Friday, April 30, 2010

Montfort Method Four: Sorrowful Mysteries

I've inserted Douay Rheims Bible verses (mostly gleaned from the Summa Theologica and Summa Contra Gentiles of St. Thomas Aquinas) for better reflection on the Mysteries of our Redemption. Our Lady, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary and St. Louis de Montfort, pray for us poor sinners, now and at the hour of our death! Amen. Method Four from here.

†In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Credo:

Faith in the presence of God.
Faith in the Gospel.
Mark 1:15: The time is accomplished and the Kingdom of God is at hand. Repent and believe the gospel.
Faith and obedience to the pope as Vicar of Jesus Christ.
Matthew 16:18-19: "And I say to you: That you are Peter; and upon this rock I will build My Church, and the gates of Hell shall not prevail against it. And I will give to you the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven. And whatsoever you shall bind upon earth, it shall be bound also in Heaven: and whatsoever you shall loose on earth, it shall be loosed also in Heaven."

Our Father: Unity of one, living and true God.
Deuteronomy 6:4-5: Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God is one Lord. You shall love the Lord your God with your whole heart, and with your whole soul, and with your whole strength.

Hail Mary: To honor the eternal Father Who conceives His Son in contemplating Himself.
Hail Mary: The eternal Word, equal to His Father and Who with Him produces the Holy Spirit by Their mutual love.
John 1:1-3: In the beginning was the Word: and the Word was with God: and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by Him: and without Him was made nothing that was made.
Hail Mary: The Holy Spirit Who proceeds from the Father and the Son by the way of love.
Revelation 22:1-2: And He showed me a river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the midst of the street thereof, and on both sides of the river, was the tree of life, bearing twelve fruits, yielding its fruits every month: the leaves of the tree for the healing of the nations.

Glory be...
O my Jesus...

The Agony of Jesus
We offer Thee, O Lord Jesus, this sixth decade in honor of Thine Agony in the Garden of Olives, and we ask of Thee, through this Mystery and through the intercession of Thy holy Mother, contrition for our sins. Amen.

Our Father: The essential happiness of God.
1 Timothy 6:15: which in His times He shall show, Who is the Blessed and only Mighty, the King of kings and Lord of lords.

