Great and Holy Friday

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Today He who hung the earth upon the waters is hung upon a tree. 
He who is King of the angels is arrayed in a crown of thorns. 
He who wraps the heavens in clouds is wrapped in the purple of mockery. 
He who freed Adam in the Jordan receives a blow on the face. 
The Bridegroom of the Church is affixed to the cross with nails.
 The Son of the Virgin is pierced by a spear. 
We worship Thy passion, O Christ. 
We worship Thy passion, O Christ. 
We worship Thy passion, O Christ. 
Show us also Thy glorious resurrection.
-Holy Friday Matins, antiphon XV

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