I. Emmerich . Passion . Meditation . 1 . Preparations for The Pasch . The Voynich Manuscript

The Meal at Simon’s, Francken le Jeune, 1637, Antwerp

Holy Thursday, The 13th Nisan, 29th of March.

Yesterday evening it was that the last great public repast of our Lord and His friends took place in the house of Simon the Leper, at Bethania, and Mary Magdalen for the last time anointed the feet of Jesus with precious ointment. Judas was scandalised upon this occasion, and hastened forthwith to Jerusalem again to conspire with the high-priests for the betrayal of Jesus into their hands.

After the repast, Jesus returned to the house of Lazarus, and some of the Apostles went to the inn situated beyond Bethania. During the night Nicodemus again came to Lazarus' house, had a long conversation with our Lord, and returned before daylight to Jerusalem, being accompanied part of the way by Lazarus. The disciples had already asked Jesus where He would eat the Pasch.
To-day, before dawn, our Lord sent for Peter, James, and John, spoke to them at some length concerning all they had to prepare and order at Jerusalem, and told them that when ascending Mount Sion, they would meet the man carrying a pitcher of water.

They were already well acquainted with this man, for at the last Pasch, at Bethania, it had been he who prepared the meal for Jesus, and this is why St. Matthew says: a certain man. They were to follow him home, and say to him: the Master saith, My time is near at hand, with thee I make the Pasch with my disciples. They were than to be shown the supper-room, and make all necessary preparations. I saw the Apostles ascending towards Jerusalem, along a ravine, to the south of the Temple, and in the direction of the north side of Sion.

On the southern side of the mountain on which the Temple stood, there were some rows of houses; and they walked opposite these houses, following the stream of an intervening torrent. When they had reached the summit of Mount Sion, which is higher than the mountain of the Temple, they turned their steps towards the south, and, just at the beginning of a small ascent, met the man who had been named to them; they followed and spoke to him as Jesus had commanded. He was much gratified by their words, and answered, that a supper had already been ordered to be prepared at his house (probably by Nicodemus), but that he had not been aware for whom, and was delighted to learn that it was for Jesus.

This man's name was Heli, and he was the brother-in-law of Zachary of Hebron, in whose house Jesus had in the preceding year announced the death of John the Baptist. He had only one son, who was a Levite, and a friend of St. Luke, before the latter was called by our Lord, and five daughters, all of whom were unmarried. He went up every year with his servants for the festival of the Pasch, hired a room and prepared the Pasch for persons who had no friend in the town to lodge with.This year he had hired a supper-room which belonged to Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathea. He showed the two Apostles its position and interior arrangement.



  1. Preparations for The Pasch
  2. The Supper-Room
  3. Arrangements for eating The Paschal Lamb
  4. The Chalice used at The Last Supper
  5. Jesus goes up to Jerusalem
  6. The Last Pasch
  7. The washing of the feet
  8. Institution of The Holy Eucharist
  9. Private Instructions and Consecrations
  1. Jesus in The Garden of Olives
  2. Judas and his band
  3. Jesus is Arrested
  4. Means employed by the enemies of Jesus for carrying out their designs against Him
  5. A Glance at Jerusalem
  6. Jesus before Annas
  7. The Tribunal of Caiphas
  8. Jesus before Caiaphas
  9. The insults received by Jesus in the Courts of Ciaphas
  10. The Denial of Saint Peter
  11. Mary in the House of Ciaphas
  12. Jesus confined in the subterranean Prison
  13. The Morning Trial 
  14. The despair of Judas
  15. Jesus is taken before Pilate
  16. Description of Pilate’s Palace and the adjacent Buildings
  17. Jesus before Pilate
  18. The Origin of the Way of the Cross
  19. Pilate and his Wife
  20. Jesus before Herod
  21. Jesus led back from the Court of Herod to that of Pilate
  22. The Scourging
  23. Mary, during the Flagellation of Our Lord
  24. Interruption of the Visions of the Passion by the Appearance of St. Joseph under the form of a Child
  25. Description of the personal appearance of the blessed virgin
  26. The Crowning with Thorns
  27. Ecce Homo
  28. Reflections on the Visions
  29. Jesus condemned to be Crucified
  30. The carrying of The Cross
  31. The first Fall of Jesus
  32. The Second Fall of Jesus
  33. Simon of Cyrene to Third Fall of Jesus
  34. The Veil of Veronica
  35. The Fourth and Fifth Falls of Jesus . The Daughters of Jerusalem
  36. Jesus on Mount Golgotha
  37. The Departure of Mary and The Holy Women of Calvary
  38. The Nailing of Jesus to The Cross
  39. Erection of The Cross
  40. Crucifixion of The Thieves
  41. Jesus hanging on the Cross between two Thieves
  42. First Word of Jesus on The Cross
  43. Eclipse of the Sun to Second and Third Word of Jesus on the Cross
  44. The Fear felt by The Inhabitants of Jerusalem . Fourth Word of Jesus on The Cross
  45. Fifth, sixth, and seventh Words of Jesus on the Cross . His Death
  46. The Earthquake . Apparitions of the Dead in Jerusalem
  47. The Request of Joseph of Arimathea to be allowed to have the Body of Jesus
  48. The Opening Of the Side of Jesus . Death of the two Thieves
  49. A Description of Some Parts of Ancient Jerusalem
  50. The Descent from The Cross
  51. The Embalming of The Body of Jesus
  52. The Body of Our Lord Placed in The Sepulchre
  53. The Return from The Sepulchre . Joseph of Arimathea Is Put in Prison
  54. On The Name of Calvary
  55. The Cross and The Wine-Press
  56. Apparitions on Occasion of The Death of Jesus
  57. Guards Are Placed around The Tomb of Jesus
  58. A Glance at The Disciples of Jesus on Holy Saturday
  59. A Detached Account of The Descent into Hell
  60. The Eve of The Resurrection
  61. Joseph of Arimathea Miraculously Set at Large
  62. The Night of The Resurrection
  63. The Resurrection of Our Lord
  64. The Holy Women at The Sepulchre
  65. The Relation Which was Given by The Sentinels Who Were Placed around The Sepulchre
  66. The End of The Lenten Meditations
  67. Detached account of Longinus
  68. Detached Account of Abenada
  69. The End


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