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1st Sorrowful Mystery: The agony in the garden

Tags: Abandonment to God, Suffering, Holy Rosary
Then Jesus came with them to a country place called Gethsemani, and he said to his disciples, “Sit down here, while I go over yonder and pray.” And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and he began to be saddened and exceedingly troubled. Then he said to them, “My soul is sad, even unto death. Wait here and watch with me.” And going forward a little, he fell prostrate and prayed, saying, “Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass away from me; yet not as I will, but as thou willest.”

Then he came to the disciples and found them sleeping. And he said to Peter, “Could you not, then, watch one hour with me? Watch and pray, that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Again a second time he went away and prayed, saying, “My Father, if this cup cannot pass away unless I drink it, thy will be done.” And he came again and found them sleeping, for their eyes were heavy. And leaving them he went back again, and prayed a third time, saying the same words over. Then he came to his disciples, and said to them, “Sleep on now, and take your rest! Behold, the hour is at hand when the Son of Man will be betrayed into the hands of sinners. Rise, let us go. Behold, he who betrays me is at hand.”
(Matthew 26:36-46)


Pray, lest you enter into temptation. —And Peter fell asleep. —And the other apostles. —And you, little friend, fell asleep..., and I too was another sleepy-headed Peter.
Jesus, alone and sad, suffers and soaks the earth with His blood.
Kneeling on the hard ground, He perseveres in prayer... He weeps for you... and for me: the weight of the sins of men overwhelms Him.
Pater, si vis, transfer calicem istum a me. —Father, if Thou wilt, remove this chalice from me... Yet not my will, sed tua fiat, but Thine be done (Luke 22:42).
An Angel from Heaven comforts Him. —Jesus is in agony. —He continues prolixius, praying more intensely... —He approaches us, who are asleep: Arise, pray —He says again—, lest you enter into temptation (Luke 22:46).
Judas the traitor: a kiss. —Peter's sword gleams in the night. —Jesus speaks: Are you come, as to a robber, to apprehend Me? (Mark 14:48)
We are cowards: we follow Him from afar, but awake and praying. —Prayer... Prayer...
Holy Rosary, Finding of Jesus).


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