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We read in the Old Testament that when the Israelites offered their sacrifices, in which only bulls, lambs and other animals were sacrificed, it was an admirable thing to see with what diligence, restraint and silence all the people attended. Although the number of those present was immense, and there were more than seven hundred ministers and priests, it seemed as if the temple was empty, so much so that everyone refrained from making the slightest noise. Now, if one had so much veneration for these sacrifices, which were only a shadow, a simple figure of ours, what respect, what devotion, what religious silence does not deserve the holy mass, where the Lamb without spot, the Word of God, is immolated for us? This is what Saint Ambrose understood perfectly. When he celebrated Mass, according to Caesarius, after the Gospel, he turned to the people and, after exhorting the faithful to profound recollection, enjoined them to observe the most rigorous silence, and by this he meant not only that they should restrain their tongues and refrain from saying the slightest word, but also that they should refrain from coughing or making a noise. These prescriptions were faithfully observed, and all those who attended Mass felt as if they were seized with a holy fear and deeply moved, so that they gained much fruit and a noticeable increase in grace.
Sign of the Cross
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, and of the Mother of God. Amen.
O Jesus! We are going to walk with You on the road to Calvary which was so painful for You. Make us understand the greatness of Your sufferings, touch our hearts with tender compassion at the sight of Your torments, in order to increase in us the regret of our faults and the love we wish to have for You.
Deign to apply to all of us the infinite merits of Your Passion, and in memory of Your sorrows, show mercy to the souls in Purgatory, especially to those who are most abandoned.
O Divine Mary, who first taught us to make the Way of the Cross, obtain for us the grace to follow Jesus with the sentiments Your Heart was filled with as You accompanied Him on the road to Calvary. Grant that we may weep with You, and that we may love Your divine Son as You do. We ask this in the name of His adorable Heart. Amen.
My Jesus, forgiveness and mercy!
By the merits of Thy holy Wounds and the sorrows of Thy Mother.