Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary (Tuesdays & Fridays)

Pray the Rosary every day, for it is a source of great blessings. Silently meditate on the Five Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary every Tuesday and every Friday:
*First Decade (9-22): The Agony of Our Lord in the Garden (Mt 26:36-56)
Then Jesus came with them into a country place which is called Gethsemani. And He said to His disciples: "Sit you here, till I go yonder and pray." And taking with Him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, He began to grow sorrowful and to be sad. Then He says to them: "My soul is sorrowful even unto death. Stay you here and watch with Me." And going a little further, He fell upon His face, praying and saying: "My Father, if it be possible, let this chalice pass from Me. Nevertheless, not as I will but as You will." And He comes to His disciples and finds them asleep. And He says to Peter: "What? Could you not watch one hour with Me? Watch and pray that you enter not into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak." Again the second time, He went and prayed, saying: "My Father, if this chalice may not pass away, but I must drink it, Your will be done." And He comes again and finds them sleeping: for their eyes were heavy. And leaving them, He went again: and He prayed the third time, saying the selfsame word. Then He comes to His disciples and said to them: "Sleep now and take your rest. Behold the hour is at hand: and the Son of man shall be betrayed into the hands of sinners. Rise: let us go. Behold he is at hand that will betray Me." As He yet spoke, behold Judas, one of the twelve, came, and with him a great multitude with swords and clubs, sent from the chief priests and the ancients of the people. And he that betrayed Him gave them a sign, saying: "Whomsoever I shall kiss, that is He. Hold Him fast." And forthwith coming to Jesus, he said: "Hail, Rabbi." And he kissed Him. And Jesus said to him: "Friend, whereto are you come?" Then they came up and laid hands on Jesus and held Him. And behold one of them that were with Jesus, stretching forth his hand, drew out his sword: and striking the servant of the high priest, cut off his ear. Then Jesus said to him: "Put up again your sword into its place: for all that take the sword shall perish with the sword. Do you think that I cannot ask My Father, and He will give Me presently more than twelve legions of angels? How then shall the Scriptures be fulfilled, that so it must be done?" In that same hour, Jesus said to the multitudes: "You have come out, as it were to a robber, with swords and clubs to apprehend Me. I sat daily with you, teaching in the temple: and you laid not hands on Me. Now all this was done that the Scriptures of the Prophets might be fulfilled." Then the disciples, all leaving Him, fled.
*Second Decade (23-36): Our Lord is Scourged at the Pillar (Mt 27:26)
"Then he released to them Barabbas: and having scourged Jesus, delivered Him unto them to be crucified."
*Third Decade (37-50): Our Lord is Crowned with Thorns (Mt 27:27-31)
Then the soldiers of the governor, taking Jesus into the hall, gathered together unto Him the whole band. And stripping Him, they put a scarlet cloak about Him. And platting a crown of thorns, they put it upon His head, and a reed in His right hand. And bowing the knee before Him, they mocked Him, saying: "Hail, King of the Jews." And spitting upon Him, they took the reed and struck His head. And after they had mocked Him, they took off the cloak from Him and put on Him His own garments and led Him away to crucify Him.
*Fourth Decade (51-64): Our Lord Carries the Cross to Calvary (Mt 27:32)
"And going out, they found a man of Cyrene, named Simon: him they forced to take up His cross."
*Fifth Decade (65-78): The Crucifixion of Our Lord (Mt 27:33-56)
And they came to the place that is called Golgotha, which is the place of Calvary. And they gave Him wine to drink mingled with gall. And when He had tasted, He would not drink. And after they had crucified Him, they divided His garments, casting lots; that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying: "They divided My garments among them; and upon My vesture they cast lots." And they sat and watched Him. And they put over His head His cause written: "THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS." Then were crucified with Him two thieves: one on the right hand and one on the left. And they that passed by blasphemed Him, wagging their heads, and saying: "Vah, You Who destroys the temple of God and in three days rebuilds it: save Your own self. If You be the Son of God, come down from the cross." In like manner also the chief priests, with the scribes and ancients, mocking said: "He saved others: Himself He cannot save. If He be the King of Israel, let Him now come down from the cross: and we will believe Him. He trusted in God: let Him now deliver Him if He will have Him. For He said: 'I am the Son of God.'" And the selfsame thing the thieves also that were crucified with Him reproached Him with. Now from the sixth hour, there was darkness over the whole earth, until the ninth hour. And about the ninth hour, Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying: "Eli, Eli, lamma sabacthani?" That is, "My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?" And some that stood there and heard said: "This man calls Elias." And immediately one of them running took a sponge and filled it with vinegar and put it on a reed and gave Him to drink. And the others said: "Let be. Let us see whether Elias will come to deliver Him." And Jesus again crying with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost. And behold the veil of the temple was rent in two from the top even to the bottom: and the earth quaked and the rocks were rent. And the graves were opened: and many bodies of the saints that had slept arose, and coming out of the tombs after His resurrection, came into the holy city and appeared to many. Now the centurion and they that were with him watching Jesus, having seen the earthquake and the things that were done, were sore afraid, saying: "Indeed this was the Son of God." And there were there many women afar off, who had followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering unto Him: Among whom was Mary Magdalen and Mary the mother of James and Joseph and the mother of the sons of Zebedee.

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