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    • Meditations on the Crucifixion Recommendation: Please read the contents of one of the 20 mysteries meditations before you start your prayer. Some of these presentations (e.g. The Fifth Sorrowful Mystery: The Crucifixion) contains over 60 slides. With so much spiritual food that it is best to read and contemplate on a few of the slides each time. We welcome biblical scholars, theologians, lecturers and professors of theological institutions and seminaries and lay people around the world to contribute precious pictures and words to accompany specific scenes in the Rosary in Visual Art. You can contribute through the BLOG on our website.
    • Fifth Sorrowful Mystery The CrucifixionJesus uttered a loud cry and said,“Father, into thy hands, I commend myspirit.” After he said this, he expired. Fruit of the mystery: Perseverance Forgiveness & Conversion of sinners. (St. Louis de Montfort )
    • Stripping of garmentsNailing to the Cross
    • 1.*Jesus is stripped of his garments. “My innocent Jesus, by the torment You suffered in being stripped of your garments, help me to strip myself of all attachment for the things of the earth that I may place all my love in You who are so worthy of my love.” (St. Alphonsus Liguori)El Greco, Christ is stripped of His Garments, 1577. Toledo Cathedral. Spain
    •  It was already the sixth hour, which corresponds to our noontime, and the executioners, intending to crucify the Savior naked, despoiled Him of the seamless tunic and of his garments. As the tunic was large and without opening in front, they pulled it over the head of Jesus without taking off the crown of thorns; but on account of the rudeness with which they proceeded, they inhumanly tore off the crown with the tunic. Thus they opened anew all the wounds of his head. With heartless cruelty they again forced it down upon his sacred head, opening up wounds upon wounds. By the rude tearing off of the tunic were renewed also the wounds of his whole body, since the tunic had dried into the open places and its removal was, as David says, adding new pains to his wound (Ps. 68, 27). Four times during the Passion did they despoil Jesus of his garments and again vest Him. The first time in order to scourge him at the pillar; the second time in order to clothe Him in the mock purple; the third when they took this off in order to clothe Him in his tunic; the fourth, when they finally took away his clothes. This last was the most painful, because his wounds were more numerous, his holy humanity was much weakened, and there was less shelter against the sharp wind on mount Calvary; for also this element was permitted to increase the sufferings of his death-struggle by sending its cold blasts across the mount. {Mary of Agreda)
    • 2.**Christ is nailed to the cross You have shown us, Jesus, that forgiveness is a great sign of love. In the act of forgiving, we claim nothing for ourselves, but are concerned only with the good of the other. Help us to take those first selfless steps to forgive those who have hurt us.Francisco Ribalta, Christ Nailed to the Cross, 1582, Hermitage. St. Petersburg.
    • Extraordinary description of the actual Cruxicifixion. In order to find the places for the auger-holes on the Cross, the executioners haughtily commanded the Creator of the universe (O dreadful temerity!), to stretch Himself out upon it. The Teacher of humility obeyed without hesitation. But they, following their inhuman instinct of cruelty, marked the places for the holes, not according to the size of his body, but larger, having in mind a new torture for their Victim. Presently one of the executioners seized the hand of Jesus our Savior and placed it upon the auger-hole while another hammered a large and rough nail through the palm. When they stretched out the other hand, they found that it did not reach up to the auger-hole; for the sinews of the other arm had been shortened and the executioners had maliciously set the holes too far apart, as I have mentioned above. In order to overcome the difficulty, they took the chain with which the Savior had been bound in the garden, and looping one end through a ring around his wrist, they, with unheard of cruelty, pulled the hand over the hole and fastened it with another nail. Thereupon they seized his feet, and placing them one above the other, they tied the same chain around both and stretched them with barbarous ferocity down to the third hole. Then they drove through both feet a large nail into the Cross.
    •  Then they dragged the lower end of the Cross with the crucified God near to the hole, wherein it was to be planted. Some of them getting under the upper part of the Cross with their shoulders, others pushing upward with their halberds and lances, they raised the Savior on his Cross and fastened its foot in the hole they had drilled into the ground. I must not omit mentioning another barbarity inflicted upon the Lord as they raised Him: for some of them placed the sharp points of their lances and halberds to his body and fearfully lacerating Him under the armpits in helping to push the Cross into position. At this spectacle new cries of protest arose with still more vehemence and confusion from the multitude of people. The Jews blasphemed, the kind-hearted lamented, the strangers were astounded, some of them called the attention of the bystanders to the proceedings, others turned away their heads in horror and pity; others took to themselves a warning from this spectacle of suffering, and still others proclaimed Him a just Man. All these different sentiments were like arrows piercing the heart of the afflicted Mother. The sacred body now shed much blood from the nail wounds, which, by its weight and the shock of the Cross falling into the hole, had widened. They were the fountains, now opened up, to which Isaias invites us to hasten with joy to quench our thirst and wash off the stains of our sins. (Mary of Agreda. The Mystical city of God)
    • ForgivenessThe Good thief
    • 3.**** “Father, Forgive them for they know not whatthey do.” It is not in our power not to feel or toforget an offense, but the heart that offers itself to the HolySpirit turns injury into compassion and purifies the memoryin transforming the hurt into intercession. (Catechism)Robert Bailey. Forgive them. Bailey Art & Publishing Inc. Spruce Grove. Alberta.
