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Gospel of John 19: 1-3, 16-18 (NIV)
1 Then Pilate took Jesus and had him flogged. 2 The soldiers twisted together a crown of thorns and put it on his head. They clothed him in a purple robe 3 and went up to him again and again, saying, “Hail, king of the Jews!” And they struck him in the face.
16 Finally Pilate handed him over to them to be crucified.
So the soldiers took charge of Jesus. 17 Carrying his own cross, he went out to the place of the Skull (which in Aramaic is called Golgotha). 18 Here they crucified him, and with him two others-one on each side and Jesus in the middle.
Let us pray:
Loving Lord Jesus, I have not merely been a bystander, an onlooker, as you were flogged, lacerated by thorns, nailed to a cross and executed like the worst kind of criminal. I was one who flogged you, I drove in the nails. Forgive me Lord Jesus as you forgave those who crucified you outside Jerusalem, when you said*, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing”. Amen.
*Luke 23: 34a