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O MY LORD JESUS CRUCIFIED

O MY LORD JESUS CRUCIFIED

PRAYER OF POPE ST PIUS V., O. P. 

1. O my Lord Jesus Christ Crucified, Son of the most Blessed Virgin Mary, open thine Ears, and listen to me as thou didst listen to the Eternal Father on Mount Tabor.

Here say the Apostles’ Creed.

2. O my Lord Jesus Christ Crucified, Son of the most Blessed Virgin Mary, open thine Eyes, and look upon me as thou didst look from the Tree of the Cross upon thy dear Mother sorrowing and afflicted.

The Apostles’ Creed as before. 

3. O my Lord Jesus Christ Crucified, Son of the most Blessed Virgin Mary, open thy blessed Mouth, and speak to me as thou didst speak to St John when thou gavest him for son to thine own most beloved Mother.

The Apostles’ Creed. 

4. O my Lord Jesus Christ Crucified, Son of the most Blessed Virgin Mary, open thine Arms and embrace me as thou didst open them upon the Cross to embrace the whole human race.

The Apostles’ Creed. 

5. O my Lord Jesus Christ Crucified, Son of the most Blessed Virgin Mary, open thy Heart and receive therein my heart, and hear me in all that I ask of thee, if so it be agreeable to thy most holy will.

The Apostles’ Creed. 

[Indulgence of 60 days each time, which must be applied according to the intention of the Pope. Plenary once a month.] 

– From: St Anthony’s Treasury, 1916

 

 

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THE SALVATION HISTORY OF ALL MEN AS REVEALED IN THE BIBLE: THE RANSOM FOR MANY

The Gospel according to Mark, chapter 10

WHAT MOTIVE COULD EXPLAIN THIS SEEMINGLY FOOLISH RESOLVE?

“Caiphas and the enemies of Jesus had resolved to put Jesus to death. The feast of the Pasch was approaching, and Jesus expected to attend the feast at Jerusalem. To avoid the plot of Caiphas, after restoring life to Lazarus at Bethany, Jesus withdrew to Ephraim, a village twenty miles north of Jerusalem. He remained there until it was time to start the journey to Jerusalem for the Pasch.

When Jesus started on the road to Jerusalem the Apostles were both puzzled and frightened. They knew of the enmity of Caiphas for Jesus; they had taken the sojourn of Jesus at Ephraim to mean that Jesus was seeking to avoid the traps of Caiphas. Now Jesus seemed determined to walk into the clutches of His enemies. What motive could explain this seemingly foolish resolve?

Jesus, knowing their fears, said to them, ‘Behold, we are going to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and the Scribes; and they will condemn him to death and will deliver him to the Gentiles; and they will mock him, and spit upon him, and scourge him, and put him to death; and on the third day he will rise again’ (Mark 10:33-34).

THE APOSTLES SEEMED TO HOPE IN A GLORIOUS MESSIAS

Jesus knew that His time had come, the time appointed by His Father for Him to die. He foretold it to His Apostles and disciples. He also told them that He would come back to life again on the third day after His death. Both of these predictions were mystifying to the Apostles. They understood neither of them. Their minds were so filled with visions of Jesus as a glorious, triumphant Messias, that they could not perceive any significance in the picture of a suffering, defeated Messias, even if He were to rise again.

‘YOU DO NOT KNOW WHAT YOU ARE ASKING FOR’

That the minds of the Apostles were blinded by their own hopes for a glorious Messias is shown by the incident which immediately followed the prediction of the death of Jesus. The mother of the two sons of Zebedee, John and James, came to Jesus and asked Him, ‘Command that these, my two sons may sit, one at Thy right hand, and one at Thy left hand, in Thy kingdom.’ Jesus, addressing John and James, said, ‘You do not know what you are asking for. Can you drink of the cup of which I drink, or be baptised with the baptism with which I am to be baptised?’ Believing that Jesus would lead them to a glorious triumph, the sons of Zebedee answered, ‘We can’ (Mark 10: 35-40; Matthew 20:23).

Jesus knew that they misunderstood Him. They had not seen that Jesus was to enter His own glory only after passing through death. Hence He asked them if they were ready to drink of the chalice which He Himself had to drink, that is, the cup of misfortune and death. Even though they did not understand, their loyalty to Jesus remained firm and they answered that they were ready to drink the same cup. Jesus then told them, ‘Of my cup you shall indeed drink; but as for sitting at my right hand and at my left, that is not mine to give you, but it belongs to those for whom it has been prepared by my Father’ (Matthew 20:23).

