Good Friday of the Passion of the Lord

Official Translation

Reading 1 – Isaiah 52.13-53.12

Behold, my servant shall do well,
he shall be exalted and lifted up very high.
As many were astonished at him
(his appearance was marred more than any man,
and his form more than the sons of men),
so shall he startle many nations;
kings shall shut their mouths at him:
for that which had not been told them shall they see;
and that which they had not heard shall they understand.

Who has believed our message?
To whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?
For he grew up before him as a tender plant,
and as a root out of dry ground.
He has no good looks or majesty.
When we see him,
there is no beauty that we should desire him.
He was despised and rejected by men;
a man of suffering, acquainted with disease.
as one from whom men hide their faces;
and we did not respect him.

Yet he has borne our sickness,
and carried our suffering;
yet we considered him plagued,
struck by God, and afflicted.
But he was pierced for our transgressions.
He was crushed for our iniquities.
The punishment that brought our peace was on him;
and by his wounds we are healed.
We, like sheep, have gone astray.
Everyone has turned to his own way;
and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.

He was oppressed,
yet when he was afflicted he did not open his mouth.
As a lamb that is led to the slaughter,
and as a sheep that before its shearers is mute,
so he did not open his mouth.
He was taken away by oppression and judgment;
and who would have considered his fate?
He was cut off out of the land of the living
and stricken for the disobedience of my people.
They made his grave with the wicked,
and with an evil man in his death;
although he had done no violence,
nor was any deceit in his mouth.
Yet it pleased the Lord to cruch him.
He has caused him to suffer.

Since he makes his soul an offering for sin,
he shall see his seed prolong his days,
and the will of the Lord shall prosper in his hand.
After the suffering of his soul,
he will see the light and be satisfied.

My righteous servant
will justify many through his suffering;
and he will bear their iniquities.
Therefore will I give to him a portion with the great,
and he shall divide the plunder with the strong;
because he poured out his soul to death,
and was numbered with the sinners;
yet he bore the sin of many,
and made intercession for the sinners.

Responsorial – Psalm 31.2, 6, 12-13, 15-16, 17, 25 Resp. Luke 23.46

R. Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.

In you, O Lord, I take refuge.
Let me never be disappointed.
Deliver me in your righteousness.
Into your hand I commend my spirit.
You redeem me, O Lord, God of truth.

R. Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.

Because of all my adversaries I have become
utterly contemptible to my neighbors, a fear to my acquaintances.
Those who saw me on the street fled from me.
I am forgotten from their hearts like a dead man.
I am like a broken pot.

R. Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.

But I trust in you, O Lord.
I said, “You are my God.”
My fate is in your hand: deliver me
from the hand of my enemies and persecutors.

R. Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.

Make your face to shine on your servant.
Save me in your loving kindness.
Be strong, and let your heart take courage,
all you who hope in the Lord.

R. Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.

Reading 2 – Hebrews 4.14-16; 5.7-9

Brothers and sisters:
Having then a great high priest,
who has passed through the heavens,
Jesus, the Son of God,
let us hold tightly to our confession.
For we do not have a high priest
who is unable to sympathize with our infirmities,
but one who has been in all ways tempted like we are,
though without sin.
Let us therefore draw near
with boldness to the throne of grace,
that we may receive mercy,
and may find grace for help in time of need.

He, in the days of his flesh,
having offered up prayers and petitions
with strong crying and tears
to him who was able to save him from death,
and having been heard for his godly fear,
though he was a Son,
yet learned obedience by the things which he suffered.
Having been made perfect,
he became to all of those who obey him
the author of eternal salvation.

Gospel – John 18.1-19.42

Jesus went out with his disciples
across the Kidron valley,
where there was a garden,
into which he and his disciples entered.
Now Judas, who betrayed him,
also knew the place,
for Jesus often met there with his disciples.
Judas then, having taken a detachment
of soldiers and officers from the chief priests and the Pharisees,
came there with lanterns, torches, and weapons.

Jesus therefore,
knowing all the things that were happening to him,
went out, and said to them, “Who are you looking for?”
They answered him, “Jesus of Nazareth.”
Jesus said to them, “I AM”
Judas also, who betrayed him,
was standing with them.
When therefore he said to them, “I AM”,
they went back and fell to the ground.

