Jesus was despoiled of His garments that He might die possessed of nothing; how happy will I also die after laying aside my former self with all evil desires and sinful inclinations! fac me Cruce inebriari, Consider how thy Jesus, after three hours’ Agony on the Cross, consumed at length with anguish, abandons Himself to the weight of His body, bows His head, and dies. Image credit: Pixabay.com (2016), CC0/PD[/caption] While praying the Rosary it is important to meditate on the mystery of the decade. The Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary, with me meditations from the writings of St-Alphonsus-de-Ligouri’s "The Passion of Our Lord".St. Life meditation: Mary is troubled by the angel's greeting, yet rejoices to do God's will. But He turns to them, saying: "Weep not for Me, Who am innocent, but weep for yourselves and for your children." Meditations on the Sorrowful Mysteries. And bowing their knees, they adored him. Never permit me to separate myself from Thee again. Noté /5. fac me tecum plangere. Pope Pius IX (1846-1878), Allocution Singulari Quadem, December 9, 1854:"For, it must be held by faith that outside the Apostolic Roman Church, no one can be saved; that this is the only ark of salvation; that he who shall not have entered therein will perish in the flood (Denzinger 1647). Consider how, after the death of our Lord, two of His disciples, Joseph and Nicodemus, took Him down from the Cross, and placed Him in the arms of His afflicted Mother, who received Him with unutterable tenderness, and pressed Him to her bosom. From this very moment, I will earnestly strive to reform: nevermore will I sin! 24 They said then one to another: Let us not cut it, but let us cast lots for it, whose it shall be; that the scripture might be fulfilled, saying: They have parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture they have cast lots. She instantly became feverish and parched with thirst, and, by morning, was speechless from the contraction of her tongue and other lips. His mind and His words were filled with forgiveness, love, and charity. “Have you no fear of God at all? cordi meo valide. Virgin of all virgins blest!, For just as, after the waters of the deluge, by which the old iniquity was purged—after the baptism, so to say, of the world—a dove was the herald which announced to the earth the assuagement of celestial wrath, when she had been sent her way out of the ark, and had returned with the olive-branch, a sign which even among the nations is the fore-token of peace; so by the self-same law of heavenly effect, to earth—that is, to our flesh—as it emerges from the font, after its old sins flies the dove of the Holy Spirit, bringing us the peace of God, sent out from the heavens where is the Church, the typified ark. John 19:2 And the soldiers platting a crown of thorns, put it upon his head; and they put on him a purple garment. The soldiers gather together their whole band and taking Jesus into the praetorium, strip Him, and put a purple cloak on Him to deride His claim of kingship. Rosary Guestbook. I pray that I can better follow His example, despite my fears and doubts. 1 and 2: For forty years I led you Simon did not know the “stranger” was Jesus, the Son of God. We believe, also, that among these holy women was the Divine mother also; while St. John says that the Blessed Virgin stood, not afar off, but close to the Cross, together with Mary of Cleophas and Mary Magdalen. In her then is one Lord, one faith, one baptism [Eph 4:5]. Thou hast poured forth all Thy Blood; Thou hast given Thy life to save me; suffer not that through my fault all should be lost unto me. 30 Jesus therefore, when he had taken the vinegar, said: It is consummated. I answer that, As was said (Articles 2 and 3), in Christ according to His human nature there is a twofold will, viz. ad palmam victoriae. By His rational will Christ willed the Divine will to be fulfilled; but not by His will of sensuality, the movement of which does not extend to the will of God—nor by His will considered as nature which regards things absolutely considered and not in relation to the Divine will. They begin in the garden of Gethsemani and end in the garden of the Tomb. We’d like to open this first blog entry for Our Catholic Prayers with a special Rosary meditation on Christ’s Passion, given by our Lord Himself! He called her "woman," we may say, because, drawing now near to death, He spoke as if departing from her, as if He had said, Woman, in a little while I shall be dead, and thou wilt have no Son upon earth; I leave thee, therefore, John, who will serve and love thee as a son. 1st Sorrowful; 2nd Sorrowful; 3rd Sorrowful; 4th Sorrowful; 5th Sorrowful; The First Sorrowful Mystery. Thou hast given Thyself wholly to me; I give myself wholly to Thee: Into Thy hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit; Thou hast redeemed me, O Lord God of truth. It was now about the sixth hour and, with the sun eclipsed, a darkness came over the whole land until the ninth hour. Jesus speaks to the women who wept with compassion after seeing Him in such a pitiable state, streaming with blood. Lay aside therefore this Thy horror and grief with which Thou hast voluntarily invested Thyself, and reassume Thy former mind and strength, and come bravely to the work of human Redemption, by which Thou wilt most signally celebrate the glory of God, rejoice the angels, redeem men from Hell, and bring them back to the glories of heaven. That His Passion begins in a garden is most fitting because He, the New Adam, is satisfying for the sin of our first parents that likewise took place in a garden. Chapter 8:For just as, after the waters of the deluge, by which the old iniquity was purged—after the baptism, so to say, of the world—a dove was the herald which announced to the earth the assuagement of celestial wrath, when she had been sent her way out of the ark, and had returned with the olive-branch, a sign which even among the nations is the fore-token of peace; so by the self-same law of heavenly effect, to earth—that is, to our flesh—as it emerges from the font, after its old sins flies the dove of the Holy Spirit, bringing us the peace of God, sent out from the heavens where is the Church, the typified ark. In Mary’s Touch Program 2.39, Mike shares his journey of faith, which was nurtured by our Blessed Mother and by praying the Rosary. Quia eduxi te de terra Aegypti: parasti Crucem Salvatori tuo. Each of the following meditations on the mysteries of the rosary are taken from the book Father Peyton's Rosary Prayer Book, 1984. 39 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. I love Thee, Jesus my love, with my whole heart; I repent of having offended Thee. Witnessing this, how can I continue to sin? 48 And he that betrayed him, gave them a sign, saying: Whomsoever I shall kiss, that is he, hold him fast. Spiritual Fruit: Fervor in Prayer |​ Acceptance of God’s Will | Sorrow for Sins, Matthew 26:36-57; Mark 14:32-52; Luke 22:39-54; John 18:1-12, “I led thee out of Egypt having drowned Pharao in the Red Sea: and thou to the chief priests didst deliver Me. She could face disapproval. However, once he started, he had a conversion and found reward in the very act of charity. 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