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Meditation on the Seven Last Words of Jesus on the Holy Cross
Meditation on the Seven Last Words of Jesus on the Holy Cross
Meditation on the Seven Last Words of Jesus on the Holy Cross
 
 
 

 
 

The Crucifix at the Stone Altar at the Saint Mary’s Cemetery, Needham, Massachusetts;
saintmaryscemetery.org
 
 
Opening Prayer

Jesus on the Cross advocates:
He gives to the thief: He bequeaths his Mother:
He groans: thirst chokes Him:
He fulfills: He surrenders His soul to the Father
To Calvary one must reach
Because Christ, our Light,
Today also wants to speak
From the altar of the Cross.

Virgin of Dolors and Mother of mine, like You, may I always accompany your Son in life, redemption and death, and after being glorified on earth, glorify Him for all eternity, together with Him and with You, I ask of you by your affliction and martyrdom, at the foot of the Cross; assist me always, especially in my last moment of the Christian combat that will open up the joyful eternity, in the company of your Son. So be it.

Lord, I have sinned. Have pity and mercy on me.



"Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do."

FIRST WORD

"Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do." (Saint Luke 23:34)

Although I have been your enemy,
my Jesus: as I confess,
pray for me: so that, with my confession,
I surely attain Your pardon.

When, not of sound mind, I offended You,
I did not know what I was doing:
receive and know, Jesus, from my soul
and plead to the Father for me.

My Lord and my God, who for love of me You agonized on the Cross to pay with Your Sacrifice the debt of my sins, and opened Your divine lips to obtain the forgiveness by divine justice: have mercy on all men who are dying and on me, when I find myself in that same state. And, by the merits of Your Most Precious Blood shed for my salvation, give me such an immense pain for my sins, that I may expire in the lap of Your infinite mercy.

Lord, I have sinned. Have pity and mercy on me.



"Today you will be with Me in Paradise."

SECOND WORD

"Today you will be with Me in Paradise." (Saint Luke 23:43)

Turned towards You, the Good Thief
with faith implores your pity:
I also, for my evil
I beg you, Lord, pardon.
If You give the repentant thief
a place in Heaven,
then I also, without any doubt
ask You for my salvation.

My Lord and my God, who for love of me You agonized on the Cross and with so much generosity responded to the faith of the Good Thief, when in the midst of Your redemptive humiliation he recognized You as the Son of God, until coming to assure him that on that very day he would be with You in Paradise: have pity for all men who are about to die, and for me when I find myself in that same diffculty: and, by the merits of Your Most Precious Blood, revive in me a spirit of faith so firm and so constant that I do not vacillate before the suggestions of the enemy; that I deliver myself to Your redemptive enterprise for the whole world, and that I may be able to reach, full of merits, the prize of Your Eternal Company.

Lord, I have sinned. Have pity and mercy on me.



"Here is your son; here is your Mother."

THIRD WORD

"Here is your son; here is your Mother." (Saint John 19:26)

Jesus, in His testament, gives His Virgin Mother:
And are we to comprehend what Mary could feel?

Your son, I want to be,
be my Mother:
that my soul from now onward
with your love will flourish.

My Lord and my God, who for love of me You agonized on the Cross and, forgetting about Your torments, You left me with love and understanding, Your Dolorous Mother, so that in her company I would always have recourse to You with greater confidence: have mercy on all men who fight the agonies and pains of death, and of me when I see myself in that same moment; and, by the eternal martyrdom of Your Most Loving Mother, awaken in my heart a firm hope in the infinite merits of Your Most Precious Blood, until overcoming the risks of eternal condemnation, so many times deserved for all my sins.

Lord, I have sinned. Have pity and mercy on me.



"My God, my God, why have You abandoned me?"

FOURTH WORD

"My God, my God, why have You abandoned me?" (Saint Matthew 27:46)

Abandoned by His Father
the beloved Son appears to be;
the sin always cursed
that was the cause for this.

Who would want to console
Jesus in His pain,
Say within your soul: Lord,
it weighs on me: I want to sin no more.

My Lord and my God, who for love of me You agonized on the Cross and, torment after torment, in addition to so many pains felt in Your body, suffered with invincible patience the deepest inner grief and affliction of all: the abandonment of Your Eternal Father; Have pity for all men who are dying, and for me when I find myself also in agony; and, by the merits of Your Most Precious Blood, grant me to suffer with patience all the sufferings, solitudes and contradictions of a life in Your service, among my brothers and sisters from all over the world so that, always united to You in my combat to the very end, I may share with You, in closest company to You, Your Eternal Triumph.

