Crucifixion by Dali

Seven Last Words
from the Cross

Chaplet Prayers 1
Chaplet Prayers 2

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How to pray this chaplet

On the Crucifix
Sign yourself with the sign of the cross. And pray the Apostles Creed

On each of the large meditation beads:

The First Meditation
"Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do." (Luke 23:34)
O Jesus, who hung in agony upon the Cross out of love for me, and by your pains paid for my sins, you who spoke of pardon for your persecutors, obtain pardon for all those who are now facing death, and have pity on me when I am facing mine. By the merits of your precious blood shed for our salvation, grant us continual sorrow for our sins so that we may share eternal life with you.
Next 3 beads: 1 Our Father, 1 Hail Mary, 1 Glory Be to the Father.

The Second Meditation
"Amen I say to you, this day you shall be with me in paradise." (Luke 23:43)
My Jesus, who in agony on the Cross, did readily respond to the faith of the good thief who acknowledged you as the Son of God, you who assured him of a place in heaven, pity all of those who are facing death and pity me when I am facing mine. By the merit of your precious blood, shed for us, wake up in our souls a firm and steadfast faith. Protect us from the temptations of Satan so that we may obtain the prize of holy paradise with you forever.
Next 3 beads: 1 Our Father, 1 Hail Mary, 1 Glory Be to the Father.

The Third Meditation
"Woman, behold your Son . . . Behold your mother." (John 19:26-27)
Oh Jesus, who out of love for me hung in agony on the Cross and who left your own most holy Mother as a sign of your love so that through her intercession we might seek your assistance, have pity on us. Have pity on all the faithful who are facing death and have pity on me when I also shall face mine. By the sorrows of your dear Mother, nurture in our hearts a hope that, through the merits of your precious blood, we may escape the sentence of eternal death in hell.
Next 3 beads: 1 Our Father, 1 Hail Mary, 1 Glory Be to the Father.

The Fourth Meditation
"My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?." (Matt. 27:46)
O Jesus, out of love for me you hung in agony upon the Cross. While bodily suffering and indignities were heaped upon you, the most desperate desolation of spirit was being forsaken by your eternal Father. Have pity on all the faithful who are facing death, and pity me when I too shall be facing mine. By the merits of your precious blood, may we patiently suffer our last agony, and may we join our pains with yours so that we may be made partakers of your glory in paradise.

Next 3 beads: 1 Our Father, 1 Hail Mary, 1 Glory Be to the Father.

The Fifth Meditation
"I thirst." (John 19:28)
O Jesus, in agony you hung upon the Cross for me. You suffered unquenchable physical thirst and an insatiable tolerance for insults and suffering. Yet the more you suffered so that all people might be saved, the more you demonstrated the enormous love you had in your heart. Pity all the faithful who are now facing death, and pity me when I also shall be facing mine. By the merits of your precious blood, fire in our hearts such a great love that we will be made one with you for all eternity.
Next 3 beads: 1 Our Father, 1 Hail Mary, 1 Glory Be to the Father.

The Sixth Meditation
"It is finished" (John 19:30)
O Jesus, you hung in agony on the Cross for love of me. From this tree you announced the truth of my redemption, a redemption which made us children of God and heirs of heaven. Pity all the faithful who are now facing death; pity me when I also shall be facing mine. By the merits of your precious blood, detach us from the pleasures of the world and grant us the grace to offer you the sacrifice of our life in reparation of our sins.
Next 3 beads: 1 Our Father, 1 Hail Mary, 1 Glory Be to the Father.

The Seventh Meditation
"Father, into your hands I commend my spirit." (Luke 23:46)
O Jesus, you hung in agony on the Cross for love of me. You accomplished my salvation through your full acceptance of the will of your eternal Father. You commended your spirit into his hands, bowed your head and died. Have pity on all the faithful who are now facing death, and pity me when I too shall be facing mine. By the merits of your precious blood, give us our last breath a complete conformity to your divine will. Make us ready to live or die as it pleases you. Let us desire nothing more than to accomplish whatever you have willed for us.
Next 3 beads: 1 Our Father, 1 Hail Mary, 1 Glory Be to the Father.

