Congregational Devotion of the Three Hours Agony, by Father Kieran P Moran

detail of the painting 'Le dernier soupir du Christ' (Christ's last breath), by Julien Michel Gué, 1840; Musée des beaux-arts d'Amiens, France; photographed on 8 June 2017 by Grégory Lejeune; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsThe Three Hours’ Agony is a devotion intended to commemorate the Three Hours Our Blessed Lord suffered on the Cross.

THE SEVEN WORDS OF OUR LORD ON THE CROSS:

1st. Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.

2nd. This day thou shalt be with Me in Paradise.

3rd. Behold thy Mother! Behold thy Son!

4th. My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?

5th. I thirst.

6th. It is consummated.

7th. Father, into Thy hands I commend My Spirit.

DIRECTIONS

1. Fix beforehand some special grace, for yourself and others to be asked for during these three hours.

2. Stand, sit, or kneel, as directed in each exercise.

3. Congregational singing.

4. Read the prayers in a loud voice.

PLENARY INDULGENCE

All the faithful who practice the devotion of the “Three Hours’ Agony” on Good Friday, beginning soon after midday, and continuing it for three hours, in public or private, using any pious book that is approved, meditating on our Lord’s great suffering on the Cross, and on the Seven Words He uttered, may gain a Plenary Indulgence, provided they go to Confession and Communion on Holy Thursday, or during Easter Week, and pray for the intentions of His Holiness the Pope.

OPENING PRAYER

Priest: In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost.

People: Amen.

Priest: Come, O Holy Ghost, fill the hearts of Thy faithful, and kindle in them the fire of Thy love. Send forth Thy Spirit, and they shall be created.

People: And Thou shalt renew the face of the earth.

Priest: Let us pray. O God, Who didst instruct the hearts of the faithful by the light of the Holy Spirit, grant us in the same Spirit to be truly wise and ever to rejoice in His consolation. Through Jesus Christ our Lord.

People: Amen.

Priest: O Mary, conceived without sin,

People: Pray for us who have recourse to thee. (3 times)

Priest and People: Behold, O good and most sweet Jesus, we cast ourselves upon our knees in Your sight, and with the most fervent desire of our souls we pray and beseech You that You would impress upon our hearts lively sentiments of faith, hope, and charity, with true repentance for our sins, and a most firm desire of amendment, whilst with deep affection and grief of soul we ponder within ourselves and in spirit contemplate, during these three hours, Your five most precious wounds; having before our eyes that which David spoke of You, O good Jesus, in prophecy: “They have dug My hands and feet; they have numbered all My bones.” Amen.

Priest and People: Lord Jesus Christ, Savior of my soul, I present myself before Thee at the foot of Thy Cross. I desire during these Three Hours to share in Thy Agony, to understand Thy sufferings and the immense love for me that filled Thy Sacred Heart especially during Thy last hours upon the Cross.

I offer to Thee this pious exercise with the view of gaining all the indulgences attached to it, either for myself or for the souls in Purgatory.

And thou, O Blessed Mother of God, assist me by thy powerful intercession. Present this, my feeble homage to thy Divine Son in reparation for the many injuries He daily receives from bad Christians and from so many impious men who deny Him that bought them. Let me share in that immense sorrow which pierced thy most tender soul during the Three Hours’ Agony of thy Son so that I may reap an abundant fruit from this holy exercise for the advantage and salvation of my own soul and for the benefit of all those for whom I pray.

AN ACT OF CONTRITION

Priest and People: Most Merciful Lord! We are sorry from the depths of our hearts for all our sins, because by them we have offended You Who are infinitely good and worthy of all our love. We sincerely detest them, and firmly purpose, by Your holy grace, never to offend You again. Enlighten our minds and strengthen our wills, that we may persevere in Your favor till death. Amen.

HYMN: WOUNDED JESUS

(stand)
(melody: Mother Dearest, Mother Fairest)

Wounded Jesus, dying Savior,
Help us as we call on Thee,
Keep us close, in love, to Mary,
In Thy hours of Agony.

CHORUS

Jesus, speak to us, we pray;
Jesus, speak to us, we pray;
We will heed all loving lessons
From Thy lips this blessed day.

Savior, on Thy Cross of anguish,
Let us share Thy bitter pain;
Cleanse our souls from all that grieves Thee
May we never sin again.

– Chorus

Fill our hearts with deep compassion
For Thy grief, Thy tears, Thy woe:
Soothe our hearts when sorrow fills them;
Shield us from the wicked foe.

– Chorus

Mary, plead with thy Son, Jesus;
Beg for us His richest grace,
So that, dying, we may see Him
And behold Him, face to face.

– Chorus

OPENING DISCOURSE

(sit)

PRAYER

(kneel)

Priest and People: O Lord Jesus Christ behold us Your loved ones at the foot of Your Cross. Speak unto us the words of eternal life as we stay here with Mary Your Mother and ours. I Grant that we may see Your agony through her blessed eyes and console You with the consolations of her Immaculate heart. Give us the light O Savior of the world to see in Your sufferings a certain proof of Your love for us and a true testimony of Your desire to pardon our sins and to save our souls.

Give us we beseech You the wisdom to listen to Your voice as You speak from Your Cross Your message of mercy and life. Give us the courage to be obedient to You as You are now obedient for us even unto the death of the Cross.

O Saviour of men dying for us excite in our hearts a deep sorrow for our sins. Strengthen in us our resolution never more to offend You: never more to renew Your agony never more to crucify You. May we love You more and more so that nothing in life or death may be able to separate us from You, Our Lord and Redeemer.

HYMN

(stand)

THE PASSION

(melody: Tantum Ergo )

Now, my soul, thy voice upraising,
  Tell in sweet and mournful strain,
How the Crucified, enduring
  Griefs and wounds, and dying pain.
Freely of His love was offered,
  Sinless was for sinners slain.

See! His hands and feet are fastened
  So He makes His people free,
Not a wound whence blood is flowing
  But a fount of grace shall be;
Yea, the very nails that nail Him
  Nail us also to the Tree.

Jesus, may those precious fountains
  Drink to thirsting souls afford!
Let them be our cup and healing,
  And at length our full reward!
So a ransom’d world shall ever
  Praise Thee, its Redeeming Lord

REPROACHES (l)

(from the Mass of Good Friday)

(kneel)

Priest: O My people what have I done to thee? Or in what have I afflicted thee? Answer Me.

People: Because I led thee out of the land of Egypt thou hast prepared a cross for thy Savior.

Priest: O Holy God.

People: O Holy God.

Priest: O Holy strong One.

People: O Holy strong One.

Priest: O Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us.

People: O Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us.

Priest and People: Because I lead thee out through the desert for forty years and fed thee with manna and brought thee into a land exceedingly good thou hast prepared a cross for thy Savior.

What more ought I to do for thee and have not done it? I planted thee, indeed, my most beautiful vineyard and thou art become to me exceedingly bitter for thou hast t given Me vinegar in My thirst and with a spear thou hast pierced the side of thy Savior.

For thy sake I scourged Egypt with its first-born and thou didst scourge Me and deliver Me up.

Priest: O My people what have I done to thee? Or in what have I afflicted thee? Answer Me.

Priest and People: I led thee out of Egypt drowning Pharao in the Red Sea and thou didst deliver Me to the chief priests.

Priest: O My people what have I done to thee? Or in what have I afflicted thee? Answer Me.

Priest and People: Before thee I opened the sea and thou didst open My side with a spear.

Priest: O My people what have I done to thee? Or in what have I afflicted thee? Answer Me.

Priest: Let us pray.

