Litany of the Pierced Side of Christ

Lord have mercy
R. Lord have mercy
Christ have mercy
R. Christ have mercy
Lord have mercy
R. Lord have mercy
God our Father in heaven
R. Have mercy on me
God the Son, Redeemer of the world
R. Have mercy on me
God the Holy Spirit
R. Have mercy on me
Holy Trinity, one God
R. Have mercy on me

(Each invocation should begin with: “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of David” and end with, “Have mercy on me, a sinner.”)

Who has suffered agony in the Garden of Gethsemane
Who has been scourged at the pillar
Who has been crowned with thorns
Who has carried the Cross
Who has been nailed to the Cross
Who has died on the Cross
Whose side has been pierced with a lance
Who rose from the dead
Who ascended to the Father

Because of your suffering, your Father has swept away my transgressions like a cloud
Because of your suffering, your Father has made my scarlet sins white as snow
Because of your suffering, your Father has loved me with a great love
Because of your suffering, your Father has made me alive with You
Because of your suffering, your Father has raised me up with You

You have born my sins in your body on the Cross
You have freed me from sin
You have enabled me to live righteously
By your wounds I have been healed

From whose side water and blood flowed
From whose side the Church was born
From whose side, a fountain has come to wash away the sin and impurity of the Church
From whose side the Sacraments of Baptism and Eucharist have sprung

You are the Lamb of God and You take away the sins of the world (3x)

Father,
You so loved the world you gave us your only Son, that whoever believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. May my heart be open to this truth and may I obtain eternal life through the merits of your Son. We ask this in the name of Jesus the Lord. Amen

By John Patrick Coffey

Meditation on the Pierced Side of Christ

Preparation
1. Place yourself in the presence of God.
2. Humble yourself before Him and ask his assistance.
3. Read: Zc 12:10, 13:1 and Jn 19:32-35.
4. Use your five interior senses and your imagination to picture the Gospel scene.

Considerations
1. Zechariah prophesizes the piercing of the side of Jesus on the cross.
2. The phrases, “they will look to me” and “They will mourn for the one whom they have pierced” identify Jesus as divine.
3. The phrases, “as though for an only child” and “for a first-born child” identify Jesus as the Son of God and the son of Mary; He is fully divine and fully human.
4. John use the term “at once there came out blood and water.”
5. This term indicates the birth of the Church from the side of Christ.
6. As Adam slept and Eve was formed from his side, so Christ in death slept and the Church (the New Eve) was born as his Bride from his side.
Resolutions
1. Give thanks to God.
2. Offer to Him a resolution for the day.
3. In prayer collect a few thoughts from the meditation to carry throughout the day.
4. End with an Our Father or Hail Mary.
5. Return immediately to the duties of your state in life.

By John Patrick Coffey

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