    • 3A. “Father, Forgive them for they know not whatthey do.”Jesus not only forgives but makes excuses for hisenemies. “Love your enemies, do good to those whohate you, bless those who curse you, pray for thosewho abuse you.” (Lk. 6: 27-28)Robert Bailey. Forgive them. Bailey Art & Publishing Inc. Spruce Grove. Alberta.
    • 3B “Father, Forgive them”“My children, ask the Father to extend His salvation andforgiveness to your enemies. Pray for those who abuse you,or hurt you in any form. Ask the Father that they will also becleansed by the blood of Jesus.”Robert Bailey. Forgive them. Bailey Art & Publishing Inc. Spruce Grove. Alberta.
    •  As the wood of the Cross was the throne of majesty and the chair of the doctrine of life, and as He was now raised upon it, confirming his doctrine by his example, Christ now uttered those words of highest charity and perfection: "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do!" (Luke 23, 34.) This principle of charity and fraternal love the divine Teacher had appropriated to himself and proclaimed by his own lips (John 15, 12; Matth. 15, 44). He now confirmed and executed it upon the Cross, not only pardoning and loving his enemies, but excusing those under the plea of ignorance whose malice had reached the highest point possible to men in persecuting, blaspheming and crucifying their God and Redeemer. Such was the difference between the behavior of ungrateful men favored with so great enlightenment, instruction and blessing; and the behavior of Jesus in his most burning charity while suffering the crown of thorns, the nails, and the Cross and unheard of blasphemy at the hands of men. O incomprehensible love! O ineffable sweetness! O patience inconceivable to man, admirable to the angels and fearful to the devils! (Mary of Agreda. Mystical City of God.)
    •  One day Blessed Angela of Foligno begged our Lord to let her know by which religious exercise she could honour him best. He appeared to her nailed to his cross and said, "My daughter, look at my wounds." She then realized that nothing pleases our dear Lord more than meditating upon his sufferings. Then he showed her the wounds on his head and revealed still other sufferings and said to her, "I have suffered all this for your salvation. What can you ever do to return my love for you?" How great must be the happiness and jubilation of the whole heavenly court and what glory for our Blessed Lord himself to see us here on earth meditating devoutly and lovingly on his humiliations and torments and on his cruel and shameful death! Is there anything that could touch our hearts more surely and bring us to sincere repentance? (St. Louis de Montfort)
    • 4.** “ Remember me ”The good thief accepted his suffering and was saved. The bad thiefrejected the cross leading to his perdition. Suffering makes souls grow ifthey accept it with love and submission but it is an occasion of perditionfor those who revolt against God. Sufferings are the pre-eminent gracesof God.Titian. 1566. Christ and the Good Thief. Pinacoteca Nazionale
    • 4A. “ Remember me ”Bad thief: “Save thyself and us too, if thou art the Christ”Good thief: “ Remember me when you come into thy kingdom.”Jesus: “I promise you, this day you shall be with me in paradise.” Titian. 1566. Christ and the Good Thief. Pinacoteca Nazionale
    •  One of the two thieves, called Dismas, became aware of some of the mysteries. Being assisted at the same time by the prayers and intercession of most holy Mary, he was interiorly enlightened concerning his Rescuer and Master by the first word on the Cross. Moved by true sorrow and contrition for his sins, he turned to his companion and said: "Neither dost thou fear God, seeing that thou art under the same condemnation? And we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward of our deeds; but this Man hath done no evil." And thereupon speaking to Jesus, he said: "Lord, remember me when Thou shalt come into thy kingdom!" (Luke 23, 40.). In this happiest of thieves, in the centurion and in the others who confessed Jesus Christ on the Cross, began to appear the results of the Redemption. But the one most favored was this Dismas, who merited to hear the second word of the Savior on the Cross: "Amen, I say to thee, this day shalt thou be with Me in Paradise." (Mary of Agreda)
    • Behold thy MotherWords of the Queen on: I am your mother.Words of Jesus on: Mistress of angels and men
    • 5.*** “Woman, Behold thy son. This is your mother.” “Live ever in deep gratitude to Jesus for having given you this last gift of His, words that you should never forget: Behold your Mother. Accept me into your life, that I may be able to help you…” (Gobbi)Lucas Cranach the Elder, The Crucifixion, 1503, Munich.
