'Let us do homage to the precious Blood of our Redeemer which the priest offers to God on the altar'
from The Saint Andrew Daily Missal.
The central image in today's Gospel is the stab of the lance, as it pierced Our Lord Crucified, and the Blood which spurted forth.
+ The continuation of the Holy Gospel according to John.
At that time, Jesus, when He had taken the vinegar, said: "It is consummated!" And bowing His head, he gave up the ghost. The Jews, therefore, since it was the Passover, in order that the bodies might not remain upon the cross on the sabbath day, besought Pilate that the legs of those crucified might be broken, and that they might be taken away. The soldiers, therefore came, and they broke the legs of the first, and of the other that was crucified with him. But when they came to Jesus; when they saw that He was already dead, they did not break His legs. But one of the soldiers opened His side with a lance, and immediately there came out blood and water. And he who saw it has borne witness, and his witness is true.