A Night in Gethsemane with Jesus

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 22,1-23. 

The festival of Unleavened Bread, which is called the Passover, was near.
The chief priests and the scribes were looking for a way to put Jesus to death, for they were afraid of the people.
Then Satan entered into Judas called Iscariot, who was one of the twelve;
he went away and conferred with the chief priests and officers of the temple police about how he might betray him to them.
They were greatly pleased and agreed to give him money.
So he consented and began to look for an opportunity to betray him to them when no crowd was present.
Then came the day of Unleavened Bread, on which the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed.
So Jesus sent Peter and John, saying, ‘Go and prepare the Passover meal for us that we may eat it.’
They asked him, ‘Where do you want us to make preparations for it?’
‘Listen,’ he said to them, ‘when you have entered the city, a man carrying a jar of water will meet you; follow him into the house he enters
and say to the owner of the house, “The teacher asks you, ‘Where is the guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?’ “
He will show you a large room upstairs, already furnished. Make preparations for us there.’
So they went and found everything as he had told them; and they prepared the Passover meal.
When the hour came, he took his place at the table, and the apostles with him.
He said to them, ‘I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer;
for I tell you, I will not eat it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.’
Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks he said, ‘Take this and divide it among yourselves;
for I tell you that from now on I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.’
Then he took a loaf of bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, ‘This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.’
And he did the same with the cup after supper, saying, ‘This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood.
But see, the one who betrays me is with me, and his hand is on the table.
For the Son of Man is going as it has been determined, but woe to that one by whom he is betrayed!’
Then they began to ask one another which one of them it could be who would do this.

Reflection:

Jesus you knew your fate, you sat with your disciples and taught them humility and how to spread the Gospel when you were gone. 

You introduced a new Passover, replacing it with the Mystery of the Eucharist, so that it is not a lamb that is sacrificed as was done for Passover but now, Jesus is the new lamb, sacrificed for our sins.

You ate the Passover lamb with them, so that you yourself might become our Passover and our Lamb.” (Prayer of forgiveness)-

 “Let us raise glory, honour, and praise to the Lamb of God, who voluntarily became the Paschal Lamb and offered himself as a redeeming sacrifice. He truly gave us his Body as food and his Blood as drink, as a pledge of eternal life.” (Prayer of Forgiveness)

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be

The Passover Lamb and the Exodus (Exodus 12,14) Ephrem, Hymns on Unleavened Bread

  1. In Egypt the Passover lamb was slain;
    in Sion the True Lamb was slaughtered. (Exodus 12:6)

    Refrain: (repeat after every verse) Praise to the Son, the Lord of symbols who fulfilled every symbol at His crucifixion.

  2. My brethren, let us consider the two lambs,
    Let us see where they bear resemblance and where they differ.
  3. Let us weigh and compare their achievements:
    of the lamb that was the symbol, and the Lamb that is the Truth.
  4. Let us look upon the symbol as a shadow, 
    let us look upon the Truth as the fulfilment.
  5. Listen to the simple symbols that concern that Passover,
    And to the double achievements of this our Passover. 
  6. So with the True Lamb there took place for the Gentiles
    An Exodus from error, and not an entry.
  7. With the Living Lamb there was a further Exodus, too,
    For the dead from the Sheol, as from Egypt.
  8. For in Egypt a pair of Symbols are depicted, since it reflects both Sheol and Error.
  9. With the Passover lamb, Egypt’s greed
    learnt to give back, against its wont;
  10. With the Living Lamb, Sheol’s hunger
    disgorged and gave over the dead, against its nature\
  11. With the true Lamb, greedy Error
    Rejected and cast up the Gentiles who were saved;
  12. With that Passover lamb, pharaoh returned the Jewish people,
    Whom, like death, he had held back.

With the Living Lamb, Death has returned
The just who left their graves.  (Matthew 27:52)

With the Passover Lamb, Egypt was breached,
And a path stretched out before the Hebrews.

Meditation:

Spend time thinking about what you just read, think about the two lambs and the typology you noticed. 

Read the Hymn a second time and highlight anything that stands out to you

Spend time reflecting on what stood out to you, and why you think it stood out for you.

Matthew 26:36-46

Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled.Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.”

Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.”

Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?” he asked Peter. “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

He went away a second time and prayed, “My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done.”

When he came back, he again found them sleeping, because their eyes were heavy. So he left them and went away once more and prayed the third time, saying the same thing.

Then he returned to the disciples and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? Look, the hour has come, and the Son of Man is delivered into the hands of sinners. Rise! Let us go! Here comes my betrayer!”

Spend time in prayer with Jesus as he faces his destiny. Thank him for becoming the new Lamb, and becoming a sacrifice for our sins.