Lord, I have sinned. Have pity and mercy on me.



"I thirst."

FIFTH WORD

"I thirst." (Saint John 19:28)

Thirst, says the Lord, He has;
to mitigate the thirst so that He may talk,
it is proper to offer You tears.

To give Him gall, this has already been seen:
the test, as moreover He does not drink it:
How do I want Christ to taste the gall of my crimes?

My Lord and my God, who for love of me You agonized on the Cross and, not content with so many opprobriums and torments, desired to suffer even more so that all men be saved, as only in this way would the thirst of souls be satiated inside Your Divine Heart. Have mercy on all men who are dying and on me when I arrive to that same hour; and, by the merits of Your Most Precious Blood, grant me such a fire of charity with You and for Your universal redemptive work, that I only become weak with the desire to join You for all eternity

Lord, I have sinned. Have pity and mercy on me.



"Everything is consumated."

SIXTH WORD

"Everything is consumated." (Saint John 19:30)

With a firm voice, bloodied, Jesus announced,
that from man and his sin,
His redemptive work is consummated.

And so, His Mission fulfilled,
Christ can now die,
and open up His Heart
so that I may live in His Heart.

My Lord and my God, who for love of me agonized on the Cross, and from His loftiness of love and truth proclaimed that the work of redemption was now complete, so that man, son of wrath and perdition, may come to be son and heir of God; have mercy on all the men who are dying, and on me when I find myself in those moments; and, by the merits of Your Most Precious Blood, make it so that, in my dedication to the saving opus of God in the world, I fulfill my mission on earth and, at the end of my life, I may be able to make a reality within myself, the dialogue of this most loving correspondence: You could not have done anything more for me; I, although at an infinite distance, could thus not have done anything more for You.

Lord, I have sinned. Have pity and mercy on me.



"Father, into Your hands I commend My Spirit."

SEVENTH WORD

"Father, into Your hands I commend My Spirit." (Saint Luke 23:46)

To His Eternal Father, He commends His Spirit;
if my life is not amended,
in whose hands will it end up?

In Yours now, from this moment
I place my soul, my Jesus;
I trust, You will guard it there
for my last hour.

My Lord and my God who, for love of me agonized on the Cross, and accepted the will of Your Eternal Father, resigning Your Spirit into His Hands, to later bow down Your Head and die; have pity for all the men who suffer the pains of agony, and for me when Your call comes; and, by the merits of Your Most Precious Blood, grant me that I offer You with love the sacrifice of my life in reparation of my sins and faults and a perfect conformity with Your Divine Will, to live and die as best pleases You: always, my soul in Your hands.

Lord, I have sinned. Have pity and mercy on me.



Final Prayers

Pray one Our Father, one Hail Mary and one Glory be to the Father

 
Opening Prayer

Jesus on the Cross advocates:
He gives to the thief: He bequeaths his Mother:
He groans: thirst chokes Him:
He fulfills: He surrenders His soul to the Father
To Calvary one must reach
Because Christ, our Light,
Today also wants to speak
From the altar of the Cross.

Virgin of Dolors and Mother of mine, like You, may I always accompany your Son in life, redemption and death, and after being glorified on earth, glorify Him for all eternity, together with Him and with You, I ask of you by your affliction and martyrdom, at the foot of the Cross; assist me always, especially in my last moment of the Christian combat that will open up the joyful eternity, in the company of your Son. So be it.

Lord, I have sinned. Have pity and mercy on me.



"Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do."

FIRST WORD

"Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do." (Saint Luke 23:34)

Although I have been your enemy,
my Jesus: as I confess,
pray for me: so that, with my confession,
I surely attain Your pardon.

When, not of sound mind, I offended You,
I did not know what I was doing:
receive and know, Jesus, from my soul
and plead to the Father for me.

My Lord and my God, who for love of me You agonized on the Cross to pay with Your Sacrifice the debt of my sins, and opened Your divine lips to obtain the forgiveness by divine justice: have mercy on all men who are dying and on me, when I find myself in that same state. And, by the merits of Your Most Precious Blood shed for my salvation, give me such an immense pain for my sins, that I may expire in the lap of Your infinite mercy.

