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John 19:25-37 (Matins, 9th Passion Gospel)


Now there stood by the cross of Jesus His mother, and His mother's sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene.


When Jesus therefore saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing by, He said to His mother, "Woman, behold your son!"


Then He said to the disciple, "Behold your mother!" And from that hour that disciple took her to his own home.


After this, Jesus, knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, "I thirst!"


Now a vessel full of sour wine was sitting there; and they filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on hyssop, and put it to His mouth.


So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, "It is finished!" And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.


Therefore, because it was the Preparation Day, that the bodies should not remain on the cross on the Sabbath (for that Sabbath was a high day), the Jews asked Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away.


Then the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first and of the other who was crucified with Him.


But when they came to Jesus and saw that He was already dead, they did not break His legs.


But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately blood and water came out.


And he who has seen has testified, and his testimony is true; and he knows that he is telling the truth, so that you may believe.


For these things were done that the Scripture should be fulfilled, "Not one of His bones shall be broken."


And again another Scripture says, "They shall look on Him whom they pierced."

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