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Let us meditate on the Passion

“In the opinion of Saint Bonaventure, meditation on the Passion is the first and most important of all devotions. And did not all the saints make the sorrows of Jesus Christ the constant object of their contemplations? Thus, to all souls who wished to advance in the love of God, the seraphic Doctor gave the advice never to let a day pass without meditating on the Passion.

According to Saint Augustine, it is more advantageous, and more meritorious for heaven, to shed a single tear at the remembrance of the sufferings and death of Jesus Christ, than to fast every week for a year on bread and water. The Venerable Louis de Blois says that a meditation, even a simple reading on the Passion, is more beneficial to the soul than any other exercise of piety whatsoever. Nay, more, according to Saint Francis de Sales, all love, which has not its origin in the Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ, is frivolous and dangerous.

‘Behold Him,’ cries the same saint, ‘behold this Divine Saviour stretched on the cross as on a pyre of honour, on which He dies for love of us, a love more agonising than death itself. Ah! why do we not fly to Him in Spirit, to die on the cross with Him, Who has been pleased to die for love of us. I will hold Him, we should exclaim, and I will never leave Him; I will die with Him, burning in the flames of His love; the same fire will consume the divine Creator and His miserable creature. My Jesus is all mine, and I am all His; I will live and die on His bosom, and nothing shall tear me from it!”

– St Alphonsus, in Laverty & Sons 1905 (eds)

Some of the numerous ways of meditating on the Passion of Christ:

– Assisting at Holy Mass

– Reading the Passion of Christ in either of the four Gospels and praying about it to Our Lord

– Reading the Bible passages about the Suffering Servant (Isaiah)

– Looking prayerfully at the crucifix for about a quarter of an hour, thinking at all times of His inexhaustible, selfless love for us (if possible, kneeling)

– Making the Stations of the Cross in Church

– Reading the Stations of the Cross (see ‘devotions’)

– Praying the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary (see ‘devotions’)

– Meditating on Our Lord’s Agony in the Garden of Gethsemane (see ‘devotions’)

– Praying the fifteen St Bridget prayers on the Passion of Our Lord (see ‘devotions’)

– Praying the Seven Dolours of Mother Mary (see ‘devotions’)


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“I have tasted the bitterness of life, pain, sickness, poverty and desolation have overwhelmed me. Every night I recited these prayers with love, and my life has been miraculously transformed and God, ever faithful, has inundated my soul with joy, well-being, richness and consolation. What Jesus has done for me, a miserable sinner, He will do for you, my beloved brethren. Recite these prayers every day.”



O Jesus Christ! Eternal sweetness to those who love thee, joy surpassing all joy and all desire. Salvation and Hope of all sinners, who hast proved that thou hast no greater desire than to be amongst men, even assuming human nature during the course of time for love of men: recall all the suffering that thou hast endured from the first moment of thy conception, and especially during thy Passion, as it was decreed and ordained from all eternity in the Divine Plan.
Remember, O Lord, that during the Last Supper with thy disciples, having washed their feet, thou gavest them thy Most Precious Body and Blood, and while at the same time thou didst sweetly console them, thou didst foretell them thy coming Passion.
Remember the sadness and bitterness which thou didst experience in thy Soul as thou thyself bore witness, saying: “My soul is sorrowful even unto death.”
Remember all the fear, anguish and pain that thou didst suffer in thy delicate Body before the torment of the crucifixion, when, after having prayed three separate times, bathed in a sweat of blood, thou wast betrayed by Judas, thy disciple, arrested by the people of a nation thou hadst chosen and elevated, accused by false witnesses, unjustly judged by three judges – all this in the flower of thy youth and during the solemn Paschal season.
Remember that thou wast despoiled of thy garments and clothed with garments of derision; that thy face and eyes were veiled, that thou wast buffeted, crowned with thorns, a reed placed in thy hands, that thou wast fastened to a column and crushed with blows and overwhelmed with affronts and outrages.
In memory of all these pains and sufferings which thou didst endure before thy Passion on the Cross, grant that before I die, I may make with true contrition, a sincere and entire confession, make worthy satisfaction and be granted the remission of all my sins. Amen.



O Jesus! True liberty of angels, Paradise of delights, remember the horror and sadness which thou didst endure when thy enemies, like furious lions, surrounded thee, and by thousands of insults, spits, blows, lacerations, and other unheard of cruelties, tormented thee at will.
Through these torments and insulting words, I beg of thee, O my Saviour, to deliver me from all enemies, both visible and invisible, and under thy protection, may I attain the perfection of eternal salvation. Amen.



