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Jesus Agonizes in the Garden

Jesus Prays in the Garden

Although in the midst of a lush garden with his disciples close by, Jesus has never been so alone. The sleeping men, the tall trees, even the dawn light silhouetting His figure, are part of a stillness that heightens our sense of His isolation.

Dore, Gustave (1832-83)

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Thursday Night / Friday Morning

Matthew 26:39-45

39Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, "My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will."

40Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. "Could you men not keep watch with me for one hour?" he asked Peter. 41"Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak."

42He went away a second time and prayed, "My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done."

43When he came back, he again found them sleeping, because their eyes were heavy. 44So he left them and went away once more and prayed the third time, saying the same thing.

45Then he returned to the disciples and said to them, "Are you still sleeping and resting? Look, the hour is near, and the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. 46Rise, let us go! Here comes my betrayer!"

Friday ~5am

Judas Betrays Jesus

Matthew 26:47-55