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Desolation

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Now there was a good and righteous man named Joseph, who, though a member of the council, had not agreed to their plan and action. He came from the Jewish town of Arimathea, and he was waiting expectantly for the kingdom of God. This man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then he took it down, wrapped it in a linen cloth, and laid it in a rock-hewn tomb where no one had ever been laid. It was the day of Preparation, and the sabbath was beginning. The women who had come with him from Galilee followed, and they saw the tomb and how his body was laid. Then they returned, and prepared spices and ointments.

On the sabbath they rested according to the commandment.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Luke 23.50-56

Stabat Mater

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Then Simeon blessed them and said to His mother Mary:

“Behold, this Child is appointed to cause
the rise and fall of many in Israel,
and to be a sign that will be spoken against,
so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed—
and a sword will pierce your soul as well.”

                                                         Luke 2.34-35

Maundy Thursday

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When the hour came, he took his place at the table, and the apostles with him. He said to them, ‘I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer; for I tell you, I will not eat it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.’                               Luke 22.14-16

Why have you forsaken me?

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My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
    Why are you so far from helping me, from the words of my groaning?
   O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer;
    and by night, but find no rest.
                                                      Psalm 22.1,2

Trisagion

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Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you;
therefore he will rise up to show you compassion.
For the Lord is a God of justice.
Blessed are all who wait for him!  
                                     Isaiah 30.18

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