Leader: We adore thee, O Christ, and we praise thee.
All: Because by thy holy cross thou hast redeemed the world.
“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 of his left.” Mark 15:25-27
“No one takes my life away from me. I lay it down of myself. I own my self. I give myself. I had a choice. I chose to do this. I loved them, and I delivered myself for them. I know what will happen. I can’t even stand up now. I own my weakness. I have nothing more to give them. I am a victim of terrorism. But I want you to know that I am given. My life is given. I know the brutal side of it. I see it as – a privilege. I am not worthy of it. I am one of the many who have been given. I thank God, now that the time has come, that I am clear and lucid about it. I want to be – given. I don’t want to die, I don’t want them to murder me, to crucify me. But I am given because I love them, I love this robber, I love this centurion, I love this mocker, and I love you. My life is lost now. Given. God’s. Yours. Thanks to you all. A Dieu.”