Prayer of Saint Bridget
O Jesus Christ!
Eternal Sweetness to those who love Thee,
joy surpassing all joy and all desire,
Salvation and Hope of all sinners,
Who hast proved that Thou hast no greater desire than to be among men,
even assuming human nature at the fullness of time for the love of men,
recall all the sufferings Thou hast endured
from the instant of Thy conception,
and especially during Thy Passion,
as it was decreed and ordained from all eternity in the Divine plan.
Remember, O Lord,
that during the Last Supper with Thy disciples,
having washed their feet,
Thou gavest them Thy Most Precious Body and Blood,
and while at the same time Thou didst sweetly console them,
Thou didst foretell them Thy coming Passion.
Remember the sadness and bitterness
which Thou didst experience in thy Soul
as Thou Thyself bore witness saying:
“My Soul is sorrowful even unto death.”
Remember all the fear,
anguish and pain that Thou didst suffer
in Thy delicate Body before the torment of the Crucifixion,
when, after having prayed three times,
bathed in a sweat of blood,
Thou wast betrayed by Judas, Thy disciple,
arrested by the people of a nation Thou hadst chosen and elevated,
accused by false witnesses,
unjustly judged by three judges
during the flower of Thy youth
and during the solemn Paschal season.
Remember that Thou wast despoiled of Thy garments
and clothed in those of derision;
that Thy Face and Eyes were veiled,
that Thou wast buffeted,
crowned with thorns,
a reed placed in Thy Hands,
that Thou was crushed with blows
and overwhelmed with affronts and outrages.
In memory of all these pains and sufferings
which Thou didst endure before Thy Passion on the Cross,
grant me before my death true contrition,
a sincere and entire confession,
worthy satisfaction and the remission of all my sins.