Three Hours' Agony
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.
It may include meditation on the seven sayings of Jesus on the cross, and usually occurs between noon and 3PM (at which time the Liturgy of the Lord's Passion begins), and sometimes between 6PM and 9PM.
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. In 1815, Pope Pius VII decreed a plenary indulgence to those who practise this devotion on Good Friday.
- The United Methodist Book of Worship: Regular Edition Black. United Methodist Publishing House. 2016. p. 365. ISBN 9781426735004.
- Sermons on the Three Hours’ Agony at CatholicCulture.org
- Divozione alle tre ore dell'agonia di Gesù Cristo nostro redentore...
- Raccolta - Jesus Crucified
- The three hours' agony of Our Lord Jesus Christ: given at the church of Our Lady of Lourdes, New York, Good Friday
- English text: "The devotion of the three hours' agony on Good Friday"
- Spanish text: Devoción a las tres horas de la agonía de Cristo nuestro Redentor..., 1782
- Italian text: Divozione alle tre ore dell'agonia di Gesù Cristo nostro redentore...
|This Catholic Church-related article is a stub. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it.|