Adoramus te, Christe, et benedicimus tibi.
Quia per sanctam crucem tuam redemisti mundum.
From the Gospel according to Matthew 27:22-23, 26
Pilate said to them, "Then what should I do with Jesus who is called the Messiah?" All of them said, "Let him be crucified!" Then he asked, "Why, what evil has he done?" But they shouted all the more, "Let him be crucified!" So he released Barabbas for them; and after flogging Jesus, he handed him over to be crucified.
What am I to you, O King of the Universe, that you should bear my guilt? You, the Everlasting Word of the Father through whom bright worlds arose. The sweetness of Father's communion and angels' refrain You set aside for beggarly me...tattered, worn, unworthy. Now You, the Judge Eternal, stand judged, the weight of my sins You willingly bore upon Your precious shoulders. How often I turn my back upon Your Sacrifice when I embrace Self and Sufficiency and seek the dissonance of my own will and way. I, with the crowd, shake my fist and shout, "Crucify him!"