1. Hail Mary: To honor the places of retreat that Jesus Christ chose during His life, especially that of the Garden of Olives.
Mark 1:35: And rising very early, going out, He went into a desert place: and there He prayed.
Mark 6:46-47: And when He had dismissed them, He went up to the mountain to pray, and when it was late, the ship was in the midst of the sea, and Himself alone on the land.
Luke 6:12: And it came to pass in those days, that He went out into a mountain to pray: and He passed the whole night in the prayer of God.
2. Hail Mary: His humble and fervent prayers offered during His life and on the eve of His Passion.
John 11:41-42: They took therefore the stone away. And Jesus lifting up His eyes, said: "Father, I give You thanks that You have heard Me. And I knew that You hear Me always: but because of the people who stand about have I said it, that they may believe that You have sent Me."
John 17:1-5: These things Jesus spoke: and lifting up His eyes to Heaven, He said: "the hour has come. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son may glorify You. As You have given Him power over all flesh, that He may give eternal life to all whom You have given Him. Now this is eternal life: That they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, Whom You have sent. I have glorified You on the earth; I have finished the work which You gave Me to do. And now glorify Me, O Father, with Yourself, with the glory which I had, before the world was, with You."
Hebrews 5:7: Who in the days of His flesh, with a strong cry and tears, offering up prayers and supplications to Him that was able to save Him from death, was heard for His reverence.
3. Hail Mary: His patience and gentleness towards His Apostles during His life and especially in the Garden of Olives.
Mark 14:26-28: And when they had sung an hymn, they went forth to the mount of Olives. And Jesus says to them: "You will all be scandalized in My regard this night. For it is written: 'I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep shall be dispersed.' But after I shall be risen again, I will go before you into Galilee."
Mark 15:41-42: And He comes the third time and says to them: "Sleep now and take your rest. It is enough. The hour has come: behold the Son of man shall be betrayed into the hands of sinners. Rise up: let us go. Behold, he that will betray Me is at hand."
4. Hail Mary: His weariness of Soul during all His life and especially in the Garden of Olives.
Mark 15:32-34: And they came to a farm called Gethsemani. And He says to His disciples: "Sit you here, while I pray." And He takes Peter and James and John with Him: and He began to fear and to be heavy. And He says to them: "My Soul is sorrowful even unto death. Stay you here and watch."
5. Hail Mary: The outpouring of Blood in which His sorrows bathed Him.
Luke 22:44: And His sweat became as drops of blood, trickling down upon the ground.
6. Hail Mary: The comfort He consented to receive from an angel in His agony.
Luke 22:43: And there appeared to Him an angel from Heaven, strengthening Him. And being in an agony, He prayed the longer.
7. Hail Mary: His conformity to the will of His Father in spite of His natural reluctance.
Luke 22:39,42: 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." ... Saying: "Father, if You will, remove this chalice from Me: but yet not My will, but Yours be done."
8. Hail Mary: The courage with which He went to meet His executioners and the power of His words with which He crushed them and then uplifted them.
John 18:4-9: Jesus therefore, knowing all things that should come upon Him, went forth and said to them: "Whom do you seek?" They answered Him: "Jesus of Nazareth." Jesus says to them: "I am He." And Judas also, who betrayed Him, stood with them. As soon therefore as He had said to them: "I am He;" they went backward and fell to the ground. Again therefore He asked them: "Whom do you seek?" And they said: "Jesus of Nazareth." Jesus answered: "I have told you that I am He. If therefore you seek Me, let these go their way," that the word might be fulfilled which He said: "Of them whom You have given Me, I have not lost any one."
9. Hail Mary: His betrayal by Judas and His arrest by the Jews.
Matthew 26:45-50: 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.
10. Hail Mary: His desertion by His Apostles.
Zechariah 13:7: "Awake, O sword, against My Shepherd, and against the man that cleaves to Me," says the Lord of hosts: "strike the Shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered: and I will turn My hand to the little ones."
Matthew 26:55-56: 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.

May the grace of the Mystery of the Agony in the Garden come down into our souls. Amen.

Glory be...
O my Jesus...

The Scourging
We offer Thee, O Lord Jesus, this seventh decade in honor of Thy bloody Scourging, and we ask of Thee, through this Mystery and through the intercession of Thy holy Mother, the grace of mortifying our senses. Amen.

Our Father: Wonderful patience of God.
1 Peter 3:18-20: Because Christ also died once for our sins, the just for the unjust: that He might offer us to God, being put to death indeed in the flesh, but enlivened in the spirit, in which also coming He preached to those spirits that were in prison: Which had been some time incredulous, when they waited for the patience of God in the days of Noah, when the ark was a building: wherein a few, that is, eight souls, were saved by water.

1. Hail Mary: To honor the chains and ropes with which Jesus was bound.
2. Hail Mary: The blow that He received in the house of Caiaphas.
3. Hail Mary: The three denials of St. Peter.
Luke 22:55-62: And when they had kindled a fire in the midst of the hall and were sitting about it, Peter was in the midst of them. Whom when a certain servant maid had seen sitting at the light and had earnestly beheld him, she said: "This man also was with Him." But he denied Him, saying: "Woman, I know Him not." And after a little while, another seeing him, said: "You also are one of them." But Peter said: "O man, I am not." And after the space, as it were of one hour, another certain man affirmed, saying: "Of a truth, this man was also with Him: for he is also a Galilean." And Peter said: "Man, I know not what you say." And immediately, as he was yet speaking, the cock crew. And the Lord turning looked on Peter. And Peter remembered the word of the Lord, as He had said: "Before the cock crow, you shall deny thrice." And Peter going out, wept bitterly.
4. Hail Mary: The shameful treatment He received at the house of Herod when He was dressed in a white robe.
5. Hail Mary: His being stripped of all His clothes.
Matthew 26:65: Then the high priest rent His garments, saying: "He has blasphemed: what further need have we of witnesses? Behold, now you have heard the blasphemy."
6. Hail Mary: The scorn and insults He received from His tormentors because of His nakedness.
7. Hail Mary: His being beaten and flayed with rods of thorn and cruel whips.
John 19:1: Then therefore Pilate took Jesus and scourged Him.
8. Hail Mary: The pillar to which He was bound.
9. Hail Mary: The Blood He shed and the wounds He received.
10. Hail Mary: His collapse through weakness into a pool of His own Blood.

