The Agony in the GardenThese meditations are taken from "The City of God", by Venerable Mary of Agreda (Spain) and are used with permission of JMJ Book Co. Necedah, Wisconsin, USA. Our Lady is alleged to have appeared to Venerable Mary daily over a period of approx. 10 years, instructing her to write the story of the lives of Jesus and Mary. A condensed version of the "City of God", which itself is 4 volumes, (over 1600 pages) is called "Divine Mysteries of the Most Holy Rosary", and costs just $6.00. One of the best books on the Rosary that I have ever read.
Following the Last Supper, Jesus left the house of the Cenacle, and followed by His Apostles, made His way to Mount Olivet and entered the Garden of Gethsemani.
Then He said to all the Apostles,`Wait for me while I go a short distance to pray.'
Then taking with Him Peter, James and John, He retired to another place.
He raised His eyes up to the Eternal Father confessing Him and praising Him, as was His custom.
In this prayer Christ offered Himself anew to the Eternal Father in satisfaction of His Justice for the rescue of the human race, and He gave consent that all the torments of His Passion and Death be let loose over that part of His Human Being which was capable of suffering.
And immediately He began to feel sorrowful, and said,`My Soul is sorrowful unto Death'
He threw Himself on the ground, face down, and prayed,`Father, if it is possible, let this chalice pass from Me'.
His agony increased to such an extent, that great drops of bloody sweat were pressed from Him, and flowed to the earth.
Three times He returned to His Apostles whom He had instructed to pray and found them sleeping.
On the third occasion He said,`It is enough:the hour is come. Behold the Son of Man shall be betrayed into the hands of sinners.