In Monte Oliveti: How do we contemplate the Agony in Gethsemane?

The Agony in Gethsemane, when Jesus was praying in that garden at the foot of the Mount of Olives, spiritually and physically wrestling with his Passion that is to come.

My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me. (Matt 26:38)

What is our disposition to praying with Jesus in his agony whose beads of perspiration were akin to beads of blood?

An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him. And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground. (Luke 22:43-44)

Here’s the Gregorian Chant version of the same. It is usually sung as the First Responsory at the First Nocturne on Tenebrae for Holy Thursday.

Click here for the PDF of the Chant.

(Latin)
In monte Oliveti ora vit ad Patrem:
Pater, si fieri potest, transeat a me calix iste:
Spiritus quidem promptus est, caro autem infirma.

Vigilate, et orate, ut non intretis in tentationem.
Spiritus quidem promptus est, caro autem infirma.

(English)
On the Mount of Olives he prayed to his Father:
“Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me.
The Spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

“Be vigilant, and pray, that you may not enter into temptation.
The Spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

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SPP Choir sings at the Saturday 5:30pm Mass at the Church of Sts. Peter & Paul, Singapore. We aim to rediscover and restore the traditions of our Catholic Mass for the Ordinary Form.

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