Another Agony

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Another Agony In the Garden by Phillipe Champlaine. I seriously doubt any of the masters could have captured the true agony.

I prefer not to post the medical examiner’s results of the crucifixion here but focus in the risen Lord. But I have read them. The last thing is suffocation. As the saying goes, it may be Friday but Sunday is coming.

In the Catholic tradition, Matthew 26:40 is the basis of the Holy Hour devotion for Eucharistic adoration. “Then He said to them, ‘My soul is very sorrowful even to death; remain here, and watch with Me.'” Matthew 26:38 Coming to the disciples, He found them sleeping and, in Matthew 26:40, asked Peter:

“So, could you not watch with Me one hour?”

The tradition of the Holy Hour devotion dates back to 1673 when Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque stated that she had a vision of Jesus in which she was instructed to spend an hour every Thursday night to meditate on the suffering of Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane.

Hematidrosis is a condition in which capillary blood vessels that feed the sweat glands rupture, causing them to exude blood, occurring under conditions of extreme physical or emotional stress. Severe mental anxiety activates the sympathetic nervous system to invoke the stress- Fight-or-flight response to such a degree as to cause hemorrhage of the vessels supplying the sweat glands. It has been suggested that acute fear and extreme stress can cause hematidrosis, I would say that is a possible explanation of Luke’s description of Christ, he was a physician.

Though that term was not in use, I have heard that His heart was exploding, but that would have probably killed Him and it was not time. When it was pierced, blood and water came forth and even the centurion, said He was the Son of God.

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