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  • Co-authored: Karen Shields Wright, Gregory Vigliotta

The Passion: Accompany Jesus Along the Sorrowful Way

Beginning at the conspiracy against Jesus and the anointing at Bethany, we continue to the entry into Jerusalem. Then, the Passion of Jesus Christ unfolds in the most mysterious, transforming, and earth-shattering way. The Lamb of God will give His life for the sins of the world. Though we know Resurrection Sunday will bring us joy, walking the Via Dolorosa with Him, His Mother Mary, and the disciples becomes the foundation of grace for us that saves.

About this 'Gospels in Parallel' Retreat

This Lenten retreat contains 32 Meditations. Each meditation includes pericopes taken from the four Gospels. St. Ignatius recommended praying with the gospels and suggested repetition by re-reading a selection three times: one for understanding, a second for responding with the heart, and a third time for growing in the graces within the soul. In applying the traditional way of repetition in prayer, we pray with the related parallel passages to deepen and savor the graces offered through the Word of God within each gospel writer.

Preparing for Your Retreat

NOTE: Ways to pray this retreat

Begin "First Meditation" on Thursday, (the day after Ash Wednesday). You will end on Good Friday. Meditations in mornings Monday - Friday. On Saturday, Reflect on the graces of the week. Sunday attend weekly liturgy. Examen in evenings each day.


Accompany Jesus Along the Way of His Sufferings

Offertory Prayer

At the beginning of each prayer period, offer yourself to the Lord.

Pray the “Take and Receive”

Take Lord, and receive all my liberty,

my memory, my understanding, and my entire will,

all that I have and possess.

Thou hast given all to me.

To Thee, O Lord, I return it.

All is Thine; dispose of it wholly according to Thy will.

Give me Thy love and thy grace, for this, is sufficient for me.


Preparatory Prayer

"I will beg God our Lord for the grace that all my intentions, actions, and operations may be directed purely to the praise and service of His Divine Majesty." (SE 46).

Write in your own words your intentions ­­­­­­­­­­____________________________________________

Petitionary Prayer

"Lord, grant me the grace to be with You in Your suffering to unite with You in your grief and broken-heartedness, and for deep sorry for my sins and the sins of the whole world."

(SE 193-197)*

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The Garden of Gethsemane today

32 Meditations taken from the four Gospels

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First Meditation: The Conspiracy Against Jesus

Second Meditation: The Anointing at Bethany

Third Meditation: The Entry into Jerusalem

Fourth Meditation: The Betrayal by Judas

Fifth Meditation: Preparations for the Passover

Sixth Meditation: The Washing of the Disciples’ Feet

Seventh Meditation: The Betrayer

Eighth Meditation: The New Commandment

Ninth Meditation: The Lord’s Supper

Tenth Meditation: The Role of the Disciples

Eleventh Meditation: Peter’s Denial Foretold

Twelfth Meditation: Last Supper Discourses John 14, I am the Way

Thirteenth Meditation: Last Supper Discourses John 15, The Vine and Branches

Fourteenth Meditation: Last Supper Discourses John 16, Jesus’ Departure; Coming of the Advocate

Fifteenth Meditation: Last Supper Discourses John 17, The Prayer of Jesus

Sixteenth Meditation: Instructions for the Time of Crisis

Seventeenth Meditation: The Agony in the Garden

Eighteenth Meditation: The Betrayal and Arrest of Jesus

Nineteenth Meditation: Jesus Before the Sanhedrin

Twentieth Meditation: Peter Denials and Jesus before Annas

Twenty-first Meditation: Jesus Before Pilate

Twenty-second Meditation: Jesus Before Herod

Twenty-third Meditation: The Death of Judas

Twenty-fourth Meditation: Jesus Questioned by Pilate

Twenty-fifth Meditation: The Sentence of Death

Twenty-sixth Meditation: The Trial Before Pilate

Twenty-seventh Meditation: Mockery by the Soldiers

Twenty-eighth Meditation: The Way of the Cross

Twenty-ninth Meditation: The Crucifixion

Thirtieth Meditation: The Death of Jesus

Thirty-first Meditation: The Burial of Jesus

Thirty-second Meditation: The Guard at the Tomb


*(SE#) All quotes are taken from The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius: Based on Studies in the Language of the Autograph by Louis J. Puhl, SJ

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