Hours of the Passion
The Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ in the Catholic Church
The Church, always faithful to Her Master, guides us by the Holy Spirit into the fullness of the Truth. She too, was born from the side of the Savior:
"The wonderful works of God among the people of the Old Testament were but a prelude to the work of Christ the Lord in redeeming mankind and giving perfect glory to God. He accomplished this work principally by the Paschal mystery of his blessed Passion, Resurrection from the dead, and glorious Ascension, whereby 'dying he destroyed our death, rising he restored our life.' For it was from the side of Christ as he slept the sleep of death upon the cross that there came forth 'the wondrous sacrament of the whole Church. For this reason, the Church celebrates in the liturgy above all the Paschal mystery by which Christ accomplished the work of our salvation." (Catechism of the Catholic Church 1067, SC 5 # 2)
The Church never ceases to remind us "Justification has been merited for us by the Passion of Christ... It is the most excellent work of God's mercy" (Catechism of the Catholic Church 2020)
Therefore, we can never overstress the importance of meditating on the Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ. In fact, the Catechism of the Roman Catholic Church teaches that "Christians owe it to themselves to develop the desire to meditate regularly" (Ibid 2707); Furthermore, we must have a stronger desire to meditate in the mercy of Christ that "By his Passion, Christ delivered us from Satan and from sin. He merited for us the new life in the Holy Spirit. His grace restores what sin had damaged in us." (Ibid 1708).
We have added the following sections with the intention to provide you with some additional tools to help you deepen your meditation of the Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ: