A few days away from his feast day,
Trust with saint Claude
This month with the Gospel of saint Matthew 26 : 36-46
Meditation of February 7th :
The crown of thorns was even more cruel in the Heart of the Lord than on his sacred Head. Also, whilst showing his Divine Heart to his chosen soul in Paray-le-Monial, he had wanted us to see him crowned with thorns. Ah ! It is because this crown was for him the torture that men in their mad and brutal pride made him suffer ; in their deadly thoughts, in the pride of their vain glory, in the stubbornness of their rebellion. (Martha Robin).
Meditation of February 14th :
Come on, let us go ahead of our good Master… He comes to us full of goodness, full of love and of the most passionate of all loves. Let us not go to him with coldness and indifference, let us try and generate in us this hunger, these violent desires which made the saintly souls languish. He comes to us full of grace and treasures in order to enrich us ; let us not go to him empty handed… But especially let there be no moment, if possible, that is not sanctified by some interior act of contrition for our sins, of compassion for the sufferings of Jesus Christ, of protest to serve him better from now on…(St Claude la Colombière).
Meditation of February 21st :
When the right time has come for God to save humanity from slavery of sin, Jesus withdraws here, in Gethsemane, at the foot of the Mount of Olives. We find ourselves in this holy place, sanctified by Jesus’ prayer, by his anguish, by the sweat of his blood : sanctified above all by his « yes » to the Father’s willingness to love. We are almost afraid to go near any feelings that Jesus felt at this hour. ; we enter on tiptoe in this interior realm where the world’s drama was being decided. At this hour, Jesus felt the necessity to pray and to have near him his disciples, his friends, who had followed him and who had shared his mission more closely. But here, in Gethsemane, following him is proving to be a difficult and uncertain task : doubt, tiredness and terror seem to take over. (Pope Francis).
Meditation of February 28th :
« And now we set out wholeheartedly to follow you, to fear you and to look for your face. Do not let us dwell in shame, but act with us according to your goodness and according to the greatness of your grace. Deliver us according to your marvelous works, and may glory be given, Lord to your name. May all those who hurt your servants be confused : may they be covered with shame, deprived of all power, and may their strength be broken. May they know that you alone are God and Lord, in glory all over the earth. » (Daniel 3)
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament :
Words and music : Steven Fry N°14-36-EN
Lift up your heads to the coming King
Bow before Him and adore Him, sing
To his majesty, let your praises be
Pure and holy, giving glory
To the King of kings
Lord jesus we entrust to you those who take part in your suffering by their solitude and who cannot adore you. Grant them to keep confidence in your love for them and to rest on your Heart.
v.38. And he said to them, « the sorrow in my heart is so great that it almost crushes me. Stay here and watch with me. »
Song : stay here and keep watch with me
Keep watch and pray, keep watch and pray
v.39. He went a little further on, threw himself face downwards on the ground, and prayed, « my Father, if it is possible, take this cup of suffering away from me ! Yet not what I want, but what you want. »
Words and music : Emmanuel Community (L.-E. de Labarthe / M. Wittal) N°16-11-EN
Ch. Jesus, Lord, gentle and humble of heart,
Mould my heart to be like yours.
Jesus, Lord, gentle and humble of heart,
Mould my heart to be like yours.
3. O come to me, all you who long for rest.
all : In you, …
My peace I give to your weary souls.
all : In you, …
Original title (FR) : Ô Jésus, tu es doux et humble de cœur
v.40. Then he returned to the three disciples and found them asleep ; and he said to Peter, « How is it that you three were not able to keep watch with me even for one hour ? v.41. Keep watch and pray that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak. »
Jesus, you only ask us to remain close to you in confidence, but we cannot get there alone. Help us not to enter into temptation, you who always trust in the Father, so that we may follow in your footsteps.
Words and music : Emmanuel Community (G. Creaton) – N°16-08-EN
I want to adore You.
I bow down before You.
Jesus, o Jesus, Saints and angels around You !
Jesus, Jesus, we worship You.
v.42. Once more Jesus went away and prayed, « my Father if this cup of suffering cannot be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done. »
v.43.He returned once more and found the disciples asleep ; they could not keep their eyes open.
v.44. Again Jesus left them, went away, and prayed for the third time, saying the same words.
Words and music : Emmanuel Community (M. Hagemann) N°16-01-EN From the Litanie of the Holy Name of Jesus
Ch. Adoramus te ! We worship You, Lord !
Jesus Christ, our Saviour and Messiah !
Adoramus te ! We worship you, Lord !
We adore You, Jesus Christ, our Lord !
Jesus, sinners’ friend, brother of the poor,
Jesus, shepherd of the flock, Adoramus te !
Healer of the weak, comforter of souls,
Jesus, everlasting love, Adoramus te !
Jesus, Prince of Peace, teacher of our hearts,
Fullness of the father’s love. Adoramus te !
Jesus, Lamb of God, faithful unto death,
Hope of all who trust in you. Adoramus te !
Gospel according to saint Matthew 26
v.45. Then he returned to the disciples and said, « Are you still sleeping and resting ? Look ! The hour has come for the Son of Man to be handed over to the power of sinners.
v.46. Get up, let us go. Look, here is the man who is betraying me ! »
Short silence then if we are in front of the Blessed Sacrament :
Tantum ergo Sacramentum
Veneremur cernui !
Et antiquum documentum
Novo cedat ritui !
Præstet fides supplementum
Sensuum defectui !
Laus et jubilatio,
Salus, honor, virtus quoque
Sit et benedictio !
Procedenti ab utroque
Compar sit laudatio .
Litanies and deposition of the Blessed Sacrament. Announcement and Salve Regina…
With the Holy Father, and the world network of the apostolate of prayer, we pray that the cry of so many migrants,who are victims of criminal trafficking be heard and taken into account : they are our brothers and sisters in humanity.
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