Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Beads of the Crown of Thorns:

History:
From - Mystery of the Crown of Thorns by A Passionist Father Preserving Christian Publications, Inc. Albany, NY:
Though we are not with exact accuracy informed of the real number of thorns that pierced the adorable head of our suffering Lord. yet a pious tradition mentions that they were seventy-two. The truly learned and pious Suarez states that such is the opinion of several Christian writers. From the information that we receive from devout and learned Catholic authors, the Crown of Thorns may have contained more, but not less of these thorns. St. Bernard and St. Anselm affirm that thousands of these sharp thorns pierced our Savior's adorable Head. The beads of the Crown of Thorns are prepared on the supposition that they were seventy-two. Hence they are composed of seven decades. The seven usual mysteries for consideration during the recital of the beads are entirely taken from the Gospel, and give the history of the crowning of our dear Lord with thorns. This form of prayer it is not intended to fix the number of wounds in the head of our Lord, crowned with thorns, but only to honor and thank Him for His sufferings in the best practical way that we know. The beads of the Crown of Thorns will close with a suitable prayer translated from the Office of the Crown of Thorns approved by the Church. The beads of the ordinary Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary may be used instead of those of the Crown of Thorns, until a pair of these can be procured. The only difference will be the addition of two extra decades, and reciting the Gloria Patri in place of the Ave Maria. 

Medals/Beads:
..........0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0   0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0   0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0   0 0 0 0 0
M X X (.............................................................................................)
..........0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0   0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0   0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0   0 0 0 0 0

Method:

Begin With: 
V. Come let us adore Jesus Christ, our King.
R. Crowned with our thorns, wounded by their sting.
O God, come to my assistance.
Lord, make haste to help me.
Glory be 
First Decade
Let us consider that Pilate, to satisfy the people, released unto them Barabbas, and after having scourged Jesus, our Lord, delivered Him up to be crucified. [Mk. 15: 15]
Our Father
Hail Mary
Glory Be (x10).
V. We venerate, O Lord, thy Crown of Thorns.
R. We meditate, O Jesus, on thy glorious Passion.
Second Decade
Let us consider how the Pagan soldiers led Jesus into the court of the Governor's palace, and called together the whole band. [Mk. 15: 16]
Our Father
Hail Mary
Glory Be (x10).
Third Decade
Let us consider how the soldiers, having stripped Jesus, put a scarlet cloak about him. [Mt. 27: 28]
Our Father
Hail Mary
Glory Be (x10).
Fourth Decade
Let us consider how those cruel executioners, platting a crown of thorns, put it on the head of Jesus, and a reed in his right hand. [Mt. 27: 39]
Our Father
Hail Mary
Glory Be (x10).
Fifth Decade
Let us consider how those malicious men, spitting upon the face of our Lord, took the reed from His hand, and with it struck His adorable head. [Mt. 27: 30]
Our Father
Hail Mary
Glory Be (x10).
Sixth Decade
Let us consider how those impious men, bending the knee before Jesus, our Lord, mocked Him, saying: Hail, King of the Jews. [Mt. 27: 29]
Our Father
Hail Mary
Glory Be (x10).
Seventh Decade
Let us consider, in this last decade, how our Lord, Jesus Christ, bearing the Crown of Thorns and the purple garment, was led before the people, and Pilate said to the Jews: Behold the Man. [Jn. 19: 5]
Our Father
Hail Mary
Glory Be (x10).
1st Large Bead:
Our sins, O Lord, have sown the thorns the points of which Thy head transfix. Convert our souls, remove our guilt, and in our hearts Thy thorns infix. Oh! may all men, Thee, King of Kings, in faith adore, in worship love; and in our infallible Pope behold thy pledge of truth and hope.
Our Father
Hail Mary
Glory Be  (for the Pope)
2nd Large Bead:
V. Having platted a crown of thorns,
R. They placed it upon His head.
Let us pray. Grant we beseech thee, Almighty God, that we, who in remembrance of the Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ, venerate here upon earth His Crown of Thorns, may deserve to be crowned by Him with glory and honor in Heaven, Who lives and reigns with Thee and the Holy Ghost, World without end. Amen.

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