The other Apostles who had followed the conversation became indignant at the ambition of the two brothers. Jesus took the occasion to enlighten all the Apostles on the true nature of His mission. ‘You know,’ He said to them, ‘that the rulers of the Gentiles lord over them, and their great men exercise authority over them. Not so is it among you. On the contrary, whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant; and whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave; even as the Son of Man has not come to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many’ (Matthew 20:25-28).

THE PRICE TO BE PAID TO GOD FOR THE RESTORATION OF DIVINE LIFE TO MEN, THE SALVATION OF MEN

In these words Jesus gently rebuked all the Apostles for their worldly dreams of power. If they were to be His faithful disciples, they must not seek to lord it over their fellowmen, but rather to serve them. Jesus Himself has not come into this world to rule an earthly kingdom, but rather to serve mankind. In fact, He is to give up His life as a ransom for all men. Jesus had already predicted His death three times, the last time just before the ambitious request of the sons of Zebedee. Now, for the first time, He says clearly that His suffering and death will be offered as a ransom for men. He had already hinted at this aspect of His death when He compared Himself to a Good Shepherd and said that the Good Shepherd lays down His life for His sheep. A ransom is the price paid to liberate someone, and the Good Shepherd lays down His life to save the lives of His sheep. Jesus, therefore, is saying that His life is the price which will be paid for the salvation of men. It is the price to be paid to God for the restoration of divine life to men, the salvation of men, the establishment of the Kingdom of God among men.

‘LORD, SON OF DAVID, HAVE MERCY ON US’

The Apostles probably did not understand the words of Jesus, but they followed Him on His way to Jerusalem. As they drew near to Jericho, they were met by two blind men. When the blind men heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth who was passing by, they cried out, ‘Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us.’ Though some would have prevented them from disturbing Jesus, He commanded that they be brought to Him. He asked them what they wished of Him. When they asked Him to restore their sight, Jesus, moved by compassion, touched their eyes, and immediately their sight was given to them.

Shortly afterwards, as they were passing through Jericho, a great crowd filled the street to see Jesus. One of the townspeople, a certain Zacchaeus, a rich publican, climbed a sycamore tree to be able to see Jesus. Now publicans, tax gatherers, were regarded by the people as sinners, as extortioners. It was therefore surprising to the crowd when Jesus, seeing Zacchaeus in the tree, called to him, ‘Zacchaeus, make haste and come down; for I must stay in thy house today’ (Luke 19:5). Zacchaeus, sinner that he was, was overjoyed at the thought that the Wonderworker, Jesus of Nazareth, condescended to accept the hospitality of his house. But some of the people, probably those opposed to Jesus, murmured that Jesus did not hesitate to be the guest of a sinner. This gesture of Jesus, however, moved Zacchaeus to repentance, and he said, ‘Behold, Lord, I give one half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I restore it fourfold’ (Luke 19:8).

THE PARABLE OF THE TALENTS

Tax gatherers, publicans, worked for the Roman authorities, gathering taxes for them. For that reason, they appeared to the people as traitors of Israel. The gesture of Zacchaeus in returning the monies he had gained by his trade showed his sincere repentance. Jesus recognised this and said, ‘Today salvation has come to this house since he, too, is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and save what was lost’ (Luke 19:9-10).

In these last words Jesus repeats the lesson He had already given His Apostles. He has come, not to establish an earthly kingdom but to save the souls of sinners. He will give His life for the salvation of men.

Either during or after the meal in the house of Zacchaeus, Jesus told the parable of the talents or the gold pieces. The people were looking on Jesus as a political Messias, who would restore the kingdom of Israel. Jesus knew that their hopes would be disappointed when He died an ignominious death at Jerusalem. He tried, in this parable, to correct their false hopes and lead them to a better hope.

A nobleman, He told them, went to a far country to obtain a kingdom for himself. This would probably recall to the people the history of Herod, who went to Rome to obtain from the Romans the title of King of Judea. The nobleman, before leaving, sent for his servants and gave each of them some gold pieces which they were to use to gain profit for their master. But his enemies sent a delegation after him that they did not desire him to be their king. On his return as king he sent for his servants and demanded an accounting of the gold pieces. One servant had gained ten gold pieces, another five. He rewarded them by giving them positions of power and influence. But one of the servants had been afraid to hazard the piece given him, and so he returned only this piece, without any interest whatsoever. The king took even this piece away from him because he had been a useless servant. The citizens who had opposed him he put to death.