Again therefore he asked them, “Who are you looking for?”
They said, “Jesus of Nazareth.”
Jesus answered, “I told you that I AM.
If therefore you seek me, let these go their way,”
that the word might be fulfilled which he spoke,
“Of those whom you have given me, I have lost none.”

Then Simon Peter having a sword, drew it,
and struck the high priest’s servant,
and cut off his right ear.
The servant’s name was Malchus.
So Jesus said to Peter,
“Put the sword into its sheath.
The cup which the Father has given me,
shall I not surely drink it?”

So the detachment,
the commanding officer and the officers of the Jews,
seized Jesus and bound him,
and led him to Annas first,
for he was father-in-law to Caiaphas,
who was high priest that year.
Now it was Caiaphas who advised the Jews
that it was expedient that one human
should perish for the people.

Simon Peter followed Jesus,
as did another disciple.
Now that disciple was known to the high priest,
and entered in with Jesus
into the court of the high priest;
but Peter was standing at the door outside.
So the other disciple,
who was known to the high priest,
went out and spoke to her who kept the door,
and brought in Peter.

Then the maid who kept the door said to Peter,
“Are you not also one of this human’s disciples?”
He said, “I am not.”
Now the servants and the officers were standing there,
having made a fire of coals, for it was cold.
They were warming themselves.
Peter was with them, standing and warming himself.

Then the high priest asked Jesus about his disciples,
and about his teaching.
Jesus answered him, “I spoke openly to the world.
I always taught in synagogues,
and in the temple, where the Jews always meet.
I said nothing in secret.
Why do you ask me?
Ask those who have heard me
what I said to them.
Behold, these know the things which I said.”

When he had said this,
one of the officers standing by
slapped Jesus with his hand, saying,
“Do you answer the high priest like that?”
Jesus answered him,
“If I have spoken evil, testify of the evil;
but if well, why do you beat me?”
Annas sent him bound to Caiaphas, the high priest.

Now Simon Peter was standing and warming himself.
They said therefore to him,
“Are you not also one of his disciples?”
He denied it, and said, “I am not.”
One of the servants of the high priest,
being a relative of him
whose ear Peter had cut off, said,
“Did I not see you in the garden with him?”
Peter therefore denied it again,
and immediately the rooster crowed.

Then they led Jesus from Caiaphas into the Praetorium.
It was early,
and they themselves did not enter into the Praetorium,
that they might not be defiled, but might eat the Passover.
Pilate therefore went out to them, and said,
“What accusation do you bring against this human?”
They answered and said to him,
“If that one were not an evildoer,
we would not have delivered him up to you.”
Pilate therefore said to them,
“Take him yourselves, and judge him according to your law.”
So the Jews said to him,
“It is not lawful for us to put anyone to death,”
that the word of Jesus might be fulfilled,
which he spoke, signifying by what kind of death he should die.

Pilate therefore entered again into the Praetorium,
called Jesus, and said to him, “Are you the King of the Jews?”
Jesus answered him,
“Do you say this by yourself, or did others tell you about me?”
Pilate answered, “I am not a Jew, am I?
Your own nation and the chief priests delivered you to me.
What have you done?”
Jesus answered, “My Kingdom is not of this world.
If my Kingdom were of this world,
then my servants would fight,
so that I would not be delivered to the Jews.
But now my Kingdom is not from here.”
Pilate therefore said to him, “Are you a king then?”
Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king.
For this reason I have been born,
and for this reason I have come into the world,
that I should testify to the truth.
Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice.”
Pilate said to him, “What is truth?”

When he had said this,
he went out again to the Jews, and said to them,
“I find no basis for a charge against him.
But you have a custom,
that I should release someone to you at the Passover.
Therefore do you want me to release to you the King of the Jews?”
Then they all shouted again, saying,
“Not this one but Barabbas!” Now Barabbas was a robber.

So Pilate then took Jesus and flogged him.
The soldiers twisted thorns into a crown
and put it on his head
and dressed him in a purple garment.
They kept saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!”
and they kept slapping him.
Then Pilate went out again, and said to them,
“Behold, I bring him out to you,
that you may know
that I find no basis for a charge against him.”
So Jesus came out,
wearing the crown of thorns and the purple garment.
Pilate said to them, “Behold, the human!”

