“The Third Sorrowful Mystery – The Crowning With Thorns”

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The relic purported to be the Crown of Thorns was transferred from Jerusalem to Constantinople by 1063. The French king Louis IX (St. Louis) took the relic to Paris about 1238 and had the Sainte-Chapelle built (1242–48) to house it. 

The thornless remains are kept in the treasury of Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris; they survived a devastating fire in April 2019 that destroyed the church’s roof and spire.

Mark 14        Jesus is abused and mocked as  ‘prophet’.

Mark 14  65 Some began to spit on him, to blindfold him, and to strike him, saying to him, “Prophesy!” The guards also took him over and beat him.

Mark 15        Pilate condemns Jesus

15 So Pilate, wishing to satisfy the crowd, released Barabbas for them; and after flogging Jesus, he handed him over to be crucified.

The Soldiers Mock Jesus as King with ‘Royal’ robe, crown, and ‘sceptre’. 

16 Then the soldiers led him into the courtyard of the palace (that is, the governor’s headquarters),and they called together the whole cohort.

 17 And they clothed him in a purple cloak; 

and after twisting some thorns into a crown, they put it on him.

 18 And they began saluting him, “Hail, King of the Jews!”

 19 They struck his head with a reed, spat upon him, 

and knelt down in homage to him. 

20 After mocking him, they stripped him of the purple cloak 

and put his own clothes on him. 

Then they led him out to crucify him.

The Mocking continues … at the cross ….

25 It was nine o’clock in the morning when they crucified him.

26 The inscription of the charge against him read, “The King of the Jews.”

27 And with him they crucified two bandits, one on his right and one on his left.

 29 Those who passed by derided him, shaking their heads and saying, 

“Aha! You who would destroy the temple and build it in three days,

 30 save yourself, and come down from the cross!”

 31 In the same way the chief priests, along with the scribes, were also mocking him among themselves and saying, “He saved others; he cannot save himself.

 32 Let the Messiah,  the King of Israel, come down from the cross now, 

so that we may see and believe.” 

Those who were crucified with him also taunted him.

Mark 10 Jesus teaches the twelve about the meaning of his coming suffering and death as being about service not power

32 They were on the road, going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was walking ahead of them; they were amazed, and those who followed were afraid. He took the twelve aside again and began to tell them what was to happen to him, 33 saying, “See, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be handed over to the chief priests and the scribes, and they will condemn him to death; then they will hand him over to the Gentiles; 34 they will mock him, and spit upon him, and flog him, and kill him; and after three days he will rise again.”

The Request of James and John

35 James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came forward to him and said to him, “Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you.” 36 And he said to them, “What is it you want me to do for you?” 37 And they said to him, “Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory.” 38 But Jesus said to them, “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?” 39 They replied, “We are able.” Then Jesus said to them, “The cup that I drink you will drink; and with the baptism with which I am baptized, you will be baptized; 40 but to sit at my right hand or at my left is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared.”

41 When the ten heard this, they began to be angry with James and John. 42 So Jesus called them and said to them, “You know that among the Gentiles those whom they recognize as their rulers lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over them. 43 But it is not so among you; but whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant, 44 and whoever wishes to be first among you must be slave of all. 45 For the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.”


 Matthew 23:11-12 “The greatest among you will be your servant. All who exalt themselves will be humbled, and all who humble themselves will be exalted.”


INTERCESSIONS:   We lovingly remember the sufferings  of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which we have been healed

R/ By the merits of your Son, hear us, Lord.

Various intercessions will be prayed and time will be left for all those joining online to offer their own private intercessions …




PRAYER before Benediction:

O God, who in this wonderful Sacrament 
have left us a memorial of your Passion, 
grant us, we pray, 
so to revere the sacred mysteries of your Body and Blood that we may always experience in ourselves 
the fruits of your redemption, Who live and reign with God the Father 
in the unity of the Holy Spirit, 
one God, for ever and ever. 




Blessed be God. 

Blessed be his holy name. 

Blessed be Jesus Christ, true God and true man. 

Blessed be the name of Jesus. 

Blessed be his most Sacred Heart. 

Blessed be his most precious blood. 

Blessed be Jesus in the most holy sacrament of the altar. 

Blessed be the Holy Spirit, the Paraclete. 

Blessed be the great Mother of God, Mary most holy. 

Blessed be her holy and immaculate conception. 

Blessed be her glorious assumption. 

Blessed be the name of Mary, Virgin and Mother. 

Blessed be Saint Joseph, her most chaste spouse. 

Blessed be God in his angels and in his saints. 


Concluding Prayer

Let us pray, 

Stay with us, Lord Jesus, as we go on our way;

be our companion on our way. 

In your mercy, inflame our hearts and raise our hope, 

so that, in union with our sisters and brothers, 

we may recognize you in the scriptures 

and in the breaking of bread. 

You live and reign with God the Father in the unity of the Holy Spirit, 

God for ever and ever. Amen.

BLESSING:                May the Lord bless us, protect us from all evil and bring us to everlasting life. Amen. 

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