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The Agony of Christ in the Garden (Athos) Icon - F254


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"Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane and said to the disciples, ‘Sit here while I go over there and pray.’ And taking Peter and the two sons of Zebedee he began to grow sorrowful and distressed. Then Jesus said to them, ‘My soul is very sorrowful, even to death. Stay here and watch with me.’ And going forward a little way he fell on his face and prayed, saying, ‘My father, if it is possible let this cup pass me by. But not as I wish, but as you do.’ An angel appeared to him from heaven to strengthen him. And being in agony he prayed more fervently; while his sweat became like drops of blood falling to the ground. And rising from prayer he came to his disciples and found them asleep, and he said to Peter, ‘So, were you unable to watch with me for one hour? Watch and pray that you may not enter the time of trial. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.’ Then he went away a second time and prayed, saying, ‘If this cup cannot pass me by unless I drink it, your will be done.’ And he came and found them sleeping again, for their eyes were heavy. And leaving them he went away again and prayed a third time, saying the same words. Then he comes to his disciples and says to them, ‘Sleep now, and rest! See, the moment has come and the Son of Man is being betrayed into the hands of sinners. Rise up, let us be going. See, the one who betrays me has come.’"

(From the Vesperal Divine Liturgy of Holy Thursday in the Orthodox tradition.)

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