Wednesday, April 1, 2015

The Fifteenth Prayer of St. Bridget

Fresco by Fra Angelico, Dominican monastery at San Marco, Florence,
 showing the lance piercing the side of Jesus on the cross (c. 1440)

O JESUS! True and fruitful Vine! Be mindful of the overflowing and abundant outpouring of Thy Blood which Thou didst pour forth copiously, like wine pressed from grapes, when upon the wine press of the Cross Thou didst tread alone 
(Isa. 63:3), and when Thy side was pierced with a soldier's lance, thou didst give us blood and water to drink which issued forth until there was not left in Thy Body a single drop. Then at last, like a bundle of myrrh lifted to the top of the Cross,Thy delicate Flesh was destroyed, the very Substance of Thy Body withered, and the Marrow of Thy Bones dried up.

Through Thy most bitter Passion and though the outpouring of Thy Precious Blood, I beg of Thee, oh Sweet Jesus, to receive my soul in the agony of my death. Amen.

Our Father. Hail Mary.

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