Priest and People: Spare, O Lord, spare Your people. Help us, O Lord God our Savior, and for the glory of Your name, O Lord deliver us, and be propitious to our sins for Your name’s sake. For we have sinned, we have committed iniquity, we have done wickedly and revolted, we have gone aside from Your commandments and Your judgments, we have not hearkened to Your priests who have spoken in Your name. O Lord, to us belongeth confusion of face; but to You, the Lord our God, mercy and forgiveness; for we have departed from You, and by reason of our sins Your people are a reproach to all that are round about us. Incline, O God, Your ears and hear: open Your eyes and see our desolation: for it is not for our justification that we present our prayers before Your face, but for the multitude of Your tender mercies. O Lord hear, O Lord be appeased: hearken and do not delay, for Your own sake, O God. For Your name is invoked upon Your people. Amen.

FIRST WORD

(kneel)

Priest and People: The executioners lead Jesus to the spot where the Cross is lying on the ground. Like a Lamb destined for a holocaust, He lays Himself on the wood that is to serve as the altar. They violently stretch His hands and feet to the places marked for them and fasten them with nails to the wood. Mary hears the strokes of the hammers, and every blow wounds her heart. Magdalene’s grief is intensified because she cannot help her tortured Master. Jesus is heard to speak: it is His first Word on Calvary: “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”

DISCOURSE

(sit)

PRAYER

(kneel)

Priest and People: O dying Savior, have pity on us and for give us our sins. We have driven the nails into Your hands and feet. We have wounded You and crucified You by our sins and iniquities. Look upon us from Your Cross and plead for us to Your Father: “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.” O merciful Redeemer make us understand the evil of sin. Reveal to us the state of our own souls and let us see how often and how gravely we have offended You. Even though our sins be many; even though for years we have wandered from You, strangers to Your peace and Your friendship, yet we have trust in You, yet we have confidence that as You forgave Your enemies at the foot of the Cross so You will forgive us who now wish to be Your friends. Let not the sight of our sins drive us to despair. Inspire us with hope; fill us with confidence in Your mercy. You pardoned even them who nailed You to the Cross; so forgive us this day all our sins against You.

With the help of Your grace we resolve to be sorry; we promise to confess our sins as soon as possible. Give us then true sorrow for all our sins and lead us to Your priest in the confessional and there may Your precious blood wash away all our guilt and all our malice.

O Lord Jesus Christ, as You forgive us our offenses against You, so do we forgive from our heart all the offenses of our neighbor against us. In proof of this we make Your prayer our own: “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.” We forgive all our relatives who have injured us; we pardon our friends and our enemies who have slighted us and caused us pain and resentment. Here at the foot of Your Cross, O Lord, we freely pardon every one who has offended us as we hope to be forgiven ourselves. “Our Father Who art in heaven . . . forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.”

O my dying Savior fill my poor heart with Thy spirit of forgiveness and let me go down from Thy Cross today with my soul freed from pride and resentment and my mind at peace with all men.

HYMN

(stand)

JESUS, SAVIOR OF MY SOUL

Jesus, Savior of my soul!
  Let me to Thy refuge fly,
While the nearer waters roll,
  While the tempest still is nigh;
Hide me, O my Savior, hide
  Till the storm of life is past;
Safe unto the haven guide,
  O, receive my soul at last.

CHORUS

Jesus, Savior of my soul,
  Let me to Thy refuge fly;
Ave, Ave, Jesus mild,
  Deign to hear Thy lowly child.

Other refuge have I none,
  Hangs my helpless soul on Thee,
Leave, O leave me not alone,
  Still support and strengthen me.
All my trust in Thee is stayed,
  All my help from Thee I bring;
Cover my defenseless head
  With the shadow of Thy wing.

– Chorus

REPROACHES (2)

(kneel)

Priest: O My people what have I done to thee? Or in what have I afflicted thee? Answer Me.

Priest and People: I went before thee in a pillar of the cloud and thou didst lead Me to the judgment’hall of Pilate.

Priest: O my people what have I done to thee? Or in what have I afflicted thee? Answer Me.

Priest and People: I fed thee with manna through the desert and thou didst strike Me with blows and scourges.

Priest: O my people what have I done to thee? Or in what have I afflicted thee? Answer Me.

Priest and People: I gave thee to drink the water of salvation from the rock and thou gavest Me gall and vinegar.

Priest: O My people what have I done to thee? Or in what have I afflicted thee? Answer Me.

Priest and People: For thee I struck the king of the Canaanites and thou didst strike My head with a reed.

Priest: O My people what have I done to thee? Or in what have I afflicted thee? Answer Me.

Priest and People: I gave thee a royal scepter and thou didst give to My head a crown of thorns.

Priest: O My people what have I done to thee? Or in what have I afflicted thee? Answer Me.

Priest and People: I lifted thee up with great power and thou didst hang Me on the gibbet of the cross.

Priest: O My people what have I done to thee? Or in what have I afflicted thee? Answer Me.

Priest and People: We adore Thy Cross O Lord and praise and glorify Thy holy resurrection for behold by the wood came joy into the whole world.

Priest and People: May God have mercy on us and bless us. May He cause the light of His countenance to shine upon us and have mercy on us.

Priest: We adore Thee, O Christ, and bless Thee.

People: Because by Thy holy Cross, Thou hast redeemed the world.

Priest: Let us pray.

Priest and People: Jesus, my love, Who for love of me did hang in agony upon the cross, there by Your pains to pay the penalty of my sins, and did open Your divine mouth to obtain for me the pardon of them from Eternal Justice; O Jesus pity all the faithful who are now in their last agony, and pity me when I too shall be in mine. By the merits of Your most Precious Blood shed for our salvation, vouchsafe unto us all such lively sorrow for our sins that at our death we may breathe forth our souls into the bosom of Your infinite mercy.

Priest and People: My God, I believe in Thee; I hope in Thee; I love Thee. I repent of my sins because by them I have offended Thee.

SECOND WORD

(kneel)

Priest and People: It is the sixth hour or, as we call it, mid-day. The sun withdraws his light, and darkness covers the face of the earth. The stars appear in the heavens, all is silent as death. The thief, whose cross is at the right of Jesus, feels himself touched with repentance and hope. Turning to his com- panion, he upbraids him for having blasphemed Jesus, and then turning his head toward our Savior’s Cross, he thus prays to Him: “Lord, remember me when Thou shalt come into Thy kingdom!” Jesus is pleased to find in this poor criminal the faith He had vainly sought from Israel. He thus grants his humble prayer; it is His Second Word on the Cross:

“Amen, I say to thee, this day thou shalt be with Me in Paradise.”

DISCOURSE

(sit)

PRAYER

(kneel)

Priest and People: Grant unto us, O Lord the great grace of hope in the riches of Your mercy. Like the thief on the cross we have sinned against You and have placed ourselves in the danger of eternal punishment. From the depths of our misery we cry unto You for pity and pardon. Inspire each one of us to turn unto You and to say unto You: “Lord, remember me when You shall come into Your kingdom.”

Remember my sins only to blot them out. Remember my weakness to take me by the hand. Remember my sufferings to lighten them. Remember my miseries to sympathize with them. Remember my temptations to aid me to overcome them. Remember me at the end to drive from me all the terrors of death.

Teach us also O Lord Jesus Christ, to pray always with faith and resignation. And as You answered the prayer of a thief, so also answer all our petitions if such be Your holy will. Make us always remember Your own royal promise to heed our supplications: “Ask and you shall receive; seek and you shall find; knock and it shall be opened to you.” We ask then for health and every material blessing. We seek Your friendship and every spiritual grace. But beyond all these things, we pray for a place in Your kingdom in heaven. “Remember us when You come into Your kingdom.”

