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Vespers on Good Friday

Ah, holy Saviour, how has thou offended,
that we to judge thee have in hate pretended
By foes derided, by thine own rejected,
O most afflicted!

Who was the guilty. Who brought this upon thee!
Alas, my treason, Jesus, hath undone thee!
'Twas I, Lord Jesus, I it was denied thee;
I crucified thee.

For me, kind Jesus, was thy incarnation,
thy mortal sorrow, and thy life's oblation;
thy death of anguish and thy bitter passion,
for my salvation.

I have embroidered this card in order to honour the Virgin Mary who brought the son of God to this world that was until then condemned. He taught us to love our neighbor and he was crucified for us.

I will offer it as a present to the Metropolite Philippon Prokopios of Kavala and Thasos.

Apollo