Glory be...
O my Jesus...

The Crowning with Thorns of Jesus Christ
We offer Thee, O Lord Jesus, this eighth decade in honor of Thy being crowned with thorns, and we ask of Thee, through this Mystery and through the intercession of Thy holy Mother, contempt of the world.

Our Father: Unspeakable beauty of God.
Psalm 45:3,5,7-10: You are beautiful above the sons of men: grace is poured abroad in Your lips; therefore has God blessed You forever. ... Your throne, O God, is forever and ever: the scepter of Your Kingdom is a scepter of uprightness. You have loved justice, and hated iniquity: therefore God, Your God, has anointed You with the oil of gladness above Your fellows. Myrrh and stacte and cassia perfume Your garments, from the ivory houses: out of which the daughters of kings have delighted You in Your glory.

1. Hail Mary: To honor His being stripped a third time.
Matthew 27:28: And stripping Him, they put a scarlet cloak about Him.
2. Hail Mary: To honor His crown of thorns.
Matthew 27:29: And platting a crown of thorns, they put it upon His head, and a reed in His right hand.
3. Hail Mary: The veil with which they blindfolded Him.
4. Hail Mary: The blows and the spittle rained upon His face.
Matthew 26:67-68: Then did they spit in His face and buffeted Him. And others struck His face with the palms of their hands, saying: "Prophesy unto us, O Christ. Who is he that struck You?"
Luke 22:63-64: And the men that held Him mocked Him and struck Him. And they blindfolded Him and smote His face.
5. Hail Mary: The old robe they put over His shoulders.
6. Hail Mary: The reed they put into His hand.
7. Hail Mary: The rough stone upon which He was made to sit.
8. Hail Mary: The abuse and insults that were hurled at Him.
Matthew 27:29,31: And bowing the knee before Him, they mocked Him, saying: "Hail, King of the Jews." ... 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.
Luke 22:64-65: And they asked Him saying: "Prophesy: Who is it that struck You?" And blaspheming, many other things they said against Him.
9. Hail Mary: The Blood which poured from His adorable head.
Matthew 27:30: And spitting upon Him, they took the reed and struck His head.
10. Hail Mary: His hair and beard which they tore at.

May the grace of the Mystery of the Scourging come down into our souls. Amen.

Glory be...
O my Jesus...

The Carrying of the Cross
We offer Thee, O Lord Jesus, this ninth decade in honor of Thy carrying of the Cross, and we ask of Thee, through this Mystery and through the intercession of Thy holy Mother, patience in bearing our crosses. Amen.

Our Father: Limitless omnipotence of God.
Genesis 17:1: And after he began to be ninety and nine years old, the Lord appeared to him: and said unto him: "I am the Almighty God: walk before Me, and be perfect."
Exodus 15:3: The Lord is as a man of war, Almighty is His Name.
Job 42:2: Then Job answered the Lord, and said: "I know that You can do all things, and no thought is hid from You."
Luke 1:37: Because no word shall be impossible with God.
Ephesians 3:20-21: Now to Him who is able to do all things more abundantly than we desire or understand, according to the power that works in us: To Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus, unto all generations, world without end. Amen.

