Christ’s Passion

Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:
~ Galatians 3:13

So also Christ glorified not himself to be made an high priest; but he that said unto him, Thou art my Son, to day have I begotten thee.
~ Hebrews 5:5

Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me: In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure. Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God. Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the law; Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second.
~ Hebrews 10:5-9

The Lord GOD hath opened mine ear, and I was not rebellious, neither turned away back. I gave my back to the smiters, and my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair: I hid not my face from shame and spitting.
~ Isaiah 50:5-6

And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
~ Philippians 2:8

Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.
~ John 4:34

Prayers of the Passion of our Saviour Christ, by Rev. William Keatinge, A Minor Canon. 1559. The following contains an excerpt from his work, “Private prayers of the Reign of Queen Elizabeth”.

Prayers of the Passion of our Saviour Christ.

Blessed be the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Ghost.

Let us praise him and exalt him, world without end.

Almighty God, our heavenly Father, thy mercy and goodness is infinite, and without measure.

It was thy mercy, and no goodness that was in us, which moved thee to send into the world thine only begotten eternal Son, to take our nature upon him, and therein to work the mystery of our redemption and salvation, according as thou hadst appointed, and hadst spoken before by the mouths of all thy Prophets, which were from the beginning. Also it was thy blessed will, thy mercy and goodness towards us, that thy heavenly Son did suffer persecution, trouble, and adversity, (was) betrayed of his own friend and disciple Judas, was traitorously taken and carried away to be falsely accused and unjustly condemned, to be cruelly beat and scourged; and finally, with most scornful rebukes, to be put to the most painful and shameful death, that could? have been devised. All this, o heavenly Father, was done through thy mercy and blessed will for our sakes, not only to answer and satisfy thy just wrath and anger, which we had deserved, both for the offences of our first parents, and yet daily do deserve by transgressing thy holy commandments; but also to restore us again unto thy grace and favour, to endue us with thy heavenly gifts, that we might serve thee in holiness and righteousness all the days of our life; and finally, to make us by the free benefit of thy dearly beloved Son’s passion, and the price of his most precious blood, partners with him of his infinite and unspeakable glory and bliss in heaven. Wherefore, O heavenly Father, we beseech thee pour upon us thine holy Spirit, and make us in our hearts clearly to see and most stedfastly to believe this thine infinite gracious goodness, shewed and given unto us by thine own Son our Saviour Jesus Christ; and with this belief make us to put all our confidence and hope of salvation in him, whom thou hast appointed to be our only Redeemer and Saviour. Make us alway to render unto thee most humble and hearty thanks for thine incomprehensible mercy and goodness towards us. Finally, make us to profess the death of thy dearly beloved Son, in renouncing and forsaking all sin, that we may plainly appear to rise with him in newness of life, in righteousness, innocency, and all true holiness, and after this life to reign with him in everlasting glory. Hear us, our heavenly Father, for our Lord Jesus Christ’s sake. Amen.

Almighty God, our heavenly Father, we beseech thy gracious goodness, that likewise as thy only begotten and dearly beloved Son, our Saviour Jesu Christ, according to his blessed will suffered willingly death and bitter passion for our redemption and salvation, having thereof foresight and certain knowledge; so in like manner, whensoever it shall be thy pleasure to lay like cross and affliction upon our backs, that we may also willingly and patiently bear it, to the true trial of our faith against the latter day, and to thy everlasting glory. Hear us, our heavenly Father, for our Lord Jesus Christ’s sake. Amen.

Our Saviour and Redeemer, Jesu Christ, which in thy last supper with thine Apostles didst delivers thy blessed body and blood under the form of bread and wine : Grant us, we beseech thee, ever stedfastly to believe, and kindly to acknowledge, thy infinite and almighty power, thy incomprehensible love towards us, and that we may alway worthily receive the same blessed Sacrament, according to thy holy ordinance, that thereby we may obtain increase of all goodness* in unity of spirit with thee our head, and, by thee and thy Spirit, with all the company of them that be truly thine, which be thy spiritual and mystical body, and our spiritual and Christian brethren. Hear us, our Saviour Christ, for thine5 name’s sake.

Almighty God, our heavenly Father, which sufferedst Peter thyo apostle, presuming of his own power, miserably to fall, not only in the denial of his master Christ for fear of an handmaid, but also in forswearing and cursing of himself, if ever he knew him: Grant us, we beseech thee, merciful Father, that we neither presume of our own might and power, but, being in our own hearts humble and lowly, knowledging our own infirmity, frailty and weakness, may ever in all our affairs receive at thy mighty hand strength and comfort, to the acceptable performance of thy holy and blessed will. Hear us, our heavenly Father, for our Lord Jesus Christ’s sake. Amen.

Our blessed Saviour, Jesu Christ, which in that great heaviness of thy soul, and intolerable anguish, which thou sustainedst before thy passion, didst fall down upon thy face in prayer unto thy heavenly Father; give us grace and the aid of thy holy Spirit, that we likewise in all heaviness of mind, and troubles of this world run evermore by most humble and instant prayer unto the aid and comfort of our heavenly Father. Hear us, our Saviour Christ, for thy name’s sake. Amen.

Almighty God, eternal Father, we do remember, that in the condemnation of thine own dearly beloved Son, that most innocent Lamb, our Saviour Jesu Christ, the judge did sit, witnesses were brought, Christ was presented and condemned, and all truth there was trodden under foot, all unrighteousness did reign, and innocency was condemned. O most gracious Lord and Father, grant unto our heads and rulers, that they may ever in all their judgments judge according to true justice and equity, without corruption, partiality, and wicked dissimulation, to the oppression of wickedness, and to the maintenance of thy everlasting truth, justice, honour, and glory. Hear us, our heavenly Father, for our Lord Jesus Christ’s sake. Amen.

A prayer in the evening or morning. O Lord God almighty, to whom, and before whom, all things are manifest and plain, which sufferest not a sparrow to light on the ground without thy providence, and which in times past by thy holy Spirit didst guide our forefathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, in thy paths and ways; and against the going of young Toby into a strange country didst provide thy holy Angel and messenger to be his guide : Grant me this day, most wretched sinner, whom by thy word thou dost encourage to call upon thee in all times of needs and necessities, that I may have thy holy Spirit so to direct my paths and ways this day, as I may walk according unto thy godly will and pleasure, profit of my neighbour, and glory of thy name : which livest and reignest world without end. Amen.

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