptural readings taken from The New American Bible, World BiblePublishers, Iowa Falls, Iowa. Nihil Obstat and Imprimatur granted onJuly 27, 1970. Vatican endorsement signed by H.H. PAUL VI on September18, 1970.
Some of the meditations from The PIETA Prayer Booklet, December 1989 Issue.
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