    • 5A. “Woman, Behold thy son. This is your mother.” “Beneath the Cross, through the will of my Son Jesus. I became your Mother and of the entire human race. I have always been close to everyone as a loving and sorrowful mother. I have carried in my heart the sufferings of all. I have become the mother of all sorrows. It is these sufferings which are preparing the new times, the rise of the new era. It is the travail of the new birth.” (Gobbi)Lucas Cranach the Elder, The Crucifixion, 1503, Munich.
    • 5B. “Woman, Behold thy son. This is your mother.” “The Mother of Christ, who stands at the very center of this mystery---a mystery which embraces each individual and all humanity—is given as mother to every single individual and all mankind. The man at the foot of the Cross is John, ‘the disciple whom he loved.’ but he is not alone. Mary is the mother of mankind, the mother of members of Christ.” (Pope John Paul II)Lucas Cranach the Elder, The Crucifixion, 1503, Munich.
    •  Jesus turned his loving gaze upon his afflicted Mother, who with saint John was standing at the foot of the Cross. Speaking to both, he first addressed his Mother, saying: "Woman, behold thy son! and then to the Apostle: "Beho1d thy Mother!" (John 19, 26.) The Lord called Her Woman and not Mother, because this name of Mother had in it something of sweetness and consolation, the very pronouncing of which would have been a sensible relief. During his Passion He would admit of no exterior consolation, having renounced for that time all exterior alleviation and easement, as I have mentioned above. By this word "woman he tacitly and by implication wished to say: Woman blessed among all women, the most prudent among all the daughters of Adam, Woman, strong and constant, unconquered by any fault of thy own, unfailing in my service and most faithful in thy love toward Me, which even the mighty waters of my Passion could not extinguish or resist (Cant. 8, 7), I am going to my Father and cannot accompany Thee further; my beloved disciple will attend upon Thee and serve Thee as his Mother, and he will be thy son.
    •  “Beneath the Cross, through the will of my Son Jesus. I became your Mother and of the entire human race. I have always been close to everyone as a loving and sorrowful mother. I have carried in my heart the sufferings of all. I have become the mother of all sorrows. It is these sufferings which are preparing the new times, the rise of the new era. It is the travail of the new birth.” “I am the most pure Mother and I receive with maternal affection those who fervently and devoutly desire to be my children and servants in the Lord. I shall embrace them with open arms and shall be their Intercessor and Advocate. Thy poverty, uselessness and weakness shall be for me only a more urgent motive for manifesting toward thee my most liberal kindness. Therefore, I call upon thee to become my chosen and beloved daughter in the holy Church.” (Mary of Agreda)
    •  “I shall make the fulfillment of my promise depend upon a service on thy part: namely, that thou have a true and holy emulation of Saint John, and of all the blessings flowing from it, by imitating him as perfectly as thy powers will allow. Hence, thou must promise to fulfill all that I now command thee, without failing in the least point. I desire, then, that thou labor until all love of self die within thee.” thee “I desire that thou seek to restore within thee that dove- like sincerity and simplicity which destroys all malice and duplicity. In all thy doings thou must be an angel, since the condescension of the Most High with thee was so great as to furnish thee with the light and intelligence more of an angel than that of human.” (Mary of Agreda)
    •  “I have procured for thee these great blessings and, therefore, it is but reasonable on my part to expect thee to correspond with them in thy works and in thy thoughts. In regard to me thou must cherish a continual affection and loving desire of pleasing and serving me, being always attentive to my counsels and having thy eyes fixed upon me in order to know and execute what I command. Then shalt thou be my true daughter, and I shall be thy Protectress and loving Mother.” “My dearest, the purity which I require of thee must be greater than that of an angel; and if thou strive after it thou wilt become my dearest child, as saint John, and a most beloved and favored spouse of my Son and Lord. His example and the ruin of Judas should continually serve thee as a stimulus and as a warning, to seek only after my love and to be sincerely thankful for the love shown thee without thy merit.” (Mary of Agreda)
    • 5C. “Woman, Behold thy son. This is your mother.” “Her I constitute my sole and universal Heiress of all the gifts of nature, of grace and of glory that are mine. She shall be Mistress and Possessor of them all. I desire that She shall be Mistress of angels and men, claim over them full possession and dominion and command the service and obedience of all.. I wish also that She be the Treasurer and Dispenser of all the goods in heaven and on earth. Whatever She shall ask for mortals now, afterwards and forever, We shall concede according to her will and wishes." (Mary of Agreda)Lucas Cranach the Elder, The Crucifixion, 1503, Munich.
