Humbly submit your will to God (Thy Will be done) and consecrate yourself to the Sacred Heart of Jesus through Mary and Joseph.
Venerable Anne Catherine Emmerich-1774-1824
Anne was born in Germany to peasant parents and often had visions from Jesus, Mary, and other saints while in the field tending sheep. Her angel-guardian appeared to her many times when she was young. She was a religious of the Order of St. Augustine, at the Convent of Agnetenberg, Dulmen, Westphalia. She tended to the poor and gave anything she had. If the Blessed Sacrament was passing by even at a great distance she could feel It’s presence and run to the spot and kneel when the priest was coming by. She was blessed with the suffering of the crown of thorns and the writer of this book saw blood go through her bandages in daylight while explaining her visions to him.
THIS IS WHAT SHE SAW!!!!!!!
9PM-10:45PM Jesus Christ leaves the Upper Room where He has instituted the first priesthood and Holy Eucharist. He suffers the Agony in the Garden for 2 hours and 45 minutes. He suffers many visions that can be summarized in 3 parts: 1. the visions of our sins/all sin, 2. visions of what He is about to undergo to redeem our sins, and 3. temptations from the Devil. Anne sees the visions that Jesus is seeing. Any pope, bishop, priest or religious and crimes or betrayal they have committed. Murderers, lust, cheating, malice, and any and all sins against God’s Will. She also sees Jesus having visions of what He is about to undergo to redeem humanity. Last, she sees the Devil come in many forms to tempt Jesus. The Father of all lies quickly tries to deceive Jesus by telling Him He is the reason all of the Holy Innocents died, He is the reason His parents had to flee to Egypt and put them through a lot of trouble, and visions of what His Apostles would be going through for Him. Jesus agonizes to the point that Luke, the physician and Gospel writer, says that, “His sweat became like drops of blood.” Jesus’ body is like one big bruise, He is sweating blood which is possible, and His garments are soaked from the sweat.
After 10:45PM, Jesus is kissed by Judas (it was dark and everyone is dressed the same; the soldiers do not know who Jesus is) and says, “If you were an enemy I could bear it, but you a close companion.” Jesus is roughly chained and shackled around his hands and ankles. During the walk from the Garden of Gethsemane back to Annas’ house, Jesus is constantly being struck in the face, kicked, and spit on. The soldiers throw Him over a bridge and He dangles before He hits the water. They can’t pull Him up so they have to go around and pull Him out of the stream. When they get to Annas’ house, they question Him. They then send Him to Caiphas the High Priest for the year and He is questioned more. He is continually beaten, spit on, and mocked. These Jewish Trials are illegal and are taking place around 1 AM. Jesus has had nothing to drink or eat since the Last Supper. After Annas and Caiphas have questioned Jesus asking Him if He is the Messiah the Son of the Living God and Jesus saying yes, he has mud and dirt thrown in his hair, his beard plucked, and they drag him around the room by the cords and chains mocking him continuously as a king.
Mary’s heart is close to Jesus’s and she is in agony and suffering. She is extremely worried and just wants to be close to her Son. Throughout the Passion of Jesus Mary faints and is carried many times by Mary Magdalene, John, and other holy women. She is living the prophecy foretold by Simeon at the Presentation in the Temple. Her heart is being pierced and the time has come for her Son “to be the reason for the rise and fall of many in Israel”.
The Agony in the Garden-Jesus agonizes in 3 ways: 1. He sees every sin and punishment from the fall of Adam to the end of the world, 2. Satan tempts Him, 3. for 45 minutes He sees visions of the crucifixion He is about to endure.
“His sorrow and anguish of soul continued to increase, and he was trembling all over when he entered the grotto to pray, like a wayworn traveler hurriedly seeking shelter from sudden storm, but the awful visions pursued him even there, and became more and more clear and distinct. Alas! This small cavern appeared to contain the awful picture of all the sins which had been or were to be committed from the fall of Adam to the end of the world, and of the punishment which they deserved. He fell on his face, overwhelmed with unspeakable sorrow, and all the sins of the world displayed themselves before him, under countless forms and in all their real deformity. He took them all upon himself, and in his prayer offered his own adorable Person to the justice of his Heavenly Father, in payment for so awful a debt. Pg. 100
“But Satan, who was enthroned amid all these horrors, and even filled with diabolical joy at the sight of them, let loose his fury against Jesus, and displayed before the eyes of his soul increasingly awful visions, at the same time addressing his adorable humanity in words such as these: ‘Takest thou even this sin upon thyself? Art thou willing to bear its penalty? Art thou prepared to satisfy for all these sins?’
