The Seven Day Bible Rosary - The
Passion and Death
The first mystery of the Passion and
Death of Our Lord
Jesus accepts his suffering in the garden of
Three times Jesus prayed about the possibility of not
three times He concluded, "Not my will but thine
We do not understand the mystery of suffering; we do
not understand why our salvation had to come through
suffering. But one thing we know: Jesus accepted his
suffering to be faithful to his Father. On the other
hand, the refusal to accept difficulties and even suffering
is the cause of much sin.
The lesson is obvious. Jesus accepted suffering; so
must his disciples.
We pray to accept whatever is necessary to be faithful
to God's will.
1. Jesus went with his disciples to Gethsemani and told
them, "Sit here while I go yonder and pray."
2. He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee with Him,
and He became sad and very troubled.
3. He told them: "My soul is sorrowful, even unto
death. Wait here and stay awake with Me."
4. And He withdrew from them about a stone's throw,
and knelt down and prayed.
5. "Father, if thou art willing, remove this cup
from me; yet, not my will, but thine, be done."
6. And there appeared to Him an angel from heaven to
7. And being in an agony He prayed more earnestly; and
his sweat became like great drops of blood falling down
upon the ground.
8. Then He came back to the disciples and found them
sleeping, and He said to Peter, "Could you not
watch one hour with me?"
9. "Watch and pray that you may not enter into
temptation. The spirit indeed is willing but the flesh
10. He went away a second time and a third time and
prayed: "My Father, if this cup cannot pass away
unless I drink it, thy will be done."
The second mystery of the Passion and Death of Our
Jesus bears witness to the truth of his divinity
and is condemned to die
On trial for his life, Jesus bore witness to his Messiahship,
and He also referred to Himself as the Son of Man coming
upon the clouds of heaven. The Jewish leadership recognized
this as a claim to equality with God, and for this witness
they condemned Him to death.
The Christian is called to bear witness to the person
and the teachings of Christ by word and by example,
even when this entails suffering or, more likely, rejection.
We pray for the courage always to bear witness to
the truth of God's revelation.
1. The high priest said to Jesus: "I order you
by the living God: tell us whether you are the Christ,
the Son of God."
2. Jesus said to him: "You have said it."
3. "I say to you, hereafter you shall see the Son
of Man sitting at the right hand of the Power and coming
upon the clouds of heaven."
4. Then the high priest tore his robes and said "He
has blasphemed... What do you think?"
5. They answered and said, "He is liable to death,"
and they spat in his face and struck Him.
6. Jesus stood before Pilate who asked Him,]"Art
Thou the king of the Jews?" Jesus said to him,
"You have said it."
7. "My kingdom is not of this world. If it were,
my followers would have fought, but my kingship is not
8. Pilate said to Him, "Thou art then a king?"
Jesus answered, "You are saying it. I am a king."
9. "That is why I was born and why I have come
into the world to bear witness to the truth."
10. "Everyone who is of the truth hears my voice."
The third mystery of The Passion and Death of Our
Jesus is mocked and scourged and crowned with
In the sermon on the mount, Jesus taught that "if
someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him
the other also," and in his passion He shows us
his teaching in action. In word and in deed Jesus teaches
us that we are not to respond to insults with vengeance.
Many of us find it difficult to deny ourselves any legitimate
pleasure of the flesh. The scourging of the flesh of
Jesus is a never-ending statement about the need for
self-denial in the life of Christian discipleship.
We pray for the gifts of humility and voluntary mortification
1. Pilate Saw that he was getting nowhere so he took
water and washed his hands in front of the crowd;
2. Saying: "I am innocent of the blood of this
just man; see to it yourselves."
3. And all the people answered, "His blood shall
be upon us and on our children!"
4. Then he released Barabbas, but Jesus he scourged
and then delivered Him to be crucified.
5. Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into
the praetorium and gathered the whole cohort around
6. They stripped Him and put a scarlet cloak on Him,
and they wove a crown of thorns and placed it on his
7. They put a reed into his right hand, and kneeling
before Him they mocked Him, saying, "Hail, King
of the Jews."
8. And they spat on Him, and they took the reed and
kept striking Him on the head.
9. He was wounded for our iniquities; He was bruised
for our sins.
10. Upon Him was the chastisement that made us whole,
and with his stripes we are healed.
The fourth mystery of the Passion and Death of Our
Jesus carries his cross to Calvary
How honored must have been Simon of Cyrene after the
Resurrection. Yet on Good Friday, it was not a pleasant
task which Simon of Cyrene was forced to accept; it
was carrying or helping to carry a cross. He did not
know that it was the cross on which the Savior of the
world would be crucified.
In his humanity Jesus needed help to carry his cross,
and so do we. Helping to carry the cross of Christ was
undoubtedly a cause of salvation for Simon of Cyrene
and his family, and it will be the same for us.
We pray for the gift of perseverance.
1. And when they had mocked Him, they took off the cloak
and put his own garments on Him.
2. As they led Him away to crucify Him, they laid hold
of a certain Simon of Cyrene who was coming in from
3. And upon after Jesus. him they laid the cross to
4. And there was following Him a great crowd of the
people and of women who were bewailing and lamenting
5. But Jesus turned to them and said, "Daughters
of Jerusalem, weep not for Me; weep for your selves
and for your children.
6. "The days are coming when men will say to the
mountains, 'Fall on us,' and to the hills, 'Cover us.
7. "If they do these things to the green wood,
what will happen to the dry?"
8. And they brought Him to the place Golgotha, which
means the place of the skull.
9. He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows,
and acquainted with grief.
10. Surely, He has borne our grief and carried our sorrows.
The fifth mystery of the Passion and
Death of Our Lord
Jesus suffers and dies for us upon the cross
Both in living and in dying, Jesus shows us how to love.
In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus taught us to pray
for our persecutors; on Mount Calvary He prays for those
who have condemned and crucified Him. In the parables
of the Good Shepherd and the Prodigal Son, Jesus taught
us about God's love for repentant sinners; on the cross
He forgives and saves the repentant thief.
Words cannot describe the great evil of sin, but the
suffering and death of the God-man Jesus give us an
We pray for increased sorrow for sin.
1. They crucified Him there, and the robbers, one on
his right hand, the other on his left.
2. And Jesus said: "Father, forgive them, for they
know not what they do."
3. One of the robbers mocked Him saying: "If you
are the Christ, save yourself and us."
4. But the other said to Jesus: "Lord, remember
me when you come into your kingdom."
5. Jesus said to him:"Amen. I say to you, this
day you shall be with me in paradise.'
6. When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom He
loved standing by, He said to his mother: "Woman,
behold thy son."
7. Then He said to the disciple, "Behold thy mother."
8. And about the ninth hour, Jesus cried out with aloud
voice: "Father, into your hands I commend my spirit."
9. Knowing that all was now completed, Jesus said, "I
thirst," in order to fulfill the scripture.
10. And after taking the wine, Jesus said, "It
is consummated"; and bowing his head, He gave up