And we in turn O Lord promise always to remember You; to remember Your law; to remember Your warnings; I to remember Your rewards; to remember You when sin seems easy; and when temptations allure us.

And dear Savior, when death has taken me and I stand before You in judgment, may You say to me the words of eternal life: “This day thou shalt be with Me in Paradise.”

HYMN

(stand)

TO JESUS’ HEART ALL BURNING

To Jesus’ Heart all burning
  With fervent love for men,
My heart, with fondest yearning,
  Shall raise the joyful strain:

CHORUS

While ages course along,
Blest be, with loudest song,
The Sacred Heart of Jesus
By every heart and tongue.

O Heart for me on fire
  With love no man can speak!
My yet untold desire
  God gives me for Thy sake.

– Chorus

As Thou art meek and lowly,
  And ever pure of Heart;
So may my heart be wholly
  Of Thine the counterpart.

– Chorus

When life away is flying,
  And earth’s false glare is done,
Still, Sacred Heart, in dying,
  I’ll say I’m all Thine own.

– Chorus

PRAYER

(kneel)

Priest and People: O Jesus, Divine Savior, deign to cast a look of mercy upon Thy children who, assembled in the same spirit of Faith, Reparation and Love, come to deplore their own infidelities and those of all poor sinners, their brethren. May we touch Thy Divine Heart by the unanimous and solemn promises we are about to make, and obtain mercy for ourselves, for the world, and for all who are so unhappy as not to love Thee.

We all promise that for the future:

Priest: For the forgetfulness and ingratitude of men,

People: We will console Thee, O Lord.

Priest: For the way Thou art deserted in the Holy Tabernacle,

People: We will console Thee, O Lord.

Priest: For the crimes of sinners,

People: We will console Thee, O Lord.

Priest: For the hatred of the impious,

People: We will console Thee, O Lord.

Priest: For the blasphemies uttered against Thee,

People: We will console Thee, O Lord.

Priest: For the outrages against Thy Divinity,

People: We will console Thee, O Lord.

Priest: For the sacrileges that profane Thy Sacrament of Love,

People: We will console Thee, O Lord.

Priest: For the irreverences committed in Thy Sacred Presence,

People: We will console Thee, O Lord.

Priest: For the injuries of which Thou art the adorable Victim,

People: We will console Thee, O Lord.

Priest: For the coldness of the greater part of Thy children,

People: We will console Thee, O Lord.

Priest: For the contempt of Thy loving invitation,

People: We will console Thee, O Lord.

Priest: For the infidelity of those who call themselves Thy friends,

People: We will console Thee, O Lord.

Priest: For the abuse of Thy grace,

People: We will console Thee, O Lord.

Priest: For our own unfaithfulness,

People: We will console Thee, O Lord.

Priest: For the incomprehensible hardness of our hearts,

People: We will console Thee, O Lord.

Priest: For our long delay in loving Thee,

People: We will console Thee, O Lord.

Priest: For our tepidity in Thy holy service,

People: We will console Thee, O Lord.

Priest: For Thy bitter sadness at the loss of souls,

People: We will console Thee, O Lord.

Priest: For Thy long waiting at the door of our hearts,

People: We will console Thee, O Lord.

Priest: For the heartless scorn that grieves Thee,

People: We will console Thee, O Lord.

Priest: For Thy loving sighs,

People: We will console Thee, O Lord.

Priest: For Thy loving tears,

People: We will console Thee, O Lord.

Priest: For Thy long imprisonment,

People: We will console Thee, O Lord.

Priest: For Thy loving death,

People: We will console Thee, O Lord.

Priest: Let us pray.

Priest and People: O Jesus, Divine Savior, from Whose Heart came forth this bitter complaint: “I looked for one who would comfort Me and I found none”, graciously accept the feeble consolation we offer Thee, and aid us so powerfully by Thy grace, that we may, for the time to come, shun more and more all that displeases Thee, and prove ourselves in everything, everywhere, and forever, Thy most faithful and devoted servants. We ask it through Thy Sacred Heart, O Lord, Who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end. Amen.

Priest: We adore Thee, O Christ, and bless Thee.

People: Because by Thy Holy Cross Thou hast redeemed the world.

Priest: Let us pray.

Priest and People: Jesus, my Love, Who for love of me did hang in agony upon the Cross and with such readiness and bounty did respond to the faith of the good thief, who in Your humiliations acknowledged You to be the Son of God, and did assure unto him the Paradise prepared for him; have pity on all the faithful who are in their last agony, and pity me when I too shall be in mine. By the merits of Your most Precious Blood excite in our souls such firm and steadfast faith that we shall never waver at any suggestion of the evil one; that so we also may obtain the reward of endless Paradise.

Priest and People: My God, I believe in Thee; I hope in Thee; I love Thee; I repent of my sins because by them I have offended Thee.

THIRD WORD

(kneel)

Priest and People: Mary draws near to the Cross whereon hangs her Divine Son. The thick darkness has dispersed the crowd. All is silent and the soldiers can find no reason for keeping the afflicted Mother from approaching her Son. Jesus looks with tenderest affection upon Mary; the sight of her sorrow is a new grief to His Sacred Heart. He is dying, and His Mother cannot console or embrace Him. Magdalene, too, is there, distracted with grief. Those feet, which a few days before she had anointed with her precious perfumes, are now pierced through with nails, and the blood is clotting round the wounds. John is there, too, overwhelmed with sorrow. The silence is again broken. Jesus speaks to His Mother and to the beloved disciple; it is His Third Word:

“Woman, behold thy Son.” After that, He said to the disciple: “Behold thy Mother.”

DISCOURSE

(sit)

PRAYER

(kneel)

Priest and People: Look down we beseech You O Lord on us gathered together with Mary Your Mother at the foot of Your Cross. Fill our hearts with sympathy for her the Mother of Sorrows and the Queen of Martyrs. Help us to realize the greatness of her grief as the nails pierced her heart and as Your agony on the Cross was suffered in her soul. O Gentle Jesus, Son of Mary, give us her spirit in all our sorrows and keep her close to us in all our sufferings so that we may bear them with her confidence and her calm resignation. Take from our hearts, we beg You, the evil spirit of complaining and resentment. Give us faith like Mary’s so that in all our afflictions we may see Your loving purpose and Your divine will.

O Lord Jesus Christ as at this moment You give us Your Mother to be our Mother, so we gratefully accept Your gift and solemnly declare ourselves to be her true sons and her true daughters. Bless O Lord our resolution to love Mary always. Give us the grace from this hour to have a new and a special devotion to her. Grant that we her children may grow to resemble Mary, our Mother so that we may be humble like her and obedient like her; chaste and pure in word and deed like unto her.

And do thou, O Mother of Christ, keep close to us every moment of our lives. Obtain for us thy children the grace of a happy death so that in union with Thee we may enjoy the bliss of heaven forever. “After this our exile show unto us the blessed fruit of Thy womb, Jesus.” “Holy Mary Mother of God pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death.”

HYMN

(stand)

STABAT MATER

By the Cross her station keeping,
Stood the mournful Mother weeping
  Close to Jesus to the last.

Through her heart His sorrow sharing,
All his bitter anguish bearing,
  Now at length the sword has passed.

Oh, that blessed One, grief daden,
Blessed Mother, blessed Maiden,
  Mother of the all-blest One!

How she stood in desolation
Upward gazing on the passion
  Of that deathless dying Son!

LITANY OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN

(kneel)

Priest: Lord, have mercy on us.

People: Lord, have mercy on us.

