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An Office of Devotion

TO OUR CRUCIFIED LORD AND SAVIOUR

JESUS CHRIST.

(From Bishop Jeremy Taylor's Holy Living.)

A Form of Prayer recording all the points and Mysteries of Christ's Passion, being a short History of it: to be used especially in the Afternoon or Evening of Good Friday, or on all Fridays in Lent.

ALL praise, honour, and glory be to Thee, O Holy Jesus. We adore Thee, O Blessed Redeemer, our Lord and our God, the Light of the Gentiles and the Glory of Israel, for Thou hast done and suffered for us more than we could wish, more than we could think of; even all that lost and miserable and perishing sinners could possibly need.

Thou wert afflicted with thirst and hunger, with heat and cold, with labours and sorrows, with hard journeys and restless nights. Thou wentest about doing good, working miracles of mercy, healing the sick, comforting the distressed, instructing the ignorant, feeding the hungry, giving sight to the blind and hearing to the deaf, strengthening the lame, cleansing the lepers, raising the dead, and preaching the Gospel to the poor, graciously re

ceiving the penitent sinners, and making atonement for the sins of the world by the merits of Thy Passion, Thy healthful and bitter Passion.

Blessed be Thy Name, O Holy Jesus, Who wast content to be conspired against by the Jews, to be sold by Thine own disciple for a vile price, and to wash the feet of him that took money for Thy life: to give to him, and to all Thine Apostles Thy most Holy Body and Blood: to become a sacrifice for their sins, even theirs that betrayed and denied Thee: and for all the sins of all the whole world; and for all our sins, even for our crucifying Thee afresh, and for other our sins, whereof we are ashamed to think, but that the greatness of our sins magnifieth the boundless greatness of Thy mercies, Who didst so great things for us that are so vile.

V. O Saviour of the world, Who by Thy Cross and Precious Blood hast redeemed us. R. Save us and help us, we humbly beseech Thee, O Lord.

V. O Lamb of God, That takest away the sins of the world. R. Have mercy upon us.

V. O Lamb of God, That takest away the sins of the world. R. Grant us Thy peace.

Blessed be Thy Name, O Holy Jesus, Who, being about to depart from this world, didst comfort Thine Apostles, pouring out into their ears and hearts treasures of admirable discourses: Who didst recommend them and us to Thy Father with a mighty charity; and then didst enter into the Garden where

Thou didst suffer a most unspeakable Agony, until the sweat strained through Thy pure skin like drops of blood, and there didst sigh and groan, and falling down upon the earth in prayer didst submit to the intolerance of Thy Father's wrath, which we had deserved and Thou sufferedst.

V. O Saviour of the world, Who by Thy Cross and Precious Blood hast redeemed us. R. Save us and help us, we humbly beseech Thee, O Lord.

V. O Lamb of God, That takest away the sins of the world. R. Have mercy upou us.

V. O Lamb of God, That takest away the sins of the world. R. Grant us Thy peace.

Blessed be Thy Name, O Holy Jesus, and blessed be Thy lovingkindness and pity by which Thou didst neglect Thine own sorrows, and go to comfort the sadness of Thy disciples, quickening their dulness, encouraging them to their duty, and arming their weakness with excellent precepts against the day of trial. Blessed be that humility and sorrow of Thine, Who, being Lord of the Angels, yet wouldest need and receive comfort from Thy servant the Angel : Who didst offer Thyself to Thy persecutors: and didst receive the traitor's kiss; and wouldest do a miracle to cure a wound of one of Thy spiteful enemies, and, reproving Thine over-zealous servant didst go like a lamb to the slaughter, without noise, or violence, or resistance, when Thou couldest have commanded millions of Angels for Thy guard and rescue.

V. O Saviour of the world, Who by Thy Cross and Precious Blood hast redeemed us. R. Save us and help us, we humbly beseech Thee, O Lord.

V. O Lamb of God, That takest away the sins of the world. R. Have mercy upon us.

V. O Lamb of God, That takest away the sins of the world. R. Grant us Thy peace.

Blessed be Thy Name, O Holy Jesus, and blessed be that holy sorrow Thou didst suffer, when Thy disciples fled, and Thou wert left alone in the hands of cruel men who thirsted for Thy Blood: when Thou wert led to the house of Annas, and thence to the house of Caiaphas, and there asked ensnaring questions, and smitten on the face, enduring all night long affronts and scorn and intolerable insults; and all this for man who was Thine enemy, and the cause of all Thy sorrows.

V. O Saviour of the world, Who by Thy Cross and precious Blood hast redeemed us. R. Save us and help us, we humbly beseech Thee, O Lord.

V. O Lamb of God, That takest away the sins of the world. R. Have mercy upon us.

V. O Lamb of God, That takest away the sins of the world. R. Grant us Thy peace.

Blessed be Thy Name, O Holy Jesus, and blessed be Thy mercy, Who, when Thy servant Peter denied Thee and forsook Thee, didst but look upon him, and by that gracious and chiding look didst call

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