+ My God my God attend to me. Why have You forsaken me? All the words of my transgressions are far away from my salvation.
+ Everyone who saw me mocked me. They spoke with their lips, they shook their heads, and they said “If he believed and hoped in the Lord, let Him rescue him, let Him deliver him if He wants him.”
+ Many dogs have surrounded me. The assembly of the wicked has enclosed me. They pierced my hands and feet, they counted all my bones, and they observed and looked at me. They divided my garments among them and for my clothing they cast lots. But You O Lord, do not let my help be far from me and attend to my redemption.
+ He raised me on a rock, and now behold, He has lifted up my head above my enemies, those who have given me evil in return for good deeds. They have accused me because I was seeking the truth.
+ They rejected me I am the beloved; a forsaken dead and they have driven nails into my body. Do not forsake me O Lord my God. Do not be far from me. Attend to my help O Lord of my salvation.
+ I waited for one to grieve with me, but there was none; and for one to comfort me, I did not find; and they gave gall for my food and for my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.
+ Let their table become a snare before them and recompense and a scandal. Let their eyes be darkened so that they do not see, those who smote him are those who persecuted him. But You O Lord my God, I shall put my spirit in Your hands. They have increased the pains of my wounds.
+ And they added iniquity to their iniquity. Let them not enter Your righteousness, be blotted out of the book of the living, and not be written with the righteous.
+ I am poor and sorrowful, and the salvation of Your face O God has helped me. They placed me in a low den, in dark places, and the shadow of death.
+ I rested and I slept than I rose, for the Lord has redeemed me. Will he who sleeps not rise? Therefore You O Lord, have mercy upon me and raise me up, and I shall repay them. By this I know that You have loved me. What is the benefit of my blood when I go down to destruction?
+ But You O my God have brought me up from the den of sorrow and the mud of hardship. The Lord heard and had mercy upon me. You have turned my mourning into joy for me.
+ Than our mouths were filled with joy and our tongue with happiness. Than they shall say in the nations, “The Lord has done great things with them,” the Lord has done great things for us, so we became joyful.
Glory be to the Lord forever Amen.
*Sung on Bright Saturday during Communion in the tune of E-Aghape