Java Virtual Rosary Default Meditation Text

---Default---  These are based on Scriptural Meditations from the New American Bible, and were originally contained in a "module" from the Windows based Virtual Rosary from The punctuation and spacing format is meant to expedite parsing by the Java methods used in the JVR.[Joyful]

<Decade 1.>  The Annunciation

In the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house of David, and the virgin's name was Mary. (Lk 1:26-27)

And coming to her, he said, "Hail, favored one!  The Lord is with you." (Lk 1:28)

But she was greatly troubled at what was said and pondered what sort of greeting this might be.  Then the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God." (Lk 1:29-30)

Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus.  He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High,..." (Lk 1:31-32a)

...and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father, and he will rule over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end." (Lk 1:32b-33)

But Mary said to the angel, "How can this be, since I have no relations with a man?" (Lk 1:34)

And the angel said to her in reply, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you." (Lk 1:35a)

Therefore the child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God." (Lk 1:35b)

And behold, Elizabeth, your relative, has also conceived a son in her old age, and this is the sixth month for her who was called barren; for nothing will be impossible for God." (Lk 1:36-37)

Mary said, "Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord.  May it be done to me according to your word."  Then the angel departed from her. (Lk 1:38)

<Decade 1.>  The Annunciation

During those days Mary set out and traveled to the hill country in haste to a town of Judah, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. (Lk 1:39-40)

When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the infant leaped in her womb,...(Lk 1:41a)

...and Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit, cried out in a loud voice and said, "Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb." (Lk 1:41b-42)

"And how does this happpen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?  For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy." (Lk 1:43-44)

"Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled." (Lk 1:45)

And Mary said:  "My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in my savior." (Lk 1:46-47)

"For he has looked upon his handmaid's lowliness; behold, from now on will all ages call me blessed." (Lk 1:48)

"The Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name" (Lk 1:49)

"His mercy is from age to age to those who fear him." (Lk 1:50)

"The hungry he has filled with good things; the rich he has sent away empty." (Lk 1:53)

<Decade 2.> The Visitation

And Joseph too went up from the city of David that is called Bethlehem, be enrolled with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. (Lk 2:4-5)

...and she gave birth to her firstborn son.  She wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. (Lk 2:7)

Now there were sheperds in that region living in the fields and keeping the night watch over their flock.  The angel of the Lord appeared to them and the glory of the Lord shone around them,...(Lk 2:8-9)

The angel said to them, "Do not be afraid; for behold, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.  For today in the city of David a savior has been born for you who is Messiah and Lord." (Lk 2:10-11)

"And this will be a sign for you: you will find an infant wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger." (Lk 2:12)

And suddenly there was a multitude of the heavenly host with the angel, praising God and saying: "Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests." (Lk 2:13-14)

When they saw this, they made known the message that had been told them about this child...And Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart. (Lk 2:17,19)

...magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying, "Where is the newborn king of the Jews?  We saw his star at its rising and have come to do him homage." (Mt 2:1b-2)

...and on entering the house they saw the child with Mary his mother.  They prostrated themselves and did him homage. (Mt 2:11a)
Then they opened their treasures and offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. (Mt 2:11b)

<Decade 3.> The Nativity

When the days were completed for their [Mary and Joseph's] purification...they took him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord,...(Lk 2:22)

...and to offer the sacrifice of "a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons," in accordance with the dictate in the law of the Lord. (Lk 2:24)

Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon...and the Holy Spirit was upon him.  It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he should not see death before he had seen the Messiah of the Lord. (Lk 2:25-26)

He came in the Spirit into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus...he took him into his arms and blessed God,...(Lk 2:27-28)

"Now, Master, you may let your servant go in peace, according to your word, for my eyes have seen your salvation,..." (Lk 2:29-30)

"[The salvation] which you prepared in sight of all the peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and glory for your people Israel." (Lk 2:31-32)

...and Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, "Behold, this child is destined for the fall and rise of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be contradicted..." (Lk 2:34)

"(And you yourself a sword will pierce) so that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed." (Lk 2:35)

There was also a prophetess, Anna,...she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were awaiting the redemption of Jerusalem.  (Lk 2:36a,38)

The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favor of God was upon him. (Lk 2:40)

<Decade 4.> The Presentation

Each year his parents went to Jerusalem for the feast of Passover, and when he was twelve years old, they went up according to festival custom. (Lk 2:41-42)