Lord, I have sinned. Have pity and mercy on me.



"Today you will be with Me in Paradise."

SECOND WORD

"Today you will be with Me in Paradise." (Saint Luke 23:43)

Turned towards You, the Good Thief
with faith implores your pity:
I also, for my evil
I beg you, Lord, pardon.
If You give the repentant thief
a place in Heaven,
then I also, without any doubt
ask You for my salvation.

My Lord and my God, who for love of me You agonized on the Cross and with so much generosity responded to the faith of the Good Thief, when in the midst of Your redemptive humiliation he recognized You as the Son of God, until coming to assure him that on that very day he would be with You in Paradise: have pity for all men who are about to die, and for me when I find myself in that same diffculty: and, by the merits of Your Most Precious Blood, revive in me a spirit of faith so firm and so constant that I do not vacillate before the suggestions of the enemy; that I deliver myself to Your redemptive enterprise for the whole world, and that I may be able to reach, full of merits, the prize of Your Eternal Company.

Lord, I have sinned. Have pity and mercy on me.



"Here is your son; here is your Mother."

THIRD WORD

"Here is your son; here is your Mother." (Saint John 19:26)

Jesus, in His testament, gives His Virgin Mother:
And are we to comprehend what Mary could feel?

Your son, I want to be,
be my Mother:
that my soul from now onward
with your love will flourish.

My Lord and my God, who for love of me You agonized on the Cross and, forgetting about Your torments, You left me with love and understanding, Your Dolorous Mother, so that in her company I would always have recourse to You with greater confidence: have mercy on all men who fight the agonies and pains of death, and of me when I see myself in that same moment; and, by the eternal martyrdom of Your Most Loving Mother, awaken in my heart a firm hope in the infinite merits of Your Most Precious Blood, until overcoming the risks of eternal condemnation, so many times deserved for all my sins.

Lord, I have sinned. Have pity and mercy on me.



"My God, my God, why have You abandoned me?"

FOURTH WORD

"My God, my God, why have You abandoned me?" (Saint Matthew 27:46)

Abandoned by His Father
the beloved Son appears to be;
the sin always cursed
that was the cause for this.

Who would want to console
Jesus in His pain,
Say within your soul: Lord,
it weighs on me: I want to sin no more.

My Lord and my God, who for love of me You agonized on the Cross and, torment after torment, in addition to so many pains felt in Your body, suffered with invincible patience the deepest inner grief and affliction of all: the abandonment of Your Eternal Father; Have pity for all men who are dying, and for me when I find myself also in agony; and, by the merits of Your Most Precious Blood, grant me to suffer with patience all the sufferings, solitudes and contradictions of a life in Your service, among my brothers and sisters from all over the world so that, always united to You in my combat to the very end, I may share with You, in closest company to You, Your Eternal Triumph.

Lord, I have sinned. Have pity and mercy on me.



"I thirst."

FIFTH WORD

"I thirst." (Saint John 19:28)

Thirst, says the Lord, He has;
to mitigate the thirst so that He may talk,
it is proper to offer You tears.

To give Him gall, this has already been seen:
the test, as moreover He does not drink it:
How do I want Christ to taste the gall of my crimes?

My Lord and my God, who for love of me You agonized on the Cross and, not content with so many opprobriums and torments, desired to suffer even more so that all men be saved, as only in this way would the thirst of souls be satiated inside Your Divine Heart. Have mercy on all men who are dying and on me when I arrive to that same hour; and, by the merits of Your Most Precious Blood, grant me such a fire of charity with You and for Your universal redemptive work, that I only become weak with the desire to join You for all eternity

Lord, I have sinned. Have pity and mercy on me.



"Everything is consumated."

SIXTH WORD

"Everything is consumated." (Saint John 19:30)

With a firm voice, bloodied, Jesus announced,
that from man and his sin,
His redemptive work is consummated.

And so, His Mission fulfilled,
Christ can now die,
and open up His Heart
so that I may live in His Heart.

My Lord and my God, who for love of me agonized on the Cross, and from His loftiness of love and truth proclaimed that the work of redemption was now complete, so that man, son of wrath and perdition, may come to be son and heir of God; have mercy on all the men who are dying, and on me when I find myself in those moments; and, by the merits of Your Most Precious Blood, make it so that, in my dedication to the saving opus of God in the world, I fulfill my mission on earth and, at the end of my life, I may be able to make a reality within myself, the dialogue of this most loving correspondence: You could not have done anything more for me; I, although at an infinite distance, could thus not have done anything more for You.

