(By St. Francis de Sales)

Based on the old Tridentine Rite


When the priest goes to the foot of the Altar

Jesus enters the garden


O Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God, Who wast pleased voluntarily to

endure mortal terror and anguish at the view of Thine approaching passion,

give me grace henceforth to consecrate all my sorrows to Thee. O God of

my heart! Assist me to support my trials in union with Thine agony, that

through the merits of Thy Passion they may become profitable to my soul.


At the Beginning of Mass

Prayer of Jesus in the garden


Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God, Who wast pleased to be

comforted by an angel in Thy dreadful agony, grant through the

merits of Thy prayer in the garden that Thy consoling angel may

ever assist me in mine.


At the Confiteor

Jesus prostrated in the garden


Lord Jesus Christ, Who in the excess of Thine anguish, wast bathed

in a sweat of blood while praying to Thy Father in the Garden

of Olives, grant that I may participate in Thy sorrows by sympathy,

and unite bitter tears of repentance with Thy tears of blood.


The Priest kisses the Altar

Judas betrays Jesus with a kiss


Lord Jesus Christ, who didst submit to the embrace of Judas, preserve

me by Thy grace, from misfortune of ever betraying Thee, and

assist me to repay calumny and injustice with cordial charity

and active kindness.


The priest goes to the Epistle side

Jesus is dragged to prison


Lord Jesus Christ, Who didst submit to be bound with ropes by the

hands of wicked men, break, I beseech Thee, the chains of my sins

and attach the powers of my soul and body closely to Thee by

bonds of charity, that they may never escape from the salutary

restraint of perfect submission to Thy Divine Will.


At the Introit

Jesus receives a blow


Lord Jesus Christ, Who wast conducted as a criminal to the

house of Annas, grant that I may never suffer myself to be

led into sin by temptations of the evil spirit, or the evil

suggestions of my fellow creatures, but that I may be securely

guided by the Divine Spirit in the perfect accomplishment

of Thy holy ordinances.


At the Kyrie Eleison

Jesus is thrice denied by Peter


Lord Jesus Christ, Who didst submit to be thrice denied in the

house of  Caiphas, by the head and prince of the apostles preserve

me from the danger of evil company, that I may not be exposed to

the misfortune of separation from Thee.


At the Dominus Vobiscum

Jesus looks at Peter and touches his heart


Lord Jesus Christ, who by one glance of love didst melt the

heart of St. Peter into a fountain of penitential tears, grant

by Thy mercy that I may weep for my sins and never by word

or deed deny Thee, who art my lord and my God.


At the Epistle

Jesus is conducted to the house of Pilate


Lord Jesus Christ, Who wast pleased to be led before Pilate, and there

falsely accused, teach me to avoid the deceits of the wicked,

and to profess my faith by the constant practice of good works.


At the Munda Cor Mum

Jesus is led to Herod


Lord Jesus Christ, who didst silently endure to be again

falsely accused before Herod, grant me patience under

calumny, and silence under outrages.


At the Gospel

Jesus is mocked as a fool and sent back to Pilate


Lord Jesus Christ, Who didst submit to be sent as a fool by Herod

to Pilate, who though enemies before, then became friends,

strengthen me so powerfully by Thy grace, that instead of

apprehending the machinations of the wicked, I may learn

to bear their malice as Thou didst and thus render their

injustice profitable to my soul.


The Priest uncovers the Chalice

Jesus is stripped of His garments


Lord Jesus Christ, Who wast pleased to be despoiled of Thy

garments and most inhumanly scourged for love of me, grant

me grace to lay aside the burden of my sins by a good confession,

and never to appear before Thee despoiled of the virtues of a Christian.


At the Offertory

Jesus is scourged


Lord Jesus Christ, Who wast pleased to be fastened to the pillar and torn

with stripes, grant me grace to patiently endure the scourges of Thy

paternal correction and never more to grieve Thy Heart with my sins.


The Priest offers the Chalice

Jesus is crowned with thorns


Lord Jesus Christ, Who didst submit, through love for me, to be

crowned with thorns, grant that my heart may be so penetrated

with the thorns of repentance in this world, that I may deserve

to be hereafter crowned with Thee in glory.


The priest washes his fingers

Pilate washes his hands


Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, Who, although

declared innocent by Pilate wast subjected to the insults

and outrages of the Jews, grant me the grace to lead

an irreproachable life and at the same time to maintain

a holy indifference to the opinions of men.


At the Orate Fratres

Pilate says to the Jews, “Behold the Man”


Lord Jesus Christ, Who didst submit to the derision of the Jews,

and voluntarily wear the badges of their insolent mockery,

grant that I may faithfully resist all emotions of vainglory

and appear before Thee on the day of judgment clothed

in the sacred garment of Thy humility.


At the Preface

Jesus is condemned to death


Lord Jesus Christ, Who, though the God of all sanctity, didst

submit through love for me to a most ignominious condemnation,

grant me grace to avoid rash judgments and strengthen me to bear

with patience, the injustice of men.


At the Momento for the living

Jesus carries His Cross


Lord Jesus Christ, Who didst carry thy heavy Cross for my

salvation, grant that I may voluntarily embrace the cross of

mortification and carry it daily for Thy love.


