, caelestis medice, recordare languoris, livoris, et doloris, quos in alto crucis patibulo levatus, passus es in omnibus dilaceratis membris tuis, quorum nullum in statu recte permanserat, ita ut nullus dolor similis tuo dolori inveniretur, quia a planta pedis usque ad verticem capitis non fuit in te sanitas, et tamen omnium doloris immemor, Patrem pro inimicis pie exorasti, dicens: !Heavenly Physician, raised aloft on the Cross to heal our wounds with Thine, remember the bruises which Thou didst suffer and the weakness of all Thy Members which were distended to such a degree that never was there pain like unto Thine.From the crown of Thy Head to the Soles of Thy Feet there was not one spot on Thy Body that was sound, and yet, forgetting all Thy sufferings, Thou didst not cease to pray to Thy Heavenly Father for Thy enemies, saying: "Father forgive them for they know not what they do." , vera libertas angelorum, paradisus deliciarum, memento moeroris et horroris quos sustinebas cum omnes inimici tui quasi leones ferocissimi te circumsteterunt et colaphizationibus, conspuitionibus, ungulationibus, ceterisque poenis inauditis te molestaverunt. True liberty of angels, Paradise of delights, remember the horror and sadness which Thou didst endure when Thy enemies, like furious lions, surrounded Thee, and tormented Thee with insults, spits, blows, lacerations and other unheard-of-cruelties.Per has poenas et per omnia contumeliosa verba, durissimaque tormenta, quibus te Domine Iesu Christe, omnes inimici afflixerunt, deprecor te ut liberes me ab omnibus inimicis meis visibilibus et invisibilibus, et dones me sub umbra alarum tuarum ad perfectionem salutis aeternae pervenire. In mind of these punishments, spiteful words and harsh torments, which Thine enemies afflicted upon Thee, I beseech Thee, Lord Jesus Christ, to deliver me from all my enemies visible and invisible, and to bring me under Thy protection to the perfection of eternal salvation. , speculum claritatis aeternae, memento illius moeroris quem habuisti quando in speculo serenissimae maiestatis tuae conspexisti praedestinationem electorum tuorum per merita tuae Passionis salvandorum et reprobationem malorum per sua demerita damnandorum, et per abyssum miserationis tuae, qua nobis perditis peccatoribus et desperatis tunc condoluisti, et quam latroni in cruce exhibuisti dicens. Mirror of eternal splendor, be mindful of the sadness which Thou experienced when Thou beheldst in the mirror of Thy clear majesty the predestination of those who would be saved by the merits of Thy saving Passion and the great multitude of reprobates who would be damned for their sins." Rogo te, piissime Iesu, per gladium doloris, qui tunc eius animam pertransivit, ut compatiaris mihi in omnibus tribulationibus et afflictionibus meis corporalibus et spiritualibus, et da mihi consolationem in tempore tribulationis, et in hora mortis meae. I beg of Thee, O most sweet Jesus, by the sword of sorrow which pierced the soul of Thy holy Mother, to have compassion on me in all my afflictions and tribulations, both corporal and spiritual, and to grant me consolation in all my trials, and especially at the hour of my death. , scilicet salutem generis humani, accende, quaeso, cordium nostrorum desideria ad omne opus perfectum, et sitim carnalis concupiscentiae, aestum mundanae delectationis in nobis penitus refrigera et exstingue. " and suffered from the thirst for the salvation of the human race, I beseech Thee, inflame in our hearts the desire to tend toward perfection in all our acts; and to extinguish in us the concupiscence of the flesh and the ardor of worldly desires. , dulcedo cordium, ingensque suavitas mentium, per amaritudinem aceti et fellis, quam pro nobis degustasti, in hora mortis nostrae, concede nobis Corpus et Sanguinem tuum digne percipere ad remedium et consolationem animarum nostrarum. Royal virtue, joy of the mind, recall the anguish and sorrow Thou didst endure at the approach of death, when filled with bitterness, insulted, and outraged by the Jews, Thou didst cry out in a loud voice that Thou wert abandoned by Thy Father, saying: "My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken me? Who art the beginning and end of all things, life and strength for all time, remember that for our sakes Thou was plunged into the waters of Thy Passion from the soles of Thy Feet to the crown of Thy Head. Deep abyss of mercy, I