Ecce Homo

Perpetual Novena to Our Lord Jesus Christ, Ecce Homo

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

May the glorious passion of our Lord Jesus Christ

+ bring us to the joys of paradise. Amen.

Perpetual Novena Prayer

Lord Jesus Christ, true God and true Man, our first parents Adam and Eve disobeyed the will of the Father and so sin and death entered the world. By your obedience to the will of the Father, you willingly underwent your Passion and Death for the salvation of Mankind and through your glorious Resurrection has accomplished our redemption.  As we make this Novena, we remember the many sufferings you have endured for us. We particularly recall the humiliations you endured when Pilate abandoned you to the crowd by saying: “Ecce Homo: Behold the Man you are demanding to be crucified, I wash my hands of this man’s blood.” Pilate handed you over to the crowd even though he knew that you were innocent and washed his hands to absolve himself of your blood. Grant O Lord, that amidst the many uncertainties of our life on earth, we may be courageous enough to stand for what is true and just in our society. Through your Most Holy Passion, we beseech you to grant us the graces we need this day: (mention your petition).  Through your Most Holy Wounds, heal us of all our infirmities and give us health of mind, body and soul and through your Most Glorious Passion, bring us all to the joys of Paradise. Amen.

The Litany of the Passion

Lord, have mercy on us.

Christ, have mercy on us.

Lord, have mercy on us.

Christ, hear us.

Christ, graciously hear us.

God, the Father in heaven, have mercy on us.

God, the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us.

God, the Holy Spirit, have mercy on us.

Jesus, brought before Annas and Caiphas, have mercy on us.

Jesus, accused by false witnesses, have mercy on us.

Jesus, declared guilty of death, have mercy on us.

Jesus, thrice denied by Peter, have mercy on us.

Jesus, delivered up to Pilate, have mercy on us.

Jesus, despised and mocked by Herod, have mercy on us.

Jesus, clothed in a white garment, have mercy on us.

Jesus, rejected for Barabbas, have mercy on us.

Jesus, torn with scourges, have mercy on us.

Jesus, bruised for our sin, have mercy on us.

Jesus, crowned with thorns, have mercy on us.

Jesus, demanded for crucifixion by the Jews, have mercy on us.

Jesus, loaded with the heavy weight of the Cross, have mercy on us.

Jesus, led like a sheep to the slaughter, have mercy on us.

Jesus, stripped of Thy garments, have mercy on us.

Jesus, fastened with nails to the cross, have mercy on us.

Jesus, promising Paradise to the penitent thief, have mercy on us.

Jesus, commending the beloved disciple to Thy Mother as her son, have mercy on us.

Jesus, obedient even to the death of the Cross, have mercy on us.

Jesus, pierced with a lance, have mercy on us.

Jesus, taken down from the Cross, have mercy on us.

Jesus, laid in the sepulcher, have mercy on us.

Jesus, rising gloriously from the dead, have mercy on us.

Jesus, ascending into Heaven, have mercy on us.

Jesus, our advocate with the Father, have mercy on us, have mercy on us.

Jesus, who will come to judge the living and the dead, have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, spare us, O Lord.

Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, graciously hear us, O Lord.

Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, have mercy on us, O Lord.

Christ, hear us.

Christ, graciously hear us.

V. We adore you, O Christ, and praise you:

R. Because by the Holy Cross you have redeemed the world.

Let us pray.

Almighty and eternal God, who has appointed your only-begotten Son to be the Savior of the world through his Passion, Death and Resurrection, grant that we may so venerate this price of our salvation, and by its might be so defended upon on earth from the evils of this present life, that in Heaven we may rejoice in its everlasting fruit. Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, world without end. Amen.

Closing Prayer

Lord Jesus Christ, you are the Sinless Innocent One, yet you willingly took upon yourself all the sins of humanity: past, present and future. For our sake, you willingly accepted death, death on the Cross. You are our Merciful Savior, who unlike Pilate, will not wash your hands of us nor will you condemn us. Look upon us poor sinners who humbly beg for your forgiveness for our many sins and iniquities. Grant that we may be merciful and compassionate to our fellowmen as you are merciful and compassionate to us. Look upon us redeemed by your Most Precious Blood and saved by your loving obedience to the will of the Father: grant that we too, following your example, may be obedient and open to the will of the Father in heaven. Grant the prayers and petitions that we, your brothers and sisters, present to you this day. At the end of our journey here on earth, may we be numbered among the saints and blessed in heaven where you live and reign together with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

This perpetual novena to the Ecce Homo was composed by the Commission on Liturgy of the Augustinian Province of Santo Niño de Cebu – Philippines (Tagalog and Cebuano translations are also available). The Novena drew heavily on the humiliations endured by our Lord Jesus Christ on his trial by Pilate who washed his hands clean of our Savior’s blood after handing him over to the crowd to be crucified. It was Pilate who uttered the words: ECCE HOMO which in English means BEHOLD THE MAN. The Novena also stresses that it was Jesus Christ’s obedience to the will of the Father that has ultimately undone the disobedience of our first parents Adam and Eve and gained for humanity its redemption and salvation. The Traditional Litany of the Passion was shortened to emphasize the important events in our Lord’s Passion.

Nihil Obstat: Rev. Msgr. Alex Ramon C. Amante, SThD
Imprimatur: Most Rev. Buenaventura M. Famadico, DD, Bishop of San Pablo

Ecce Homo

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