We humbly call upon our Great High Priest,
Have mercy on Your people. You went up to Jerusalem to suffer and so enter into Your glory, make Your church a witness to Your greatness throughout the world. You were lifted high on the Cross, and a spear pierced Your side; heal our wounds, we pray. You made the Cross the Tree of Life, give us its fruit that we may live in You.
In this is love; not that we have loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as expiation for our sins.
--- 1 John 4:10 (NAB)
Excerpts from the Lectionary for Mass for Use in the Dioceses of the United States of America, second typical edition copywritten 2001, 1998, 1997, 1986, 1970. Confraternity of Christian Doctrines, Inc. Washington, DC.