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forth let us live only for thee; and in dying for thee, let us die loving thee, and in thy sacred


Act of Contrition, &c., as before.

V. Tui Nati vulnerati, Tam dignati pro me pati,

Pænas mecum divide.

R. Sancta Mater, &c.

Let me share with thee his
Who for all my sins was
Who for me in torments

Holy Mother, &c.



V. We adore thee, O Christ, and we bless thee.

R. Because by thy holy Cross thou hast redeemed the world.


The multitude have left the heights of Calvary, and none remain save the beloved disciple and the holy women, who, at the foot of the cross, are striving to stem the grief of Christ's inconsolable Mother. Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus take down the body of her divine Son from the cross, and deposit it in her arms.


O THOU, whose grief was boundless as an ocean that hath no limits, Mary, Mother of God,

give us a share in thy most holy sorrow in the sufferings of thy Son, and have compassion on our infirmities. Accept us as thy children with the beloved disciple. Show thyself a mother unto us; and may he, through thee, receive our prayer, who for us vouchsafed to be thy Son.

Act of Contrition, &c., as before.

V. Fac me tecum pie flere,

Crucifixo condolere,
Donec ego vixero.

R. Sancta Mater, &c.

Let me mingle tears with
thee [ed for me,
Mourning him who mourn-
All the days that I may
Holy Mother, &c.



V. We adore thee, O Christ, and we bless thee. R. Because by thy holy Cross thou hast redeemed the world.


The body of her dearly beloved Son is taken from his Mother, and laid by the disciples in the tomb. The tomb is closed, and there the lifeless body remains until the hour of its glorious resurrection.


WE too, O God, will descend into the grave whenever it shall please thee, as it shall please thee, and wheresoever it shall please thee. Let

thy just decrees be fulfilled; let our sinful bodies return to their parent dust, but do thou, in thy great mercy, receive our immortal souls, and when our bodies have risen again, place them likewise in thy kingdom, that we may love and bless thee for ever and ever. Amen.

Act of Contrition, &c., as before.

V. Juxta crucem tecum By the cross with thee to stare,

Et me tibi sociare In planctu desidero R. Sancta Mater, &c.

stay, [and pray, There with thee to weep Is all I ask of thee to give. Holy Mother, &c.

Benediction, with the Cross of the Passion.

Cantor. Jube, Domine, benedicere.

Cantor. Grant us, O Lord, a blessing.

Priest. May our Lord Jesus Christ bless us, who for us was scourged, loaded with his cross, and crucified.

R. Amen.

Priest. Benedicat nos Dominus noster Jesus Christus, qui pro nobis flagellatus est, crucem portavit, et fuit crucifixus.

R. Amen.

After the Benediction is given, the following Antiphon and
Prayer are sung:

Ant. Christus factus est pro nobis obediens usque ad mortem, mortem autem crucis.

Ant. Christ was made for us obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.


Respice, quæsumus, Domine, super hanc familiam tuam, pro qua Dominus noster Jesus Christus non dubitavit manibus tradi nocentium, et crucis subire tormentum. Qui tecum vivit et regnat in unitate Spiritus Sancti Deus, per omnia sæcula sæculorum.

R. Amen.

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Let us pray.

Look down, O Lord, we beseech thee, upon this thy family, for which our Lord Jesus Christ did not refuse to be delivered into the hands of wicked men, and to endure the torments of the cross. Who liveth and reigneth with thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God for ever and ever. R. Amen.

Virgin of all virgins best! Listen to my fond request,

Let me share thy grief divine.

Let me to my latest breath,

In my body bear the death

Of that dying Son of thine.

Wounded with his every wound,

Steep my soul till it hath swoon'd

In his very blood away. Be to me, O Virgin, nigh, Lest in flames I burn and die,

In his awful judgment day.

Christe, cum sit hinc exire,

Da per Matrem me venire
Ad palmam victoriæ.

Quando corpus morietur,
Fac ut animæ donetur,

Paradisi gloria. Amen.

Christ, when thou shalt
call me hence,
Be thy Mother my defence,

Be thy cross my victory. While my body here decays,

May my soul thy goodness praise,

Safe in Paradise with thee. Amen.

The Jesus Psalter.

Begin by devoutly kneeling, or bowing the head, at the adorable name of JESUS.

First Petition.


"In the name of Jesus, every knee should bow, of those that are in heaven, on earth, and in hell; and every tongue_should confess, that the Lord Jesus Christ is in the glory of God the Father."-PHIL. ii. 10.

Jesus, Jesus, Jesus,
Jesus, Jesus, Jesus,
Jesus, Jesus, Jesus,

have mercy

on me.


passion, and forgive the many and great offences which I have committed in thy sight.

Many have been the follies of my life, and great are the miseries which I have deserved for my ingratitude.

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