“And now a long ray of light, like a luminous path in the air, descended from heaven; it was a procession of angels who came up to Jesus and strengthened and reinvigorated him. Satan brought forward innumerable temptations, as he had formerly done in the desert, even daring to adduce various accusations against him. He approached him with faults of the disciples, the scandals they had caused, and the disturbances which he had occasioned in the world by giving up ancient customs. He approached Jesus with having been the cause of the massacre of the Innocents (2 year old boys King Herod killed to try and kill Jesus, Feast 12/28), as well as the sufferings of his parents in Egypt, with not having saved John the Baptist from death, with having brought disunion into families, protected men of despicable character, and refused to cure various sick persons.” Pg. 100-101
VISIONS OF THE PASSION
“When Jesus, unrelieved of all the weight of his sufferings (after talking to the Apostles), returned to the grotto, he fell prostrate with his face on the ground and his arms extended, and prayed to his Eternal Father; but his soul had to sustain a second interior combat which lasted three quarters of an hour. Angels came and showed him, in a series of visions all the sufferings that he was to endure in order to expiate our sins; They showed him the satisfaction which he would have to offer to Divine Justice, and how it would consist of a degree of suffering in his soul and body which would comprehend all the sufferings due to the concupiscence/addictions of the flesh (personal sin-venial and mortal) of all mankind since the debt of the whole human race had to be paid by that humanity which alone was sinless-the humanity of the Son of God.” Pg. 106
Part 2. The Scourging at the Pillar
“That most weak and undecided of all judges, Pilate, had several times repeated the dastardly words: ‘I find no crime in him: I will chastise him, therefore, and let him go;’ to which the Jews continued to respond, ‘Crucify him! Crucify him!’ but he determined to adhere to his resolution of not condemning our Lord to death, and ordered him to be scourged according to the manner of the Romans. The guards were therefore ordered to conduct him through the midst of the furious multitude to the forum, which they did with the utmost brutality, at the same time loading him with abuse, and striking him with their staffs. The pillar where criminals were scourged stood to the north of Pilate’s palace, near the guard-house, and the executioners soon arrived, carrying whips, rods, and ropes, which they tossed down at its base. They were six in number, dark, swarthy men, somewhat shorter than Jesus. They were malefactors from the frontiers of Egypt, who had been condemned for their crimes to hard labor, and were employed principally in making canals, and in erecting public buildings, the most criminal being selected to act as executioners in the Praetorium.
These cruel men had many times scourged poor criminals to death at this pillar. They resembled wild beasts or demons, and appeared to be half drunk (Hitler’s Generals and riflemen were often drunk in killing hundreds of Jews at a time). They struck our Lord with their fists, and dragged him by the cords with which he was pinioned, although he followed them without offering the least resistance, and, finally, they barbarously knocked him down against the pillar. This pillar, placed in the center of the court, stood alone, and did not serve to sustain any part of the building; it was not very high, for a tall man could touch the summit by stretching out his arm; there was a large iron ring at the top, and both rings and hooks a little lower down. It is quite impossible to describe the cruelty shown by these ruffians towards Jesus: they tore off the mantle with which he had been clothed in derision at the court of Herod, and almost threw him prostrate again.
Jesus trembled and shuddered as he stood before the pillar, and took off his garments as quickly as he could, but his hands were bloody and swollen. The only return he made when his brutal executioners struck and abused him was to pray for them in the most touching manner: he turned his face towards his Mother, who was standing overcome with grief; this look quite unnerved her: she fainted, and would have fallen, had not the the holy women who were there supported her. Jesus put his arms around the pillar, and when his hands were thus raised, the archers fastened them to the iron ring which was at the top of the pillar; they then dragged his arms to such a height that his feet, which were tightly bound to the base of the pillar, scarcely touched the ground. Thus was the Holy of holies violently stretched, without a particle of clothing, on a pillar used for the punishment of the greatest criminals; and then did two furious ruffians who were thirsting for his blood begin in the most barbarous manner to scourge his sacred body from head to foot. The whips or scourges which they first made use of appeared to me to be made of a species of flexible white wood, but perhaps they were composed of the sinews of the ox, or of strips of leather.
Our loving Lord, the Son of God, true God and true Man, writhed as a worm under the blows of these barbarians; his mild but deep groans might be heard from afar. These groans resembled rather a touching cry of prayer and supplication, than moans of anguish. The two ruffians continued to strike our Lord with unremitting violence for a quarter of an hour, and were then succeeded by two others. His body was entirely covered with black, blue, and red marks; the blood was trickling down on the ground, and yet the furious cries which issued from among the assembled Jews showed that their cruelty was far from being satiated.
