Three Hours' Agony

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The Three Hours' Agony (also known as the Tre Ore,The Great Three Hours, or Three Hours' Devotion) is a Christian service held in some Roman Catholic, Lutheran, Anglican and Methodist churches on Good Friday from noon till 3 o'clock to commemorate the three hours of Christ's hanging at the cross. [1]

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It may include meditation on the seven sayings of Jesus on the cross, [2] and usually occurs between noon and 3PM (at which time the Liturgy of the Lord's Passion begins), [1] and sometimes between 6PM and 9PM. [3]

Sayings of Jesus on the cross 7 sayings of Jesus in the Gospels: “[…] forgive them, for they do not know […]“; “[…] you will be with me in paradise”; “[…] behold your son […]”; “[…] why have you forsaken me?”; “I thirst”; “It is finished”; “[…]

The Sayings of Jesus on the cross are seven expressions biblically attributed to Jesus during his crucifixion. Traditionally, the brief sayings have been called "words". They are gathered from the four Canonical Gospels. Three of the sayings appear only in the Gospel of Luke and three only in the Gospel of John. The other saying appears both in the Gospel of Matthew and the Gospel of Mark. In Matthew and Mark, Jesus cries out to God. In Luke, he forgives his killers, reassures the penitent thief, and commends his spirit to the Father. In John, he speaks to his mother, says he thirsts, and declares the end of his earthly life.

The Jesuit priest Alphonsus Messia (died 1732) is said to have devised this devotion in Lima, Peru. It was introduced to Rome around 1788 and spread around the world to many Christian denominations. [1] In 1815, Pope Pius VII decreed a plenary indulgence to those who practise this devotion on Good Friday. [4]

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  1. 1 2 3 The United Methodist Book of Worship: Regular Edition Black. United Methodist Publishing House. 2016. p. 365. ISBN   9781426735004.
  2. Sermons on the Three Hours’ Agony at
  3. Divozione alle tre ore dell'agonia di Gesù Cristo nostro redentore...
  4. Raccolta - Jesus Crucified

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