I am the good shepherd. A good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. This is why the Father loves me, because I lay down my life in order to take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down on my own. I have power to lay it down, and power to take it up again.
Canticle of Zechariah
Antiphon: The Lord said: I have done you many acts of kindness; for which of them do your want to kill me?
from Christian Prayer