Priest: Christ, have mercy on us.

People: Christ, have mercy on us.

Priest: Lord, have mercy on us.

People: Lord, have mercy on us.

Priest: Christ, hear us.

People: Christ, graciously hear us.

Priest: God, the Father of Heaven.

People: Have mercy on us.

Priest: God the Son, Redeemer of the World.

People: Have mercy on us.

Priest: God the Holy Ghost.

People: Have mercy on us.

Priest: Holy Trinity, one God.

People: Have mercy on us.

Priest: Holy Mary,

People: Pray for us.

Priest: Holy Mother of God,

People: Pray for us.

Priest: Holy Virgin of virgins,

People: Pray for us.

Priest: Mother of Christ,

People: Pray for us.

Priest: Mother of divine grace,

People: Pray for us.

Priest: Mother most pure,

People: Pray for us.

Priest: Mother most chaste,

People: Pray for us.

Priest: Mother inviolate,

People: Pray for us.

Priest: Mother undefiled,

People: Pray for us.

Priest: Mother most amiable,

People: Pray for us.

Priest: Mother most admirable,

People: Pray for us.

Priest: Mother of Good Counsel,

People: Pray for us.

Priest: Mother of our Creator,

People: Pray for us.

Priest: Mother of our Savior,

People: Pray for us.

Priest: Virgin most prudent,

People: Pray for us.

Priest: Virgin most venerable,

People: Pray for us.

Priest: Virgin most renowned,

People: Pray for us.

Priest: Virgin most powerful,

People: Pray for us.

Priest: Virgin most merciful,

People: Pray for us.

Priest: Virgin most faithful,

People: Pray for us.

Priest: Mirror of justice,

People: Pray for us.

Priest: Seat of wisdom,

People: Pray for us.

Priest: Cause of our joy,

People: Pray for us.

Priest: Spiritual Vessel,

People: Pray for us.

Priest: Vessel of honor,

People: Pray for us.

Priest: Vessel of singular devotion,

People: Pray for us.

Priest: Mystical Rose,

People: Pray for us.

Priest: Tower of David,

People: Pray for us.

Priest: Tower of ivory,

People: Pray for us.

Priest: House of gold,

People: Pray for us.

Priest: Ark of the covenant,

People: Pray for us.

Priest: Gate of heaven,

People: Pray for us.

Priest: Morning Star,

People: Pray for us.

Priest: Health of the sick,

People: Pray for us.

Priest: Refuge of sinners,

People: Pray for us.

Priest: Comforter of the afflicted,

People: Pray for us.

Priest: Help of Christians,

People: Pray for us.

Priest: Queen of Angels,

People: Pray for us.

Priest: Queen of Patriarchs,

People: Pray for us.

Priest: Queen of Prophets,

People: Pray for us.

Priest: Queen of Apostles,

People: Pray for us.

Priest: Queen of Martyrs,

People: Pray for us.

Priest: Queen of Confessors,

People: Pray for us.

Priest: Queen of Virgins,

People: Pray for us.

Priest: Queen of all Saints,

People: Pray for us.

Priest: Queen conceived without original sin,

People: Pray for us.

Priest: Queen of the most holy Rosary,

People: Pray for us.

Priest: Queen of Peace,

People: Pray for us.

Priest: Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world,

People: Spare us, O Lord.

Priest: Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world,

People: Graciously hear us, O Lord.

Priest: Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world,

People: Have mercy on us.

Priest: Pray for us, O most Sorrowful Mother of God.

People: That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Priest: Let us pray.

Priest and People: Jesus my Love, Who for Love of me did hang in agony upon the Cross, and unmindful of Your own sorrows did leave us Your own most holy Mother as the pledge of Your love for us, that through her intercession we might seek You with confidence in our greatest needs; have pity on all the faithful who are in their last agony, and pity me when I too shall be in mine. By the inward martyrdom of Your dear Mother, quicken in our hearts a firm hope in the infinite merits of Your own most Precious Blood so that we may escape the sentence of eternal death which we have merited by our sins.

Priest and People: My God, I believe in Thee; I hope in Thee; I love Thee. I repent of my sins because by them I have offended Thee.

FOURTH WORD

(kneel)

Priest and People: It is close upon the ninth hour – the third hour after midday – the one fixed by the eternal decree of God for the death of the God’Man. The feeling of abandonment, which had caused our Redeemer to suffer an Agony in the Garden, now returns. He has taken upon Himself the sins of mankind; the whole weight of God’s justice now presses on His soul. The bitter chalice of God’s anger, which He is drinking to the very dregs, extorts from His lips the plaintive cry; it is His Fourth Word:

“My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?”

DISCOURSE

(sit)

PRAYER

(kneel)

Priest and People: O Lord Jesus Christ at this moment on

Your Cross of pain You feel Yourself crushed under the burden of our sins; for You have placed upon Yourself the iniquities of all of us. In order to free us from our sins You desire to experience our greatest misery here below, the misery of souls that believe themselves abandoned by God. By the merits of this agony so bitterly suffered by You at this moment keep us from ever deserting You; grant that our discouragement and despair passing through Your Sacred Heart may be changed into unfab tering hope; grant that our desolation through sin may be changed into confidence and joy through Your infinite pity.

In many ways, dear Lord, we have sinned against You; in many ways we have offended You. Have mercy on us and pardon us; keep us from the abyss of despair. Never permit us to be separated from You again lest we be separated from You forever. O dying Savior, preserve us from an unfavorable judgment at the end; strengthen us so to live that we may not hear the sentence of eternal abandonment: “Depart from Me, ye accursed, into everlasting fire.” In all temptations of the world or the flesh or the devil, in every allurement that would separate us from You, give us the wisdom and the courage to resist and to conquer our enemies and to stay close to You always in loyalty and in love.

Here, O Lord at the foot of Your Cross we promise You never to abandon You, never to desert Your law in the firm hope that You will not abandon us eternally.

O loving and dying Redeemer, never permit that by mortal sin I may renew Thy agony and cause Thee to say to me: “My son, My daughter, why hast thou forsaken Me?”

HYMN

(stand)

O THE PRICELESS LOVE OF JESUS

O the priceless love of Jesus!
  O the strength of grace divine!
All His gifts are showered upon me,
  All His blessings may be mine.
He is throned in heavenly glory
  Where no sin nor death may be,
Yet He loves me in this darkness,
  Yet He does not turn from me.

I am poor and weak and sinful,
  By temptations sorely tried,
Yet His watchful care abounding
  Keeps me ever at His side.
He is God and King eternal,
  Higher than all height can be,
Yet His Heart is with me always,
  Yet He stoopeth down to me.

Storms of sorrow roll around me.
  Darkling clouds above me meet,
But I hasten to my refuge
  At my Savior’s wounded feet;
O how lovingly, my Jesus,
  Thou dost ever with me bear,
I can never, never thank Thee
  For Thy goodness and Thy care.

LITANY OF THE HOLY NAME (l)

(kneel)

Priest: Lord, have mercy on us.

People: Lord, have mercy on us.

Priest: Christ, have mercy on us.

People: Christ, have mercy on us.

Priest: Lord, have mercy on us.

People: Lord, have mercy on us.

Priest: Jesus, hear us.

People: Jesus, graciously hear us.

Priest: God, the Father of heaven,

People: Have mercy on us.

Priest: God, the Son, Redeemer of the world,

People: Have mercy on us.

Priest: God, the Holy Ghost,

People: Have mercy on us.

Priest: Holy Trinity, one God,

People: Have mercy on us.

Priest: Jesus, Son of the Living God,

People: Have mercy on us.