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The choice of these beads was inspired by the film, The Passion of the Christ, and call to mind the scourging Christ endured for our salvation at the hands of Roman soldiers.   The meditation beads are 15mm pressed glass, with a metallic aurora finish reminiscent of armor.  The small beads are 8mm vintage pressed glass, swirling with shades of blood red.  The 2" sterling crucifix is exquisitely detailed, with the image of Veronica's veil and instruments of crucifixion.



How to pray this chaplet (another method)

On the Crucifix
Sign yourself with the sign of the cross. And pray the Apostles Creed

On each of the large meditation beads:

The First Meditation
"Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do." (Luke 23:34)
These words of yours, O Lord, are a two edged sword; they cut both ways. They console me because I know myself as being as guilty as those who nailed you to the cross. Speak these words of forgiveness over me as well. But, at the same time though, these words fill me with dread. I understand that in your example I must pardon those persons who have harmed me - toward whom I nurse a powerful grudge. The imitation of Christ, to which I am pledged, is excruciatingly hard. I count on the strength of your example to serve me, and to be able to say and mean those words, Father forgive them.
Next 3 beads: 1 Our Father, 1 Hail Mary, 1 Glory Be to the Father.

The Second Meditation
"Amen I say to you, this day you shall be with me in paradise." (Luke 23:43)
All I can think of in reading your words, O Lord, is the magnanimous return the good thief receives for his gentle kindness to you.  He has spoken the only gracious words to reach your ears on that fateful day when he said that you weren't deserving of this punishment for you had done no evil.  But what a massive reward he receives for those few words: heaven in return for a simple act of kindness.  I hope that all the words I speak during prayer will bring down a similar avalanche of divine mercy onto me.
Next 3 beads: 1 Our Father, 1 Hail Mary, 1 Glory Be to the Father.

The Third Meditation
"Woman, behold your Son . . . Behold your mother." (John 19:26-27)
These desperate sounding words first appear to be a guarantee for the well-being of your mother.  It is not; rather it is a gift - the gift of Mary as mother; to care for me, to guide me, to love me and to intercede to you for me.  You give me a rare gift indeed, a presence in my life, to make my heart gentle and my world beautiful.  There are no limits to your generosity - giving me your mother.
Next 3 beads: 1 Our Father, 1 Hail Mary, 1 Glory Be to the Father.

The Fourth Meditation
"My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?." (Matt. 27:46)
These words are not words of despair, but words of trust taken from the opening of Psalm 22.  Our ancestors trusted in the Father and He delivered them.  To Him they cried out and were saved.  In your darkest hour you placed your trust in the Father and by doing so, you show me to place my trust in You.
Next 3 beads: 1 Our Father, 1 Hail Mary, 1 Glory Be to the Father.

The Fifth Meditation
"I thirst." (John 19:28)
It is an irony that you who quench the thirst in people searching for truth and divine wisdom should in your darkest hour experience thirst.  Considering your loss of blood from the scourging, and the noon day sun as you made your way up to Calvary, your thirst must have been monstrous; but, you endured patiently and lovingly for me.
Next 3 beads: 1 Our Father, 1 Hail Mary, 1 Glory Be to the Father.

The Sixth Meditation
"It is finished" (John 19:30)
At first, these words could seem to be desperate, sad and empty of hope. On second look, they appear to be those of encouragement.  It is finished, that is to say, that you have reached you goal, your task is completed.  There is a sense of fulfillment and even triumph in what you say. Your task in bringing the good word was completed as was the task of dying for our sins.  I hope that in my time, I will be able to say in full honesty... It is finished - my task, complete.
Next 3 beads: 1 Our Father, 1 Hail Mary, 1 Glory Be to the Father.

The Seventh Meditation
"Father, into your hands I commend my spirit." (Luke 23:46) In these words you give me the formula for achieving peace and strength.  You died commending your spirit to the Father. What would make more sense than at any critical moment than to put myself in God's hands?  Just as Thomas died commending his spirit to you, I will place my life securely in your hands for safekeeping.
Next 3 beads: 1 Our Father, 1 Hail Mary, 1 Glory Be to the Father.

Reprinted with permission of Brian Heacock and Jean Kotchka .


