On Good Friday the Jewish leaders asked Pilate to have Jesus’ legs broken, to hasten his death, and his body taken away.
“But when they came to Jesus and saw that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. But one of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear, and blood and water flowed out immediately.” (John 19:31-37)
From Jesus’ pierced side flowed blood and water for our, “atonement and purification”.
Lord Jesus, forgive us for the suffering that we inflicted on you.
Prayer: Holy Spirit (St Alphonsus Liguori)
You are Fire; enkindle in me your love.
You are Light; enlighten my mind
with the knowledge of eternal things.
You are the Dove; give me innocence of life.
You are the gentle Breeze;
disperse the storms of my passions.
You are the Tongue;
teach me how to bless you always.
You are the Cloud;
shelter me under the Shadow of your protection.
And, lastly –
You are the Giver of all heavenly gifts:
Animate me, I beseech you, with your grace;
Sanctify me with your charity;
Enlighten me with your wisdom;
Adopt me by your goodness as your child,
and save me in your infinite mercy;
So that I may ever bless you, praise you,
and love you;
first during this life on earth,
and then in heaven for all eternity. Amen.