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The Reproaches

April 22, 2011

My people, My people what have I done to you, how have I offended you answer me!

I led you out of Egypt from slavery to freedom, but you have led your Savior, and nailed Him to a cross.

For forty years in safety, I led you through the desert, I fed you with my manna, I gave you your own land, but you have led your Savior, and nailed Him to a Cross.

O what more would you ask from me? I planted you, my vineyard, but sour grapes you gave me, and vinegar to drink, and you have pierced your Savior and pierced Him with a spear.

For you scourged your captors, their first born sons were taken, but you have taken scourges and brought them down on Me.

From slavery to freedom I led you, drowned your captors. But I am taken captive and handed to your priests.

Your path lay through the waters, I opened them before you, my side you have laid open and bared it with a spear.

I led you, held securely, My fire and cloud before you, but you have led your Savior, hands bound to Pilate’s court.

I bore you up with manna, you bore me down and scourged me. I gave you saving water, but you gave me soured wine.

The kings who reigned in Canaan, I struck way before you. But you have struck my crowned head, and struck it with a reed.

I gave you a royal scepter but you gave me a thorn crown. I raised you up in power, but you raised me on the Cross.

Holy is God, Holy and Strong, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us.

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This text is excerpted from the series 0f antiphons and responses sung in thr Roman Catholic Church on Good Friday.  More information on this may be obtained here

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