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The Passion of Christ

Postby Theophilus » September 8th, 2010, 6:06 pm

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    Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God,
    Creator of Heaven and earth, Saviour of the world,

    Behold I who am unworthy and of all men most sinful,
    humbly bow the knee of my heart before
    the glory of Your majesty and praise Your Cross and Passion,
    and offer thanksgiving to You, the King and God of all,
    that You were pleased to bear as man all labours and hardships,
    all temptations and tortures,
    that You might be our Fellow-sufferer and Helper,
    and a Saviour to all of us in all our sorrows, needs, and sufferings.

    I know, O all-powerful Lord, that all these things
    were not necessary for You,
    but for us men and for our salvation You endured Your Cross and Passion
    that You might redeem us from all cruel bondage to the enemy.

    What, then, shall I give in return to You, O Lover of mankind,
    for all that You have suffered for me, a sinner?
    I cannot say, for soul and body and all blessings come from You,
    and all that I have is Yours, and I am Yours.
    Yet I know that love is repaid only by love.
    Teach me, then, to love and praise You.

    Trusting solely in Your infinite compassion and mercy, O Lord,
    I praise Your unspeakable patience,
    I magnify Your unutterable exhaustion,
    I glorify Your boundless mercy,
    I adore Your purest Passion,
    and most lovingly kissing Your wounds, I cry:
    Have mercy on me a sinner,
    and cause that Your holy Cross may not be fruitless in me,
    that I may participate here with faith in Your sufferings
    and be vouchsafed to behold also the glory of Your Kingdom in Heaven.

    Amen.
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Re: The Passion of Christ

Postby Theophilus » September 9th, 2010, 10:04 am

Supreme Ruler and Lord of Heaven and earth, seeing You, the Immortal King, hanging on the Cross, all creation was changed, Heaven was horrified, and the foundations of the earth were shaken. But we, unworthy as we are, offer You thankful adoration for Your Passion on our behalf, and with the robber we cry to You:

    Jesus, Son of God, remember us when You
    enter into Your Kingdom!


In completing the choirs of angels, You did not take on the angelic nature, but being the Eternal God, for my sake You became man, and restored to life men who were dead through sin with Your Life-giving Body and Blood. Therefore, in gratitude for Your amazing love, we humbly cry to You:

    Jesus, God, Eternal Love, Who was pleased to save us who are born of earth!
    Jesus, Infinite Mercy, Who came down here to us fallen creatures!
    Jesus, Who was clothed in our flesh and destroyed the dominion of death by Your death!
    Jesus, Who deifies us with Your Divine Mysteries!
    Jesus, Who has redeemed the whole world by Your Cross and Passion!
    Jesus, Son of God, remember us when You enter into Your Kingdom!
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Re: The Passion of Christ

Postby Theophilus » September 10th, 2010, 9:14 am

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Seeing You in the Garden of Gethsemane struggling in prayer until You sweated blood, an angel appeared and strengthened You when our sins weighed upon You like a heavy burden. For, having taken lost Adam on You shoulders, You brought him to the Father by bending Your knees and praying. For this I sing to You with faith and love: Alleluia!


The Jews did not know the incredible truth of Your voluntary Passion. Therefore, when You said to those who were seeking You at night with lanterns: I AM HE, they fell to the ground, yet afterwards they bound You and led You to the judgment hall. But we fall down before You on the Way of the Cross and cry with love:

    Jesus, Light of the world, hated by evil and worldly people!
    Jesus, Who dwells in unapproachable Light, seized by the realms of darkness!
    Jesus, Immortal Son of God, condemned to death by a son of perdition!
    Jesus, in Whom there is nothing false, falsely kissed by the traitor!
    Jesus, Who gave Yourself freely to all, sold for a sum of silver!
    Jesus, Son of God, remember us when You enter into Your Kingdom!
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Re: The Passion of Christ

Postby Theophilus » September 12th, 2010, 3:44 pm

By the power of You divinity You foretold the disciple his threefold denial. Yet after He denied You with an oath, when he saw His Lord and Master in the high priest's court his heart was touched, and he went out and wept bitterly. Look, then, also upon me, O Lord, and strike my hard heart, that with my tears I may wash away my sins and sing to You: Alleluia!


Having true power as High Priest for ever, after the order of Melchizedek, You stood before the criminal high priest Caiaphas. O Lord and Master of all, Who accepted torture from Your slaves, accept from us these prayers and praises:

    Jesus, Priceless One Who was bought for a price, adopt me into Your eternal inheritance!
    Jesus, desire of all nations, denied from fear by Peter, reject me not a sinner!
    Jesus, Innocent Lamb, torn by cruel scourges, rescue me from my enemies!
    Jesus, High Priest, Who entered the Holy of Holies with Your Blood, cleanse me from fleshly impurity!
    Jesus bound, Who has power to bind and to loose, absolve my grievous sins!
    Jesus, Son of God, remember us when You enter into Your Kingdom!
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Re: The Passion of Christ

Postby Theophilus » September 13th, 2010, 7:05 pm

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Breathing a storm of murderous thoughts, the unfaithful Jews listened to the voice of the father of lies and manslayer from time immemorial, the devil, and they rejected You, the right Way, the Truth, and the Life. But we confess You to be Christ, the power of God, in Whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge, and we cry: Alleluia!