    •  “First shall be mentioned my most pure Mother, who gave Me human existence; Her I constitute my sole and Universal Heiress of all the gifts of nature, of grace and of glory that are mine. She shall be Mistress and Possessor of them all. The gifts of grace, of which as a mere creature She is capable, She shall actually receive now, while those of glory I promise to confer upon Her in their time. I desire that She shall be Mistress of angels and men, claim over them full possession and dominion and command the service and obedience of all. The demons shall fear Her and be subject to Her. All the irrational creatures, the heavens, the stars, the planets, the elements with all the living beings, the birds, the fishes and the animals contained in them, shall likewise be subject to Her and acknowledge Her as Mistress, exalting and glorifying Her with Me. I wish also that She be the Treasurer and Dispenser of all the goods in heaven and on earth. Whatever She ordains and disposes in my Church for my children, the sons of men, shall be confirmed by the three divine Persons; and whatever She shall ask for mortals now, afterwards and forever, We shall concede according to her will and wishes.” (Mary of Agreda. The mystical city of God,)
    • Why have you forsaked meI am thirstyWords of the Queen on: Stay beneath the Cross.
    • 6.** “My God, My God, Why hast thou forsaken me” “I sought consolers but I found none. Not here beneath the cross are his friends and disciples. With John, I want all of you to stay beneath the Cross. Live beneath the Cross, out of love and for the salvation of all.” (Gobbi)
    • 6A. “My God, My God, Why hast thou forsaken me” “At least you my beloved ones, remain with me beneath the Cross, together with your brother John, to give comfort and consolation to your sorrowful Mother, pierced once again by the sword of such a vast rejection. Unite your sorrow with mine, to implore once again the miracle of Divine Mercy upon the world.” (Gobbi)
    •  The fourth word of Christ was addressed to the eternal Father: "God, my God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?" The evil spirits discovered in these words that the charity of God toward men was boundless and everlasting; that, in order to satisfy it, He had mysteriously suspended the influence of the Divinity over his most sacred humanity, thus permitting his sufferings to reach the highest degree and to draw from them the most abundant fruits. ----Mary of Agreda. Mystical City of God.
    •  “Stay with me, beloved sons, beneath the Cross, together with your brother John. There is such need for comfort. There is such need for faith. There is such need for love. There is such need for hope. The bloodied Cross which you contemplate today in tears will be the cause of your greatest happiness, because it will be transformed into a great bright Cross. The bright Cross, which will extend from east to west and will appear in the heavens, will be the sign of the return of Jesus in glory.” (Gobbi)
    • 7.*** “I am thirsty” “If what I suffer for men my love for them seem great to you, be assured that my love for them is still unsatiated, that it continues to long for their eternal salvation, and that the mighty waters of torments and sufferings have not extinguished it (Cant. 8, 7). Much more would I suffer for them, if it wereCranach Lucas the Elder 1500-03 necessary, in order toVinegar on a Stick deliver them.” (Mary of Agreda)Kunsthistorisches Museum. Vienna.
    • 7A. “I am thirsty” “Beloved sons, on this day of Good Friday, permit that I might repeat also to you: Remain with Jesus, on the cross. You also, like Jesus, must be immolated for the salvation of the World.” (Gobbi) Cranach Lucas the Elder 1500-03 Vinegar on a Stick Kunsthistorisches Museum. Vienna.
    •  In confirmation of this sorrow the Lord added: "I thirst!" The sufferings of the Lord and his anguish could easily cause a natural thirst. But for Him this was not a time to complain of this thirst or to quench it; and therefore Jesus would not have spoken of it so near to its expiration, unless in order to give expression to a most exalted mystery. He was thirsting to see the captive children of Adam make use of the liberty, which He merited for them and offered to them, and which so many were abusing. He was athirst with the anxious desire that all should correspond with Him in the faith and love due to Him, that they profit by his merits and sufferings, accept his friendship and grace now acquired for them, and that they should not lose the eternal happiness which He was to leave as an inheritance to those that wished to merit and accept it. This was the thirst of our Savior and Master; and the most blessed Mary alone understood it perfectly and began, with ardent ion and charity, to invite and interiorly to call upon all the poor, the afflicted, the humble, the despised and downtrodden to approach their Savior and thus quench, at least in part, his thirst which they could not quench entirely. (Mystical city of God)
    •  The fifth word of Christ, "I thirst." By these words they (the devils) understood Him to say to them: If what I suffer for men my love for them seem great to you, be assured that my love for them is still unsatiated, that it continues to long for their eternal salvation, and that the mighty waters of torments and sufferings have not extinguished it (Cant. 8, 7). Much more would I suffer for them, if it were necessary, in order to deliver them from your tyranny and make them powerful and strong against malice and pride. (Mystical city of God)
    • Jesus dies on the CrossWords of the Blessed Virgin on: Jesus crucified is your salvation
    • 8.*** Jesus dies on the Cross The memory of our Lord’s sufferings is a great comfort in the sorrows of this life, a stimulant to encourage us to sacrifice ourselves in our turn for the love of God. May we be generous souls, ready for everything, despite our weaknesses and miseries.