After they had completed its days, as they were returning, the boy Jesus remained behind in Jerusalem, but his parents did not know it. (Lk 2:43)

Thinking that he was in the caravan, they journeyed for a day and looked for him among their relatives and acquaintances, but not finding him, they returned to Jerusalem to look for him. (Lk 2:44-45)

After three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions,...(Lk 2:46)

...and all who heard him were astounded at his understanding and his answers.  When his parents saw him, they were astonished,...(Lk 2:47-48a)

...and his mother said to him, "Son, why have you done this to us? Your father and I have been looking for you with great anxiety." (Lk 2:48b)

And he said to them, "Why were you looking for me?  Did you not know that I must be in my Father's house?" (Lk 2:49)

But they did not understand what he said to them.  He went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was obedient to them;...(Lk 2:50-51a)

...and his mother kept all these things in her heart. (Lk 2:51b)

And Jesus advanced [in] wisdom and age and favor before God and man. (Lk 2:52)

<Decade 5.> The Finding of Our Lord


<Decade 6.> The Agony in the Garden

Then going out he went, as was his custom, to the Mount of Olives, and the disciples followed him. (Lk 22:39)

When he arrived at the place he said to them, "Pray that you may not undergo the test." (Lk 22:40)

Then he said to them, "My soul is sorrowful even to death.  Remain here and keep watch with me." (Lk 26:38)

He prayed, saying, "Father, if you are willing, take this cup away from me; still, not my will but yours be done." (Lk 22:42)

And to strengthen him an angel from heaven appeared to him. (Lk 22:43)

He was in such agony and he prayed so fervently that his sweat became like drops of blood falling on the ground. (Lk 22:44)

When he rose from prayer...[he] said to them, "Why are you sleeping?  Get up and pray that you may not undergo the test." (Lk 22:45-46)

...a crowd approached and...[Judas] went up to Jesus to kiss him.  Jesus said to him, "Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?" (Lk 22:47-48)

Jesus said..."Have you come out as against a robber, with swords and clubs?  Day after day I was with you in the temple area, and you did not seize me;..." (Lk 22:52-53)

After arresting him they led him away and took him into the house of the high priest; Peter was following at a distance. (Lk 22:54)

<Decade 6.> The Agony in the Garden

As soon as morning came,...the whole Sanhedrin held a council.  They bound Jesus, led him away, and handed him over to Pilate. (Mk 15:1)

Pilate questioned him, "Are you the king of the Jews?"  He said to him in reply, "You say so." (Mk 15:2)

The chief priests accused him of many things.  Again Pilate questioned him, "Have you no answer?  See how many things they accuse you of." (Mk 15:3-4)

Jesus gave him no further answer, so that Pilate was amazed. (Mk 15:5)

Now on the occasion of the feast he used to release to them one prisoner whom they requested.  A man called Barabbas was then in prison along with the rebels who had committed murder...(Mk 15:6-7)

Pilate answered, "Do you want me to release to you the king of the Jews?"  For he knew that it was out of envy that the chief priests had handed him over. (Mk 15:9-10)

But the chief priests stirred up the crowd to have him release Barabbas for them instead.  (Mk 15:11)

Pilate again said to them in reply, "Then what [do you want] me to do with [the man you call] the king of the Jews?"  They shouted again, "Crucify him." (Mk 15:12-13)

Pilate said to them, "Why?  What evil has he done?"  They only shouted louder, "Crucify him." (Mk 15:14)

So Pilate, wishing to satisfy the crowd, released Barabbas to them and, after he had Jesus scourged, handed him over to be crucified. (Mk 15:15)

<Decade 7.> The Scourging

Jesus answered, "My kingdom does not belong to this world.  If my kingdom did belong to this world, my attendants [would] be fighting to keep me from being handed over..." (Jn 18:36)

So Pilate said to him, "Then you are a king?"  Jesus answered, "You say I am a king.  For this I was testify to the truth." (Jn 18:37a)

"Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice."  Pilate said to him, "What is truth?" (Jn 18:37b-38b)

Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus inside the praetorium and gathered the whole cohort around him. (Mt 27:27)

The stripped off his clothes and threw a scarlet military cloak about him. (Mt 27:28)

Weaving a crown out of thorns, they placed it on his head, and a reed in his right hand. (Mt 27,29a)

And kneeling before him, they mocked him, saying, "Hail, King of the Jews!" (Mt 27:29b)

They spat upon him and took the reed and kept striking him on the head. (Mt 27:30)

