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MEDITATIONS ON THE
PASSION OF OUR LORD



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BY THE RIGHT REVEREND

JOSEPH OSWALD SMITH O.S.B,

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NEW YORK, CINCrNMATlj^CHICAGO
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Westmonasterii, die 25 Februarii, 1915



CONTENTS



f'HAPTER

I. — The approach to the (harden of Olives

II. — The pra3'er in the (larden of Olives

III.— The sweat of blood

IV. — Our Lord finds His disciples asleep

V. — The band Avitli Judas

VI. — The kiss of Judas ....

VII. — Our Lord heals the wound made V»y

VIII. — Oui- Lord's hands are boiuid

IX. — The trial before Annas .

X. — A soldier strikes Jesus in the face .

XL — The trial before Caiphas

XII. — Peter s denial ....

XIII. — Jesus is taken to Pilate

XIV. —Jesus before Herod : j, , > . . , > . »

XV. — The scourging . . ; ., ' r. ',i' •

XVI. — The crowning with tliorns . ^ . ^

XVIL— The Ecce Homo . i ! ' i. ]:>:l

XVIII. —The first .Station . ^ ': - ' ' ' ^' -

XIX. — Our Lord accepts the serosal '^ ,'. '•", ^

XX.— The second Station :„ ,i\^' I \ '

XXL— The third Station

XXII.— The fourth Station .

XXIIL— The fifth Station .

XXIV.— The .sixth Station .

XXV. — The seventh Station .

XXVL— The eighth Station .

XXVIL— The ninth Station .

XXVITI. The tentli Station



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XXIX. riir rlfvnith Station

XXX. 'I'Im- tjiising of tlu- fioss
X X XI. Thf Hrst Word on tlic cross

XXXII. TIu' thiovi's .

XXXIII. -Tho ri-viliu- .

XXXIV. Tlic second Word
XXX\'. Tlu' Motlur ..t' tlic Crncitii'd
XXXX'I. Tlu- thiriMN'ord .
XXXX'II. 'riir daikiH'ss dinin^ the rrufitix
XXXNIII. TIk- fourth Word
XXXIX. -The Hftli Word .
XL.— rhesixtli Word .
XLL— The twelfth Station and the sixth U
XLIL— Tlie miracles at our Lord's death
XLIII. — The ootivei.sion of the centurion
XLIV. — The wound in our Lord's sid
XLV. — Joseph of Ariniatliea
XLVL— The thirteenth Station .
XLVIT. The burial of our Lord .
X I. \' 1 1 1. -The seventh dolour
XLIX. — 'I'he sepulchic .
L. — The guarding of the sepulchre

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LI. -Tj{(I yiitVut 'Dune he done.' " — Luke xxii, 41, 42.

THE actual prayer of our Lord is a great help to me-
Not unfre([uently the burden of work seems too
niucli for me to bear. Our Lord has allowed Him-
."self to feel the same hopelessness which is a trial to
so many religious. Either the actual work given to
me, or the circumstances of that work which make it
a double l)nrdeM, or the want of sympathy on the
part of those as.sociated with me, makes the burden
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prayer, the supi)ort in weariness, the giver of all
honesty, the purifier of my heart, that the love of my
heart may hum with the same intensity with the love
of Thee and Thy Father. Let not this centre of all
that is nohle and true he for me of no avail. Let not
this treasury of all virtue be closed to me, but, in Thy
mercy, give me the support and the stimulus of Thy
passion, that in all things my life may be after the
modol Thou liast ixiven me. Amen.



V— The Band with Judas

" .Tudas. therefore, having received a band of soldiers and
servants from the chief priests and the Pharisees, cometh
thither with lanterns and torclies and weapons." —
John xviii, 3.

XHE care that Judas took to cover his treachery is.
full of warning for us. He had no direct commu-
nication with Pilate, but went to the chief priests.
They, no doubt, obtained from Pilate some of the
Roman soldiers and, joining to them their own guard,
called by St. John the servants of the high-priest,
sent them with Judas to receive from him their
enemy. Judas thus covered his treachery by obtaining
tlie sanction of both the secular and the ecclesiastical
authority. The time of his betrayal was carefully
chosen. He knew that the Last Supper would be
finished, and that our Lord, according to His custom,
would retire into the Garden of Olives, that He might
be alone in prayer during the night. He wanted to
avoid tl)o .'..mpany of the Apostles. They did not



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suspect him. None of theiu except St. John and St.
Peter had even a hint of what Judas was about to do.
Still, as some of the disciples might have accom-


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