that saved us,—what shall we do? Is it not just, that we should keep close to him, and that, more faithful than the Apostles who abandoned him during his Passion, we should follow him, day by day, nay hour by hour, in the way of the Cross that he treads for us? Yes,—we will be his faithful companions, during these last days of his mortal life, when he submits to the humiliation of having to hide himself from his enemies. We will envy the lot of those devoted few, who shelter him in their houses, and expose themselves, by this courageous hospitality, to the rage of his enemies.

We will compassionate his Mother, who suffered an anguish that no other heart could feel, because no other creature could love him as She did. We will go, in spirit, into that most hated Sanhedrim, where they are laying the impious plot against the life of the Just One. Suddenly, we shall see a bright speck gleaming on the dark horizon; the streets and squares of Jerusalem will re-echo with the cry of Hosanna to the Son of David. That unexpected homage paid to our Jesus, those palm branches, those shrill voices of admiring Hebrew children, will give a momentary truce to our sad forebodings. Our love shall make us take part in the loyal tribute thus paid to the King of Israel, who comes so meekly to visit the daughter of Sion, as the Propbet had foretold he would: but, alas! this joy will be short-lived, and we must speedily relapse into our deep sorrow of soul !

The traitorous disciple will soon strike his bargain with the High Priests; the last Pasch will be kept, and we shall see the figurative lamb give place to the true One, whose Flesh will become our food, and his Blood our drink. It will be our Lord's Supper. Clad in the nuptial robe, we will take our place there, together with the Disciples; for that day is the day of Reconciliation, which brings together, to the same Holy Table, both the penitent sinner, and the just that has been ever faithful. Then, we shall have to turn our steps towards the fatal Garden, where we shall learn what sin is, for we shall behold our Jesus agonising beneath its weight, and asking some respite from his Eternal Father. Then, in the dark hour of mid-night, the servants of the High Priests and the soldiers, led on by the vile Iscariot, will lay their impious hands on the Son of God; and yet, the legions of Angels wbo adore him, will be withheld from punishing the awful sacrilege! After this, we shall have to repair to the various tribunals, whither Jesus is led, and witness the triumph of injustice. The time that elapses between his being seized in the Garden and his having to carry his Cross up the hill of Calvary, will be filled up with the incidents of his mock trial,-lies, calumnies, the wretched cowardice of the Roman Governor, the insults of the by-standers, and the cries of the ungrateful populace thirsting for innocent Blood! We shall be present at all these things; our love will not permit us to separate ourselves from that dear Redeemer, who is to suffer them for our sakes, for our salvation.

Finally, after seeing him struck and spit upon, and after the cruel scourging and the frightful insult of the crown of thorns, we will follow our Jesus


Mount Calvary; we shall know where his sacred feet have trod by the Blood that marks the road. We shall have to make our way through the crowd, and, as we pass, we shall hear terrible imprecatious uttered against our Divine Master.

Having reached the place of execution, we shall behold this august Victim stripped of bis garment, nailed to the cross, hoisted into the air, as if the better to expose him to insult! We will draw near to the Tree of Life, that we may lose neither one drop of that Blood which flows for the cleansing of the world, nor one single Word spoken, for its instruction, by our dying Jesus. We will compassionate his Mother, whose Heart is pierced through with a sword of sorrow; we will stand close to her, when her Son, a few moments before his Death, shall consign us to her fond care. After his three hours agony, we will reverently watch his sacred Head bow down, and receive, with adoring love, his last breath.

A bruised and mangled corpse, stiffened by the cold of death,—this is all that remains to us of that Son of Man, whose first coming into the world caused us such joy! This Son of the Eternal Father was not satisfied with emptying himself, and taking the form of a servant ;l this his being born in the flesh was but the beginning of his sacrifice; his love was to lead him even unto death, even to the death of the cross.

He foresaw that he would not win our love save at the price of such a generous immolation, and his heart hesitated not to make it. Let us, therefore, love God, says St. John, because God first loved us. This is the end the Church proposes to herself by the celebration of these solemn anniversaries. After humbling our pride and our resistance to grace, by showing us how Divine Justice treats sin, -she leads our hearts to love that Jesus, who delivered himself up, in our stead, to the rigors of that Justice. Wo to us, if this great Week fail to produce in our souls a just return towards Him, who loved us more than himself, though we were, and had made ourselves, his enemies. Let us say with the Apostle: The charity of Christ presseth us ; that they who live, may not now live to themselves, but unto Him who died for them. We owe this return to Him who made himself a Victim for our sakes, and who, up to the very last moment, instead of pronouncing against us the curse we so justly

32. Cor. v. 14, 15.

1 Philipp. ii. 7.
2 I. St. John, iv. 19.

deserved, prayed and obtained for us mercy and grace. He is, one day, to re-appear on the clouds of heaven, and, as the Prophet says, men shall look upon Him, whom they have pierced. God grant that we may

be of the number of those who, having made amends, by their love, for the crimes they had committed against the Divine Lamb, will then find confidence at the sight of those Wounds!

Let us hope that, by God's mercy, the holy time we are now entering upon will work such a happy change in us, that, on the Day of Judgment, we may confidently fix our eyes on Him we are now about to contemplate crucified by the hands of sinners. The Death of Jesus puts the whole of nature in commotion; the mid-day sun is darkened, the earth is shaken to its very foundations, the rocks are split;-may it be, that our hearts, too, be moved, and pass from indifference to fear, from fear to hope, and, at length, from hope to love; so that, having gone down, with our Crucified, to the very depths of sorrow, we may deserve to rise again with him unto light and joy, beaming with the brightness of his Resurrection upon us, and having within ourselves the pledge of a new life, which shall then die no more !

i Zach. xii. 10.

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DURING these two weeks, the Christian, on waking in the morning, should unite himself with the Church, who repeats

these words of St. Paul at every Hour of the Divine Office during the last three days of Holy Week :

Christ became, for our sakes, Christus factus est pro obedient unto death, even tó nobis obediens usque ad the death of the Cross.

mortem, mortem autem crucis.

He should, after this, profoundly adore that great God, who was not to be appeased but by the Blood of Jesus; he should, also, adore the infinite goodness of this Jesus, who made himself a Victim, that he might save us sinners. It is with these two sentiments, that he must perform the first acts of religion, both interior and exterior, wherewith he begins each day of this present Season. The time for Morning Prayer being come, he may use the following method, which is formed upon the very prayers of the Church :


First, praise and adoration of the Most Holy

Trinity :

¥. Let us bless the Father . Benedicamus Patrem and the Son, and the Holy et Filium, cum Sancto Spi

B. Let us praise him and B. Laudemus et su perextol him above all, for ever.

exaltemus eum in sæcula.


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