(They) kept striking his head with a reed and spitting upon him.  They knelt before him in homage. (Mk 15:19)

So Jesus came out, wearing the crown of thorns and the purple cloak.  And he [Pilate] said to them, "Behold, the man!" (Jn 19:5)

<Decade 8.> The Crowning with Thorns

And when they had mocked him, they stripped him of the cloak, dressed him in his own clothes, and led him off to crucify him. (Mt 27:31)

As they led him away they took hold of a certain Simon, a Cyrenian,...and after laying the cross on him, they made him carry it behind Jesus. (Lk 23:26)

A large crowd of people followed Jesus, including many women who mourned and lamented him. (Lk 23:27)

Jesus turned to them and said, "Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me; weep instead for yourselves and for your children,..." (Lk 23:28)

"...for indeed, the days are coming when people will say, 'Blessed are the barren, the wombs that never bore and the breasts that never nursed.'" (Lk 23:29)

"At that time people will say to the mountains, 'Fall upon us!' and to the hills, 'Cover us!'" (Lk 23:20)

"...for if these things are done when the wood is green, what will happen when it is dry?" (Lk 23:31)

Now two others, both criminals, were led away with him to be executed. (Lk 23:32)

And when they came to a place called Golgotha (which means Place of the Skull), they gave Jesus wine to drink mixed with gall... (Mt 27:33-34a)

...But when he had tasted it, he refused to drink. (Mt 27:34b)

<Decade 9.> The Ascent of Golgotha

When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him and the criminals there, one on his right, the other on his left. (Lk 23:33)

Then Jesus said, "Father, forgive them, they know not what they do." (Lk 23:34)

..."Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom."  He replied to him, "Amen, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise." (Lk 23:42-43)

When the soldiers had crucified Jesus, they took his clothes...They also took his tunic, but the tunic was seamless,..."Let's not tear it, but cast lots for it to see whose it will be,"...(Jn 19:23-24)

When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple there whom he loved, he said to his mother, "Woman, behold, your son."  Then he said to the disciple,"Behold, your mother." (Jn 19:26-27)

After this, aware that everything was now finished, in order that the scripture might be fulfilled, Jesus said, "I thirst." (Jn 19:28)

And about three o'clock Jesus cried out in a loud voice, "Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?" which means, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" (Mt 27:46)

When Jesus had taken the wine, he said, "It is finished." (Jn 19:30)

Jesus cried out in a loud voice, "Father, into your hands I commend my spirit;" and when he had said this he breathed his last. (Lk 23:46)

...but one soldier thrust his lance into his side, and immediately blood and water flowed out. (Jn 19:34)

<Decade 10.>The Crucifixion


<Decade 11.> The Resurrection

At daybreak on the first day of the week they took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. (Lk 24:1)

They found the stone rolled away from the tomb; but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. (Lk 24:2-3)

"Why do you seek the living one among the dead? He is not here, but he has been raised." (Lk 24:5b-6a)

Mary of Magdala went and announced to the disciples, "I have seen the Lord,"...(Jn 20:18)

On the evening of that first day of the week,...Jesus came and stood in their midst and said to them, "Peace be with you." (Jn 20:19)

...he breathed on them and said to them, "Receive the Holy Spirit.  Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained." (Jn 20:22-23)

Now that very day two of them were going to a village seven miles from Jerusalem called Emmaus,...Jesus himself drew near and walked with them. (Lk 24:13,15)

Then, beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them what referred to him in all the scriptures. (Lk 24:27)

A week later...he said to Thomas, " not be unbelieving, but believe."  Thomas answered and said to him, "My Lord and my God!" (Jn 20:26-28)

After that, he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at once,...After that he appeared to James, then to all the apostles.  Last of all,...he appeared to me [Paul]. (1 Cor 15:6-8)

<Decade 11.> The Resurrection

He presented himself alive to them by many proofs after he had suffered, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God. (Acts 1:3)

The eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had ordered them.  When they saw him, they worshiped, but they doubted. (Mt 28:16-17)

Then Jesus approached and said to them, "All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me." (Mt 28:18)

"Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you." (Mt 28:19-20a)

"And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age." (Mt 28:20b)

"But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem,...and to the ends of the earth." (Acts 1:8)

Then he led them as far as Bethany, raised his hands, and blessed them. (Lk 24:50)

As he blessed them he parted from them and was taken up to heaven. ...and took his seat at the right hand of God. (Mk 16:19b & Lk 24:51)

