Dienstag, 15. April 2014

PRAYER: Great and Holy Thursday

O Most Merciful Master, we sing and magnify Thee, the sinless God, Who 
hast willingly suffered and accepted passion in the flesh for our sakes. For 
when   the   glorious   Disciples   were made   bright   at   the  supper   and   the 
washing of feet, then the evil Judas, afflicted with greed, was darkened; 
and taking the thirty pieces of silver, the price of Him that was appraised, 
he betrayed Thee the Righteous Judge to the most  lawless high priests 
and scribes. For having received his fill of many good things, and being 
made a disciple, he conceived the thought of betrayal and handed Thee, 
the   immortal   King   and   Lord   of   Glory,   to   the   lawless   wolves;   being 
committed  to strangulation, and having dipped his hand  into  the dish, 
with a false kiss, he said to the high priests: Him that I shall kiss, that is 
He, seize Him. For the way of greed, O most  lawless Judas, hath put a 
halter upon thee, which thou didst bear as the righteous judgment of God. 
But we, the faithful, if we in love communicate of the most pure and life­
creating Body and Blood, in love and fear adore also the Saviour, in His 
sufferings on the Cross, in His burial and Resurrection: our Lord and God 
and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory: of the + Father, 
and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and unto the ages of 
ages. Amen.

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