1. Hail Mary: To honor Our Lord being presented to the people at the "Ecce Homo."
John 19:5: Jesus therefore came forth, bearing the crown of thorns and the purple garment. And he says to them: "Behold the Man."
2. Hail Mary: The preferring of Barabbas to Jesus.
Mark 15:6-15: Now on the festival day he was wont to release unto them one of the prisoners, whomsoever they demanded. And there was one called Barabbas, who was put in prison with some seditious men, who in the sedition had committed murder. And when the multitude had come up, they began to desire that he would do as he had ever done unto them. And Pilate answered them and said: "Will you that I release to you the King of the Jews?" For he knew that the chief priests had delivered Him up out of envy. But the chief priests moved the people, that he should rather release Barabbas to them. And Pilate again answering, says to them: "What will you then that I do to the King of the Jews?" But they again cried out: "Crucify Him!" And Pilate says to them: "Why, what evil has He done?" But they cried out the more: "Crucify Him!" And so Pilate being willing to satisfy the people, released to them Barabbas: and delivered up Jesus, when he had scourged Him, to be crucified.
John 18:40: Then cried they all again, saying: "Not this man, but Barabbas." Now Barabbas was a robber.
3. Hail Mary: The false testimonies given against Him.
Matthew 26:59-60: And the chief priests and the whole council sought false witness against Jesus, that they might put Him to death. And they found not, whereas many false witnesses had come in. And last of all there came two false witnesses.
4. Hail Mary: His being condemned to death.
5. Hail Mary: The love with which He embraced and kissed the Cross.
6. Hail Mary: The dreadful sufferings He endured in carrying it.
7. Hail Mary: His falling through weakness under its weight.
8. Hail Mary: His sorrow on meeting His Mother.
9. Hail Mary: The veil of Veronica on which His face was imprinted.
10. Hail Mary: His tears and those of His Mother and the pious women who followed Him to Calvary.

May the grace of the Mystery of the Crowning with Thorns come down into our souls. Amen.

Glory be...
O my Jesus...

The Crucifixion of Jesus Christ
We offer Thee, O Lord Jesus, this tenth decade in honor of Thy Crucifixion and ignominious death on Calvary and we ask of Thee, through this Mystery and through the intercession of Thy holy Mother, the conversion of sinners, the perseverance of the just and the relief of the souls in Purgatory. Amen.

Our Father: Fearful Justice of God.
Psalm 11:8: For the Lord is just, and has loved justice: His countenance has beheld righteousness.
James 2:13: For judgment without mercy to him that has not done mercy. And mercy exalts itself above judgment.

