The Five Holy Wounds of Our Lord Jesus Christ
Friday after the Third Sunday of Lent
Introit: Philippians ii: 8-9
Our Lord Jesus Christ humbled Himself
unto death, even unto death upon the Cross: Therefore God has also exalted Him,
and given Him a name which is above all names. [Ps. lxxxviii: 2] I will sing the
mercies of the Lord for all eternity: for generation after generation His truth
will be in my mouth. Glory be.... Our Lord Jesus Christ....
O God, who through the passion of His
only begotten Son, and the pouring out of His blood through the five Wounds,
hast restored to human nature what was lost through sin: grant, we beseech Thee,
that we who venerate the same Wounds and precious blood on earth may gain their
fruit in heaven. Through the same....
A Reading From The Prophet Zacharia
xii: 10-11; xiii: 6-7
Thus saith the Lord: And I will pour
out upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit
of grace, and of prayers: and they shall look upon me, whom they have pierced:
and they shall mourn for him as one mourneth for an only son, and they shall
grieve over him, as the manner is to grieve for the death of the firstborn. In
that day there shall be a great lamentation in Jerusalem. And they shall say to
him: What are these wounds in the midst of thy hands? And he shall say: With
these I was wounded in the house of them that loved me. Awake, O sword, against
my shepherd, and against the man that cleaveth to me, saith the Lord of hosts:
strike the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered: and I will turn my hand
to the little ones: saith the Lord almighty.
Gradual: Ps. lxviii: 21-22
Insult has broken my heart, and I am
weak, I looked for sympathy, but there was none; for comforters, and I found
none. Rather they put gall in my food, and in my thirst they gave me vinegar to
Tract: Isaias: liii: 4-5
Surely He hath borne our infirmities
and carried our sorrows: and we have thought Him, as it were, a leper, and as
one struck by God and afflicted. But He was wounded for our iniquities, He was
bruised for our sins: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him, and by His
bruises we were healed.
Gospel: John xix: 28-35
The continuation of the holy Gospel according to John:
Jesus knowing that all things were now
accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, said: "I thirst."
Now there was a vessel set there, full of vinegar. And they, putting a sponge
full of vinegar and hyssop, put it to his mouth. Jesus therefore, when he had
taken the vinegar, said: "It is consummated." And bowing his head, he
gave up the ghost. Then the Jews (because it was the parasceve), that the bodies
might not remain upon the cross on the sabbath day (for that was a great sabbath
day), besought Pilate that their legs might be broken: and that they might be
taken away. The soldiers therefore came: and they broke the legs of the first,
and of the other that was crucified with him. But after they were come to Jesus,
when they saw that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. But one of
the soldiers with a spear opened his side: and immediately there came out blood
and water. And he that saw it hath given testimony: and his testimony is true.
Evil men rose up against Me: without
mercy they sought to kill Me: they did not hesitate to spit in My face: with
their lances they wounded Me, and they have struck all My bones.
May Thy majesty, we beseech Thee, O
Lord, accept these gifts: in which we offer the Wounds of Thine Only-begotten,
the price of our liberty. Through the same....
Preface of the Cross
They looked upon Him whom they had
transfixed, even as the earth was shaken to its foundations.
Refreshed by these life-giving
nourishments, we beseech Thee, O Lord, God: that the wounds of our Lord Jesus
Christ which we honor today; may impress themselves upon our hearts, so that
dying to sin we will have life. Through the same....