When therefore
the chief priests and the officers saw him,
they shouted, saying, “Crucify! Crucify!”
Pilate said to them,
“Take him yourselves and crucify him,
for I find no basis for a charge against him.”
The Jews answered him,
“We have a law and by our law he ought to die,
because he made himself the Son of God.”

So when Pilate heard this saying, he was more afraid.
He entered into the Praetorium again, and said to Jesus,
“Where are you from?”
But Jesus gave him no answer.
Pilate therefore said to him,
“Do you not speak to me?
Do you not know that I have power to release you,
and have power to crucify you?”
Jesus answered,
“You would have no power at all against me,
unless it were given to you from above.
Therefore he who delivered me to you has greater sin.”

At this, Pilate was seeking to release him,
but the Jews cried out, saying,
“If you release this one, you are not a friend of Caesar!
Everyone who makes himself a king contradict Caesar!”
So when Pilate heard these words,
he brought Jesus out,
and sat down on the judgment seat
at a place called “The Pavement” but in Hebrew, “Gabbatha.”
Now it was the Preparation Day of the Passover, at about the sixth hour.
He said to the Jews, “Behold, your King!”
They cried out, “Away! Away! Crucify him!”
Pilate said to them, “Shall I crucify your King?”
The chief priests answered, “We have no king but Caesar!”
So then he delivered him to them to be crucified.

So they took Jesus and led him away.
He went out, bearing his cross,
to the place called “The Place of a Skull”,
which is called in Hebrew, “Golgotha”,
where they crucified him,
and with him two others,
one on each side and Jesus in the middle.

Pilate wrote a title also, and put it on the cross.
There was written,
Therefore many of the Jews read this title,
for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city;
and it was written in Hebrew, in Latin, and in Greek.
The chief priests of the Jews therefore said to Pilate,
“Do not write, ‘The King of the Jews,’
but, ‘he said, I am King of the Jews.’”
Pilate answered, “What I have written, I have written.”

Then the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus,
took his garments and made four parts,
for each soldier a part; and also the cloak.
Now the cloak was seamless,
woven from the top throughout.
Then they said to one another,
“Let us not tear it, but cast lots for it
to decide whose it will be,”
that the Scripture might be fulfilled, which says,
“They parted my garments among them.
For my cloak they cast lots.”
Therefore the soldiers did these things.

But there were standing by the cross of Jesus
his mother and his mother’s sister,
Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene.
So when Jesus saw
his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing there,
he said to his mother, “Woman, behold your son!”
Then he said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother!”
From that hour, the disciple took her to his own home.

After this, Jesus, seeing that all things were now finished,
that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, “I am thirsty.”
Now a vessel full of vinegar was set there;
so they put a sponge full of the vinegar on hyssop,
and held it at his mouth.
When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said,
“It is finished.”
He bowed his head and gave up his spirit.

So the Jews, because it was the Preparation Day,
so that the bodies would not remain on the crosses
on the Sabbath for that Sabbath was a special one,
asked of Pilate that their legs might be broken,
and that they might be taken away.
So the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first,
and of the other who was crucified with him;
but when they came to Jesus,
and saw that he was already dead, they did not break his legs.
However one of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear,
and immediately blood and water came out.
He who has seen has testified and his testimony is true.
He knows that he tells the truth that you may believe.
For these things happened, that the Scripture might be fulfilled,
“A bone of him will not be broken.”
Again another Scripture says,
“They will look on him whom they pierced.”

After these things, Joseph of Arimathaea,
being a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews,
asked of Pilate that he might take away Jesus’ body.
Pilate gave him permission.
He came therefore and took away his body.
Nicodemus, who at first came to Jesus by night,
also came bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes,
about one hundred pounds.
So they took Jesus’ body,
and bound it in linen cloths with the spices,
as the custom of the Jews is to bury.
Now in the place where he was crucified
there was a garden.
In the garden was a new tomb
in which no man had ever yet been laid.
Then because of the Jews’ Preparation Day,
since the tomb was near at hand,
they laid Jesus there.

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