Today He who hung the earth upon the waters is hung on a tree. The King of the angels is decked with a crown of thorns. He who wraps the heavens in clouds is wrapped in the purple of mockery. He who freed Adam in the Jordan is slapped in the face. The Bridegroom of the Church is affixed to the cross with nails. The Son of the Virgin is pierced by a spear. We worship Thy passion, O Christ. Show us also Thy glorious resurrection.
He who clothes Himself with light as with a garment stood naked for trial. He was struck on the cheek by hands that He himself had formed. A people that transgressed the Law Nailed the Lord of Glory to the cross.
Then the curtain of the temple was torn in two. Then the sun was darkened, Unable to bear the sight of God outraged, Before Whom all things tremble. Let us worship Him.
The disciples denied Him, But the thief cried out: “Remember me, O Lord, in Thy Kingdom!”