    • 8A. Jesus dies on the Cross “O gentle and divine Lamb, who takes away from the world all sin, evil, hatred, impurity and death.” “Greater love than this no man hath, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” This freedom with which Jesus delivered Himself up to death for us is one aspect of his sacrifice which touch our human hearts most profoundly. Help me to see my crosses as ways of loving You.
    • 8B. Jesus dies on the Cross “When I shall be lifted up from the earth, I will draw all men to myself. Draw close to the throne of grace and mercy, to obtain salvation. He is the precious gift of the love of the Father. He is the obedient and docile Servant. He is the lamb who takes away the sins of the world and free humanity from the slavery of Satan. He is the Bridge which makes it possible for you to pass from sin to grace, from death to life, from slavery to freedom.” (Gobbi)
    • 8C. Jesus dies on the Cross Now are fulfilled the holy Scriptures, the prophecies of the old Testament. Now are established on earth my example, my doctrines, my Sacraments and my remedies for the sickness of sin. Now is appeased the justice of my eternal Father in regard to the debt of the children of Adam. Now is my holy Church enriched with the remedies for the sins committed by men; the whole work of my coming into the world is perfected. (Mary of Agreda)
    •  In connection with this same mystery the Savior then pronounced the sixth word: "Consummatum est," It is consummated" (John 19, Now is consummated this work of my coming from heaven and I have obeyed the command of my eternal Father, who sent Me to suffer and die for the salvation of mankind. Now are fulfilled the holy Scriptures, the prophecies figures of the old Testament, and the course of my earthly and mortal life assumed in the womb of my Mother. Now are established on earth my example, my doctrines, my Sacraments and my remedies for the sickness of sin. Now is appeased the justice of my eternal Father in regard to the debt of the children of Adam. Now is my holy Church enriched with the remedies for the sins committed by men; the whole work of my coming into the world is perfected in so far as it concerns Me, its Restorer; the secure foundation of the triumphant Church is now laid in the Church militant, so that nothing can overthrow or change it. These are the mysteries contained in the few words “Consummatum est.” (Mary of Agreda. The mystical city of God.)
    •  “It is only Jesus Crucified who must today be preached and exalted by you in every part of the world. Jesus Crucified is your God, lifted up on the gibbet for your salvation. Jesus Crucified, above all in your times, is foolishness for the wise and a scandal for the learned and proud, but is in Him alone that our salvation resides. Jesus Crucified is the salvation for this humanity, which has wandered so far away from God, has built a civilization without Him and has given itself a moral law opposed to the Holy law of the Lord. It is necessary that the Cross of Christ be planted in the heart of this humanity. (Gobbi)
    •  Jesus Crucified is the salvation for the Church. It is in his Church that Jesus renews the sacrifice of redemption, takes away all the sin and the evil of the world. It is his crucified Church that Jesus becomes salvation for the humanity. You will be called more and more to suffer, to climb with Jesus the Calvary of you immolation, for the life of the world. Jesus Crucified is salvation for you all. Jesus Crucified becomes, above all in these final times a sign of hope and of certain victory. His bright Cross, which will stretch itself out in the heavens from the east to the west, will indicate to you all the return of Jesus in glory. (Gobbi)
    • Divine MercyWords of the Queen on: Divine Mercy I am the mother of Mercy You are called to be an instrument of mercy
    • 9.**** Divine Mercy “The Church is born in the cradle formed by the blood of the Son and the tears of the Mother. Tears and blood. They are the price of your ransom. They are the gift of divine mercy.” “The water which flows from the most Sacred Heart will wash and purify the entire world.” (Gobbi)Maerten van Heemskerck, Golgotha . 1540. Hermitage. St. Petersburg.
    • 9A. Divine Mercy “Merciful Love flows forth with the blood and the water, from the wound in his pierced side. It descends like a heavenly dew to wash away every stain, to cancel every sin, to heal every malady, to close every wound, to help every stricken person, to relieve all who have fallen, to set free every prisoner, to save whomever is lost.” (Gobbi)Maerten van Heemskerck, Golgotha . 1540. Hermitage. St. Petersburg.
    • 9B. Divine Mercy “I am Mother of Mercy. To me was entrusted the task of preparing humanity to receive the heavenly dew of Divine Mercy. You are being called to be the instruments of divine mercy and instruments of my motherly mercy. The times of the great trial will be shortened, because I am your Mother and I want to help you, to carry the cross. How many times have I already intervened in order to set back further in time the beginning of the great trial.” (Gobbi).Maerten van Heemskerck, Golgotha . 1540. Hermitage. St. Petersburg.