O Jesus! Creator of heaven and earth whom nothing can encompass or limit, thou, who dost enfold and hold all under thy loving power: remember the very bitter pain which thou didst suffer when the people nailed thy Sacred Hands and Feet to the Cross by blow after blow with big blunt nails, and, not finding thee in a pitiable enough state to satisfy their rage, they enlarged thy Wounds, and added pain to pain, and with indescribable cruelty stretched thy Body on the Cross, and dislocated thy bones by pulling them on all sides – I beg of thee, O Jesus, by the memory of this most holy and most loving suffering of the Cross, to grant me the grace to fear thee and love thee. Amen.



O Jesus! Heavenly physician, raised aloft on the Cross in order that through thy Wounds ours may be healed: remember the bruises which thou didst suffer and the weakness of all thy Members which were distended to such a degree that never was there pain like unto thine. From the crown of thy Head to the soles of thy Feet there was not one spot on thy Body that was not in torment and yet, forgetting all thy sufferings, thou didst not cease to pray to thy Heavenly Father for thy enemies, saying: “Father, forgive them, they know not what they do.”
Through this great mercy, and in memory of this suffering, grant that the remembrance of thy Most Bitter Passion may effect in us a perfect contrition and the remission of all our sins. Amen.



O Jesus! Mirror of eternal splendour, remember the sadness which thou experienced, when, contemplating in the light of thy Divinity the predestination of those who would be saved by the merits of thy Sacred Passion; thou didst see at the same time the great multitude of reprobates who would be damned for their sins, and thou didst complain bitterly of those hopeless, lost and unfortunate sinners.
Through this abyss of compassion and pity, and especially through the goodness which thou displayed to the good thief when thou saidst to him: “This day thou shalt be with me in Paradise” – I beg of thee, O Sweet Jesus, that at the hour of my death, thou wilt show me mercy. Amen.



O Jesus! King most loving and most desirable, remember the grief which thou didst suffer, when naked and like a common criminal, thou wast raised and fastened to the Cross, when all thy relatives and friends abandoned thee, except thy Beloved Mother who remained close to thee during thy agony and whom thou didst entrust to thy faithful disciple when thou saidst to Mary: “Woman, behold thy Son!” and to St John: “Behold thy Mother!”
I beg of thee, O my Saviour, by the sword of sorrow which pierced the soul of thy holy Mother, to have compassion on me in all my afflictions and tribulations, both corporal and spiritual, and to assist me in all my trials, and especially at the hour of my death. Amen.



O Jesus! Inexhaustible Fountain of compassion, who by a profound gesture of love, said from the Cross: “I thirst!” suffered from the thirst for the salvation of the human race. I beg of thee, O my Saviour, to inflame in our hearts the desire to tend toward perfection in all our acts, and to extinguish in us the concupiscence of the flesh and the ardour of worldly desires. Amen.



O Jesus! sweetness of hearts, delight of the spirit, by the bitterness of the gall and vinegar which thou didst taste on the Cross for love of us, grant us the grace to receive worthily thy Precious Body and Blood during our life and at the hour of our death, that it may serve us as a remedy of consolation for our souls. Amen.



O Jesus! Royal virtue, joy of the mind, recall the pain that thou didst endure when, plunged in the ocean of bitterness at the approach of death, insulted, outraged by the people, thou didst cry out in a loud voice that thou wast abandoned by the Father, saying: “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?”
Through this anguish, I beg of thee, O my Saviour, not to abandon me in the terrors and pains of my death. Amen.



O Jesus! Who art the beginning and end of all things, life and virtue, remember that for our sakes thou wast plunged in an abyss of suffering from the soles of thy Feet to the crown of thy Head – in consideration of the enormity of thy Wounds, teach me to keep, through pure love, thy Commandments, whose way is wide and easy for those who love thee. Amen.



O Jesus! Deep abyss of mercy, I beg of thee, in memory of thy Wounds which penetrated to the very marrow of thy Bones and to the depths of thy being, to draw me, a miserable sinner, overwhelmed by my offences, away from sin and to hide me from thy face justly irritated against me. Hide me in thy wounds, until thy anger and indignation shall have passed away. Amen.



O Jesus! Mirror of truth, symbol of unity, link of charity, remember the multitude of wounds with which thou wast afflicted from head to foot, torn and reddened by the spilling of thy adorable Blood. O great and universal pain, which thou didst suffer in thy flesh for love of us! Sweetest Jesus! what is there that thou couldst have done for us which thou hast not done?
May the fruit of thy sufferings be renewed in my soul by the faithful remembrance of thy Passion. May thy love increase in my heart each day, until I see thee in eternity. Thou who art the treasure of every real good and every joy, which I beg thee to grant me, O Sweetest Jesus, in heaven. Amen.