The two executioners commenced scourging Jesus with the greatest possible fury; they made use of a different kind of rod,-a species of thorny stick, covered with knots and splinters. The blows from these sticks tore his flesh to pieces; his blood spouted out so as to stain their arms, and he groaned, prayed, and shuddered.
Two fresh executioners took the place of the last mentioned, who were beginning to flag; their scourges were composed of small chains, or straps covered with iron hooks, which penetrated to the bone, and tore off large pieces of flesh at every blow.
The cruelty of these barbarians was nevertheless not yet satiated; they untied Jesus, and again fastened him up with his back turned towards the pillar. As he was totally unable to support himself in an upright position, they passed cords round his waist, under his arms, and above his knees, and having bound his hands tightly into the rings which were placed at the upper part of the pillar, they recommenced scourging him with even greater fury than before; and one among them struck him constantly on the face with a new rod. The body of our Lord was perfectly torn to shreds,-it was but one wound.
The dreadful scourging had been continued without intermission for three quarters of an hour. During the time of the scourging of our Lord, I saw weeping angels approach him many times; I likewise heard the prayers he constantly addressed to his Father for the pardon of our sins-prayers which never ceased during the whole time of the infliction of this cruel punishment.
I saw the Blessed Virgin in a continual ecstasy during the time of the scourging of her Divine Son; she saw and suffered with inexpressible love and grief all the torments he was enduring. It was not more than nine o’clock a.m. when the scourging terminated.
Part 3 The Crowning with Thorns
Read pg.234 The Dolorous Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ
“A gallery encircled the inner court of the guard-house where our Lord was crowned with thorns, and the doors were open. The cowardly ruffians, who were eagerly waiting to gratify their cruelty by torturing and insulting our Lord, were about fifty in number, and the greatest part slaves or servants of the jailers and soldiers. The mob gathered round the building but were soon displaced by a thousand Roman soldiers, who were drawn up in good order and stationed there.”
“In the middle of the court there stood the fragment of a pillar, and on it was placed a very low stool which these cruel men maliciously covered with sharp flints and bits of broken potsherds. Then they tore off the garments of Jesus, thereby reopening all his wounds; threw over his shoulders an old scarlet mantle which barely reached his knees; dragged him to the seat prepared, and pushed him roughly down upon it, having first placed the crown of thorns upon his head. The crown of thorns was made of three branches plaited together, the greatest part of thorns being purposely turned inwards so as to pierce our Lord’s head. Having first placed these twisted branches on his forehead, they tied them tightly together at the back of his head, and no sooner was this accomplished to their satisfaction than they put a large reed into his hand, doing all with derisive gravity as if they were really crowning him king. They then seized the reed, and struck his head so violently that his eyes were filled with blood; they knelt before him, derided him, spat in his face,and buffeted him,saying at the same time,’Hail,King of the Jews!’”
“It is impossible to describe the cruel outrages which were thought of and perpetrated by these monsters under human form. The sufferings of Jesus from thirst, caused by the fever which his wounds and sufferings had brought on, were intense. He trembled all over, his flesh was torn piecemeal, his tongue contracted, and the only refreshment he received was the blood which trickled from his head on to his parched lips. This shameful scene was protracted a full half-hour, and the Roman soldiers continued during the whole time to applaud and encourage the perpetration of still greater outrages.” pp 234-236
Excerpt from John, the Apostle and Evangelist’s Gospel today:
An eyewitness has testified, and his testimony is true;
he knows that he is speaking the truth,
so that you also may come to believe. JN 19:35
Let us reflect on John the Apostle and Evangelist’s Words of testimony and ask God to increase our faith and believe in our hearts for these things to be true and rejoice in being saved in a completely unfair and undeserving way. Then, may we go forth and love others even those who are undeserving.
Today’s challenge: Walk through the Passion with Christ, take time to think about what He went through and how great his love is for us. Suffer with Christ as He suffered for you. Compassion means “to suffer with”. Suffer with Christ this Holy Week and Triduum so you may share in His joy at the resurrection on Sunday. Spend time with Mary as she stands suffering for her Son, knowing God’s plan, and sharing with you and I in our redemption.
II. PROPHECIES FULFILLED BY JESUS IN HIS PASSION, DEATH, RESURRECTION AND ASCENSION
Psalm 16:10; 30:3 – He will not be spared from death and yet remain incorrupt – Acts 2:31; 13:33,35 – Jesus conquered death and remained incorrupt.
Psalm 22:1 – My God, my God, why has thou forsaken me? – Matt. 27:46; Mark 15:34 – Jesus utters this rabbinical formula from the cross declaring that He is the Messiah.
Psalm 22:7 – the people will wag their heads at Him – Matt. 27:39; Mark 15:29 – the people wagged their heads at Jesus on the cross.