Priest: Jesus, splendor of the Father,

People: Have mercy on us.

Priest: Jesus, brightness of eternal light,

People: Have mercy on us.

Priest: Jesus, King of glory,

People: Have mercy on us.

Priest: Jesus, sun of justice,

People: Have mercy on us.

Priest: Jesus, Son of the Virgin Mary,

People: Have mercy on us.

Priest: Jesus, most amiable,

People: Have mercy on us.

Priest: Jesus, most admirable,

People: Have mercy on us.

Priest: Jesus, mighty God,

People: Have mercy on us.

Priest: Jesus, Father of the world to come,

People: Have mercy on us.

Priest: Jesus, Angel of the great council,

People: Have mercy on us.

Priest: Jesus, most powerful,

People: Have mercy on us.

Priest: Jesus, most patient,

People: Have mercy on us.

Priest: Jesus, most obedient,

People: Have mercy on us.

Priest: Jesus, meek and humble of heart,

People: Have mercy on us.

Priest: Jesus, lover of chastity,

People: Have mercy on us.

Priest: Jesus, lover of us,

People: Have mercy on us.

Priest: Jesus, God of peace,

People: Have mercy on us.

Priest: Jesus, Author of life,

People: Have mercy on us.

Priest: Jesus, example of virtues,

People: Have mercy on us.

Priest: Jesus, zealous lover of souls,

People: Have mercy on us.

Priest: Jesus, our God,

People: Have mercy on us.

Priest: Jesus, our refuge,

People: Have mercy on us.

Priest: Jesus, Father of the poor,

People: Have mercy on us.

Priest: We adore Thee, O Christ, and bless Thee

People: Because by Thy Holy Cross Thou hast redeemed the world.

Priest: Let us pray.

Priest and People: Jesus my Love Who for love of me did hang in agony upon the Cross and while suffering after suffering was heaped upon You with all Your bodily pain did bear with infinite patience the most afflicting desolation of spirit, being forsaken by Your Eternal Father; pity all the faithful who are in their last agony, and pity me when I too shall be in mine. By the merits of Your most Precious Blood, grant us all Your grace that we may suffer with patience the pain and anguish of our last agony and so, joining our pains with Yours, be made partakers of Thy glory in Paradise.

Priest and People: My God, I believe in Thee; I hope in Thee; I love Thee. I repent of my sins because by them I have offended Thee.

FIFTH WORD

(kneel)

Priest and People: There was but one detail of prophecy which was yet unfulfilled. Years before the Royal Psalmist had said: “And they gave me gall for my food and in my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.” Well He knew that in answer to His words one of the soldiers would present to His parched and dying lips a sponge full of vinegar and hyssop, and that this would be all the refreshment He would receive from that earth on which He daily pours forth a heavenly dew, and to which He has given overflowing fountains and rivers. But He came to fulfill ALL and do a perfect work, and He breaks that awful silence by that word so expressive of suffering; it is His Fifth Word:

“I Thirst.”

DISCOURSE

(sit)

PRAYER

(kneel)

Priest and People: O loving and agonising Savior Your heartache from the Cross re-echoes in our hearts. We understand that You are pleading with us not for the wants of Your thirsting body but for the needs of Your thirsting soul. You are thirsting for our faith and our hope and our love. You are asking for our obedience to Your law, for the self-denial of our bodies for the chastity and the purity of our souls. Dearest Lord, grant us the grace to answer Your every prayer to us and to give You everything Your heart is pleading for. Do not permit us to keep You thirsting on Your Cross by our neglect, by our indifference, by our self-indulgence.

O Fountain of living waters, flood our souls with the torrents of Your grace so that we may deny You nothing that You ask or desire of us. As You thirst for our Love, we will give You our love. As You thirst for our loyalty, we will give You our loyalty. As You thirst in Your needy members who are the poor, the sick and the distressed, we will give help to You by giving help to them. “As long as you do it to one of these, My least brethern, you do it unto Me.”

And then, O Blessed Savior, give us an undying thirst for You. Fill our souls with a longing for You. Fill our hearts with friendship and love for You. Fill our minds with a consuming desire for Your eternal rewards in heaven where we will see You and be with You forever.

HYMN

(stand)

O SACRED HEART, O LOVE DIVINE

O Sacred Heart, O Love Divine,
  Do keep us near to Thee;
And make our love so like to Thine
  That we may holy be.

CHORUS

Heart of Jesus, hear,
  O Heart of love divine,
Listen to our prayers,
  Make us always Thine.

O Wounded Heart! O Font of Tears!
  O Throne of grief and pain!
Whereon for the eternal years
  Thy love for man does reign.

– Chorus

Ungrateful hearts, forgetful hearts
  The hearts of men have been,
To wound Thy side with cruel darts
  Which they have made by sin.

– Chorus

LITANY OF THE HOLY NAME (2)

(kneel)

Priest: Lord, have mercy on us.

People: Lord, have mercy on us.

Priest: Christ, have mercy on us.

People: Christ, have mercy on us.

Priest: Lord, have mercy on us.

People: Lord, have mercy on us.

Priest: Jesus, hear us.

People: Jesus, graciously hear us.

Priest: Jesus, treasure of the faithful,

People: Have mercy on us.

Priest: Jesus, Good Shepherd,

People: Have mercy on us.

Priest: Jesus, true light,

People: Have mercy on us.

Priest: Jesus, eternal wisdom,

People: Have mercy on us.

Priest: Jesus, infinite goodness,

People: Have mercy on us.

Priest: Jesus, our way and our life,

People: Have mercy on us.

Priest: Jesus, joy of Angels,

People: Have mercy on us.

Priest: Jesus, King of Patriarchs,

People: Have mercy on us.

Priest: Jesus, Master of Apostles,

People: Have mercy on us.

Priest: Jesus, Teacher of Evangelists,

People: Have mercy on us.

Priest: Jesus, strength of Martyrs,

People: Have mercy on us.

Priest: Jesus, light of Confessors,

People: Have mercy on us.

Priest: Jesus, purity of Virgins,

People: Have mercy on us.

Priest: Jesus, crown of all Saints,

People: Have mercy on us.

Priest: Be merciful unto us;

People: Spare us, O Jesus.

Priest: Be merciful unto us;

People: Graciously hear us, O Jesus.

Priest: From all evil,

People: Deliver us, O Jesus

Priest: From all sin,

People: Deliver us, O Jesus

Priest: From Thy wrath,

People: Deliver us, O Jesus

Priest: From the spirit of uncleanness,

People: Deliver us, O Jesus

Priest: From the snares of the devil,

People: Deliver us, O Jesus

Priest: From everlasting death,

People: Deliver us, O Jesus

Priest: From the neglect of Thy inspirations,

People: Deliver us, O Jesus

Priest: Through the Mystery of Thy holy Incarnation,

People: Deliver us, O Jesus

Priest: Through Thy Nativity,

People: Deliver us, O Jesus

Priest: Through Thine infancy,

People: Deliver us, O Jesus

Priest: Through Thy most divine life,

People: Deliver us, O Jesus

Priest: Through Thy labours,

People: Deliver us, O Jesus

Priest: Through Thine agony and passion,

People: Deliver us, O Jesus

Priest: Through Thy Cross and dereliction,

People: Deliver us, O Jesus

Priest: Through Thy faintness and weariness,

People: Deliver us, O Jesus

Priest: Through Thy death and burial,

People: Deliver us, O Jesus

Priest: Through Thy resurrection,

People: Deliver us, O Jesus

Priest: Through Thine ascension,

People: Deliver us, O Jesus

Priest: Through Thy institution of the Most Holy Eucharist,

People: Deliver us, O Jesus

Priest: Through Thy joys,

People: Deliver us, O Jesus

Priest: Through Thy glory,

People: Deliver us, O Jesus

Priest: Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, Spare us, O Jesus.