    •  “I am Mother of Mercy. My motherly task has been that of giving you Jesus. Divine Mercy has passed through the way of my divine and immaculate motherhood. Beneath the Cross, through the will of my Son Jesus, I have become true Mother of all humanity, redeemed and saved by him. The triumph of my Immaculate Heart coincides with the triumph of Divine Mercy upon the world. I am Mother of Mercy. To me was entrusted the task of preparing humanity to receive the heavenly dew of Divine Mercy. My motherly work of mercy is being made manifest in this way: ---- in leading you along the way of conversion and return to the Lord. I desire to give you the grace of a change of heart and of life. I help you to free ourselves from sin, to fight against the passions, to conquer evil.
    • ---in helping you to a strong experience of prayer. For this I ask you to multiply and to spread everywhere the cenacles which I have asked of you, among priests, children, youth and in families. My Immaculate Heart must now become the new and spiritual Cenacle, in which you must all gather together to obtain the gift of the Second Pentecost. ---in helping you to live through the hour of the great trial. Without an extraordinary intervention of my motherly love, you would not be able to support the pain of the great trial which has now come for all. I am the Mother of Mercy. The motherly task of assisting the Church in the hour of her greatest suffering has been entrusted to me. I will pour out upon the world the light and the merciful power of my Immaculate Heart. Have no fear, I am with you and I will manifest myself in an extraordinary way.”
    •  “I am intervening in order to shorten the times of the great trial. The times will be shortened, because I am Mother of Mercy and each day I offer, at the throne of Divine Justice, my prayer united to that of the children who are responding to me with a yes and consecrating themselves to my Immaculate Heart. I unite the sorrows of my Heart with all the sufferings of the good people, who are carrying with patience the cross of these times of the great tribulation. The sufferings of the poor and the exploited; of the little ones and the marginalized; of the sinners and those far away; of the sick and the desperate; of the abandoned and the oppressed, are gathered together in the garden of my motherly suffering and offered to the Divine Justice as a sign of reparation and perennial intercession.
    •  “The times will be shortened, because I am your Mother and I want to help you, with my presence, to carry the cross. How many times have I already intervened in order to set back further and further in time the beginning of the great trial, for the purification of this poor humanity, now possessed and dominated by the Spirits of Evil. (Gobbi)
    •  “How much blood flows down again from the weeping eyes of your heavenly Mother! I am causing tears and blood to flow down from some of my images. How can a child not be moved before its mother who is weeping? Haw can you, my beloved children, not be moved before your heavenly Mother who is weeping tears of blood.? I see your roads smeared with tears and blood. At least you my beloved ones, remain with me beneath the Cross, together with your brother John, to give comfort and consolation to your sorrowful Mother, pierced once again by the sword of such a vast rejection. Unite your sorrow with mine, to implore once again the miracle of Divine Mercy upon the world.”
    •  “You are being called to be the instruments of divine mercy for all this poor humanity . Be strong witnesses of faith, of holiness and of love. Let your trust be great. I am a Mother and I want to spread the balm of my motherly love upon all my children. I have need of you. I ask you to consecrate yourselves to my Immaculate Heart, because I want to make of you instruments of my motherly mercy. Take my most needy children in your arms and bring them into the refuge of my Immaculate Heart. Let your trust be great. The triumph of my Immaculate Heart is near. Latin America (your country) belongs to me. I will manifest myself to all, as a powerful and merciful Mother.
    • Words of the Queen on Sepulchre of slavery The Science of the Cross Continual remembrance of the Passion
    • 10. Sepulchre of slavery “Today I invite you to descend into the sepulchre with Christ, in order to die to yourselves and to the world. Let it be the sepulchre of your slavery, where all the chains which hold you under the dominion of Satan be destroyed. May you emerge as a new man of grace and holiness, of faith, hope and love.” (Gobbi)Michelangelo, Pieta, 1498. St. Peter’s Basilica. Vatican city.
