Prayer from the Catholic Tradition

crucifixionThey brought Jesus to the place called Golgotha, which means the place of the skull.

They offered him wine mixed with myrrh, but he refused it. Then they crucified him, and shared out his clothing, casting lots to decide what each should get. It was the third hour when they crucified him. The inscription giving the charge against him read: ‘The King of the Jews.’ And they crucified two robbers with him, one on his right and one on his left.

The passers-by jeered at him; they shook their heads and said, ‘ Aha! So you would destroy the Temple and rebuild it in three days! Then save yourself: come down from the cross!’

The chief priests and the scribes mocked him among themselves in the same way. They said, ‘He saved others; he cannot save himself. Let the Christ, the king of Israel, come down from the cross now, for…

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