People: Spare us, O Jesus

Priest: Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world,

People: Graciously hear us, O Jesus.

Priest: Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world,

People: Have mercy on us, O Jesus.

Priest: Jesus, hear us.

People: Jesus, graciously hear us.

Priest: We adore Thee O Christ and bless Thee

People: Because by Thy Holy Cross Thou hast redeemed the world.

Priest: Let us pray.

Priest and People: Jesus my Love, Who for love of me did hang in agony upon the Cross, and Who insatiable in Your thirst for insults and sufferings, did will yet more and more to suffer, that all men might be saved, showing thereby that all the torrent of Your Passion was not enough to quench the thirst of Your most loving Heart; pity all the faithful who are in their last agony and pity me when I too shall be in mine. By the merits of Your most Precious Blood, kindle in our hearts such fire of charity as may make them burn to be united with Thee for all eternity.

Priest and People: My God I believe in Thee; I hope in Thee; I love Thee; I repent of my sins because by them I have offended Thee.

SIXTH WORD

(kneel)

Priest and People: The moment is at length come when Jesus is to yield up His soul to His Father. He has fulfilled every single prophecy that has been spoken of Him, even that of receiving vinegar when parched with thirst. He had now but to abandon Himself to death.

His head bends forward His eyes begin to close, and His lips become cold and livid. But that He might show the world that He died because He was pleased to do so in order to teach us to die well, after having taught us to live well; at the moment when men lose their speech, He, the God’Man, lifts up His head, opens His eyes, and fixing them on Heaven, speaks thus; it is His Sixth Word:

“It is consummated.”

DISCOURSE

(sit)

PRAYER

(kneel)

Priest and People: O Lord Jesus Christ we adore You and thank You as You utter Your sixth word on the Cross. We thank You for beginning the work of our salvation and for bringing that work to an end at this hour; for You now say “It is consummated; it is finished.” You have finished the work which Your Father commissioned You to do.

But, dear gentle Jesus, we at last realize that sin also has finished its dread work upon Your Body and Soul and Heart. At last we understand what sin does to You; we see the finished work of sin in Your wounded and bleeding Body; in the agony of Your great Soul; in the torment of Your Sacred Heart. The sins that have brought such anguish to You are our sins; our sins have helped to crucify You and to make of You a mockery. We confess our share in this finished work. By thought and deed we have scourged You; we have placed on Your brow the crown of thorns. By our malice in seeking forbidden things we have nailed to the Cross Your blessed hands and feet. By our mortal sins we have broken Your heart and brought this agony to Your Soul and Mind. Through these sins we have gained pleasure or wealth or advancement; but these sins have meant for You the scourges, the thorns, the nails of iron and the Cross of shame.

O wounded and dying Redeemer, we are most heartily sorry for all these sins, not only because we dread the loss of heaven I and fear the pains of hell; we are sorry because by these sins I we have lifted our hands to strike You, our Divine Friend, our most generous Benefactor. We are profoundly sorry because we have crucified You, O God Incarnate, and had a part in Your agony and death. Fill our hearts, O dearest Lord with deepest contrition. Lead us to You in Your confessional and lift from our souls this heavy burden of guilt.

And grant O merciful Savior that we too like unto You may stay on our cross of obedience and loyalty until our work in life is finished; until our souls are saved and we have died in Your loving arms.

HYMN

(stand)

LIKE A STRONG AND RAGING FIRE

Like a strong and raging fire
  In a narrow furnace pent
Glows the Sacred Heart’s desire
  In the Holy Sacrament.
Round the sacred furnace thronging,
  Shall these hearts refuse to burn?
Heart of love and tender longing
  Shall we make Thee no return?

CHORUS

Bending low in adoration,
  While our souls are borne above,
Hear our hymn of reparation
  Heart of Jesus! be our love.

Twas to cast abroad Love’s fire
  That our God from Heaven came;
May those sparks of love inspire,
  May we burn with that blest flame!
All our sins, our slights, our coldness,
  All our insults we deplore;
Pardon, Lord, our daring boldness,
  We will never wound Thee more.

– Chorus

Blessed Lord! Thy Heart is cloven
  With the Cross of bitter woe,
There are thorns around it woven,
  And the blood drops from It flow;
Let us take Thy Cross and bear it,
  Let Thy thorny crown be ours,
Twill be sweeter far to wear it
  Than a crown of fairest flowers.

– Chorus

LITANY OF THE SACRED HEART

(kneel)

Priest: Lord, have mercy on us.

People: Lord, have mercy on us.

Priest: Christ, have mercy on us.

People: Christ, have mercy on us.

Priest: Lord, have mercy on us.

People: Lord, have mercy on us.

Priest: Christ, hear us.

People: Christ, graciously hear us.

Priest: God the Father of heaven,

People: Have mercy on us.

Priest: God the Son, Redeemer of the world,

People: Have mercy on us.

Priest: God the Holy Ghost,

People: Have mercy on us.

Priest: Holy Trinity, one God,

People: Have mercy on us.

Priest: Heart of Jesus, Son of the Eternal Father,

People: Have mercy on us.

Priest: Heart of Jesus, formed by the Holy Ghost in the womb of the Virgin Mary,

People: Have mercy on us.

Priest: Heart of Jesus, substantially united to the Word of God,

People: Have mercy on us.

Priest: Heart of Jesus, infinite in majesty,

People: Have mercy on us.

Priest: Heart of Jesus, Holy Temple of God,

People: Have mercy on us.

Priest: Heart of Jesus, Tabernacle of the Most High,

People: Have mercy on us.

Priest: Heart of Jesus, House of God, and Gate of Heaven,

People: Have mercy on us.

Priest: Heart of Jesus, glowing furnace of charity,

People: Have mercy on us.

Priest: Heart of Jesus, abode of justice and love,

People: Have mercy on us.

Priest: Heart of Jesus, full of kindness and love,

People: Have mercy on us.

Priest: Heart of Jesus, abyss of all virtues,

People: Have mercy on us.

Priest: Heart of Jesus, most worthy of all praise,

People: Have mercy on us.

Priest: Heart of Jesus, King and centre of all hearts,

People: Have mercy on us.

Priest: Heart of Jesus, in whom are all the treasure of wisdom and knowledge,

People: Have mercy on us.

Priest: Heart of Jesus, in whom abides the fulness of the Godhead,

People: Have mercy on us.

Priest: Heart of Jesus, in whom the Father was well pleased,

People: Have mercy on us.

Priest: Heart of Jesus, of whose fulness we have all received,

People: Have mercy on us.

Priest: Heart of Jesus, desire of the eternal hills,

People: Have mercy on us.

Priest: Heart of Jesus, patient and abounding in mercy,

People: Have mercy on us.

Priest: Heart of Jesus, rich unto all that call upon Thee,

People: Have mercy on us.

Priest: Heart of Jesus, source of life and holiness,

People: Have mercy on us.

Priest: Heart of Jesus, atonement for our iniquities,

People: Have mercy on us.

Priest: Heart of Jesus, loaded with insults,

People: Have mercy on us.

Priest: Heart of Jesus, bruised for our sins,

People: Have mercy on us.

Priest: Heart of Jesus, made obedient unto death,

People: Have mercy on us.

Priest: Heart of Jesus, pierced by the lance,

People: Have mercy on us.

Priest: Heart of Jesus, source of all consolation,

People: Have mercy on us.