While they were looking intently at the sky as he was going, suddenly two men dressed in white garments stood beside them.  They said, "Men of Galilee, why are you standing there looking at the sky?" (Acts 1:10-11a)

"This Jesus who has been taken up from you into heaven will return in the same way as you have seen him going into heaven." (Acts 1:11b)

<Decade 12.>  The Ascension

When the time for Pentecost was fulfilled, they were all in one place together. (Acts 2:1)

And suddenly there came from the sky a noise like a strong driving wind, and it filled the entire house in which they were. (Acts 2:2)

Then there appeared to them tongues as of fire, which parted and came to rest on each one of them. (Acts 2:3)

And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in different tongues, as the Spirit enabled them to proclaim. (Acts 2:4)

At this sound, they gathered in a large crowd, but they were confused because each one heard them speaking in his own language. (Acts 2:6)

"This is what was spoken through the prophet Joel: 'It will come to pass in the last days,' God says, 'that I will pour out a portion of my spirit upon all flesh.'" (Acts 2:16-18a quoting Joel 3:1)

"Therefore let the whole house of Israel know for certain that God has made him both Lord and Messiah, this Jesus whom you crucified." (Acts 2:36)

Peter [said] to them, "Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit."(Acts 2:38)

He testified with many other arguments, and was exhorting them, "Save yourselves from this corrupt generation." (Acts 2:40)

Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand persons were added that day. (Acts 2:41)

<Decade 13.>  The Descent of the Holy Ghost

He brings me into the banquet hall and his emblem over me is love. (Sg 2:4)

..."Arise, my beloved, my beautiful one, and come!  For see, the winter is past, the rains are over and gone." (Sg 2:10-11)

You are all-beautiful, my beloved, and there is no blemish in you. (Sg 4:7)

Fairer in beauty are you than the sons of men; grace is poured out upon your lips; thus God has blessed you forever. (Ps 45:3)

...her raiment is threaded with spun gold.  In embroidered apparel she is borne in to the king;...(Ps 45:14-15)

The favors of the Lord I will sing forever; through all generations my mouth shall proclaim your faithfulness. (ps 89:2)

"And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back again and take you to myself, so that where I am you also may be." (Jn 14:3)

So let us confidently approach the throne of grace to receive mercy and to find grace for timely help. (Heb 4:16)

From now on the crown of righteousness awaits me, which the Lord, the just judge, will award to me on that day, and not only to me, but to all who have longed for his appearance. (2 Tm 4:8)

At present we see indistinctly, as in a mirror, but then face to face.  At present I know partially; then I shall know fully, as I am fully known. (1 Cor 13:12)

<Decade 14.>  The Assumption of Mary

"I will put emnity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers;..." (Gn 3:15a)

..."Blessed are you, daughter, by the Most High God, above all women on earth;..." (Jdt 13:18)

...all with one accord blessed her, saying; "You are the glory of Jerusalem, the surpassing Joy of Israel; You are the splendid boast of our people." (Jdt 15:9)

A great sign appeared in the sky, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars...(Rv 12:1)

In the highest heavens did I dwell, my throne on a pillar of cloud. (Sir 24:4)

Before all ages, in the beginning, he created me, and through all ages I shall not cease to be. (Sir 14:9)

For this momentary light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison,...(Cor 4:17)

..."My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and act on it." (Lk 8:21)

My children, for whom I am again in labor until Christ be formed in you! (Gal 4:19)

Beloved, we are God's children now; what we shall be has not yet been revealed.  We do know that when it is revealed we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. (1 Jn 3:2)

<Decade 15.>  The Coronation of Mary


<Decade 16.> The Baptism

John the Baptist proclaimed to the crowds: "I am the voice of one crying out in the desert, make straight the way of the Lord." (Jn 1:23)

After me comes he who is mightier than I, the thong of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. (Mk 1:7)

I baptize you with water for repentance . . . he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire. (Mt 3:11)

John saw Jesus coming toward him, and proclaimed, "Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!" (Jn 1:29)

Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to John, to be baptized by him. (Mt 3:13)

John would have prevented him, saying, "I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?" (Mt 3:14)

Jesus said to him in reply, "Allow it now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness." (Mt 3:15)

After Jesus was baptized, he came up from the water and behold, the heavens were opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming upon him (Mt 3:16)

And a voice came from the heavens, saying, "This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased." (Mt 3:17)