Having heard Your meek and gentle words, Pilate delivered You up to be crucified as deserving death, even though he himself bore witness that he had found not a single fault in You. Then he washed his hands, but defiled his heart. And wondering at the mystery of Your voluntary Passion, with compunction we cry to You:

    Jesus, Son of God and Son of the Virgin, tortured by the sons of iniquity!
    Jesus, mocked and stripped, Who gave the flowers of the field their beauty and decked the sky with clouds!
    Jesus, covered with wounds, Who satisfied the hunger of five thousand men with five loaves of bread!
    Jesus, King of all, who instead of a tribute of love and gratitude receives cruel tortures!
    Jesus, Who are wounded all the day long for our sake, heal the wounds of our souls!
    Jesus, Son of God, remember us when You enter into Your Kingdom!
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Re: The Passion of Christ

Postby Theophilus » September 14th, 2010, 9:11 pm

You were arrayed in Your divine blood, O You Who cover Yourself with light as with a garment. I know, indeed I know with the Prophet why Your garments are purple. I, Lord, it is I who wounded You with my sins. So to You Who was wounded for my sake I thankfully cry: Alleluia!


Foreseeing You in spirit covered with shame and wounds, the divinely inspired Isaiah cried in horror: We have seen Him, and He had no form or beauty. And we, seeing You on the Cross, with faith and amazement cry:

    Jesus, enduring dishonour, Who has crowned man with glory and honour!
    Jesus, on Whom angels cannot gaze, slapped in the face!
    Jesus, Who was struck on the head with a reed, bow my head in humility!
    Jesus, Whose bright eyes were darkened with blood, turn away my eyes from beholding vanity!
    Jesus, Who from head to feet had not one part whole, make me perfectly whole and healthy!
    Jesus, Son of God, remember us when You enter into Your Kingdom!
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Re: The Passion of Christ

Postby Theophilus » September 16th, 2010, 12:32 pm

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Pilate proved a preacher of Your innocence, when he told the people that he found nothing in You deserving death. But the unfaitful Jews, like wild beasts that have seen blood, gnashed their teeth at You and cried: Crucify, crucify Him! We, however, kiss Your most pure wounds and cry: Alleluia!


You were a spectacle and marvel to men and angels, and to Pilate who said of You: Behold the Man! Come, then, let us worship Jesus Who suffered abuse for our sake, as we cry:

    Jesus, Creator and Judge of all, judged and tortured by Your creatures!
    Jesus, Giver of Wisdom, Who gave no answer to foolish questions!
    Jesus, Healer of those wounded by sin, grant me the healing of repentance!
    Jesus, Shepherd Who was struck, strike the demons that cause me temptation!
    Jesus, crushed in body, crush my heart with fear of You!
    Jesus, Son of God, remember us when You enter into Your Kingdom!
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Re: The Passion of Christ

Postby Theophilus » September 17th, 2010, 10:31 am

Wishing to deliver mankind from slavery to the enemy, You humbled Yourself before Your enemies, O Jesus, and like a lamb that is silent You were led to the slaughter, and endured wounds all over, that having healed the whole man, he might cry: Alleluia!


You showed wonderful patience when, after the sentence of the unjust judge, the soldiers reviled You and inflicted cruel wounds on Your Most-pure Body, so that it was purple with blood from head to foot. Therefore with tears we cry to You:

    Jesus, Lover of mankind, crowned with thorns by mankind!
    Jesus, impassive in Your Divinity, enduring the Passion to free us from our passions!
    Jesus, my Saviour, save me who deserve all sufferings!
    Jesus, forsaken by all, my Strength, strengthen me!
    Jesus, my Joy, from all insults gladden me!
    Jesus, Son of God, remember us when You enter into Your Kingdom!
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Re: The Passion of Christ

Postby Theophilus » September 18th, 2010, 8:42 pm

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Strange and wonderful it was when Moses and Elijah appeared to You on Tabor and spoke of Your death soon to be accomplished in Jerusalem. And so having beheld Your glory there and seen our salvation here, they might cry: Alleluia!


Everywhere persecuted by on account of the great multitude of my sins, You endured my shame and torment. For some say that You are opposed to Caesar, others accuse You of being a criminal while some cry: Take Him, take Him, and crucify Him. So to You, our Lord, condemned by all and led to crucifixion, from the depth of our souls we say:

    Jesus, unjustly condemned, our Judge, condemn us not according to our deeds!
    Jesus, Who was exhausted on the way under Your Cross, my Power, forsake me not in the hour of my sorrow and suffering!
    Jesus, Who cried for help to the Father, mine Exemplar, strengthen me in my weakness!
    Jesus, Who accepted dishonour, my Glory, deprive me not of Thy glory!
    Jesus, radiant image of the Father's Being, transfigure my dark and impure life!
    Jesus, Son of God, remember us when You enter into Your Kingdom!
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Re: The Passion of Christ

Postby Theophilus » September 19th, 2010, 10:20 am

All nature was confounded at the sight of You hanging on the Cross: in the heavens the sun hid his rays, the earth quaked, the veil of the Temple was torn, the rocks split, and hell gave up her dead. But we worship on the place where Your most pure feet stood, crying: Alleluia!


Eloquent orators, even if they speak much, cannot render sufficient gratitude for Your Divine Passion, O Lover of mankind. But our souls and bodies, our hearts and all our members with compunction cry to You:

    Jesus, Who was nailed to the Cross, nail down and annul the handwriting of our sins!
    Jesus, Who stretched out Your hands from the Cross to all, draw me to Yourself, for I too have gone astray!
    Jesus, Door of the sheep, pierced in Your side, lead me through Your wounds into Your bridal chamber!
    Jesus, crucified in the flesh, crucify my flesh with its passions and desires!
    Jesus, Who ended Your life in agony, grant that my heart may know nothing but You!
    Jesus, Son of God, remember us when You enter into Your Kingdom!
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