Priest: Heart of Jesus, our life and Resurrection,

People: Have mercy on us.

Priest: Heart of Jesus, our peace and Reconciliation,

People: Have mercy on us.

Priest: Heart of Jesus, victim of sin,

People: Have mercy on us.

Priest: Heart of Jesus, salvation of those who trust in Thee,

People: Have mercy on us.

Priest: Heart of Jesus, hope of those who die in Thee,

People: Have mercy on us.

Priest: Heart of Jesus, delight of all the Saints,

People: Have mercy on us.

Priest: Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,

People: Spare us, O Lord.

Priest: Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,

People: Graciously hear us, O Lord.

Priest: Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world.

People: Have mercy on us.

Priest: Jesus, meek and humble of Heart.

People: Make our hearts like unto Thine.

Priest: We adore Thee, O Christ, and bless Thee

People: Because by Thy Holy Cross Thou hast redeemed the world.

Priest: Let us pray.

Priest and People: Jesus my Love, Who for love of me die hang in agony upon the Cross, and from this pulpit of truth did announce that the work of our Redemption was finished – that work through which, from children of wrath and perdition, we became the children of God and the heirs of Heaven; pity all the faithful who are in their last agony, and pity me when I too shall be in mine. By the merits of Your most Precious Blood, detach us wholly from the world and from ourselves, and at the moment of our agony grant us the grace to offer You with all our hearts the sacrifice of our life in expiation for our sins.

Priest and People: My God I believe in Thee; I hope in Thee; I love Thee. I repent of my sins because by them I have offended Thee.

SEVENTH WORD

(kneel)

Priest and People: Jesus has now but to die. His death is to put the finishing stroke to our redemption, as the Prophets assure us. This Man, worn out by suffering, exhausted by His Three Hours’ Agony, Whose few words were scarcely audible to them that stood round His Cross, now utters a loud cry, which is heard at a great distance off, and fills the Centurion, who commands the guard, with fear and astonishment; it is His Seventh and Last Word:

“Father, into Thy hands I commend My Spirit.”

DISCOURSE

(sit)

PRAYER

(kneel)

Priest and People: O Lord Jesus Christ Savior and Redeemer of the world grant unto us who witness Your death the supreme grace of dying in Your love. We earnestly implore You now to take our souls and place them in the haven of Your Heart so that protected from all evil they may be found worthy of eternal happiness. Commend our souls now into the hands of Your Father so that when we die He may receive us into His ever-lasting mansions.

And dear Jesus, as You would not die except in the company of Your Mother, so send her to us in her power and love when we are in our last agony and when we are dying.

And thou, O most sorrowful Mother of Christ, help us to obtain for ourselves and our loved ones a full share in the merits of thy Divine Son so that His death may bring to all of us perseverance in His grace and eternal life. “Pray for us, O most holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.”

O Immaculate Mother of our Savior lead us now close to the Cross where thy Beloved Son is hanging in death. Obtain for us thy children the grace to take Him down from that Cross; to remove the nails from His poor feet and hands, to wipe away the spittal from the beauty of His brow, to close up His wounds, to bind up His broken Heart. All this we do by our sorrow, by our firm purpose of amendment, by the sincere confession of our sins. Mary dearest Mother, at this hour of grace we seem to hear thy own sweet voice pleading with us, encouraging us; we seem to hear thee saying to us: “Come to my Son in sorrow and in love. His feet are nailed to await your coming; His arms are stretched out to receive you; His side is opened and His Heart wounded to pour out all His graces upon you. His head is bowed to give you the kiss of reconciliation and of peace.”

Let us all then go up to His Cross; and let us live and die for Him as He has lived and died for us.

HYMN

(stand )

HAIL UNTO THEE

(melody: Come Holy Ghost, Creator Blest)

Jesus, as though Thyself were here,
I draw in trembling sorrow near,
And hanging o’er Thy form divine,
Kneel down to kiss these wounds of Thine.

Hail, awful brow; hail, thorny wreath;
Hail, holy face, now pale in death,
Whose glance but late so brightly blazed,
That angels trembled as they gazed.

Hail, unto Thee, my Savior’s side,
Hail unto Thee, Thou wound so wide,
Thou wound more ruddy than the rose,
True antidote for all our woes.

Oh! by these sacred hands and feet,
Wounded for me, I now entreat:
Jesus, oh, keep me at Thy side,
Let me in Thy sweet love abide.

LITANY OF SAINT JOSEPH, PATRON OF A HAPPY DEATH

(kneel)

Priest: Lord, have mercy on us.

People: Lord, have mercy on us.

Priest: Christ, have mercy on us.

People: Christ, have mercy on us.

Priest: Lord, have mercy on us.

People: Lord, have mercy on us.

Priest: Christ, hear us.

People: Christ, graciously hear us.

Priest: God, the Father of Heaven,

People: Have mercy on us.

Priest: God, the Son, Redeemer of the world,

People: Have mercy on us.

Priest: God, the Holy Ghost,

People: Have mercy on us.

Priest: Holy Trinity, one God,

People: Have mercy on us.

Priest: Holy Mary,

People: Pray for us.

Priest: Saint Joseph,

People: Pray for us.

Priest: Illustrious scion of David,

People: Pray for us.

Priest: Light of Patriarchs,

People: Pray for us.

Priest: Spouse of the Mother of God,

People: Pray for us.

Priest: Chaste guardian of the Virgin,

People: Pray for us.

Priest: Foster-father of the Son of God,

People: Pray for us.

Priest: Watchful defender of Christ,

People: Pray for us.

Priest: Head of the Holy Family,

People: Pray for us.

Priest: Joseph most just,

People: Pray for us.

Priest: Joseph most chaste,

People: Pray for us.

Priest: Joseph most prudent,

People: Pray for us.

Priest: Joseph most valiant,

People: Pray for us.

Priest: Joseph most obedient,

People: Pray for us.

Priest: Joseph most faithful,

People: Pray for us.

Priest: Mirror of patience,

People: Pray for us.

Priest: Lover of poverty,

People: Pray for us.

Priest: Model of workmen,

People: Pray for us.

Priest: Ornament of domestic life,

People: Pray for us.

Priest: Guardian of virgins,

People: Pray for us.

Priest: Pillar of families,

People: Pray for us.

Priest: Solace of the afflicted,

People: Pray for us.

Priest: Hope of the sick,

People: Pray for us.

Priest: Patron of the dying,

People: Pray for us.

Priest: Terror of demons,

People: Pray for us.

Priest: Protector of Holy Church,

People: Pray for us.

Priest: Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,

People: Spare us, O Lord.

Priest: Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,

People: Graciously hear us, O Lord.

Priest: Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,

People: Have mercy on us.

Priest: We adore Thee, O Christ, and bless Thee

People: Because by Thy Holy Cross Thou hast redeemed the world.

Priest: Let us pray.

Priest and People: Jesus my Love, Who for love of me did hang in agony upon the Cross, and Who in accomplishment of the great sacrifice did accept the will of Your Eternal Father, commending Your spirit into His hands, and so did bow Your head and die; pity all the faithful who are in their last agony, and pity me when I too shall be in mine. By the merits of Your most Precious Blood, give us in our agony an entire conformity to Your divine will that ready to live or die as it pleases You, we may desire nothing so much as that Your adorable will may ever find its full accomplishment in us.

Priest and People: My God I believe in Thee; I hope in Thee; I love Thee. I repent of my sins because by them I have offended Thee.

Priest: Let us pray.

Priest and People: Most Holy Mother of Sorrows, by that intense martyrdom which Thou didst suffer at the foot of the Cross during the three hours of the agony of Jesus, deign to aid us all, children of Thy sorrows, in our last agony, that by Thy prayers we may pass from our bed of death to adorn Thy crown in Paradise.

