My Jesus, Mercy!

Veneration of the Crown of Thorns in Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris.
Photo taken by me in November 2013.

MY JESUS, MERCY !

You have mercifully allowed wounding blows
to be dealt to you
in order to heal my wounds,
in order to give me peace;
Oh! for the sake of my blessing you have
let a curse be laid upon yourself:
Thousands and thousands of times to you,
dearest Jesus, be thanks given for that.

They have cruelly derided you,
they have abused you,
they have even crowned you with thorns;
What moved you to allow that?
So that you might cheer me,
and crown me with honor:
Thousands and thousands of times to you,
dearest Jesus, be thanks given for that.

– Exceprt from a German poem on the Passion

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