This might be in that twilight zone of things recently frowned on, but my parish has a long tradition of musical acclamations inserted within the Passion Gospels. I see the Lucan refrain of the thief on the cross used in many places every year. But I don’t like that. It reminds me too much of the pastor who used to tell his own version of the Passion from “memory” every year, incorporating all four Gospels. And maybe Veronica, too.
Last year, for Mark we used a refrain based on the centurion’s confession:
Jesus, Jesus, truly the Son of God.
Did you know that the good thief’s refrain is one of the few times in the Bible (maybe the only in the Gospels) in which the Lord is addressed by name and without an honorific?
Jesus, remember me when you come into your Kingdom.
I confess a love for the hymn from which this refrain is derived. And I use it on Good Friday:
Let all mortal flesh keep silence, and with fear and trembling stand.
What would be a good one for Matthew? I can’t recall what I used two years ago. If anything. Maybe the refrain from Psalm 22 or 31. What would you use? Take up the purple chair and decide: how would you handle the Passions readings of Holy Week?