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Tuesday in Holy Week


Martyrology - 4th of April

Upon the 4th day of April, were born into the better life:

At Seville, in Spain, the holy Confessor Isidore, Bishop of that see, famous for his holiness and teaching, who lighted up all Spain by his zeal for the Catholic faith, and by his observance of the discipline of the Church, [in the year 639.]

At Thessalonica, under the Emperor Maximian and the President Faustinus, the holy martyrs, the Deacon Agathopodes, and the Reader Theodulos, who were drowned in the sea with stones tied round their necks, because of their confession of the Christian faith.

At Milan, the burial of the holy Confessor Ambrose, Bishop of that see, by whose labours, teaching, and miracles at the time of the Arian misbelief nearly the whole of Italy was converted to the Catholic faith, [in the year 397.] [We keep his feast upon the 7th day of December, which is that of his ordination as bishop.]

At Constantinople, the holy Monk Plato, who struggled resolutely for many years against the heretics, breakers of the holy images, [in the year 813.]

In Palestine, [in the fifth century,] the holy Hermit Zosimus, who saw to the burying of holy Mary of Egypt.

And elsewhere many other Holy Martyrs, Confessors and Holy virgins.

R. Thanks be to God


Morning Prayer

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.

Place Yourself in the Presence of God, and adore His holy Name.

Most holy and adorable Trinity, one God in three Persons, I believe that Thou art here present: I adore Thee with the deepest humility, and render to Thee, with my whole heart, the homage which is due to Thy sovereign majesty.

An Act of Faith

O my God, I firmly believe that Thou art one God in three divine Persons, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost; I believe that Thy divine Son became man, and died for our sins, and that He will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe these and all the truths which the holy Catholic Church teaches, because Thou hast revealed them, who canst neither deceive nor be deceived.

An Act of Hope

O my God, relying on Thy infinite goodness and promises, I hope to obtain pardon of my sins, the help of Thy grace, and life everlasting, through the merits of Jesus Christ, my Lord and Redeemer.

An Act of Love

O my God, I love Thee above all things, with my whole heart and soul, because Thou art all-good and worthy of all my love. I love my neighbour as myself for the love of Thee. I forgive all who have injured me, and ask pardon of all whom I have injured.

Thank God for All Favours and Offer Yourself to Him.

O my God, I most humbly thank Thee for all the favours Thou hast bestowed upon me up to the present moment. I give Thee thanks from the bottom of my heart that Thou hast created me after Thine own image and likeness, that Thou hast redeemed me by the precious blood of Thy dear Son, and that Thou hast preserved me and brought me safe to the beginning of another day. I offer to Thee, O Lord, my whole being, and in particular all my thoughts, words, actions, and sufferings of this day. I consecrate them all to the glory of Thy name, beseeching Thee that through the infinite merits of Jesus Christ my Saviour they may all find acceptance in Thy sight. May Thy divine love animate them, and may they all tend to Thy greater glory.

Resolve to Avoid Sin and to Practice Virtue.

Adorable Jesus, my Saviour and Master, model of all perfection, I resolve and will endeavour this day to imitate Thy example, to be, like Thee, mild, humble, chaste, zealous, charitable, and resigned. I will redouble my efforts that I may not fall this day into any of those sins which I have heretofore committed (here name any besetting sin), and which I sincerely desire to forsake.

Ask God for the Necessary Graces.

O my God, Thou knowest my poverty and weakness, and that I am unable to do anything good without Thee; deny me not, O God, the help of Thy grace; proportion it to my necessities; give me strength to avoid anything evil which Thou forbiddest, and to practise the good which Thou hast commanded; and enable me to bear patiently all the trials which it may please Thee to send me.

The Lord’s Prayer...

The Hail Mary...

The Apostles’ Creed...