Priest and People:
  Mother of mercy,
  Mother of grace,
  Mary, help a fallen race;
  Shield us when the foe is nigh
  And receive us when we die.

Priest: From a sudden and unprovided death,

People: Deliver us, O Lord.

Priest: From the snares of the devil,

People: Deliver us, O Lord.

Priest: From everlasting death,

People: Deliver us, O Lord.

Priest: Let us pray.

Priest and People: O God Who for the salvation of the human race hast in the most bitter death of Thy Son made for us both an example and a refuge; grant, we beseech Thee, that in the last peril, at the hour of our death we may merit to obtain the full effect of His great charity, and be made partakers of our Redeemer’s glory; through the same Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen.

Priest and People: Jesus, Mary and Joseph, I give you my heart and soul. Jesus, Mary and Joseph, assist me in my last agony. Jesus, Mary and Joseph, may I breathe forth my soul with you in peace.

HYMN

(stand)

O LORD, I NOW DRAW NEAR THEE

(melody: “O Lord, I Am Not Worthy”)

O Lord, I now draw near Thee,
  Upon Thy Cross of death;
O keep me close beside Thee
  Until my dying breath.

I heed Thy message spoken
  That comes from out Thy soul;
I see Thy great Heart broken;
  O let me Thee console.

I caused Thy wounds, my Savior;
  I pierced Thy open side;
Have mercy on me, Jesus!
  In Thee I’ll e’er confide.

I praise Thee and I thank Thee
  For all Thy words of love;
O grant that they may lead me
  To Thy bright realms above

O Mary, grieving Mother!
  O heart-pierced Mother mine!
Lead me through all life’s dangers
  To Christ in bliss divine.

PRAYER

(kneel)

Priest: Let us pray.

Priest and People: O my Lord and Savior, support me in my last hour by the strong arms of Thy Sacraments, and the fragrance of Thy consolations. Let Thy absolving words be said over me, and the holy oil sign and seal me; and let Thine own Body be my food, and Thy Blood my sprinkling; and let Thy Mother Mary come to me, and my angel whisper peace to me, and Thy glorious saints and my own dear patrons smile at me, that in and through them all I may die as I desire to live, in Thy Church, in Thy faith, and in Thy love. Amen.

Priest: We adore Thee, O Christ, and we bless Thee

People: Because by Thy Holy Cross Thou hast redeemed the world.

Priest: Let us pray.

Priest and People: Divine Jesus, Incarnate Son of God, Who, for our salvation, did vouchsafe to be born in a stable; to pass Thy life in poverty, trials and misery, and to die amid the sufferings of the Cross, I entreat Thee, say to Thy Divine Father at the hour of my death: FATHER, FORGIVE HIM: say to Thy beloved Mother: BEHOLD THY SON: say to my soul: THIS DAY THOU SHALT BE WITH ME IN PARADISE. My God, my God, forsake me not in that hour. I THIRST, yes, my God, my soul thirsteth after Thee Who art the fountain of living waters. My life passeth like a shadow; yet a little while and all will be consummated. Wherefore, my adorable Savior, from this moment for all eternity, INTO THY HANDS I COMMEND MY SPIRIT. Lord Jesus, receive my soul. Amen.

Blessing with Relic of True Cross.

The Our Father, Hail Mary, and Gloria – five times.

HYMNS

JESUS CRUCIFIED

Oh! come and mourn with me awhile,
  See, Mary calls us to her side.
Oh! come and let us mourn with her,
  Jesus, our Love is crucified!
Have we no tears to shed for Him,
  While soldiers scoff and Jews deride?
Ah! look how patiently He hangs,
  Jesus, our Love, is crucified.

How fast His hands and feet are nail’d,
  His blessed tongue with thirst is tied,
His failing eyes are blind with blood,
  Jesus, our Love, is crucified!
His mother cannot reach His face,
  She stands in helplessness beside,
Her heart is martyr’d with her Son’s,
  Jesus, our Love, is crucified.

Seven times He spoke, seven words of love,
  And all three hours His silence cried
For mercy on the souls of men,
  Jesus, our Love, is crucified!
What was Thy crime, my dearest Lord?
  By earth, by Heav’n Thou hast been tried,
And guilty found of too much love,
  Jesus, our Love, is crucified.

ECCE HOMO

Ecce Homo, see the Savior,
  Scourged by Pilate’s stern command;
Those He loved and blessed and toiled for,
  Void of pity, round Him stand.
No complaining sound escapes Him,
  Neither murmurs, groans, nor sighs;
But a world of bitter anguish
  Looks from His forgiving eyes.

Ecce Homo, robed in purple,
  By His blood more deeply dyed;
Crowned with thorns, a reed His sceptre,
  While the cruel Jews deride.
See the crimson drops outgushing
  O’er His sacred temple fall;
While the crowd, untouched by pity,
  For His death more loudly call.

Ecce Homo, Lord of glory,
  We behold Thee, scorned, reviled;
May Thy sadly mournful story
  Make us humble, patient, mild.
Bend our hearts to Thee forever,
  That we may earth’s pomp lay down;
And at last, in endless glory,
  See Thee wear Thy thornless crown.

BENEATH THE CROSS

Beneath the Cross the mournful mother standing
  Beneath the Cross we hear her gentle moan,
The Well-Beloved her tender care commanding,
  And as her Son she “takes Him to her own.”

CHORUS

Jesus said: “Son behold thy mother,”
  And in that Son, her children we became.
Then, Mary blest, ah! show thyself our mother,
  For Jesus’ sake thy tender care we claim.

O Mother, thou above all mothers grieving,
  Within thy heart the sevenfold sword hath passed,
When Jesus’ heart upon the Cross was bleeding,
  Each drop of blood outpoured unto the last.

– Chorus

SACRED FEET

O sacred feet, all gashed and torn;
  Bruised by the hammer’s cruel blows!
Bathed in the life-blood, dripping down,
  From anguished heart in bitter throes.

CHORUS

I press you to my lips in tears,
  With contrite sorrow, fervent sigh;
Dear precious wounds, God’s bleeding prayers,
  Oh, plead for me when death draws nigh.

O mangled hands, transfixed and wan,
  In suppliance raised to Heaven above!
Pierced by the nails that torture wrung
  From breaking heart of burning love.

– Chorus

O sacred refuge, tender side,
  Rent by the lance with cruel thrust!
There, where His heart is, let me hide!
  There, where His love is, let me trust!

– Chorus

STABAT MATER

Who could see, from tears refraining,
Christ’s dear Mother uncomplaining,
  In so great a sorrow bowed?

Who, unmoved, behold her languish
Underneath His cross of anguish,
  ‘Mid the fierce, unpitying crowd?

For His people’s sins, th’ All-Holy
She beheld a victim lowly,
  Bleed in torments, bleed and die.

Saw her Well-beloved taken,
Saw her Child in death forsaken,
  Heard His last expiring cry.

Fount of love and sacred sorrow,
Mother, may my spirit borrow,
  Sadness from the holy woe.

May my spirit turn within me;
Love for God, and great love win me;
  Grace to please Him here below.

Those five wounds of Jesus smitten
Mother, in my heart be written,
  Deep as in thine own they be.

Thou my Savior’s Cross that bearest,
Thou thy Son’s rebuke that sharest,
  Let me share them both with thee.

In the passion of my Maker
Make my sinful soul partaker,
  Let me weep till death with thee.

Let me keep with thee my station,
Watching with thee my salvation,
  Wrought upon th’ atoning tree.