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The Prayer of Jesus in the Garden; Mediations on the Passion Of Jesus for LENT

Thursday, February 24, 2005

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Saint Gemma pray for us and lead us to a greater love of Christ Our Lord.!! Posted by Hello
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“If you really want to love Jesus, first learn to suffer, because suffering teaches you to love.” St. Gemma Galgani (1878-1903)
Additional Lenten meditations can be found at the links provided below and above.
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The Prayer of Jesus in the Garden

They went to a place called Gethsemani, and Jesus said to his disciples,
"Sit here while I pray."Mark 14, 32

Jesus praying in the garden. The scene of the agony in the garden was an ancient olive farm where our blessed Lord frequently retired to pray to his Father. The time was about midnight on the eve of the first Good Friday. The paschal moon, filtering through the olive trees, spotlights this dramatic scene.

Our blessed Lord prostrates himself upon the rocky soil clutching at the very ground for support. He groans in distress and writhes in physical agony. His usual calmness deserts him as he keeps repeating the same prayer over and over again: "Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done."

Great beads of sweat appear on the face of Jesus as a shattering storm engulfs his soul. Gradually, the sweat turned in crimson as his prayer increased in its intensity. Soon, his entire body perspires...a sweat of blood.

What are the causes of this internal martyrdom of our Lord? What is this "cup" which he pleads with his Father to remove? He has just witnessed a `Preview of his Passion.' Picture after picture, the various sufferings of the Passion flashed through his mind. The crucifixion, stark and terrifying, loomed up before him and caused his sensitive soul to recoil in terror. Once again he pleads with his Father, ` If it is possible...'

Yet Christ did not run away from the Cross and the suffering that he knew awaited. Nor did he take the easy way out. He suffered this incredible agony in reparation for our sins. The conclusion is obvious. We cannot live a "comfort-at -all-costs" philosophy of life. To follow Christ calls for an unrelenting struggle with the tendencies to sin found in the make-up of each of us.

Prayer

Come, let us adore Jesus Christ praying in the garden.

When Jesus arrived at Gethsemani, he said to his disciples:
"Stay here while I go over there and pray."


Psalm 69, 2-9

O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you;
my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you,
in a dry and weary land where there is no water.
I have seen you in the sanctuary
and beheld your power and your glory.

Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you.
I will praise you as long as I live,
and in your name I will lift up my hands.
My soul will be satisfied as with the richest of foods;
with singing lips my mouth will praise you.

On my bed I remember you;
I think of you through the watches of the night.
Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings.
My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me.

Reading: Hebrews 5, 7-8


During the days of Jesus' life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. Although he was a son, he learned obedience from what he suffered .

Intercessions


Lord Jesus, you taught us to watch and pray, lest we be overcome by temptation. We confidently ask you: Lord, share with us your own spirit of prayer.

By your prayer in the garden, you prepared for your passion and death,

- help us, your disciples, to be in intimate communion with our God in every event of our life.

In the garden , you persevered in prayer even when distressed to the sweating of blood;

- grant that, by prayer, we may live with God despite distress and sorrow.

Lord, at your Father's bidding, you gladly drank the cup of your passion;

-create in us a like thirst to do the Father's will.

Sustained by your prayer, you gave yourself up to those who seized you unjustly;

-help us to find in prayer the strength to be faithful in trials and difficulties.
-grant in us a spirit of continual conversion to Your Divine Will and that we may die to self so that we may live for Christ.

Our Father...
Hail Mary....
Glory Be...

Lord our Merciful God,
in his agony in the garden,
Jesus, your Son, taught us by word and example
how to pray in time of trial.
Keep us always faithful to prayer,
that we may reap its rich harvest of grace.

We ask this though our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Click here to read meditations on the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Holy Rosary!!
Click here to read the text of "The Dolorous Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ" by Blessed Anna Katherine Emmerich!!
Click here to view The Decree on the Indulgence for the Year of the Eucharist!!
Click here to view: "RECONCILIATIO ET PAENITENTIA" (On Reconciliation And Penance)by His Holiness Pope John Paul II
Click here to view "REPENT AND BELIEVE IN THE GOSPEL" by His Holiness Pope John Paul II
Click her to go to the SEVEN JOYS OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY:Franciscan Crown!!!
Click here to go to the SEVEN SORROWS OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY: Servite Chaplet!!
Click here to go to the LENTEN COMPANION: Illustrated Online Stations of the Cross!!!
Click here to go to more information on the Examination of Conscience!!
Click here for a excellent article about the Examination of Conscience!!
Click here to go to EWTN's wonderful website!!
Click here to find a Catholic Church near you and Mass times and times for the Sacrament of Penance!!
You may click here to be directed to a site where you can pray the Rosary Online!!!
You may click here to learn about the Divine Mercy!!!
Click here to read about Saint Gemma, who is one of my favorite Saints and who had a wonderful devotion to Our Lord's Passion!!
Click here to go to the website for the Passionists!!
You may click here to go to the online Perpetual Adoration Chapel with a live webcast!!!
You may click here to read several homilies by a wonderful Catholic Priest here in Minnesota
You may click here to find a Perpetual Adoration Chapel near you throughout the US and Canada!!!
You can click here to find a Adoration Chapel in all other parts of our world!!!
Click here to find out how to purchase the book "A Doctor at Calvary", which is a excellent book to help you further meditate on Our Lord's Suffering and Passion during Lent or anytime of the year!!
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