Devotion to the Passion
Passages from Scripture
by Saint Catherine of Ricci

  1. My friends and my neighbors, have drawn near and stood against me.
  2. I was delivered up and came not forth, my eyes languished through poverty.
  3. And my sweat became as drops of blood, trickling down upon the ground.
  4. For many dogs have encompassed me, the council of the malignant hath besieged me.
  5. I have given my body to the strikers; and my checks to them that plucked them.
  6. I have not turned away my face from them that rebuked me, and spat upon me.
  7. For I am ready for scourges, and my sorrow is continually before me.
  8. The soldiers platting a crown of thorns, placed upon my head.
  9. They have dug my hands and my feet, they have numbered all my bones.
  10. And they gave gall for my food, and in my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.
  11. All they that saw me laughed me to scorn; they have spoken with their lips, and wagged their heads.
  12. They have looked and stared upon me, they parted my garments amongst them, and upon my vesture they cast lots.
  13. Into thy hands I commend my spirit; thou hast redeemed me, O God of truth.
  14. Be mindful, O Lord, of Thy servants; when Thou shalt come into Thy kingdom.
  15. And Jesus having cried out with a loud voice, gave up the ghost.
  16. A longer pause is made here.

  17. The mercies of the Lord, I will sing for all eternity.
  18. Surely He hath borne our infirmities, and carried our sorrows.
  19. He was wounded for our iniquities; He was bruised for our sins.
  20. All we like sheep have gone astray, every one hath turned aside into his own way.
  21. For the Lord hath placed upon him the iniquities of us all.
  22. Arise, why sleepest Thou, O Lord? arise, and cast us not off the end.
  23. Behold, God is my Saviour, I will deal confidently, and will not fear.
  24. We beseech Thee, O Lord, help Thy servants, whom thou hast redeemed with Thy precious blood.

V.   Have mercy on us, O loving Jesus.
R.  Who in Thy mercy didst suffer for us.

Look down, we beseech Thee, O Lord, upon Thy family, for which our Lord Jesus Christ did not refuse to be delivered into the hands of the wicked, and to endure the torment of the cross.

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