Jesus goes with the apostles to Gethsemane. With great trembling and fear he prays to the father to release him from his sufferings, while the apostles sleep. Finally, after several hours of agonizing prayers, Jesus goes out to be handed over to his enemies. (Mt 26:36-46; Mk 14:32-42; Lk 22:39-46)
1. (S) Jesus and his eleven apostles come to a small estate, a garden called Gethsemane, at the foot of the Mount of Olives, where they had often come to pray.
2. (S) He says to his disciples, "Stay here while I go over there to pray." He takes Peter, James and John with him. And sadness and distress come over him.
3. (S) "My soul is sorrowful to the point of death," he says to them. "Wait here and keep awake." Going on a bit further, he falls on his face and prays.
4. (S) "My Father," Jesus says, "if it is possible, let this cup pass me by. Nevertheless, let it be as you, not I, would have it."
5. (A) Jesus sees all the sins of mankind as he prays. Satan displays increasingly horrible visions before him, taunting, "Would you take even this sin on yourself?"
6. (S) Jesus returns to the apostles and finds them sleeping. He says to Peter, "Simon, are you asleep? Were you not able to watch with me one hour?
7. (S) "You should be awake and praying to not be put to the test. The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak." Again, a second time he goes away and prays.
8. (S) "My Father, if this cup cannot pass by without my drinking it, your will be done." An angel appears to him from heaven, to give him strength.
9. (S) Entering deeply into his agony, Jesus prays even more earnestly, and his sweat becomes like drops of blood falling down upon the ground.
10. (S) He goes back and finds the apostles sleeping again, their eyes are so heavy. And they can find no answer for him. He goes away and prays for a third time.
(S) Finally, he returns and says, "Sleep on now and take your rest. The hour has come when the Son of Man is to be betrayed..."
O, my Jesus...
Pilate, to placate the crowd, hands Jesus over to be scourged. Six drunken soldiers take turns furiously beating Our Lord. His flesh is mercilessly torn from head to toe, front and back, all in the presence of his mother. (Mt 27:15-26; Mk 15:6-15; Jn 18:38-19:1)
1. (S) On the occasion of a festival the governor was accustomed to release to the crowd any one prisoner whom they chose. They had at the time a notorious prisoner named Barabbas.
2. (S) Therefore, having them all assembled there, he says to them, "Which one do you wish me to release to you, Barabbas or Jesus, the so-called Messiah?"
3. (S) The chief priest and elders have convinced the crowd to ask for Barabbas so they shout, "Not this man but Barabbas!" So Pilate has taken Jesus taken away to be scourged.
4. (A,M,T) Our Lord is led to a pillar where many times criminals have been scourged to death. Three pairs of drunken executioners prepare for their brutal task.
5. (A,M,T) Jesus is ordered to remove all his clothing in the presence of a great multitude, including his grief-stricken mother. Our Lord stands naked before this crowd.
6. (A,T) His bound hands are raised up by a rope to a ring at the top of a pillar, so that his feet just barely touch the ground. He is facing the pillar.
7. (A,M) The first two scourgers begin their violent assault with undisguised pleasure, using hard, thick cords, full of knots. Their fifteen minute ritual rends them exhausted.
8. (A,M) Jesus' body is now black and blue, and red, and covered with welts and tumors. Two more scourgers take over, using harder, more piercing whips.
9. (A,M) The blows from these weapons tear Jesus' flesh to pieces. His blood pours out, staining their arms. He groans, prays and shudders.
10. (A) Two more executioners take over using metal tipped scourges. These penetrate to the bone, tearing off pieces of sacred flesh with each blow.
(T) They then turn Jesus, and repeat this cruelty on his front. Finally, he is released, limp and still praying, to the ground.
O, my Jesus...