THE MEANING

In this parable Jesus was trying to describe the relations between Himself and His own people. He was the Messias, seeking to establish His own kingdom in the world. But he was to do so only by dying, by leaving His people for a time. In His absence His enemies will work to keep His kingdom from Him. But He gives His Apostles and disciples gold pieces, the means of building up His kingdom for Him. They must work for Him, even in His absence, to build up His kingdom. Even though He Himself is absent from them, they must persevere in His interests with hope and courage.

THE OINTMENT OF GREAT VALUE

After this warning Jesus continued on His journey to Jerusalem. Six days before the Pasch Jesus arrived in Bethany. Here He met Simon the Leper, Lazarus and his sisters Martha and Mary. While they were reclining at table, Mary took a pound of ointment, spikenard, an ointment of great value. She anointed the head of Jesus with the spikenard, and then, since there was some left over, she anointed His feet also. Judas Iscariot, one of the Apostles, the treasurer of the band of Apostles, objected to this waste. The ointment, he claimed, could have been sold for three hundred denarii and the money given to the poor.

St John tells us that Judas said this, not because he had any great love for the poor but rather because he was avaricious and sought money for himself. It is possible that Judas, of all the Apostles, was the most interested in the establishment by Jesus of an earthly kingdom, a kingdom in which Judas himself would become rich and powerful. He may, at this time, have become discouraged at the refusal of Jesus to seek to establish such a kingdom. In such case the journey of Jesus to Jerusalem, the stronghold of His enemies, would have seemed to Judas to be madness, and so he was already prepared to betray the ‘madman’ who disappointed his hopes.”

– Martin J. Healy S.T.D., 1959

 

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“THE PRIEST MENTIONED ‘PASCHAL MYSTERY’; WHAT EXACTLY DOES THAT TERM MEAN?”

• “QUESTION: I heard a priest in a sermon recently mention the term ‘paschal mystery.’ I had heard it mentioned on other occasions but this time it hit me that I really did not understand what it means. I am fairly sure that there are others like me. Would you be kind enough to answer this question in your ‘question box’.

• ANSWER: Thank you for your question. Like you I think there are many who may not fully understand its meaning. Briefly – The Paschal Mystery is the greatest event of the Christian Faith – it is ‘the passion, death, resurrection, ascension of Jesus Christ and the descent of the Holy Spirit on the feast of Pentecost.’

It reflects the Jewish Passover which is God’s act of delivering the Jewish People from Egypt. In the ‘Paschal Mystery’ Christ ‘passed over’ to the Father in His passion, death, resurrection and ascension drawing all humankind with Him. We celebrate the Paschal Mystery during Holy Week and the Easter Season and indeed every time we offer Mass which makes present again the one eternal sacrifice of Jesus Christ.”
– This article was published in “Saint Martin Magazine” issue March 2004. For subscriptions please visit http://www.stmartin.ie (external link).

 

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THE SECRET OF HAPPINESS – MEDITATIONS ON OUR LORD JESUS’ PASSION BY ST BRIDGET OF SWEDEN

TO THE READER: “Beloved Brethren, 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. Suzanne Foinard.”

FIRST PRAYER – OUR FATHER – HAIL MARY

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 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.

SECOND PRAYER – OUR FATHER – HAIL MARY

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.

THIRD PRAYER – OUR FATHER – HAIL MARY

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 they added pain to pain, and with indescribable cruelty stretched the 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.

FOURTH PRAYER – OUR FATHER – HAIL MARY

O Jesus! Heavenly physician, raised aloft on the Cross in order that through thy wounds ours might 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 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.” 0through 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.

FIFTH PRAYER – OUR FATHER – HAIL MARY

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.

SIXTH PRAYER – OUR FATHER – HAIL MARY

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.

SEVENTH PRAYER – OUR FATHER – HAIL MARY

O Jesus! inexhaustible Fountain of compassion, who by a profound gesture of love, said from the Cross: “I thirst!” suffered from a 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.

EIGHTH PRAYER – OUR FATHER – HAIL MARY

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.

NINTH PRAYER – OUR FATHER – HAIL MARY

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 thy 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.