At once the Spirit drove him out into the desert, and he remained in the desert for forty days, tempted by Satan. (Mk 1:12-13)

<Decade 16.> The Baptism

There was a marriage at Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there (Jn 2:1)

When the wine failed, the mother of Jesus said to him, "They have no wine." (Jn 2:3)

And Jesus said to her, "Woman, how does your concern affect me? My hour has not yet come." (Jn 2:4)

His mother said to the servers, "Do whatever he tells you." (Jn 2:5)

Now there were six stone water jars there for Jewish ceremonial washings, each holding twenty to thirty gallons. (Jn 2:6)

Jesus told them, "Fill the jars with water." So they filled them to the brim. (Jn 2:7)

Then he told them, "Draw some out now and take it to the headwaiter." (Jn 2:8)

And when the headwaiter tasted the water that had become wine, without knowing where it came from, the headwaiter called the bridegroom (Jn 2:9)

He said to him: "Everyone serves good wine first, and then when people have drunk freely, an inferior one; but you have kept the good wine until now." (Jn 2:10)

Jesus did this as the beginning of his signs in Cana in Galilee and so revealed his glory, and his disciples began to believe in him. (Jn 2:11)

<Decade 17.> The Wedding

After John had been arrested, Jesus came to Galilee proclaiming the gospel of God (Mk 1:14)

Through him was life, and this life was the light of the human race; the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. (Jn 1:4-5)

Jesus said: "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent, and believe in the gospel." (Mk 1:15)
Many gathered together so that there was no longer room for them . . . and he preached the word to them. (Mk 2:2)

Unable to get near Jesus because of the crowd, some men opened up the roof above him. After they had broken through, they let down a mat on which a paralytic was lying. (Mk 2:4)

"Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, 'Your sins are forgiven,' or to say, 'Rise, pick up your mat and walk?'" (Mk 2:9)

But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority to forgive sins on earth" he said to the paralytic, "I say to you, rise, pick up your mat, and go home." (Mk 2:10-11)

And Jesus called to him his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every disease and every infirmity. (Mt 10:1)

Jesus sent out these twelve after instructing them to make this proclamation: "The kingdom of heaven is at hand." (cf. Mt 10:5 & 7)

Jesus breathed on them and said to them, "Receive the holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained." (Jn 20:22-23)

<Decade 18.> The Proclamation

Jesus took with him Peter and John and James, and went up on the mountain to pray. (Lk 9:28)

And Jesus was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his garments became white as light (Mt 17:2)

And behold, there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with him (Mt 17:3)

They spoke of Jesus' exodus that he was going to accomplish in Jerusalem. (Lk 9:31)

Then Peter said to Jesus "Lord, it is good that we are here. If you wish, I will make three tents here, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah." (Mt 17:4)

As he said this, a cloud came and overshadowed them; and they were afraid as they entered the cloud (Lk 9:34)

Then from the cloud came a voice that said, "This is my chosen Son; listen to him." (Lk 9:35)

Suddenly, looking around, they no longer saw anyone but Jesus alone with them. (Mk 9:8)

As they were coming down from the mountain, Jesus told them not to relate what they had seen to anyone, except when the Son of Man had risen from the dead (Mk 9:9)

So they kept the matter to themselves, questioning what rising from the dead meant (Mk 9:10)

<Decade 19.> The Transfiguration

On the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, the disciples approached Jesus and said, "Where do you want us to prepare for you to eat the Passover?" (Mt 26:17)

Jesus said, "Go into the city to a certain man and tell him, the teacher says, 'My appointed time draws near; in your house I shall celebrate the Passover with my disciples.'" (Mt 26:18)

When the hour came, he took his place at table with the apostles. He said to them, "I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer." (Lk 22:14-15)

And while they were eating, he said, "Amen, I say to you, one of you will betray me." (Mt 26:21)

Then Judas, his betrayer, said in reply, "Surely it is not I, Rabbi?" (Mt 26:25)

While they were eating, Jesus took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and giving it to his disciples said, "Take and eat; this is my body." (Mt 26:26)

Then he took a cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, "Drink from it, all of you for this is my blood of the covenant, which will be shed on behalf of many for the forgiveness of sins." (Mt 26:27-28)

As often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the death of the Lord until he comes. (1 Cor 11:26)

"I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world." (Jn 6:51)

Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day. (Jn 6:54)

<Decade 20.> The Eucharist


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