Sorrowful Mysteries

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First Sorrowful Mystery, The Agony in the Garden - by El Greco - from Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, Ohio

 

 Sorrowful Mysteries

First Sorrowful Mystery:
The Agony in the Garden

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rose.gif (1295 bytes) Jesus comes with his disciples to Gethsemani: "Stay here, while I go yonder and pray."
rose.gif (1295 bytes) Entering the garden with Peter, James and John, Jesus prays: "My soul is sorrowful unto death."
rose.gif (1295 bytes) Jesus sees the sins of all mankind, whose guilt He has taken upon Himself.
rose.gif (1295 bytes) He sees the wrath of the Father which His sufferings must appease.
rose.gif (1295 bytes) So great is His anguish that His sweat becomes as drops of blood falling to the ground.
rose.gif (1295 bytes) An angel appears to Him from heaven to strengthen Him.
rose.gif (1295 bytes) "Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from Me; yet, not My will but Yours be done."
rose.gif (1295 bytes) Finding the disciples asleep: "Could you not watch one hour with Me ?"
rose.gif (1295 bytes) Jesus is betrayed by Judas, cruelly bound and led away.
rose.gif (1295 bytes) Father, by the merits of the agony of Jesus in the Garden, have mercy on us and the whole world.

 

 

Second Sorrowful Mystery:
The Scourging at the Pillar

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rose.gif (1295 bytes) Jesus is taken before the High Priest where He is falsely accused, buffeted and insulted.
rose.gif (1295 bytes) The Jewish leaders take Jesus before Pilate, for only he can impose the death penalty.
rose.gif (1295 bytes) The robber, Barabbas, is preferred to Jesus.
rose.gif (1295 bytes) Pilate can "find no cause in Him", yet to appease the Jews, he orders Jesus to be scourged.
rose.gif (1295 bytes) The scourge is made of leather throngs, to which are attached small sharp bones.
rose.gif (1295 bytes) Jesus is bound to a pillar and cruelly scourged until His whole body is covered with deep wounds.
rose.gif (1295 bytes) The Lamb of God offers His suffering for the sins of mankind.
rose.gif (1295 bytes) Jesus suffers so much in His sacred flesh to satisfy, especially, for sins of the flesh.
rose.gif (1295 bytes) The prophesy of Isiah is fulfilled: "He was wounded for our iniquities, He was bruised for our sins."
rose.gif (1295 bytes) Father, by the merits of Jesus in this painful scourging, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

 

Third Sorrowful Mystery:
The Crowning with Thorns

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rose.gif (1295 bytes) Pilate asks: "Are You a king?" Jesus answers: : "I am a King but My kingdom is not of this world."
rose.gif (1295 bytes) In the praetorium, the soldiers place an old purple robe on Jesus in mockery of His claim to be a king.
rose.gif (1295 bytes) They fashion a crown out of thorns, and forcefully press it down upon His head.
rose.gif (1295 bytes) In His bound hands they place a reed, as a sceptre, in mockery of His kingship.
rose.gif (1295 bytes) Kneeling before Him in derision, they spit on Him, and cry out: "Hail, King of the Jews."
rose.gif (1295 bytes) Taking the reed from His hand they strike Him on the head, driving the thorns more deeply into His scalp.
rose.gif (1295 bytes) Pilate brings Jesus before the people, hoping His pitiful sight will soften them: "Behold the man!"
rose.gif (1295 bytes) Their response: "Crucify Him! Crucify Him!"
rose.gif (1295 bytes) Our Blessed Lord submitted to this terrible humiliation to make reparation for our pride.
rose.gif (1295 bytes) Father, by the merits of this painful humiliation, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

 

Fourth Sorrowful Mystery:
The Carrying of the Cross

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rose.gif (1295 bytes) One condemned to death by crucifixion is forced to carry the cross to the place of execution.
rose.gif (1295 bytes) The suffering of Jesus is intense as the cross is laid on His bruised and wounded back and shoulders.
rose.gif (1295 bytes) Weak and exhausted from loss of blood, lack of food and rest, Jesus falls three times under the cross.
rose.gif (1295 bytes) Jesus meets His afflicted Mother causing untold anguish in the Hearts of Son and Mother.
rose.gif (1295 bytes) The countenance of Jesus is disfigured with blood and sweat, with dust and spittle.
rose.gif (1295 bytes) Veronica wipes His face, leaving on her towel the image of His countenance.
rose.gif (1295 bytes) Fearing that Jesus might die on the way, the soldiers force Simon of Cyrene to carry the cross behind Jesus.
rose.gif (1295 bytes) Jesus speaks to weeping women: "Weep not for Me, but for yourselves and your children."
rose.gif (1295 bytes) " If anyone is to be My disciple, let him take up his cross and follow Me."
rose.gif (1295 bytes) Father, by the merits of this painful journey to Calvary, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

 

Fifth Sorrowful Mystery:
The Crucifixion

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rose.gif (1295 bytes) The hands and feet of Jesus are nailed to the cross in the presence of His afflicted Mother.
rose.gif (1295 bytes) "Father, forgive them for they know not what they do."
rose.gif (1295 bytes) "This day you will be with Me in paradise."
rose.gif (1295 bytes) "Woman, behold your Son. Son, behold your Mother."
rose.gif (1295 bytes) "My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?"
rose.gif (1295 bytes) "I thirst."
rose.gif (1295 bytes) "It is finished."
rose.gif (1295 bytes) "Father, into Your hands I commend My spirit."
rose.gif (1295 bytes) The side of Jesus is pierced with a lance. His body is taken down and placed in the arms of His Mother.
rose.gif (1295 bytes) Father, by the merits of the crucifixion and death of Jesus, have mercy on us and on the whole world.