1. Hail Mary: To honor the five wounds of Jesus Christ and the shedding of His Blood on the Cross.
2. Hail Mary: His pierced Heart and the Cross upon which He was crucified.
John 19:34: But one of the soldiers with a spear opened His side: and immediately there came out Blood and water.
3. Hail Mary: The nails and the lance which pierced Him, the sponge, the gall and the vinegar which He was given to drink.
Matthew 27:34,48: And they gave Him wine to drink mingled with gall. And when He had tasted, He would not drink. ... 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.
Mark 15:23,36: And they gave Him to drink wine mingled with myrrh. But He took it not. ... And one running and filling a sponge with vinegar and putting it upon a reed, gave Him to drink, saying: "Stay, let us see if Elijah come to take Him down."
John 19:34: But one of the soldiers with a spear opened His side: and immediately there came out Blood and water.
Galatians 2:19: For I, through the law, am dead to the law, that I may live to God; with Christ I am nailed to the Cross.
4. Hail Mary: The shame and the ignominy He endured in being crucified naked between two thieves.
Isaiah 53:12: Therefore will I distribute to Him very many, and He shall divide the spoils of the strong, because He has delivered His Soul unto death, and was reputed with the wicked: and He has borne the sins of many, and has prayed for the transgressors.
Matthew 27:38,44: Then were crucified with Him two thieves: one on the right hand and one on the left. ... And the selfsame thing the thieves also that were crucified with Him reproached Him with.
Mark 15:27-28: And with Him they crucify two thieves: the one on His right hand, and the other on His left. And the Scripture was fulfilled, which says: "And with the wicked He was reputed."
5. Hail Mary: The compassion of His Blessed Mother.
John 19:25: Now there stood by the cross of Jesus, His Mother and His Mother's sister, Mary of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalen.
6. Hail Mary: His seven last words.
Luke 23:43: And Jesus said to him: "Amen I say to you: This day you shall be with Me in paradise."
John 19:26-27: When Jesus therefore had seen His Mother and the disciple standing whom He loved, He says to His Mother: "Woman, behold your son." After that, He says to the disciple: "Behold your Mother." And from that hour, the disciple took her to his own.
Mark 15:34: And at the ninth hour, Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying: "Eloi, Eloi, lamma sabacthani?" Which is, being interpreted: "My God, My God, Why have you forsaken Me?"
John 19:28: Afterwards, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said: "I thirst."
John 19:30: Jesus therefore, when He had taken the vinegar, said: "It is consummated."
Luke 23:46: And Jesus crying with a loud voice, said: "Father, into Your hands I commend My spirit."
7. Hail Mary: His abandonment and His silence.
Luke 23:46: And saying this, He gave up the ghost.
8. Hail Mary: The distress of the whole universe.
Matthew 27:45,51-54: Now from the sixth hour, there was darkness over the whole earth, until the ninth hour. ... 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."
Mark 15:23,38-39: And when the sixth hour had come, there was darkness over the whole earth until the ninth hour. ... And the veil of the temple was rent in two, from the top to the bottom. And the centurion who stood over against Him, seeing that crying out in this manner He had given up the ghost said: "Indeed this man was the Son of God."
9. Hail Mary: His painful and shameful death.
Psalm 87:4: For my soul is filled with evils: and my life has drawn near to hell.
Lamentations 1:12: O all you that pass by the way, attend, and see if there be any sorrow like to my sorrow: for he has made a vintage of me, as the Lord spoke in the day of His fierce anger.
John 19:33: But after they had come to Jesus, when they saw that He was already dead, they did not break His legs.
Romans 6:10-11: For in that He died to sin, He died once: but in that He lives, He lives unto God. So do you also reckon that you are dead to sin, but alive unto God, in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Philippians 2:8: He humbled Himself, becoming obedient unto death, even to the death of the Cross.
10. Hail Mary: His being taken down from the Cross and His burial.
Isaiah 11:10: In that day the root of Jesse, Who stands for an ensign of the people, Him the Gentiles shall beseech, and His sepulcher shall be glorious.
Matthew 12:40: For as Jonah was in the whale's belly three days and three nights: so shall the Son of man be in the heart of the earth three days and three nights.
Matthew 26:6-12: And when Jesus was in Bethania, in the house of Simon the leper, there came to Him a woman having an alabaster box of precious ointment and poured it on His head as He was at table. And the disciples seeing it had indignation, saying: "To what purpose is this waste? For this might have been sold for much and given to the poor." And Jesus knowing it, said to them: "Why do you trouble this woman? For she has wrought a good work upon Me. For the poor you have always with you: but Me you have not always. For she in pouring this ointment on My Body has done it for My burial."
Mark 15:43-47: Joseph of Arimathea, a noble counselor, who was also himself looking for the Kingdom of God, came and went in boldly to Pilate and begged the Body of Jesus. But Pilate wondered that He should be already dead. And sending for the centurion, he asked him if He were already dead. And when he had understood it by the centurion, he gave the Body to Joseph. And Joseph, buying fine linen and taking Him down, wrapped Him up in the fine linen and laid Him in a sepulcher which was hewed out of a rock. And he rolled a stone to the door of the sepulcher. And Mary Magdalen and Mary the mother of Joseph, beheld where He was laid.
John 19:38-42: And after these things, Joseph of Arimathea (because he was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews), besought Pilate that he might take away the Body of Jesus. And Pilate gave leave. He came therefore and took away the Body of Jesus. And Nicodemus also came (he who at the first came to Jesus by night), bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about an hundred pound weight. They took therefore the Body of Jesus and bound it in linen cloths, with the spices, as the manner of the Jews is to bury. Now there was in the place where He was crucified a garden: and in the garden a new sepulcher, wherein no man yet had been laid. There, therefore, because of the parasceve of the Jews, they laid Jesus: because the sepulcher was near at hand.
Romans 6:4: For we are buried together with Him by baptism into death: that, as Christ is risen from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we also may walk in newness of life.

May the grace of the Mystery of the Crucifixion come down into our souls. Amen.

Glory be...
O my Jesus...

Hail, Holy Queen...
O God ...

†In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

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