    • Close to every sepulchre “As a Mother, I am close to every sepulchre in which each of my new children is laid. I am close the sepulchre where millions of innocent little babies as they were killed in the wombs of their mothers. I am close to the sepulchre where lie all the victims of hatred, violence and wars. I am close the sepulchre where there rest in the sleep of death all my sinful, poor sick, marginalized, persecuted, oppressed and battered children. Close to every sepulchre, I want to keep watch today with you, my beloved sons, in sorrow and in prayer. Copious tears flow daily from my motherly and merciful eyes, as I mourn over each of my new children who is being carried to the sepulchre. I have been waiting with confidence for the moment when all my children too will come forth from their sepulchre to share forever in the immortal life which Jesus has obtained for you by his death and resurrection.” (Gobbi)
    •  WORDS OF THE QUEEN on the Science of the Cross. (The Virgin Mary speaks to Sister Mary of Agreda, Spain.) “My daughter, as thy soul has been furnished with gifts of enlightenment, I call and invite thee anew to cast thyself into the sea of mysteries contained in the passion and death of my divine Son. Direct all thy faculties and strain all the powers of thy heart and soul, to make thyself at least somewhat worthy of understanding and meditating upon the ignominies and sorrows of the Son of the eternal Father in his death on the Cross for the salvation of men; and also of considering my doings and sufferings in connection with his bitterest Passion. This science, so much neglected by men, I desire that thou, my daughter, study and learn, so as to be able follow thy Spouse and imitate me, who am thy Mother and Teacher. Writing down and feeling deeply all that I shall teach thee of these mysteries, thou shouldst detach thyself entirely of human and earthly affections and of thy own self, so as freely to
    •  WORDS OF THE QUEEN. (The Virgin Mary speaks to Sister Mary of Agreda, Spain.) My daughter, seek with all the powers of thy mind during thy whole life to remember the mysteries manifested to thee in this chapter. I, as thy Mother and thy Instructress, shall ask the Lord by his divine power to impress in thy heart the knowledge, which I have vouchsafed thee, in order that it may remain fixed and ever present to thee as long as thou livest. In virtue of this blessing keep in thy memory Christ crucified, who is my divine Son and thy Spouse, and never forget the sufferings of the Cross and the doctrine taught by Him upon it. This is the mirror by which thou must arrange all thy adornments and the source from which thou art to draw thy interior beauty, like a true daughter of the Prince (Ps 44, 14), in order that than mayest be prepared, proceed and reign as the spouse of the supreme King. As this honorable title obliges thee to seek with all thy power to imitate Him as far as is becoming thy station and possible to thee by his grace, and as this is to be the true fruit of my doctrine, I wish that from today on thou live crucified with Christ, entirely as assimilated to thy exemplar and model and dead to this earthly life. (II Cor. 5,15).
    •  WORDS OF THE QUEEN on the Continual Remembrance of the Passion. (The Virgin Mary speaks to Sister Mary of Agreda, Spain.) “My daughter; through the whole course of my life is evident how gratefully I kept in mind the works of the Redemption, the passion and death of my divine Son, especially after I had actually seen Him sacrificed Cross for the salvation of men. But in this chapter particularly have I wished to draw thy attention to the care and the continual exercises, by which I renewed in me not only the remembrance, but the sufferings of the Passion. I desire that the knowledge of this cause men to feel reproach and confusion at their monstrous forgetfulness of the incomprehensible benefit of the Redemption. O what a shameful, what a horrible and dangerous ingratitude of men is this! Forgetfulness is a clear proof of contempt, for one does not forget what one holds dear. What reason or excuse then can there be, that men forget the eternal blessings they have received? That they should despise the love, which the eternal Father has delivered over to death his only begotten Son ? The charity and patience with which his and my Son accepted it for them (John 3, 16).”
    •  “What is the reason then, that only toward their God and Redeemer they should be ungrateful and forget what He suffered in order to rescue them from eternal damnation? And in view of this very evil return, they complain of not receiving his assistance as they desire. In order that they may understand what fearful guilt they load upon themselves by their ingratitude, I will remind thee, my daughter, that Lucifer and his demons, seeing so many souls oblivious of the sufferings of Christ, draw the following conclusions and say of such souls: "This soul does not remember or hold in esteem the benefit of Gods Redemption and we are certain of gaining it over to our side; for the soul that is so foolish as not to remember such a blessing, will certainly not detect our wiles. Let us proceed to tempt and destroy it, since it is deprived of its strongest defense ." Having in their large experience found their reasoning on point to be almost infallible, they zealously seek to blot out the memory of the passion and death of Christ to excite a contempt for the preaching or discoursing about it among men; and they have succeeded to a great extent, causing dreadful damage to souls. On the other hand they are wary and fearful of tempting those who have accustomed themselves to the meditation and the remembrance of the sufferings of Christ; for from this source they feel issuing against them a force and influence, which often prevents them from approaching those who thus piously cherish the memory of the Passion.”
    • Extraordinary exercises of Passion by Our Lady for the whole Church to imitate: The most blessed Mary in secret practiced other exercises and good works, by which She merited innumerable gifts and blessings from the Most High, as well for the common benefit of all the faithful, as for myriads of particular souls in furtherance of their salvation. First of all she constantly kept present in her memory the doings and the mysteries of the life of her divine Son. The blessed Mother felt in her body and purest soul all the pains and torments of our Savior Jesus, so that none of them were hidden to Her or without the corresponding suffering in her own self. All the images or impressions of the Passion remained imprinted in her interior just as She had received them; for She had made this request of her Lord.
    •  Hence She ordered all her occupations in such a manner, that She might at all times preserve in her heart the image of her divine Son, afflicted, outraged, wounded and disfigured by the torments of his Passion, and within Herself She beheld this image as in a most clear mirror. She heard the injuries, outrages, affronts and blasphemies against Him, with all the circumstances of time and place, and She beheld the whole Passion as one living and penetrating vista. Throughout the day this sorrowful vision excited Her to most heroic acts of virtue and stirred her sorrow and compassion.