Psalm 22:7 – He will be mocked – Matt. 27:31; Mark 15:20; Luke 22:63; 23:36 – Jesus was mocked.
Psalm 22:16; Isa. 53:12 – He will be numbered with the transgressors – Matt. 27:38; Mark 15:27; Luke 23:32; John 19:18 – Jesus was numbered with the transgressors by being crucified between two thieves.
Psalm 22:16; Zech 12:10 – His hands and feet will be pierced and they will weep for the first-born – John 19:23,34,37 – Jesus’ hands and feet were pierced and his followers wept for Him, the true first-born Son of Israel.
Psalm 22:17 – they will stare and gloat over Him – Matt. 27:36; Luke 23:35 – the people stood by and stared at Jesus on the cross.
Psalm 22:18 – they will divide His garments among them – Matt. 27:35; Mark 15:24; Luke 23:34; John 19:23 – they divided Jesus’ garments among them.
Psalm 22:18 – they will cast lots for His garments – Matt. 27:35; Mark 15:24; Luke 23:34; John 19:24 – they cast lots for Jesus’ garments.
Psalm 30:3; 41:10, 118:17; Hos 6:2 – He will be raised to life on the third day – Acts 13:33, Matt. 28:6; Mark 16:6; Luke 24:34,46 – Jesus was raised to life on the third day.
Psalm 34:20 – He will not have broken bones – John 19:33,36 – none of Jesus’ bones were broken.
Psalm 41:9; 55:12-14 – He will be betrayed by a friend – Matt. 10:4; 26:20-25; Mark 14:18-21; John 13:18 – Jesus was betrayed by a friend.
Psalm 68:18 – He will ascend into heaven – Mark 16:19; Luke 24:51; John 20:17; Acts 1:9 – Jesus ascended into heaven.
Psalm 68:20 – He will escape the powers of death – Acts 2:31; 13:33; Matt 28:6; Mark 16:6, Luke 24:46; John 20:9-10 – Jesus escaped the powers of death through his resurrection.
Psalm 69:21 – they will give Him vinegar to drink – Matt. 27:34,48; Mark 15:23,36; Luke 23:36; John 19:29 – they gave Jesus vinegar to drink.
Psalm 110:1 – He will sit at the right hand of God – Heb. 1:3; Acts 2:34-35 – Jesus sits at the right hand of God.
Isaiah 50:6 – He will be spat upon – Matt. 26:67; Mark 15:19 – Jesus was spat upon.
Isaiah 50:6; Mic. 5:1 – the ruler of Israel’s cheek will be struck – Matt. 26:67; Luke 22:63; John 18:22 – Jesus was so struck and beaten.
Isaiah 53:5; Zech. 13:6 – He was wounded, bruised and scourged for us – Matt. 27:26; Mark 15:15; John 19:1 – Jesus was wounded, bruised and scourged for us.
Isaiah 53:7 – He will remain silent before His accusers – Matt. 27:12,14; Mark 14:61;15:5; Luke 23:9; John 19:9 – Jesus remained silent before His accusers.
Isaiah 53:8-10; Dan. 9:26 – the anointed one shall be cut off and die – Luke 23:46; 24:7; John 19:30 – Jesus the Messiah died.
Isaiah 53:9 – He will be buried in a rich man’s tomb – Matt. 27:57-60; Mark 15:42-46; Luke 23:50-53; John 19:38-42 – Jesus was buried in a rich man’s tomb (the tomb of Joseph of Arimathea).
Isaiah 53:12 – He will make intercession for the transgressors – Luke 23:34,43 – Jesus made intercession for the transgressors on the cross.
Amos 8:9 – God will darken the earth at noon – Matt. 27:45; Mark 15:33; Luke 23:44-45 – there was darkness at noon at Jesus’ crucifixion and death.
Jonah 1:17 – three nights and days in the belly of the whale foreshadows Jesus’ death and rising on the third day.
Mic. 1:8 – He will lament and wail, and will go stripped and naked – John 19:23-24 – Jesus lamented and was stripped and naked.
Zech. 11:12-13 – He will be betrayed for 30 pieces of silver – Matt. 26:15 – Jesus was betrayed for 30 pieces of silver.
Zech. 11:13 – the pieces of silver are cast into God’s house – Matt. 27:5 – Judas threw the pieces of silver into the Temple.
Zech. 12:10 – His side will be pierced – John 19:34, 37 – Jesus’ side was pierced.
Zech. 13:7 – He will be forsaken by His disciples who will scatter – Matt. 26:31, Mark. 14:50 – Jesus’ disciples forsook Him and scattered.
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