Has there been a time when you have been fearful? Ask Jesus to assist you to ‘drink from your cup’.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be


 

Christina Maksisi

Novena to the Holy Spirit for Son or Daughter

OPENING PRAYER 

Lord before your Ascension you promised to send the Holy Spirit to finish your work on earth. As we wait these nine days for Pentecost, I pray for my child/children and call on the Holy Spirit to renew the heart of my son/daughter <name>. Help him /her to adore your beauty and bask in your truth. Guard my child and help him/her to seek you and know what is from you. Holy Spirit, come fill my child <name> with your gifts;

– Wisdom to keep God central in her/his life.  

– Understanding to comprehend God’s message.

– Knowledge to allow God to be revealed in his/her life

– Counsel to see the best way to follow God’s plan in his/her life.

– Fortitude to know what is right.

– Piety to pray to God in true devotion.

– Fear of you Lord and may (name) stand in amazement before God, who is all-present.

Help <name> to be one of your true disciples and protect him/her all the days of his/her life

FIRST DAY: For all the gifts
God, you have created <name> in your image and he/she has been baptised in your Spirit. Send forth from heaven your Spirit on <name>. Fill <name> with the gifts of wisdom, understanding, knowledge, counsel, fortitude, piety and a fear of you Lord. Help <name> to come alive in all these gifts, that he/she may serve you well all the days of his/her life. Amen.

Pray 1 “Our Father”, 1 “Hail Mary”; 1 “Glory be” AMEN

SECOND DAY: The Gift of Wisdom
Come Holy Spirit and fill <name> with wisdom, and reveal to his/her soul your mystery. Teach him/her to love you Lord above the things of this world.  Help him/her to glorify you by always choosing what is right especially during temptations, trials, and all the daily challenges that he/she faces in this world. Instil in him/her a desire to live up to the ways of God always.  Amen.

Pray 1 “Our Father”, 1 “Hail Mary”; 1 “Glory be” AMEN

THIRD DAY: The Gift of Understanding
Come Holy Spirit and fill <name>, with understanding. Enlighten his/her mind that he/she may accept and believe in the Lord’s salvation. May <name>, stay on the path leading toward heaven. Give my child the ability to discern what is right and enlighten him/ her to understand the truth of the faith.  Amen.

Pray 1 “Our Father”, 1 “Hail Mary”; 1 “Glory be” AMEN

FOURTH DAY: The Gift of Knowledge
Come Holy Spirit and fill <name> with knowledge. Grant that he/she may know the will of God in all things.  Enlighten his/her mind to understand the meaning and purpose God has for him/her and to live up to that meaning. Amen.

Pray 1 “Our Father”, 1 “Hail Mary”; 1 “Glory be” AMEN

FIFTH DAY: The Gift of Counsel
Come Holy Spirit and fill <name> with good counsel. Help guide him/her in all his ways, that he may always do your holy will. Move his/her heart to what is good and direct my child on the path of your commandments and towards the goal of eternal life. Inspire and guide <name> to live the truth of the faith. Amen.

Pray 1 “Our Father”, 1 “Hail Mary”; 1 “Glory be” AMEN

SIXTH DAY: The Gift of Fortitude
Come Holy Spirit and fill <name> with fortitude. Protect his/her soul in times of struggle. Sustain his/her efforts in holiness. Allow him/her to discern and stand against what is wrong. May my child never be separated from you Lord.  Amen.

Pray 1 “Our Father”, 1 “Hail Mary”; 1 “Glory be” AMEN

SEVENTH DAY: The Gift of Piety
Come Holy Spirit and fill <name> with piety. Possess his/her heart. Enkindle in her/him a desire to worship you Lord and serve you in love. Purify and humble him/her and allow my child to live only in you. Amen.

Pray 1 “Our Father”, 1 “Hail Mary”; 1 “Glory be” AMEN

EIGHTH DAY: The Gift of Holy Fear
Come Holy Spirit and fill <name> with the fear of the Lord. Penetrate his/her heart so that he/she may prefer the Lord above all else.  Allow my child to understand God’s greatness. Inspire my child to serve the Lord and to walk with Christ always. Amen.

Pray 1 “Our Father”, 1 “Hail Mary”; 1 “Glory be” AMEN

NINTH DAY: The Fruits of the Holy Spirit
Come Holy Spirit, give me courage to raise this child of mine in the warmth of your flame. Let my heart be glad and my tongue rejoice. Make known to me the path of life and through my child fill me with joy in your presence. Amen.

Pray 1 “Our Father”, 1 “Hail Mary”; 1 “Glory be” AMEN

The Way of the Cross – LivingMaronite

The Way of the Cross (sometimes referred to as Stations of the Cross) is a form of meditative prayer which is often said on Fridays in Lent. It is a reflection on Christ’s way on the road to the Cross of Salvation. It is a great way to pray with your family and Parish and remember Christ’s suffering for us.

At the link, see a specialised LivingMaronite copy of The Way of the Cross for you to pray and meditate to. You can download it or view it below.

[Hymn tunes coming soon]

Way of the Cross