TENTH PRAYER – OUR FATHER – HAIL MARY

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. 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.

ELEVENTH PRAYER – OUR FATHER – HAIL MARY

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 depth 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.

TWELFTH PRAYER – OUR FATHER – HAIL MARY

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.

THIRTEENTH PRAYER – OUR FATHER – HAIL MARY

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.

FOURTEENTH PRAYER – OUR FATHER – HAIL MARY

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, thy Heart broken, and the vessels 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.

FIFTEENTH PRAYER – OUR FATHER – HAIL MARY

O Jesus! True and fruitful Vine! Remember the abundant outpouring of Blood which thou didst so generously shed, from thy Sacred Body as the grape crushed in the wine press. From thy side, pierced with a lance by a soldier, blood and water issued forth, thy delicate Flesh was destroyed, 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 conversation 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.

 

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MEDITATION ROSARY – THE SCOURGING OF JESUS

Our Father…

1. We love You, dear Jesus, in Your desire to open enough wounds in Your flesh to make a dwelling place for all souls in which to take them to Heaven. Hail Mary…

2. We love and thank You in Your Act of making reparation for all our indecency and immodesty when being stripped of Your clothes. Hail Mary…

3. We love You in Your desire to be stripped even of Your Flesh and Blood in order to clothe us anew in the bright garment of Your Most Holy Will. Hail Mary…

4. We place our “We love You” in the ropes with which they bound You to make them a sweet embrace. Hail Mary…

5. We place our “We love You” in the drops of Blood flowing from Your Fingertips caused by the ropes binding Your arms so tightly. Hail Mary…

6. We place our kisses of love in the cruel whips that You may feel our reparation even as they wound You. Hail Mary…

7. We love and adore each of the drops of Blood flowing so profusely from these wounds. Hail Mary…

8. We love and adore the pieces of Flesh torn from You in the Scourging and make reparation for particles of the Sacred Host lost through carelessness. Hail Mary…

9. We compassionate You in the immense sorrow You feel seeing those pieces of Flesh as souls torn from Your Mystical Body – Let no more be lost! Hail Mary…

10. We love and compassionate You in the pains You suffer as You fall ‘half dead’ to the stone floor on being cut loose from the column.

÷ And in all the Acts of the Divine Will found in the Mystery of the Scourging, we love, adore, thank, praise and glorify You as we pray: Glory be to the Father… and, O my Jesus…

 

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THE IMPORTANCE OF MEDITATING ON JESUS’ SUFFERINGS

÷ ÷ ÷ ÷ ÷ ÷ CONTINUOUSLY MEDITATING ON OUR LORD’S LIFE AND PASSION CENTRES OUR LIVES AND PERSONALITY ON JESUS AND HEAVENLY THINGS. IT HELPS US TO BE PEACEFUL IN EVERY SITUATION. MODELLING OUR LIVES ON JESUS THROUGH LOVING CONTEMPLATION OF HIS SUFFERINGS BRINGS EVERYONE WHO PRACTISES THIS A DEEP LOVE OF GOD AND NEIGHBOUR, RECOGNITION AND ABHORRENCE OF SIN AND MANY GRACES IN THIS LIFE AND FOR THE NEXT. ÷ ÷ ÷ ÷ ÷ ÷

BY ST LOUIS DE MONTFORT

“Saint Augustine says quite emphatically that there is no spiritual exercise more fruitful or more useful to our salvation than continually turning our thoughts to the sufferings of Our Saviour.

Blessed Albert the Great who had Saint Thomas Aquinas as his disciple learned in a revelation that by simply thinking of or meditating on the passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ, a Christian gains more merit than if he had fasted on bread and water every Friday for a whole year, or had beaten himself with his discipline once a week until the blood flowed, or had recited the whole Book of Psalms every day. If this is so, then how great must be the merit that we can gain by the Holy Rosary which commemorates the whole life and passion of Our Saviour!

One day Our Lady revealed to Blessed Alan that, after the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, which is the most important as well as the living memorial of Our Blessed Lord’s passion there could not possibly be a finer devotion or one of greater merit than that of the Holy Rosary, which is like a second memorial and representation of the life and passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

Father Dorland says that in 1481 Our Lady appeared to Venerable Dominic, the Carthusian, who lived at Treves, and said to him: “Whenever one of the faithful who is in a state of grace says the Rosary while meditating on the mysteries of the life and passion of Jesus Christ, he obtains full and entire remission of all his sins.”