Las Siete Últimas Palabras de Cristo en la Cruz

PRIMERA PALABRA
[Primera palabra de Jesús en la cruz]

Padre, perdónalos, 
porque no saben 
lo que hacen
(Lc. 23,34)

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Jesús amado, que por amor mío agonizasteis en la cruz, a fin de pagar con vuestras penas la deuda de mis pecados, y abristeis vuestra divina boca para obtenerme el perdón de la justicia eterna: tened piedad de todos los fieles agonizantes y de mí en aquella hora postrera; y por los méritos de vuestra preciosísima Sangre derramada por nuestra salvación, concedednos un dolor tan vivo de nuestras culpas que nos haga morir en el seno de vuestra infinita misericordia.

Tres Gloria.

Tened piedad de nosotros, Señor, tened piedad de nosotros.

Dios mío, creo en Vos, espero en Vos, os amo y me arrepiento de haberos ofendido con mis pecados.

   

SEGUNDA PALABRA
[Segunda palabra de Jesús en la cruz]

En verdad, en verdad
te digo: hoy estarás
conmigo en el Paraíso
(Lc. 23,43)

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Jesús amado, que por amor mío agonizasteis en la cruz y que con tanta prontitud y liberalidad correspondisteis a la fe del buen ladrón que os reconoció por Hijo de Dios en medio de vuestras humillaciones, y le asegurasteis el Paraíso: tened piedad de todos los fieles agonizantes y de mi en aquella hora postrera; y por los méritos de vuestra preciosísima Sangre, haced que revive en nuestro espíritu una fe tan firme y constante que no se incline a sugestión alguna del demonio, para que también nosotros alcancemos el premio del santo Paraíso.

Tres Gloria.

Tened piedad de nosotros, Señor, tened piedad de nosotros.

Dios mío, creo en Vos, espero en Vos os amo y me arrepiento de haberos ofendido con mis pecados.

   

TERCERA PALABRA
[Tercera palabra de Jesús en la cruz]

Mujer, he ahí a
tu hijo; 
hijo he ahí a
tu madre
(Jn. 19, 26-27)

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Jesús amado, que por amor mío agonizasteis en la cruz y olvidando vuestros sufrimientos nos dejasteis en prenda de vuestro amor vuestra misma Madre Santísima para que por su medio podamos recurrir confiadamente a Vos en nuestras mayores necesidades: tened piedad de todos los fieles agonizantes y de mi en aquella hora postrera; y por el interior martirio de una tan amada Madre, reavivad en nuestro corazón la firme esperanza en los infinitos méritos de vuestra preciosísima Sangre, a fin de que podamos evitar la eterna condenación que tenemos merecida por nuestros pecados.

Tres Gloria.

Tened piedad de nosotros, Señor, tened piedad de nosotros.

Dios mío, creo en Vos, espero en Vos, os amo y me arrepiento de haberos ofendido con mis pecados.

 

 

CUARTA PALABRA
[Cuarta palabra de Jesús en la cruz]

¡Dios mío,
Dios mío!, 
¿por qué me has
abandonado?
(Mc. 15, 34; Mt. 27, 46)

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Jesús amado, que por amor mío agonizasteis en la cruz y que, añadiendo sufrimiento a sufrimiento, además de tantos dolores en el cuerpo, sufristeis con infinita paciencia la mas penosa aflicción de espíritu a causa del abandono de vuestro eterno Padre: tened piedad de todos los fieles agonizantes y de mi en aquella hora postrera; y por los méritos de vuestra preciosísima Sangre, concedednos la gracia de sufrir con verdadera paciencia todos los dolores y congojas de nuestra agonía, a fin de que, unidas a las vuestras nuestras penas, podamos después participar de vuestra gloria en el Paraíso.

Tres Gloria.

Tened piedad de nosotros, Señor, tened piedad de nosotros.

Dios mío, creo en Vos, espero en Vos, os amo y me arrepiento de haberos ofendido con mis pecados.

