12. Jesus Dies on the Cross
V. (Genuflecting) We adore you, O Christ, and praise you. R. Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.
“My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” (Mt. 27: 46) Darkness descends on the hill of Calvary. For three hours Jesus hangs dying on the cross in the most terrible pain. He prays for his enemies, forgives the repentant thief, and when the end comes he cries out in a loud voice: “Father, into thy hands I commit my spirit!”(kneel, short pause)
Jesus, death has not been abolished in the world, but you by your death have transformed it. May your death be for me and for all the gateway to eternal life. When my life on earth is ended, may I die in your love. Grant that you may receive my soul into your hands. I love you Jesus, my love above all things; I repent with my whole heart of having offended you. Never allow me to separate myself from you again. Grant that I may love you always, and then do with me what you will.