O Jesus! Strong Lion, Immortal and Invincible King, remember the pain which thou didst endure when all thy strength, both moral and physical, wast entirely exhausted, thou didst bow thy head, saying: “All is consummated!”
Through this anguish and grief I beg of thee, Lord Jesus, to have mercy on me at the hour of my death, when my mind will be greatly troubled and my soul will be in anguish. Amen.



O Jesus! Only Son of the Father, Splendour and Figure of His Substance, remember the simple and humble recommendation thou didst make of thy Soul to thy Eternal Father, saying: “Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit”, and when thy Body, all torn, and thy Heart broken, and the Bowels of thy mercy open to redeem us thou didst Expire. By this Precious Death, I beg thee, O King of Saints, comfort me and give me help to resist the devil, the flesh and the world, so that, being dead to the world, I may live for thee alone. I beg of thee at the hour of my death to receive me, a pilgrim and an exile returning to thee. Amen.



O Jesus! True and fruitful Vine! Remember the outpouring of Blood which thou didst so generously shed. From thy side, pierced with a lance by a soldier, blood and water issued forth, and finally, like a bundle of myrrh, thy delicate Flesh was destroyed, the very Substance of thy Body withered, and the marrow of thy Bones dried up.
Through this bitter Passion and through the outpouring of thy Precious Blood, I beg of thee, O Sweet Jesus, to pierce my heart, so that my tears of Penitence and love may be my bread night and day. May I be converted entirely to thee, may my heart be thy perpetual resting place, may my conversion be pleasing to thee, and may the end of my life be so praiseworthy that I may merit Heaven and there, with thy saints, praise thee forever. Amen.


As St Bridget has been desirous for a long time to know the number of blows Our Lord received during His Passion, He once appeared to her and said, “I received 5480 blows on my Body. If you wish to honour them in some way, say 15 Our Fathers and 15 Hail Marys with the following Prayers. When the year is up, you will have honoured each one of my wounds.”
These are the promises to anyone who recites these Prayers for a whole year:
1. I will deliver fifteen souls of his lineage from Purgatory.
2. Fifteen souls of his lineage will be confirmed and preserved in grace.
3. Fifteen sinners of his lineage will be converted.
4. Whoever recites these Prayers will obtain the first degree of perfection.
5. Fifteen days before his death I will give him my Precious Body in order that he may escape eternal starvation; I will give him my Precious Blood to drink lest he thirst eternally.
6. Fifteen days before his death he will conceive a deep contrition for his sins and perfect knowledge of them.
7. I will place before him my Victorious Cross for his help and defence against the attacks of his enemies.
8. Before his death I will come with my dearest and beloved Mother.
9. I will graciously receive his soul, and will lead it into eternal joy.
10. And having lead it there, I will give him a special draught from the fountain of my Deity.
11. Let it be known that whoever may have been living in a state of mortal sin for thirty years, but who will recite devoutly, or have the intention to recite these prayers, the Lord will forgive him his sins.
12. I will defend him against evil temptations.
13. I will preserve and guard his five senses.
14. I will preserve him from a sudden death.
15. His soul will be delivered from eternal death.
16. He will obtain all he asks from God and the Blessed Virgin.
17. If he has lived all his life doing his own will and he is to die the next day, his life will be prolonged.
18. Every time one recites these Prayers, he will gain 100 days indulgences.
19. He will be assured of being joined to the supreme Choir of Angels.
20. Whoever teaches these Prayers to another, will have continual joy and merit which will last throughout eternity.
21. That where these Prayers are being said or may be said in the future, God will be present there with his grace.

– Must one recite the Prayers every day without interruption to obtain the privileges?
– One should miss saying them as few times as possible, but if for a serious reason one is obliged to miss them, one doesn’t lose the privileges attached to them, as long as one recites 5480 Prayers during the year. One must say them with devotion and concentrate on the words one pronounces.

These Prayers can serve as the Way of the Cross.


On the occasion of the 600th anniversary of Brigitta Birgersdotter (Bridget in English) Lutheran bishops from the Swedish State Church met to pray together with the Holy Father in the Church of St Peter in Rome. The king and queen of Sweden also took part in this prayer meeting. Pope Bonifaz IX had Brigitta Birgersdotter canonised in the year 1391. She was born in 1303.


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