The Agony in the Garden
“Jesus took with him Peter, James and John and began to be greatly distressed and troubled.” (Mark 14, 33)
“O Jesus, my Saviour, Son of the living God, by the bitter sorrow with which your soul was flooded on the Mount of Olives, and by the fear that actually pierced your sacred flesh, we beg you to grant that, when we come to die, when our soul and our body are in their last agony, you will be there to help us and to strengthen us in our hour of anguish. Do not abandon us, but let the grace of your own sufferings support us in such a way that we too will pray in your own words: ‘My God, not what I will but what you will!’” (Louis of Granada, 1505-1588).
“One day, while meditating on Jesus Christ’s sweating of blood in the garden of Olives, Agnes saw our Lord prostrate on the ground, his face against the earth, and she saw issuing from his arms, throughout the length of his veins, drops of blood and also of water. ‘I believe that it was in the garden of Olives that he suffered most’, she said, ‘because the mere sight of my sins forced the blood from his veins. It was the anticipation of my sins that made the blood gush forth, which shows how great they were.’” (Blessed Agnes of Langeac, 1602-1634).
Our Lady of the Rosary, teach us never to leave alone those who are dying.
The Scourging at the Pillar
“Pilate had Jesus scourged, and delivered him to be crucified.” (Mt 27, 26)
“They cover him with wounds
and tear his flesh with blows.
One can see only bruises,
Reflect that he endures
this frightful torment
without a murmur, or complaint,
so burning is his love.
Sinners, it is our offences
that are causing such suffering
to this object of pity.
Come to be healed
in the blood from his veins,
and do not add to his suffering
by persisting in your passion.
O beautiful Saviour,
by this body bruised with blows,
cool your anger
and forgive us all!
(Saint Louis-Marie Grignion de Montfort, 1673-1716).
“You are in the midst of tribulations? Invite all the faculties of your soul to come and take a sip from the chalice as you follow the scourged Jesus. Be at peace, in the simplicity of spirit which ignores all pointless reflection on the reason for these tribulations, how long they will last, how to get rid of them, and in a humble confidence. It is dark night? You are as it were a missionary who is lost in the middle of the forest where wild beasts are roaming and roaring... Up in a tree, he feigns death... When day dawns, the animals return to their lairs and the man of God continues on his way to save souls.” (Blessed Hyacinthe-Marie Cormier, 1832-1916).
Our Lady of the Rosary, teach us to support all those who are suffering in their body.
The Crowning with Thorns
“Plaiting a crown of thorns, the soldiers put it on Jesus’ head.” (Mt 27, 29)
“We must keep grief for our sins in our soul because, in order to deliver us from their sharp points, Jesus Christ willed to suffer the pain of the sharpest thorns in his sacred head, to quote the Venerable Bede. The thorns symbolise sin because the first man who sinned was told that ‘the earth would bring forth thorns and thistles for him’. This was because our tainted nature would produce the sins, acute remorse for which pierces the conscience like the sharpest thorns.” (Ludolph the Carthusian, 1300-1377).
“Jesus had been stripped of his garments. As he believed he was a king, they put on him a soldier’s red mantle [to serve] as a purple cloak; they wove into a crown a bundle of thorns used to make the fire blaze up, and put into his hand a reed to serve as a sceptre. Bowing the knee before him with gales of laughter, the soldiers hailed him as king of the Jews and beat him on the head with the reed. Their homage took the form of blows and spittle ...But Jesus was indeed the king of the Jews: what a stroke of luck for the Roman soldiers, scornful of kings and despising the Jews!” (Fr. Marie-Joseph Lagrange, 1855-1938)
Our Lady of the Rosary, teach us to help those who are suffering in spirit.
The Carrying of the Cross
“He went out, bearing his own cross, to the place called the place of The Skull (or Calvary), which is called in Hebrew Golgotha.” (John, 19, 17).
“It is with a human nature like ours that the Son of God made haste to embark on so great a Passion. We must undertake the same course, my children, in order to throw ourselves into this vast ocean, washing and purifying ourselves therein, for he did it all for us; marking our foreheads with the sign of his blood so that with such a sign we may appear before the eternal Father and tell him that his only Son has paid for us, that we have done battle and found the red, the scarlet booty, namely Jesus Christ on the Cross, covered with blood and worn out by love.” (Saint Catherine of Ricci, 1522-1589).
“Jesus came on earth in order to be a perfect example for us to imitate. With this end in view, he began by taking the cross on his shoulders, then he wanted Simon of Cyrene to carry it after him; hence the fact that he did not say to us in the Gospel to go ahead of him, but to follow him, carrying our cross. He wanted to carry the trophy himself before anyone else put a hand on it. Afterwards, he left his cross to perfect souls, to those who were willing to obey the good will of his Father.” (Fr. Louis Chardon, 1595-1651).
Our Lady of the Rosary, teach us to be Simons of Cyrene for those who are overwhelmed by the burden of life.
The Crucifixion and Death of Jesus
“Far be it from me to glory except in the cross of Our Lord Jesus Christ” (Gal. 6, 14).
“You can find a kind of consolation in taking and reading this book of the cross which you always have before the eyes of your soul, this book of life, this book of the immaculate Law which alone removes the stains, because it alone is Charity. You will find it written with astonishing beauty when you contemplate Jesus your Saviour stretched out on the Cross like a skin on which he has written by means of his murderers and which he has illuminated with his generous Blood? Where else can one read, where else can one learn so well the lesson of charity?” (Blessed Jordan of Saxony 1190-1237)
“Jesus Christ, my crucified Saviour, Son of the Blessed Virgin Mary, open your eyes and look at me as you looked from the cross at your beloved Mother, filled with sorrow.
Jesus Christ my crucified Saviour. Son of the Blessed Virgin Mary, open your mouth and speak to me as you spoke to St John when you gave him to be a son of the Virgin Mary.
Jesus Christ, my crucified Saviour, Son of the Blessed Virgin Mary, open your sacred arms and embrace me, as you opened them on the Cross in order to embrace the whole human race.” (Saint Pius V, 1504-1572).
Our Lady of the Rosary, in imitation of Saint Dominic, our Father, teach us to discover the way of Life in the book of the Cross.