Introduction to the Scripture Readings
Isaiah 50:4-7 -- This reading describes someone putting up with a lot of suffering. Our tradition teaches us that these lines apply to Jesus. Philippians 2:6-11 -- In this ancient hymn to Christ, we are taught that Jesus achieved glory through suffering. Matthew 26:14 to 27:66 -- This year, Matthew’s version of the Passion is read. It’s clear that he believed the Jews were to blame for the death of the Messiah; the Church today doesn’t.
Introduction Let us bring our prayer to God, our strength, who makes haste to help us.
Conclusion God of compassion, in the death and resurrection of Jesus you show your love for us: hear our petitions, and grant them, through Christ our Lord. Amen.