    •  For each kind of the wounds and sufferings of Christ our Savior She recited special prayers and salutations, in order to give them special adoration and worship. For each of the contemptuous and insulting words of the Jews and his other enemies, which had been spoken either in envy or in fury or vengeance, for each of the blasphemies uttered, She composed special hymns of veneration and honor to make up for their attempts at diminishing it. For the insulting gestures, mockeries and personal injuries, She practiced most profound humiliations, genuflections and prostrations, and in this manner She sought continually to make up for the affronts and injuries heaped upon her divine Son in his life and his passion; and thus She confessed his Divinity, his humanity, his holiness, his miracles, his works and his doctrines. For all She gave him glory and magnificence; and in all the holy angels joined Her, and corresponded with Her full of admiration of such wisdom, fidelity and love united in a mere creature.
    •  Even if the most blessed Mother during her whole life had engaged in no other occupation than these exercises, She would have accomplished and merited more than all the saints in all that they have done or suffered for God. By the force of love her sorrow in these exercises was equal to martyrdom many times over; and many times would She have died in them, if the divine power had not sustained her life for still greater merit and glory. And if, as is true, She in her immense charity offered all these works for the Church, let us consider how much we are in her debt as faithful children for thus increasing the treasures of help, which She left at the disposal of us unfortunate children of Eve. And in order that our meditation may not be half-hearted and lukewarm, I will say, that the effects of her contemplations were often astounding; many times She wept tears of blood, which covered her whole face; at other times in her agony She was not only bathed in perspiration, but in a bloody sweat, running from Her even to the ground. What is more, sometimes her heart was wrenched from its natural position by the violence of her grief; and when She was in such extremes, her divine Son came from heaven, furnishing Her with new strength and life to soothe her sorrow and heal the wounds caused by love of Him, and in order that by such assistance and comfort, She might continue the exercises of her compassion.
    •  She obtained also the consent of the evangelist saint John to remain retired in her oratory for celebrating the death and burial of her divine Son on Friday of each week. On those days saint John remained in the Cenacle to receive those who called upon Her and allowed none to disturb Her; and whenever he could not attend to this duty, it was performed by some other disciple. The most blessed Mary retired for this exercise at five oclock on Thursday and did not reappear until toward noon of Sunday. In order that during these three days no important matter pertaining to the government of the Church might be neglected, the great Lady appointed one of her angels to take her shape and briefly despatch what would suffer no delay.
    •  In each hour and moment She renewed in Herself all the movements, actions, works and sufferings as they had happened in her divine Son. She repeated the same prayers and petitions as He himself had made and as we have seen described in their place. Anew the most pure Mother felt in her virginal body all the pains endured by Christ our Savior. She carried the Cross and placed Herself upon it. In short, I will say, that as long as She lived, the whole passion of her divine Son was renewed in Her week for week. Through this exercise the great Queen gained great favors and blessings for those who devoutly bear in mind the Lords passion; and hence the powerful Queen has promised to all such souls, especial assistance and participation in the treasures of the Passion; for She desired from her inmost heart, that the Church should continue and preserve its commemoration. In virtue of her wishes and prayers the Lord ordained, that afterwards many persons in the holy Church should follow these exercises of the Passion, imitating his most blessed Mother, who was the first one to teach and practice such an exalted profession. (Mary of Agreda. The Mystical City of God)
    • The ( National ) Rosary For the Evangelization of (Nations)1. Fatima Prayer: To Eucharistic Jesus, source of all evangelization. “O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all souls to heaven, especially those who are in most need of thy mercy.”2. Invocation of the Holy Spirit: Principal agent of evangelization. “Come, Holy Spirit! Fill the hearts of the (National) people and enkindle in them the fire of your love! Come by means of the powerful intercession of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, your well-beloved Spouse.”3. Prayer to Our Lady of ( Nation ): Star of the new evangelization. “Hail Holy Queen, Mother of (Nation), come and present the (National) people to Jesus, the fruit of thy womb. Look upon them continually with mercy and through your
    • Consecration to the Immaculate Heart (Short version)“ Virgin of Fatima, Mother of Mercy, we who belong to the MarianMovement, consecrate ourselves in a special way to yourImmaculate Heart. We also consecrate our motherland (Nation) toyour Immaculate Heart. We intend to live with you, through you andfor you , all the obligations assumed by our Baptismal consecrationto bring about in ourselves that interior conversion so urgentlydemanded by the Gospel, that we may be available only to doalways the will of the Father.Allow us to dwell in the garden of your Immaculate Heart . Lead usto a spiritual renewal with prayer and penance, with the daily
    • Finally pray one Our Father,one Hail Mary, and oneGlory be, to the HolyFather’s intention. End of the Cenacle