If he gives his life as an offering for sin, he shall see his descendants in a long life, and the will of the LORD shall be accomplished through him. The music director then had the assembly sing three verses of "Were You There." "The passion narrative occupies a special place. Nicodemus, the one who had first come to him at night, also came bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes weighing about one hundred pounds. So they put a sponge soaked in wine on a sprig of hyssop and put it up to his mouth. In 1988 the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments published "Paschales Solemnitatis," a "Circular Letter Concerning the Preparation and Celebration of the Easter Feasts." Other interventions of the choir — such as singing songs that do not form part of the Gospel text or that interrupt its reading — should be totally excluded from the celebration. It should be sung or read in the traditional way, that is, by three persons who take the parts of Christ, the narrator and the people. Son though he was, he learned obedience from what he suffered; and when he was made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him. But he was pierced for our offenses, crushed for our sins; upon him was the chastisement that makes us whole, by his stripes we were healed. Everyone who makes himself a king opposes Caesar.”. Then Pilate took Jesus and had him scourged. We had all gone astray like sheep, each following his own way; but the LORD laid upon him the guilt of us all. So Judas got a band of soldiers and guards from the chief priests and the Pharisees and went there with lanterns, torches, and weapons. The passion is proclaimed by deacons or priests, or by lay readers. ‘parts’ in the style of a dramatic reading. are distinguished not only by their length and solemnity but also by In your justice rescue me. Yet it was our infirmities that he bore, our sufferings that he endured, while we thought of him as stricken, as one smitten by God and afflicted. Why ask me? At the Vatican the Passion is thus sung in Italian on Palm Sunday and in Latin on Good Friday. Since such things are usually poorly prepared the noise and confusion can be terrible. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who has similarly been tested in every way, yet without sin. After our remarks on different methods of reading the Passion (see March 20) a reader from Rochester, Minnesota, made some interesting observations, to wit: "1. Judas his betrayer also knew the place, because Jesus had often met there with his disciples. FIRST READING Isaiah 52:13—53:12. Regarding Good Friday it states: "58. In the latter case, the part of Christ should be reserved to the priest. And they said to him, “You are not one of his disciples, are you?” He denied it and said, “I am not.” One of the slaves of the high priest, a relative of the one whose ear Peter had cut off, said, “Didn’t I see you in the garden with him?” Again Peter denied it. I guess it works well in Germany. Then the maid who was the gatekeeper said to Peter, “You are not one of this man’s disciples, are you?” He said, “I am not.” Now the slaves and the guards were standing around a charcoal fire that they had made, because it was cold, and were warming themselves. Shall I not drink the cup that the Father gave me?”. In many places these readings It was morning. And he said to them, “Behold, the man!” When the chief priests and the guards saw him they cried out, “Crucify him, crucify him!” Pilate said to them, “Take him yourselves and crucify him. So he again asked them, “Whom are you looking for?” They said, “Jesus the Nazorean.” Jesus answered, “I told you that I AM. Responsorial Psalm: (Psalm 31:2, 6, 12—13, 15—16, 17, 25 (Luke 23:46)). The fourfold division can also be used in a read Passion, with a group of readers taking the part of the multitude. but it is appropriate that the full reading should be used whereever Is that proper? So they took Jesus, and, carrying the cross himself, he went out to what is called the Place of the Skull, in Hebrew, Golgotha. The slave’s name was Malchus. In the days when Christ was in the flesh, he offered prayers and supplications with loud cries and tears to the one who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverence. — M.P., Toronto. So the chief priests of the Jews said to Pilate, “Do not write ‘The King of the Jews,’ but that he said, ‘I am the King of the Jews’.” Pilate answered, “What I have written, I have written.”. But Peter stood at the gate outside. The Lutheran organist did it with great sensitivity to the text and did not get in the way of the moment of silence. And again another passage says: They will look upon him whom they have pierced. So they said to one another, “Let’s not tear it, but cast lots for it to see whose it will be,” in order that the passage of Scripture might be fulfilled that says: They divided my garments among them, and for my vesture they cast lots. This indication would appear to exclude any intervention of the choir; however, it is also common practice in some places, notably St. Peter's Basilica in Rome, to use a fourfold division of parts: Christ, narrator, other individuals, and the multitude. Second Reading: (Philippians 2: 6-11) Who being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being made in the likeness of men, and in habit found as a man. R. Father, into your hands I commend my spirit. It was Caiaphas who had counseled the Jews that it was better that one man should die rather than the people. See, my servant shall prosper, he shall be raised high and greatly exalted. I find no guilt in him.” The Jews answered, “We have a law, and according to that law he ought to die, because he made himself the Son of God.” Now when Pilate heard this statement, he became even more afraid, and went back into the praetorium and said to Jesus, “Where are you from?” Jesus did not answer him. Now the other disciple was known to the high priest, and he entered the courtyard of the high priest with Jesus. Answered by Father Edward McNamara, professor of liturgy at the Regina Apostolorum university. Copyright © 2020 Eternal Word Television Network, Inc. Irondale, Alabama.