Lord, I have sinned. Have pity and mercy on me.



"Father, into Your hands I commend My Spirit."

SEVENTH WORD

"Father, into Your hands I commend My Spirit." (Saint Luke 23:46)

To His Eternal Father, He commends His Spirit;
if my life is not amended,
in whose hands will it end up?

In Yours now, from this moment
I place my soul, my Jesus;
I trust, You will guard it there
for my last hour.

My Lord and my God who, for love of me agonized on the Cross, and accepted the will of Your Eternal Father, resigning Your Spirit into His Hands, to later bow down Your Head and die; have pity for all the men who suffer the pains of agony, and for me when Your call comes; and, by the merits of Your Most Precious Blood, grant me that I offer You with love the sacrifice of my life in reparation of my sins and faults and a perfect conformity with Your Divine Will, to live and die as best pleases You: always, my soul in Your hands.

Lord, I have sinned. Have pity and mercy on me.



Final Prayers

Pray one Our Father, one Hail Mary and one Glory be to the Father



 
 
 

 
 

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Meditation on the Seven Last Words of Jesus on the Holy Cross


 
 

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OUR FATHER

Our Father, Who Art In Heaven
Hallowed Be Thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come,
Thy Will be done
On earth as it is in Heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread
And forgive us our trespasses
As we forgive those who trespass against us.
Liberate us from all temptation[*]
And deliver us from all evil. Amen



[*] Liberate us is in keeping with the original Latin text.
       God usually does not "lead us" to temptation
       (unless we are tested),
       but gives us the grace to overcome and/or resist it
X
HAIL MARY

Hail Mary, full of grace
The Lord is with thee.
Blessed art though among women,
And blessed is the fruit
Of thy womb, Jesus.
 
Holy Mary, Mary of God
Pray for us sinners
Now, and in the hour
Of our death. Amen


 
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APOSTLE'S CREED

I believe in God, the Father Almighty Creator of Heaven and earth;
And in Jesus Christ, His Only Son, our Lord;
Who was conceived by the
[work and grace of the] Holy Ghost,[*]
Born of the Virgin Mary,
Suffered under Pontius Pilate,
Was crucified, died and was buried.
He descended into the Dead.[**]
On the third day, He rose again;
He ascended into Heaven,
And sits at the right hand of God,
the Father Almighty.
From thence he shall come to judge
the living and the dead.
 
I believe in the Holy Ghost,[*]
The Holy Catholic Church,
The communion of saints,
The forgiveness of sins.
The resurrection of the body,
And life everlasting. Amen


[*] Holy Ghost: may be substituted with the current Holy Spirit.
[**] the Dead: "inferi", the underworld or the dead in Latin.
X
GLORIA

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Ghost[*],
as it was in the beginning, is now,
and ever shall be, world without end.
Amen

[*] Holy Ghost: may be substituted with the current Holy Spirit.
X
DE PROFUNDIS

Out of the depths I have cried to Thee, O Lord:
Lord, hear my voice.
Let Thine ears be attentive
to the voice of my supplication.

If thou, O Lord, wilt mark iniquities:
Lord, who shall abide it.
For with Thee there is merciful forgiveness:
and because of Thy law,
I have waited for Thee, O Lord.

My soul hath waited on His word:
my soul hath hoped in the Lord.
From the morning-watch even until night,
let Israel hope in the Lord.

For with the Lord there is mercy:
and with Him plenteous redemption.
And He shall redeem Israel
from all her iniquities.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Ghost[*],
as it was in the beginning, is now,
and ever shall be, world without end.
Amen

[*] Holy Ghost: may be substituted with the current Holy Spirit.
X
DE PROFUNDIS

Out of the depths I have cried to Thee, O Lord:
Lord, hear my voice.
Let Thine ears be attentive to the voice
of my supplication.

If thou, O Lord, wilt mark iniquities:
Lord, who shall abide it.
For with Thee there is merciful forgiveness:
and because of Thy law,
I have waited for Thee, O Lord.

My soul hath waited on His word:
my soul hath hoped in the Lord.
From the morning-watch even until night,
let Israel hope in the Lord.

