Traditional Prayers for Anglican Catholics
         
         
   

Good Friday

Am I a stone, and not a sheep,
That I can stand, O Christ,
beneath thy cross,
To number drop by drop thy blood's slow loss,
And yet not weep?

Not so those women loved
Who with exceeding grief lamented thee;
Not so fallen Peter weeping bitterly;
Not so the thief was moved;

Not so the Sun and Moon
Which hid their faces in a starless sky,
A horror of great darkness at broad noon -
I, only I.

Yet give not o'er,
But seek thy sheep, true Shepherd of the flock;
Greater than Moses, turn and look once more
And smite a rock.

Christina G. Rossetti (1830-1895)