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INTRODUCTION
THE passion of Jesu Christ confounds the fiend; it destroys his deceits and his snares; it slackens fleshly temptations; it clarifies the mind to covet only Jesu Christ’s love. Fasten in thine heart the memory of his passion: I wot nothing, that shall so inwardly take thine heart to covet God’s love, and to desire the joy of heaven, and to despise vanities of this world, as stedfast thinking on the hurts and the wounds, and on the death of Jesu Christ. It will raise thy thought above earthly pleasure, and set thine heart burning in Christ’s love, and purchase into thy soul delightability and savour of heaven.
MEDITATION ON THE PASSION
by Richard Rolle (14th century)

Sweet Lord Jesu Christ, I thank thee and yield thee grace for that sweet prayer and for that holy orison that thou madest before the holy passion for us on the mount of Olivet.

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless You
because by Your Holy Cross you have redeemed the world!
Our Father, Hail Mary

Sweet Lord Jesu Christ, I thank thee and yield thee grace for that great fearfulness that thou hadst for our sakes, when thou became so full of anguish that an angel of heaven came to comfort thee, when thou sweatest blood for anguish.

I pray thee, Lord, and beseech thee, for thy sweet memory, that thou be mine help in all mine anguish and my temptations, and send me, Lord, the angel of counsel and of comfort in all my needs, that I may turn, through that sweat, out of all sickness of soul and body into life and health.

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless You
because by Your Holy Cross you have redeemed the world!
Our Father, Hail Mary

Sweet Jesu, I thank thee and yield thee grace for the pains and anguishes and shames and felonies that men did thee, and that by treachery; men binding thee as a thief, without mercy or pity. Lord, I thank thee for those sweet and piteous paces that thou wentest for love of us towards thine own pain and thine own death.

I pray thee, Lord, and beseech thee that thou unbind us of the bonds of all our sins, as thou suffered to be bound for love of us.

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless You
because by Your Holy Cross you have redeemed the world!
Our Father, Hail Mary

Sweet Lord Jesu Christ, I thank thee and yield thee grace for that sweet prayer and for that holy orison that thou madest before the holy passion for us on the mount of Olivet.

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless You
because by Your Holy Cross you have redeemed the world!
Our Father. Hail Mary.

Sweet Lord Jesu Christ, I thank thee and yield thee grace for that great fearfulness that thou hadst for our sakes, when thou became so full of anguish that an angel of heaven came to comfort thee, when thou sweatest blood for anguish.

I pray thee, Lord, and beseech thee, for thy sweet memory, that thou be mine help in all mine anguish and my temptations, and send me, Lord, the angel of counsel and of comfort in all my needs, that I may turn, through that sweat, out of all sickness of soul and body into life and health.

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless You
because by Your Holy Cross you have redeemed the world!
Our Father. Hail Mary.

Sweet Jesu, I thank thee and yield thee grace for the pains and anguishes and shames and felonies that men did thee, and that by treachery; men binding thee as a thief, without mercy or pity. Lord, I thank thee for those sweet and piteous paces that thou wentest for love of us towards thine own pain and thine own death.

I pray thee, Lord, and beseech thee that thou unbind us of the bonds of all our sins, as thou suffered to be bound for love of us.

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless You
because by Your Holy Cross you have redeemed the world!
Our Father. Hail Mary.
I thank thee, sweet Lord Jesu Christ, for the pains and for the shames that thou suffered before the high-priests and the masters of the Law, and thine enemies; for the buffets and for nakedness, and for many other shames that thou suffered. And, among other, I thank thee, Lord, for the look that thou looked to thy disciple that had forsaken thee, saint Peter; thou looked to him with a glance of mery when thou wert in thy most anguish and thy most pain; openly thou shewed there the love and the charity that thou had to us, that neither shame nor pain nor anything else may withdraw thine heart from us, so far as in thee is. Sweet Lord, full of mercy and pity, may we through that blessed look of thine, turn to thy grace and repent us of our trepass and of our misdeed, so that with saint Peter we many come to thy mercy.
We adore you O Christ and we bless you
because by Your Holy Cross you have redeemed the world!
Our Father. Hail Mary.
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