   

QUINTA PALABRA
[Quinta palabra de Jesús en la cruz]

Tengo sed
(Jn. 19,28)

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Jesús amado, que por amor mío agonizasteis en la cruz y que, no saciado aún con tantos vituperios y sufrimientos, quisierais sufrirlos todavía mayores para la salvación de todos los hombres, demostrando así que todo el torrente de Vuestra Pasión no es bastante para apagar la sed de vuestro amoroso Corazón: tened piedad de todos los fieles agonizantes y de mí en aquella hora postrera; y por los méritos de vuestra preciosísima Sangre, encended tan vivo fuego de caridad en nuestro corazón que lo haga desfallecer con el deseo de unirse a Vos por toda la eternidad.

Tres Gloria.

Tened piedad de nosotros, Señor, tened piedad de nosotros.

Dios mío, creo en Vos, espero en Vos os amo y me arrepiento de haberos ofendido con mis pecados.

   

SEXTA PALABRA
[Sexta palabra de Jesús en la cruz]

Todo está cumplido
(Jn. 19, 39)

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Jesús amado, que por amor mío agonizasteis en la cruz y desde esta cátedra de verdad anunciasteis el cumplimiento de la obra de nuestra Redención, por la que, de hijos de ira y perdición, fuimos hechos hijos de Dios y herederos del cielo; tened piedad de todos los fieles agonizantes y de mí en aquella hora postrera; y por los méritos de vuestra preciosísima Sangre, desprendednos por completo así del mundo como de nosotros mismos; y en el momento de nuestra agonía, dadnos gracia para ofreceros de corazón el sacrificio de la vida en expiación de nuestros pecados.

Tres Gloria.

Tened piedad de nosotros, Señor, tened piedad de nosotros.

Dios mío, creo en Vos, espero en Vos, os amo y me arrepiento de haberos ofendido con mis pecados.

   

SÉPTIMA PALABRA
[Séptima palabra de Jesús en la cruz]

Padre, en tus
manos encomiendo
mi espíritu
(Lc. 23, 46)

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Jesús amado, que por amor mío agonizasteis en la cruz, y que en cumplimiento de tan grande sacrificio aceptasteis la voluntad del Eterno Padre al encomendar en sus manos vuestro espíritu para enseguida inclinar la cabeza y morir: tened piedad de todos los fieles agonizantes y de mí en aquella hora postrera; y por los méritos de vuestra preciosísima Sangre, otorgadnos en nuestra agonía una perfecta conformidad a vuestra divina voluntad, a fin de que estemos dispuestos a vivir o a morir según sea a Vos más agradable; y que no suspiremos para nada más que por el perfecto cumplimiento en nosotros de vuestra adorable voluntad.

Tres Gloria.

Tened piedad de nosotros, Señor, tened piedad de nosotros.

Dios mío, creo en Vos, espero en Vos, os amo y me arrepiento de haberos ofendido con mis pecados.

   

 
Díptico de la crucifixión de
165ier van der Weyden. 1460
Museo de Arte de Filadelfia.

ORACIÓN A LA VIRGEN DOLOROSA

Madre Santísima de los Dolores, por el intenso martirio que sufristeis al pie de la Cruz durante las tres horas de agonía de Jesús, dignaos en nuestra agonía asistirnos a todos los que somos hijos de vuestros dolores, a fin de que con vuestra intercesión, podamos pasar del lecho de muerte a ser vuestra corona en el santo Paraíso. Amén.

V. De muerte súbita e imprevista.
R. Líbranos, Señor.
V. De las insidias del diablo.
R. Líbranos, Señor.
V. De la muerte eterna.
R. Líbranos, Señor.

   
Oración final.
Oh Dios, que en la muerte dolorosísima de vuestro Hijo habéis constituido un ejemplo y un auxilio para la salvación del linaje humano: concedednos, os rogamos, que en el peligro último de nuestra muerte merezcamos alcanzar el efecto de tan grande caridad y entrar en la gloria del Redentor. Por el mismo Jesucristo Señor nuestro. Amén.



Sobre las siete palabras pronunciadas por Cristo en la cruz . Desde entonces se propagó la costumbre de predicar el tradicional "sermón de las siete palabras" en la mañana o mediodía del Viernes Santo.

Devoción de las Siete Palabras


As Sete Últimas Palavras de Cristo na Cruz


 

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