Devout Commemoration of the Three Hours Agony of Our Savior, Jesus Christ


The Sovereign Pontiff, Pius VII., by a decree of the Sacred Congregation of Indulgences, Feb. 14, 1815, granted the following indulgences to all the faithful who shall practice the devotion of the Three Hours' Agony, on Good Friday, beginning it after midday, and continuing it for the three hours following, up to that moment in which the memory of our divine Redeemer's death is annually recalled. This pious praclice may be performed either in public or in private, alone or with others, under the direction of a priest or other sacred minister, or using any pious book that is approved, and meditating, according to each one's ability, on the great sufferings which our Saviour endured during those three hours, and on the seven words He uttered on the cross, or, instead of this, by reciting psalms, hymns or prayers:

An Indulgence of Two Hundred Days to all who, on every Friday of the year, shall, with devotion, recall the memory of our Saviour's agony, and pray devoutly, for some time, in the manner aforesaid.

V. Incline unto my aid, 
R. O Lord! make haste to help me.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Words of Jesus on the Cross

FIRST WORD: Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.

V. We adore thee, O Christ, and bless Thee.
R. Because by Thy holy cross Thou hast redeemed the world.

Jesus, my love! Who, for love of me, dost hang in agony on the cross, there by Thy pains to pay the penalty of my sins, and dost open Thy divine mouth to obtain me pardon for them from eternal justice: O Jesus! pity all those faithful souls who now are in their last sad agony, and pity me when I, too, shall be in mine. By the merit of Thy most precious blood shed for our salvation, vouchsafe us all such lively sorrow for our sins, as shall make us breathe forth our souls into the bosom of Thy boundless mercy.

Glory be to the Father, three times.
Have mercy on us, O Lord ! have mercy on us.

My God, in Thee I believe, in Thee I hope; Thou art my love. I repent of my sins, because by them I have offended Thee.

SECOND WORD: This day shalt thou be with Me in Paradise.

V. We adore thee, O Christ, and bless Thee.
R. Because by Thy holy cross Thou hast redeemed the world.

Jesus, my love! Who, for love of me, dost hang in agony on the cross, and with such readiness and bounty dost meet the good thief's cry of faith, when in Thy humiliations he acknowledges Thee to be the Son of God, and dost then assure him of paradise prepared for him: oh ! pity all faithful souls now in their last agony, and pity me when I, too, shall be in mine. By the merit of Thy most precious blood, renew in our souls such firm and steadfast faith as shall never waver at any suggestions of the evil one; that so we also may obtain the blessed prize of paradise.

Glory be to the Father, three times.
Have mercy on us, O Lord ! have mercy on us.

My God, in Thee I believe, in Thee I hope; Thou art my love. I repent of my sins, because by them I have offended Thee.

THIRD WORD: Behold thy mother! Behold thy son!

V. We adore thee, O Christ, and bless Thee.
R. Because by Thy holy cross Thou hast redeemed the world.

Jesus, my love! Who, for love of me, dost hang in agony on the cross, and, unmindful of thine own sorrows, dost leave us Thy own most holy mother as a pledge of Thy love, that we, through her, may, in our greatest straits, seek Thee with confidence: have pity on all faithful souls now in their last agony, and pity me when I, too, shall be in mine. By the inward martyrdom of Thy dear mother, quicken in our hearts a firm hope in the infinite merits of Thy most precious blood, that so we may escape the sentence of eternal death, which we know we well deserve for our sins.

Glory be to the Father, three times.
Have mercy on us, O Lord ! have mercy on us.

My God, in Thee I believe, in Thee I hope; Thou art my love. I repent of my sins, because by them I have offended Thee.

FOURTH WORD: My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?

V. We adore thee, O Christ, and bless Thee.
R. Because by Thy holy cross Thou hast redeemed the world.

Jesus, my love! Who, for love of me, dost hang in agony on the cross, and, heaping woe on woe, besides Thy sacred body's pain, dost bear with infinite patience the most afflicting desolation of spirit, because thou wast forsaken by Thine eternal Father: pity all faithful souls now in their last agony, and pity me when I, too, shall be in mine. By the merit of Thy most precious blood, grant us all Thy grace to suffer with true meekness all the pain and anguish of our agony, that joining our pains with Thine, we, too, may in paradise be made partakers of Thy glory.

Glory be to the Father, three times.
Have mercy on us, O Lord ! have mercy on us.

My God, in Thee I believe, in Thee I hope; Thou art my love. I repent of my sins, because by them I have offended Thee.

FIFTH WORD: I Thirst

V. We adore thee, O Christ, and bless Thee.
R. Because by Thy holy cross Thou hast redeemed the world.

Jesus, my love! Who, for love of me, dost hang in agony on the cross, and Who, ever thirsting for insults and for sufferings, dost will yet more and more to suffer, that all men may be saved, thus showing that all the torrent of Thy passion is not enough to quench the thirst of Thy most loving heart: pity all faithful souls now in their last agony, and pity me when I, too, shall be in mine. By the merit of Thy most precious blood, kindle such a fire of charity within us that, with burning longing, we may thirst ever to be one with Thee for all eternity.

Glory be to the Father, three times.
Have mercy on us, O Lord ! have mercy on us.

My God, in Thee I believe, in Thee I hope; Thou art my love. I repent of my sins, because by them I have offended Thee.

SIXTH WORD: It is finished. 

V. We adore thee, O Christ, and bless Thee.
R. Because by Thy holy cross Thou hast redeemed the world.

Jesus, my love! Who, for love of me, dost hang in agony on the cross, and from this pulpit of the truth dost declare the work of our redemption finished--that work by which, from children of wrath and of eternal woe, we were made sons of God and heirs of heaven: pity all faithful souls now in their last agony, and pity me when I, too, shall be in mine. By the merit of Thy most precious blood, detach us wholly from the world and from ourselves, and, at the moment of our agony, grant us grace to offer Thee, with all our hearts, the sacrifice of our life in atonement for our sins.

Glory be to the Father, three times.
Have mercy on us, O Lord ! have mercy on us.

My God, in Thee I believe, in Thee I hope; Thou art my love. I repent of my sins, because by them I have offended Thee.

SEVENTH WORD: Father, into Thy hands I commend My spirit.

V. We adore thee, O Christ, and bless Thee.
R. Because by Thy holy cross Thou hast redeemed the world.

Jesus, my love! Who, for love of me, dost hang in agony on the cross, and Who, to accomplish the great sacrifice, dost submit to the will of Thy eternal Father, commending Thy spirit into His hands, and then dost bow Thy head and die: pity all faithful souls now in their agony, and pity me when I, too, shall be in mine. By the merit of Thy most precious blood, give us in our agony an entire conformity to Thy divine will, that, ready to live or die as it shall please Thee, we may desire nothing but that Thy adorable will may ever find its full accomplishment in us.

Glory be to the Father, three times.
Have mercy on us, O Lord! have mercy on us.

My God, in Thee I believe, in Thee I hope; Thou art my love. I repent of my sins, because by them I have offended Thee.
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