Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Prayer found at the tomb of Jesus Christ our Risen Lord

The following Prayer was found in the tomb of our Lord Jesus Christ in the year 803 and was sent from the Pope to the Emperor Charles as he was going to battle, for safety. They who repeat it every day, or hear it repeated or keep it about them shall never die a sudden death, nor be drowned in water, nor shall poison have any effect on them, and if read over a woman in labour she will be delivered safely, and be a glad mother, and when the child is born lay this on his or her right side, and he or she shall not be troubled with any misfortunes, and if you see any one in fits, lay it on his or her right side, and he or she shall stand up and thank the Lord. They who shall repeat it in any house shall be blessed by the Lord and he that will laugh at it will suffer; believe this for certain, it is true as the holy Evangelist had written it they who keep it about them shall not fear the lightning or thunder,and they who shall repeat it every day shall have three days warning, before death.


O Adorable Lord and Saviour JESUS CHRIST dying on the gallows tree for our sins,
O holy Cross of JESUS see me in my thoughts;
O holy Cross of JESUS ward off from me all weapons of danger;
O holy Cross of JESUS ward off from me all that are evil;
O holy Cross of JESUS protect me from my enemies;
O holy Cross of JESUS ward off from me a dangerous death, and give always life;
O Crucified JESUS of Nazareth, have mercy on me now and forever;
In Honour of Lord JESUS CHRIST, and in Honour of his Sacred Passion, and in honour of his Holy Resurrection and God like ascension, which he likes to bring me right to Heaven.
True as  JESUS CHRIST was born on Christmas day in the stable;
True as  JESUS CHRIST was Crucified on Mount Calvary on Good Friday;
True as the Three Wise Kings brought their offerings on the thirteenth day;
True as he ascended into Heaven so the honour of Jesus will keep me from enemies visible and invisible now and for evermore.
O Lord JESUS, have mercy on me,
Mary and Joseph, pray for me.
Nicodemus and Joseph who took our Lord down from the Cross and buried him, pray for me.
O Lord JESUS CHRIST through thy sufferings, for truly Your soul was parting out of this sinful world, give grace that I may carry my Cross patiently without dread and fear when I suffer without complaining and that through thy sufferings I may escape all dangers now and for evermore.

In the Name of the FATHER, and of the SON and of the HOLY SPIRIT.

1. Entrance to outer room, hewn in rock.
Entrance to the tomb.

 2. Low threshold to graves. 
A step down to the right half of the tomb, which is slightly lower than the left half.

 3. Short low rock walls.

  4. Finished loculus (burial place).
Where Jesus' body laid for 3 days.

 5. Pillow cut in rock.
Rocky mass had been smoothed and sloped into a pillow for the head.

 6. Weeping chamber.
Flat area intended for the mourners to sit and mourn while looking at the body on the other side of the short rock walls.

 7. Rough ledge.

 8. Unfinished loculus (burial place).
John 19:41 states that Jesus was laid in "a new tomb in which no one had yet been laid."

9. Small window.
 Covered when the stone door is rolled into place.

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