Glory to you The Suffering Christ
O Lord, You were insulted and hated,
yet each day
You free captive souls
from the grip of the ancient enemy.
You did not turn Your face away
from the spitting and hate,
yet You wash souls in saving waters.
You accepted Your scourging without crying out,
yet through your words
You deliver us from endless punishment.
You endured suffering of all kinds,
yet You want to give us a share
in the choirs of angels in glory everlasting.
You did not refuse to be crowned with thorns,
yet You save us from the wounds of sin.
In your thirst You accepted the bitter cup,
yet You fill us with eternal love.
You kept silence under the mockery of your executioners
yet You speak on our behalf to the Father,
Whose divinity you share.
You came to taste death,
yet You were the Life
and came to bring life to the dead.
– Gregory The Great / Pope Gregory The First (~540-604AD)