Good Friday Diurnum

O God, make speed to save us.
O Lord, make haste to help us

Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit
As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, unto the ages of ages. Amen


Ant. It was about nine in the morning when they nailed Jesus to the cross.

    Psalm 40:1-14,17-18    Expectans, expectavi
I waited patiently upon the LORD; *
     he stooped to me and heard my cry.
He lifted me out of the desolate pit, out of the mire and clay; *
     he set my feet upon a high cliff and made my footing sure.
He put a new song in my mouth,
a song of praise to our God; *
     many shall see, and stand in awe,
     and put their trust in the LORD.
Happy are they who trust in the LORD! *
     they do not resort to evil spirits or turn to false gods.
Great things are they that you have done, O LORD my God!
how great your wonders and your plans for us! *
     there is none who can be compared with you.
Oh, that I could make them known and tell them! *
     but they are more than I can count.
In sacrifice and offering you take no pleasure *
     (you have given me ears to hear you);
Burnt-offering and sin-offering you have not required, *
     and so I said, "Behold, I come.
In the roll of the book it is written concerning me: *
     'I love to do your will, O my God;
     your law is deep in my heart.'"
I proclaimed righteousness in the great congregation; *
     behold, I did not restrain my lips;
     and that, O LORD, you know.
Your righteousness have I not hidden in my heart;
I have spoken of your faithfulness and your deliverance; *
     I have not concealed your love and faithfulness from the great
You are the LORD;
do not withhold your compassion from me; *
     let your love and your faithfulness keep me safe for ever,
For innumerable troubles have crowded upon me;
my sins have overtaken me, and I cannot see; *
     they are more in number than the hairs of my head,
     and my heart fails me.
Be pleased, O LORD, to deliver me; *
     O LORD, make haste to help me.
Let all who seek you rejoice in you and be glad; *
     let those who love your salvation continually say,
     "Great is the LORD!"
Though I am poor and afflicted, *
     the Lord will have regard for me.
You are my helper and my deliverer; *
     do not tarry, O my God.
Ant. It was about nin in the morning when they nailed Jesus to the cross.

For he grew up before him like a young plant, and like a root out of dry ground; he had no form or majesty that we should look at him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him. He was despised and rejected by others; a man of suffering and acquainted with infirmity; and as one from whom others hide their faces he was despised, and we held him of no account. - Isaiah 53:2-3

We worship you, O Christ and we praise you,
  -  because by your holy Cross, you have redeemed the world.


Ant. From noon until three o'clock, there was darkness over the whole world.

    Psalm 54:1-4,6-7    Deus, in nomine
Save me, O God, by your Name; *
     in your might, defend my cause.
Hear my prayer, O God; *
     give ear to the words of my mouth.
For the arrogant have risen up against me,
and the ruthless have sought my life, *
     those who have no regard for God.
Behold, God is my helper; *
     it is the Lord who sustains my life.
Render evil to those who spy on me; *
     in your faithfulness, destroy them.
I will offer you a freewill sacrifice *
     and praise your Name, O LORD, for it is good.
For you have rescued me from every trouble, *
     and my eye has seen the ruin of my foes.
Ant. From noon until three o'clock, there was darkness over the whole world.

Surely he has borne our infirmities and carried our diseases; yet we accounted him stricken, struck down by God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the punishment that made us whole, and by his bruises we are healed.'. – Isaiah 53:4-5

Lord, remember me
  -  when you come into your kingdom

Ant. At three o'clock, Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?

    Psalm 88    Domine, Deus
O LORD, my God, my Savior, *
     by day and night I cry to you.
Let my prayer enter into your presence; *
     incline your ear to my lamentation.
For I am full of trouble; *
     my life is at the brink of the grave.
I am counted among those who go down to the Pit; *
     I have become like one who has no strength;
Lost among the dead, *
     like the slain who lie in the grave,
Whom you remember no more, *
     for they are cut off from your hand.
You have laid me in the depths of the Pit, *
     in dark places, and in the abyss.
Your anger weighs upon me heavily, *
     and all your great waves overwhelm me.
You have put my friends far from me;
you have made me to be abhorred by them; *
     I am in prison and cannot get free.
My sight has failed me because of trouble; *
     LORD, I have called upon you daily;
     I have stretched out my hands to you.
Do you work wonders for the dead? *
     will those who have died stand up and give you thanks?
Will your loving-kindness be declared in the grave? *
     your faithfulness in the land of destruction?
Will your wonders be known in the dark? *
     or your righteousness in the country where all is forgotten?
But as for me, O LORD, I cry to you for help; *
     in the morning my prayer comes before you.
LORD, why have you rejected me? *
     why have you hidden your face from me?
Ever since my youth, I have been wretched and at the point of death; *
     I have borne your terrors with a troubled mind.
Your blazing anger has swept over me; *
     your terrors have destroyed me;
They surround me all day long like a flood; *
     they encompass me on every side.
My friend and my neighbor you have put away from me, *
     and darkness is my only companion.
Ant. At three o'clock, Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?

All we like sheep have gone astray; we have all turned to our own way, and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth. - Isaiah 53:6-7

He has plunged me into darkness
  -  like the dead, long forgotten.

Father, look with love upon your people, the love which the Lord Jesus Christ showed us when he delivered himself to evil men and suffered the agony of the cross, for he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

From the Catecheses by Saint John Chrysostom , bishop

If we wish to understand the power of Christ’s blood, we should go back to the ancient account of its prefiguration in Egypt. “Sacrifice a lamb without blemish”, commanded Moses, “and sprinkle its blood on your doors”. If we were to ask him what he meant, and how the blood of an irrational beast could possibly save men endowed with reason, his answer would be that the saving power lies not in the blood itself, but in the fact that it is a sign of the Lord’s blood. In those days, when the destroying angel saw the blood on the doors he did not dare to enter, so how much less will the devil approach now when he sees, not that figurative blood on the doors, but the true blood on the lips of believers, the doors of the temple of Christ.

If you desire further proof of the power of this blood, remember where it came from, how it ran down from the cross, flowing from the Master’s side. The gospel records that when Christ was dead, but still hung on the cross, a soldier came and pierced his side with a lance and immediately there poured out water and blood. Now the water was a symbol of baptism and the blood, of the holy eucharist. The soldier pierced the Lord’s side, he breached the wall of the sacred temple, and I have found the treasure and made it my own. So also with the lamb: the Jews sacrificed the victim and I have been saved by it.

“There flowed from his side water and blood”. Beloved, do not pass over this mystery without thought; it has yet another hidden meaning, which I will explain to you. I said that water and blood symbolised baptism and the holy eucharist. From these two sacraments the Church is born: from baptism, “the cleansing water that gives rebirth and renewal through the Holy Spirit”, and from the holy eucharist. Since the symbols of baptism and the Eucharist flowed from his side, it was from his side that Christ fashioned the Church, as he had fashioned Eve from the side of Adam Moses gives a hint of this when he tells the story of the first man and makes him exclaim: “Bone from my bones and flesh from my flesh!” As God then took a rib from Adam’s side to fashion a woman, so Christ has given us blood and water from his side to fashion the Church. God took the rib when Adam was in a deep sleep, and in the same way Christ gave us the blood and the water after his own death.

Do you understand, then, how Christ has united his bride to himself and what food he gives us all to eat? By one and the same food we are both brought into being and nourished. As a woman nourishes her child with her own blood and milk, so does Christ unceasingly nourish with his own blood those to whom he himself has given life.


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