The Sorrowful Mysteries

  1. The Agony in the Garden (Matthew 26:36-46)

After the Last Supper, Jesus went with his Apostles to his favorite place of prayer, the Garden of

Gethsemane.  Judas had left the Last Supper to betray Jesus and to lead the Roman soldiers to the Garden.

As Jesus arrived, he told his apostles to pray, but they fell asleep.  Jesus began to sweat blood and said, “O Father, if it is possible, let this suffering pass from me.  Nevertheless, not what I will, but what you will.”  After three hours, Judas and the soldiers came to capture Jesus.

  1. The Scourging at the Pillar (Mark 15:11-15)

Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor, could find no reason to put Jesus to death.  Yet, the crowds kept shouting, “Crucify him. Crucify him.”

In order to keep them quiet, Pilate released Barabbas, a murderer, and gave Jesus to the soldiers to scourge him with painful lashes on his back.

  1. The Crowning of Thorns (Mark 15:1-20)

These soldiers took Jesus and put a military cloak on him and placed on his head a crown of thorns.  They made fun of him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews”, striking Jesus on the head and spitting on him. Finally, they again clothed Jesus in his own robe.

  1. The Carrying of the Cross (Mark 15:21-22)

When the crowd chose Barabbas, Pilate handed Jesus to the soldiers to lead him to Calvary.

The soldiers made Jesus carry his cross.  When Jesus grew too weak, they made Simon, the Cyrenean help him.  Many women from Galilee and Jerusalem followed Jesus and wept for him.

  1. Jesus Dies on the Cross (Matthew 27:45-61)

Jesus was nailed to the cross from noon until 3:00 PM. During that time he said, “I thirst”.  He also told the Beloved Disciple to care for his mother and he told the Good Thief, “This day you will be with me in Paradise.”  Finally, Jesus said, “It is finished” and he gave up his spirit.

His disciples buried him in a new grave owned by a rich man, Joseph of Arimathea.  Everyone knew exactly where he was buried because they were eye-witnesses.  They buried Jesus quickly because the Sabbath rest began at sundown.