For with the Lord there is mercy:
and with Him plenteous redemption.
And He shall redeem Israel
from all his iniquities.

V. Eternal rest give unto them, O Lord.
R. And let perpetual light shine upon them.
V. From the gate of hell.
R. Deliver their souls, O Lord.
V. May then rest in peace.
R. Amen.
V. O Lord, hear my prayer.
R. And let my cry come unto Thee.
V. The Lord be with you.
R. And with Thy Spirit.

(50 days indulgence to all who pray the De Profundis with V. and R.
"Requiem aeternam" (Eternal Rest) three times a day.
Pope Leo XIII, February 3, 1888)


Let us pray:
O God, the Creator and Redeemer of all
the faithful, we beseech Thee to grant
to the souls of Thy servants the remission
of their sins, so that by our prayers
they may obtain pardon for which they long.
O Lord, who lives and reigns,
world without end. Amen

May they rest in peace. Amen

CERRAR
SIGUIENTE
PADRE NUESTRO

Padre Nuestro,
que estas en los Cielos
Santificado sea Tu Nombre;
Venga a nosotros tu Reino;
Hágase Tu Voluntad
en la tierra como en el cielo.
Danos hoy nuestro pan de cada día;
Perdona nuestras ofensas,
Como también nosotros
perdonamos a los que nos ofenden,
No nos dejes caer en la tentación,
y líbranos del mal. Amén
 
CERRAR
SIGUIENTE
AVE MARÍA

Dios te salve, María,
llena eres de gracia;
El Señor es Contigo;
Bendita Tú eres
entre todas las mujeres,
Y bendito es el fruto
De tu vientre, Jesús.
 
Santa María,
Madre de Dios,
Ruega por nosotros
pecadores,
Ahora y en la hora
De nuestra muerte.
Amén
 
CERRAR
CREDO

Creo en Dios, Padre Todopoderoso,
Creador del cielo y de la tierra.
Creo en Jesucristo,
Su único Hijo, Nuestro Señor,
Que fue concebido por obra
y gracia del Espíritu Santo,
Nació de la Santa María Virgen;
Padeció bajo el poder de Poncio Pilato,
Fue crucificado, muerto y sepultado,
Descendió a los infiernos,
Al tercer día resucitó de entre los muertos,
Subió a los cielos
Y está sentado a la derecha de Dios,
Padre Todopoderoso.
Desde allí ha de venir a juzgar
a los vivos y a los muertos.

Creo en el Espíritu Santo,
La Santa Iglesia Católica,
La comunión de los santos,
El perdón de los pecados,
La resurrección de la carne
Y la vida eterna. Amén
 
 
CERRAR
DE PROFUNDIS

Desde lo hondo a Ti grito, Señor; Señor,
escucha mi voz;
Estén Tus oidos atentos
a la voz de mi súplica.

Si llevas cuenta de los delitos, Señor,
¿quién podrá resistir?
Pero de ti procede el perdón,
y así infundes respeto.
Mi alma espera en el Señor.

Espera en su palabra;
mi alma aguarda al Señor,
más que el centinela la aurora.
Aguarda Israel al Señor.

Como el centinela la aurora;
porque del Señor viene la misericordia.
la redención copiosa;
y Él redimirá a Israel de todos sus delitos.

Gloria al Padre, al Hijo y al
Espíritu Santo,
como es desde el principio,
es ahora y será por los siglos de los siglos.
Amén

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GLORIA

Gloria al Padre, al Hijo y al
Espíritu Santo,
como es desde el principio,
es ahora y será por los siglos de los siglos.
Amén

CERRAR
DE PROFUNDIS

Desde lo hondo a Ti grito, Señor;
Señor, escucha mi voz;
Estén Tus oidos atentos a
la voz de mi súplica.

Si llevas cuenta de los delitos, Señor,
¿quién podrá resistir?

Pero de ti procede el perdón,
y así infundes respeto.
Mi alma espera en el Señor.

Espera en su palabra;
mi alma aguarda al Señor,
más que el centinela la aurora.
Aguarda Israel al Señor.

Como el centinela la aurora;
porque del Señor viene la misericordia,
la redención copiosa;
y Él redimirá a Israel de todos sus delitos.

V. Dadles, Señor, a todas las almas
el descanso eterno.
R. Y haced lucir sobre ellas
vuestra eterna luz.
V. Que en paz descansen.
R. Amén.