Our Lady also said to Blessed Alan: “I want you to know that, although there are numerous indulgences already attached to the recitation of my Rosary, I shall add many more to every fifty Hail Marys (each group of five decades) for those who say them devoutly, on their knees – being, of course, free from mortal sin. And whosoever shall persevere in the devotion of the Holy Rosary, saying these prayers and meditations, shall be rewarded for it; I shall obtain for him full remission of the penalty and of the guilt of all his sins at the end of his life. Do not be unbelieving, as though this is impossible. It is easy for me to do because I am the Mother of the King of heaven, and He calls me full of grace. And, being full of grace, I am able to dispense grace freely to my children.”

Saint Dominic was so convinced of the efficacy of the Holy Rosary and of its great value that, when he heard confessions, he hardly ever gave any other penance… Saint Dominic was a great saint and other confessors should be sure to walk in his footsteps by asking their penitents to say the Rosary together with meditation on the sacred mysteries, rather than giving them other penances which are less meritorious and less pleasing to God, less likely to help them advance in virtue and not as efficacious as the Rosary for helping them avoid falling into sin. Moreover, while saying the Rosary, people gain countless indulgences which are not attached to many other devotions.

And, as Abbe Blosius says: “The Rosary, with meditation on the life and passion of Jesus Christ, is certainly most pleasing to Our Lord and His Blessed Mother and is a very successful means of obtaining all graces; we can say it for ourselves as well as for others for whom we wish to pray and for the whole Church. Let us turn, then, to the Holy Rosary in all our needs, and we shall infallibly obtain the graces we ask of God to save our souls”.”

 

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OUR MISSION AS MEMBERS OF HIS ROYAL PRIESTHOOD – WHY IT IS GOOD TO PRAY THE DIVINE MERCY CHAPLET FOR THE WHOLE WORLD

“We who belong to Christ can do this work of applying the effects of His eternal redemption to the needs of the world, and we are expected by Him to undertake this work as members of His Body. These are great truths which we must believe absolutely (without doubt or reservation) if we are to be adequately motivated to share zealously in this great work of our Merciful Lord. Indeed, this is a vital part of our mission as members of His royal priesthood: to share in the priestly ministry of Christ by offering up His sacrifice, in intercessory prayer, to obtain God’s mercy for ourselves and the whole world. PRAYING THE DIVINE MERCY CHAPLET As we say in the Divine Mercy Chaplet: ‘Eternal Father, I offer You the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your dearly beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins, and those of the whole world” (see 1 John 2:2).

The devout praying of the Chaplet is, therefore, an important work of the priestly People of God. As we read in the Letter to the Hebrews (10:14) ‘…by one offering He has made perfect forever (that is, consecrated – Fr. A. Van Hoye: Structure and Message of the Epistle to the Hebrews, p. 69), ‘those who are being sanctified.’ This means that Christ communicated the priesthood to us who belong to Him. Priests are supposed to ‘offer… sacrifices for sins’ (Hebrews 5:1). In that same letter, we Christians are encouraged: ‘Therefore let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, acknowledging His name’ (Hebrews 13:15). So, as we pray the Chaplet – ‘For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world’ – we are doing just that: offering our ‘sacrifice of praise’ to the Lord for His all-encompassing, saving work, and ‘offering sacrifices for our sins’. In other words, when we are prayerfully asking the Father, on the basis of the sorrowful Passion of His Son, for mercy upon the whole world, we are, in effect, prayerfully extending the Church’s ancient cry from the Mass, ‘Kyrie Eleison’ – ‘Lord, have mercy!’ – and applying it to the whole universe!”
– From: ‘Praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet for the Sick and Dying’, Marians of the Immaculate Conception, Imprimi potest: Very Rev. Walter M. Dziordz

÷ HOW TO PRAY THE CHAPLET OF THE DIVINE MERCY ÷

Use the Rosary beads and begin with:

Our Father…, Hail Mary…, The Apostles’ Creed.

On the large bead before each decade, say:

“Eternal Father, I offer You the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your dearly beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world.”

On the ten small beads of each decade, say:

“For the sake of His sorrowful Passion,
have mercy on us and on the whole world.”

Conclude with:

“Holy God, Holy Might One, Holy Immortal One,
have mercy on us and on the whole world.” (repeat 3 times).

 

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