O Jesus, as You stood before the people
they clamored for You to be crucified,
and their shouts grew louder.
Pilate could find no case against You,
but as they threatened a riot,
he finally washed his hands
of Your innocent blood and gave You up
to them to deal with You as they pleased.
Knowing it was ordained for You
You were ready to drink the cup of suffering
and You were condemned to be crucified.
Lord Jesus, be merciful to me, a sinner!
- Columban Fr. Patrick Sayles