At the Communicantes

Veronica wipes with a linen cloth the Face of Jesus


Lord Jesus Christ, Who on Thy way to Calvary, didst say to the holy

women that wept for the love of Thee: "Weep not for me but for

yourselves;” give me the grace to weep for my sins with tears of

holy contrition and love that will render me agreeable to Thy divine



Blessing of the Bread and Wine

Jesus is nailed to the Cross


Lord Jesus Christ, Who wast nailed to the Cross for my redemption,

attaching to it through Thy Sacred Flesh, my sins, and the

eternal punishment due to them, grant me Thy saving fear, that

resolutely observing Thy Holy precepts, I may ever be attached

to the Cross with Thee.


At the Elevation of the Host

The Cross of Jesus is elevated between Heaven and earth.


Lord Jesus Christ, Who wast pleased to be elevated on the Cross

and exalted above the earth for the love of me, detach my heart,

I beseech Thee, from all terrestrial affections and elevate my understanding

to the consideration of Heavenly things.


At the elevation of the Chalice

The Blood of Jesus flows from His wounds.


Lord Jesus Christ, Thy sacred wounds are the inexhaustible source

of all grace; grant then, that Thy Precious Blood may purify my soul

from all evil thoughts and prove a salutary remedy for all my

spiritual miseries.


At the Momento for the dead

Jesus prays for all men


Lord Jesus Christ, who didst pray on the Cross for all men, even

for Thine executioners, grant me the spirit of meekness and

patience, that according to Thy precepts and example I may love my

enemies and cordially return good for evil.


At the Nobis Quoque Peccatoribus

The conversion of the thief (St. Dismas)


Lord Jesus Christ, who didst promise the joys of Heaven to the

penitent thief, look on me with eyes of compassion and say to my

soul at the last moment of my life: “This day shalt thou be with Me

in Paradise.”


At the Pater Noster

The seven words of Christ


Lord Jesus Christ, Who from the cross didst recommend Thy

Blessed Mother to the beloved disciple, and the disciple to Thy

Mother, receive me, I beseech Thee, under Thy protection, and

grant that amidst the snares and perils of this world I may never lose

the treasure of thy friendship.


At the division of the Host

Jesus expires of the Cross


Lord Jesus Christ, Who before expiring on the Cross didst commend

Thy Soul to Thy Father, grant that I may die spiritually with You now,

and so confide my eternal destiny with confidence to Thy hands

at the hour of my death.



The Priest puts a particle of the Host into the Chalice

The Soul of Jesus descends into limbo


Lord Jesus Christ, who after overthrowing the empire of Satan

didst descend into limbo to liberate the souls imprisoned

there ; apply, I beseech Thee, the merits of Thy Blood and

Passion to the suffering souls in Purgatory, that, being

absolved from their sins, they may be received into

Thy bosom, and enjoy eternal peace.


At the Agnus Dei

The conversion of sinners


Lord Jesus Christ, the contemplation of Thy torments has excited

repentance in many hearts; grant me, through the efficacy of Thy

painful sufferings and ignominious death, perfect contrition

for my past offenses, and the grace to avoid all willful sin.


At the Communion

Jesus is buried


Lord Jesus Christ, Who wast pleased to be buried in a new

monument, give me a new heart, so that being buried with

Thee, I may attain to the glory of Thy resurrection.


At the Ablution

Jesus is embalmed


Lord Jesus Christ, who wast pleased to be embalmed and wrapped

in a clean linen cloth by Joseph and Nicodemus, give me the

grace to receive most worthily, Thy Precious Body and Blood

in the Holy Sacrament of the Altar, with a heart embalmed with the

precious ointment of Thy virtues.


After the Communion

The Resurrection of Jesus Christ


Lord Jesus Christ, Who didst triumphantly issue from the fast

sealed monument, grant that, rising from the tomb of my sins,

I may walk in newness of life so that when Thou shalt appear

in glory I may merit also to appear with Thee.


At the Dominus Vobiscum

Jesus appears to His disciples


Lord Jesus Christ, who didst gladden the hearts of Thy Blessed

Mother and Thine apostles by manifesting Thyself to them

after Thy Resurrection, grant that, since I cannot be so happy

as to behold Thee in this mortal life, I may hereafter enjoy

the unclouded vision of Thy glory.


At the PostCommunion

Jesus converses for forty days with His disciples


Lord Jesus Christ, Who after Thy Resurrection deign to converse

for forty days with Thy disciples, instructing them in the mysteries

of our faith, increase, I beseech Thee, my knowledge of those Divine

Truths, and confirm my belief in them.


The last Dominus Vobiscum

Jesus ascends to Heaven


Lord Jesus Christ, Who didst ascend gloriously into Heaven in

the presence of Thy disciples, grant me so to love Thee that I

may desire none but eternal joys, and aspire to the possession

of Thee as the first and best of all blessings.


At the Priest’s blessing

The descent of the Holy Ghost


Lord Jesus Christ, Who didst send the Holy Ghost on Thine

apostles, while engaged in unanimous and persevering prayer,

purify my soul, I beseech Thee, that the Paraclete, finding therein

a dwelling well pleasing to Him, may adorn it with His gifts and

replenish it with His consolations



Thanksgiving after Mass


Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God and Redeemer of men, I humbly

thank Thee for having permitted me to assist today at the

Most Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. I beseech Thee, through the efficacy

of  that adorable Sacrifice, to strengthen me against all

temptations, and to grant that, having served Thee faithfully in

this life, I may hereafter attain to the possession of Thy glory.