beg of Thee, on account of the depths of Thy Wounds which penetrated to the very marrow of Thy Bones and Thy being, draw me, who is immersed in sin, out of my sins and to hide me in Thy Wounds away from the face of Thy wrath until Thy anger shall have passed. , veritatis speculum, signum unitatis, caritatisque vinculum, memento multitudinis innumerabilium vulnerum tuorum, quibus a summo capitis usque ad imum pedis vulneratus fuisti, et sanctissimo Sanguine tuo rubricatus, quam magnitudinem doloris in virginea carne tua pertulisti pro nobis!" By this anguish, I beg of Thee, not to abandon us in our anguish, O Lord God. , abyssus profundissima misericordiae, rogo te propter profunditatem vulnerum tuorum, quae pertransierunt medullam ossium ac viscerum tuorum, ut me submersum in peccatis emergas, abscondasque me in foraminibus vulnerum tuorum a facie irae tuae, donec pertranseat furor tuus, Domine. Pie Iesu quid ultra debuisti facere et non fecisti? Mirror of Truth, symbol of unity, bond of Charity, remember the innumerable multitude of wounds with which Thou was covered from head to foot, torn and reddened by the spilling of Thy most holy Blood, how great the sorrows which Thou didst suffer in Thy virginal Flesh for us!Sweetest Jesus, what more is there that Thou couldst have done for us which Thou hast not done?Inscribe, I beseech Thee, sweet Jesus, all Thy wounds upon my heart with Thy most precious Blood so that I may read in them Thy sorrows and death and continually persevere in thanksgiving until the end. Strong Lion, Immortal and Invincible King, remember the pain which Thou didst endure when all Thy strength, both moral and physical, was entirely exhausted, Thou didst bow Thy Head, saying: "It is done! Only begotten Son of the Father, splendor and figure of His Substance, remember the commendation Thou didst make of Thy Spirit to Thy Father, saying: "Into Thy Hands, O Lord, I commend My Spirit!
The second function of the prayers is to excite the reader to a greater sense of sorrow for his sins and to motivate him to a greater love of Jesus who suffered so much for our sake. Sometime after their composition a list of promises unfortunately became attached to these prayers.Remember all the fear, anguish and pain that Thou didst suffer in Thy delicate Body before the Passion of Thy Crucifixion, when, after having prayed three times bathed in a sweat of blood, Thou wast betrayed by Judas, Thy disciple, arrested by the chosen people, accused by false witnesses, unjustly judged by three judges in the chosen city during the Pascal season and in the flower of Thy youth, condemned, despoiled of Thy garments and clothed in strange garments, beaten, Thy Face and Eyes veiled, buffeted with blows, tied to a pillar, scourged, crowned with thorns, struck on the head with a reed, and wounded with innumerable other outrages.O Lord God, I beseech Thee, in memory of all these pains and sufferings which Thou didst endure before Thy Passion on the Cross, grant me before my death true contrition, a sincere and entire Confession, worthy satisfaction, and the remission of all my sins. , mundi fabricator, quem nulla dimensio vero in termino metitur, qui terram palmo concludis, recordare amarissimi doloris tui quem sustinebas cum Iudaei sanctissimas manus tuas ad crucem obtusis clavis primo afflixerunt, et ad perforandum delicatissimos pedes tuos, cum non esses conveniens voluntati eorum, dolorem super dolorem vulneribus tuis addiderunt, et sic te crudeliter distraxerunt et extenderunt in longum et latum crucis tuae, ut dissolverentur compages membrorum tuorum. Creator of Heaven and earth Whom nothing can encompass or limit, Thou Who dost hold the earth in the palm of Thy hand, remember the very bitter pain Thou didst suffer when the Jews nailed Thy Sacred Hands to the Cross with the first blunt nail, and perforated Thy delicate Feet, and not finding Thee in a pitiable enough state to satisfy their rage, they enlarged Thy Wounds, and added pain to pain, and with indescribable cruelty stretched Thy Body on the Cross, pulled Thee from all sides, thus dislocating Thy Limbs. They were composed some time after her death, most likely in the 15th century by English mystics of the Brigittine order.They were quite popular during the late Middle Ages and were a frequent item in many a Medieval prayer book.The prayers serve a twofold purpose, a catechetical one and a penitential one.