At this point, please go to the relevant text of Fr Hamon’s Meditation. Once I have read and meditated on the text, and its various points . I complete my meditation by saying:

Evening Prayer


Tuesday in Holy Week: What Christ Suffered from His Enemies

Summary of the Morrow’s Meditation

We will meditate tomorrow on what Jesus suffered from His enemies in His Passion, and we shall see: first, what were His sufferings; second, what were His opprobriums. We will then make a resolution: first, heartily to embrace all opportunities of humiliating and mortifying ourselves; second, to renounce all pretensions to pride and self-love, as well as all kinds of sensuality. Our spiritual nosegay shall be the words of the Apostle: “Christ therefore having suffered in the flesh, be you also armed with the same thought” (I Pet. iv:1).

Meditation for the Morning

Let us adore Jesus Christ teaching us by His example, before leaving the world, to tear out of our hearts the two passions which damn the majority of men: the passion for pleasure and the passion of pride. He combats, the passion for pleasure with the most poignant of sufferings, the passion of pride He combats with the most ignominious of humiliations. Let us ask of our divine Saviour pardon for our corruption, the expiation of which has cost Him so dear, and let us thank Him to have been so willing, in order to save us, to submit to so many torments and so much ignominy.

The tortures which the enemies of Jesus Christ made him suffer

These men, who, carried their inhuman and cruel proceedings to the point of ferocity, did not leave any part of His body untouched by suffering. On the night which preceded His death, they wounded His adorable Face with blows; on the very day of His death they lacerated His flesh with scourges; the blood flowed, His whole body was nothing but one great wound, all His bones were exposed, and His head was crowned with thorns. After having suffered all these tortures, they made Him carry His cross to Calvary, they pierced His hands and feet with nails, they gave Him gall and vinegar to drink. Let us meditate upon these frightful sufferings; let us enter into the thought which inspired the God who suffered them, and who willed thereby to inspire us with the hatred of our own flesh. Who, after meditating on all this, would dare to flatter his body, to humour it, to spare it, to procure pleasure and enjoyment for it? Who would not be determined to mortify it and make it suffer? For we are not Christians excepting under these conditions. What an examination ought we to make here of ourselves! what a reformation there ought to be effected in our sentiments and our conduct! We love pleasure so much, we are so afraid of discomfort and suffering! How dare we call ourselves Christians?

The opprobriums which the enemies of Jesus Christ made him suffer

In the Garden of Olives, Jesus was bound and led from there, like a criminal, to Caiaphas in the midst of a thousand insulting cries. On the night which followed His arrest He was given up to the mercy of His enemies, who wounded Him with blows and with cuffs, who spat in His face, and, after having bound His eyes, showered great blows upon Him, while saying to Him: Guess who it is that has struck Thee. On the day which followed this terrible night they march Him through the streets of Jerusalem, covered with the robes of a mock king; they rail at Him and insult Him with being a fool. Brought back from thence to the tribunal of Pilate, He is put in comparison with Barabbas; the whole of the people, who but a little while before had received Him in triumph, proclaim that Barabbas, a thief and assassin, is less guilty than He; and with cries of rage and fury, they demand the death of Him who had never done anything but what was good. Then they crown Him with thorns, they put upon Him a scarlet garment, in imitation of a royal mantle, and they place in His hand a reed by way of sceptre; and all the people rail at Him as being a mock king.

Farewell to the renown of His wisdom: He is considered as being only a fool; farewell to the renown of His power: nothing but weakness is visible; farewell to His reputation for innocence and holiness: henceforth, in the opinion of the public, He is nothing more than a criminal, a blasphemer, a man more worthy of death than are thieves and assassins. He is crucified between two thieves, as being the worst amongst them; and all the people gathered together round His cross overwhelm Him, down to His last sigh, with insults and expressions of contempt. Behold how Jesus Christ teaches us humility, submission, dependence; behold how He condemns pride which cannot bear the least contempt, and becomes impatient over the slightest things, and complains at the slightest contradictions; self-love which revolts at seeing the preference given to others, susceptibilities and pretensions; behold how He teaches us to be content with the esteem of God alone, and to count human judgments as nothing, together with public opinion and the vain speeches of those who mock at piety. What fruits have we derived up till now from these divine lessons? What progress have we made in the bearing of a want of consideration for us, words which wound us, things which hurt our self-love? O Jesus, so humble, have pity on us, convert us!

Resolutions and spiritual nosegay as above.


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