Prayer: the Seven Words Spoken by Jesus on the Cross #204

Opening Prayer: O God. come unto my assistance. O Lord Make haste to help me. 1 Glory Be.

FIRST WORD

“Behold the MAN”
(Jn19:5) Pilate

“Father forgive them, for they know not what they do.” (Lk23:34)

Dear Jesu, who for love of me dost suffer upon the Cross in order to pay with thy sufferings the debt of my sins and dost open Thy divine lips to obtain for me their remission from the eternal justice of God, have pity on all the faithful who are in their last agony and upon me; and when I shall come to that final hour, by the merits of Thy Most Precious Blood which was shed for our salvation, give me such a lively sorrow for my sins as shall cause my soul to expire in the bosom of Thine infinite mercy.

Glory Be to the Father, etc. ( 3 times). Have Mercy on us, O Lord, have mercy on us. My God, I believe in Thee, I hope in thee, I Love thee and I repent of having offended Thee by my sins.

SECOND WORD:



And he said to Jesus: Lord, remember me when thou shalt come into thy kingdom. And Jesus said to him: Amen I say to thee: This day thou shalt be with me in paradise. And it was almost the sixth hour: and there was darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour. And the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was rent in the midst. C

“This day shalt thou be with Me in paradise” (Lk23:42-45)

Dear Jesu, who for love of me dost hang in agony upon the Cross, and with such readiness and bounty dost respond to the faith of the good thief who in the midst of thy humiliation acknowledges Thee to be the Son of God, and dost assure him of paradise, have pity on all the faithful who are in their agony and upon me; and when I shall come to my latter end, by the merits of thy Most Precious Blood, inspire in my soul a faith so firm and constant that it shall not waver at any suggestions of the evil spirit; so may I obtain the reward of Thy holy paradise.

Glory Be to the Father…..etc. (three times). Have Mercy on us, O Lord, have mercy on us. My God, I believe in Thee, I hope in thee, I Love thee and I repent of having offended Thee by my sins.

THIRD WORD:

When Jesus therefore had seen his mother and the disciple standing whom he loved, he saith to his mother: Woman, behold thy son.

“Behold Thy Mother; behold by son.”( Jn19:26)

Dear Jesu, who for love of me dost hang in agony upon the Cross, and who forgetting thine own sufferings, dost bequeath to me Thy most holy mother as a pledge of Thy love, in order that, through her, I may be enabled to have recourse to Thee with all confidence in my greatest necessities, have pity on all the faithful who are in their agony and upon me; and when I shall come to my latter end, by the interior martyrdom of thy dear mother, inspire in my heart a firm trust in the infinite merits of Thy Most Precious Blood, whereby I may be able to escape the eternal damnation which I have merited by my sins.

Glory Be to the Father, …..Etc (3times) Have Mercy on us, O Lord, have mercy on us. My God, I believe in Thee, I hope in thee, I Love thee and I repent of having offended Thee by my sins.

FOURTH WORD

What Jesus SAW

“My God, my God why hast thou forsaken Me?” (Ps22:1) ; (Mt27:46)

Dear jesu, who for love if me dost hang in agony upon the Cross, and who. adding suffering, besides Thy bodily pains, dost endure with infinite patience the most painful affliction of spirit at being abandoned by Thine eternal Father, have pity on all the faithful who are in their agony and upon me: and when I shall come to the hour of death, by the merits of thy Most Precious Blood, give me the grace of suffering with true patience all the pains and agony of my death- struggle, so that my uniting my sufferings to Thine, I maybe able at the last to share thy glory in paradise.

Glory Be, to the Father,///Etc, (3 times) Have Mercy on us, O Lord, have mercy on us. My God, I believe in Thee, I hope in thee, I Love thee and I repent of having offended Thee by my sins.

FIFTH WORD

Jesus is Living Water, “I thirst”

“I Thirst” (Jn19:28); (Ps42:2)

Dear Jesu, who love of me dost hang in agony upon the Cross, and who, not yet satisfied with so many reproaches and suffering, would suffer even more, if thereby all men might be saved, showing thus that the whole torrent of Thy Passion is not enough to slake the thirst of Thy loving Heart, have pity on all the faithful who are in agony and upon me; and when I shall come to my final hour, by the merits of Thy Most Precious Blood, in-kindle so great a fire of love within my heart as shall cause it to die for very desire of being united to Thee through all eternity.

Glory Be, to the Father,… Etc, (3 times) Have Mercy on us, O Lord, have mercy on us. My God, I believe in Thee, I hope in thee, I Love Thee and I repent of having offended Thee by my sins.

SIXTH WORD

Germany, Munich, Saint Anna Church, circa 1898

“All is finished” (Jn19:30)

Dear jesu, who for love of me dost hang in agony upon the Cross, and from that pulpit of truth dost proclaim that Thou hast finished the work of our redemption, where-by man, from being a child of wrath and perdition, has been made a son of God and an heir of heaven, have pity on all the faithful who are in their agony and upon me; and when I shall come to my last hour, by the merits of Thy Most Precious Blood , detach me wholly from the world and from myself giving the grace to offer life in expiation of my sins.

“Glory Be to the Father etc. (3 times) Have Mercy on us, O Lord, have mercy on us. My God, I believe in Thee, I hope in thee, I Love thee and I repent of having offended Thee by my sins.

SEVENTH WORD

“Father, into Thy Hands I commend my spirit” (Lk23:46)

Dear Jesu, who for love of me dost hang in agony upon the Cross, and who to complete this great sacrifice dost embrace the will of Thine eternal Father, resigning Thy spirit into His hands, and then dost bow they head and die, have pity on all the faithful who are in their agony and upon me and when I shall come to my latter end, by the merits of The Most Precious Blood give me a perfect conformity to Thy divine will, so that I may be ready to live or die, as it shall please Thee; nor do I desire anything else except the perfect fulfillment in me of Thine adorable will.

“Glory Be to the father etc. (3 times) Have Mercy on us, O Lord, have mercy on us. My God, I believe in Thee, I hope in thee, I Love thee and I repent of having offended Thee by my sins

Finish with: Prayer to Sorrowful Mother

VI PIOUS EXERCISES 195

The faithful who on Good Friday strive to meditate for three continuous hours, publicly or privately, on the suffering of the dying Saviour and the sacred Words which He said on the Cross, or who recite Psalms, hymns and other vocal prayers, may gain:

A plenary indulgence, on condition of confession, Communion on Holy Thursday or during Easter Week, and prayer for the intentions of the Holy Father. { The #204 Raccolta, page 134-9 Isbn:1-930278-46-2.} Those who pray in like manner on any given Friday for at least a quarter of an hour, in memory of the divine Agony, may gain: An indulgence of 7 years on each and every Friday: (S,C. Ind., Feb14,1815; S.P.,Ap., Spet 8,1932).

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