Stations of the Cross - Station 3

Posted on the 2nd April 2021 in the category Resources


Jesus falls the first time

Read the Scripture

 

We adore You, O Christ, and we bless You.

Because by Your holy cross You have redeemed the world.

 

from the book of the Prophet Isaiah 53.4-6

Surely he has borne our infirmities

   and carried our diseases;

yet we accounted him stricken,

   struck down by God, and afflicted.

But he was wounded for our transgressions,

   crushed for our iniquities;

upon him was the punishment that made us whole,

   and by his bruises we are healed.

All we like sheep have gone astray;

   we have all turned to our own way,

and the Lord has laid on him

   the iniquity of us all.

 

Thanks be to God.


 

Meditate on the Scripture

 

We are called to contemplate Jesus the victim of our sin, a real figure and a tangible sign of every man and woman mistreated and disfigured for the sins of others. Assuming the condition of the defenseless prophet, Christ wants to force us to open our eyes to the blinding reality of misery. If our conversion – the opening of our eyes – is genuine, and it is the fruit of the love and the forgiveness of the Crucified One, it will also provoke a social transformation in the world and the people around us. 

 

 

Pray to the Lord

 

We raise our prayer to the Saviour, who came not to be served but to serve, and lay down His life as a ransom for many.

Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy … [Kyrie eleison. Kyrie eleison. …]

 

Lord Jesus, servant of God, hope of peoples and light of nations: Lord, have mercy. … [Kyrie eleison. …]

 

Lord Jesus, who have borne our griefs and carried our sorrows: Lord, have mercy. … [Kyrie eleison. …]

 

Lord Jesus, who speak to our fears and calm our anxieties: Lord, have mercy. … [Kyrie eleison. …]

 

 

Contemplate …

 

This is the time when Christ visits the soul.

 

 

Store up the Lord’s word to you

 

Holy Father, who keep Your promises over the centuries, raise up wounded humanity, oppressed by so many evils, and open our hearts to hope; through Christ our Lord.

 

O holy Mary pray for us:  that the wounds your Son endured, which pierced your soul also,

may be imprinted in our hearts, and revealed in lives of mercy and peace.

 


2021 Stations of the Cross - Station 3


Stations of the Cross - Station 4

Posted on the 2nd April 2021 in the category Resources


Jesus meets His Mother

Read the Scripture

 

We adore You, O Christ, and we bless You.

Because by Your holy cross You have redeemed the world.

 

from the Gospel according to St Luke 2.34-35, 51

Then Simeon blessed them and said to His mother Mary, ‘This child is destined for the falling and the rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be opposed so that the inner thoughts of many will be revealed—and a sword will pierce your own soul too.’ Then He went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was obedient to them. His mother treasured all these things in her heart.

 

from the Gospel according to St John 19.25-27

Standing near the cross of Jesus were His mother, and His mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw His mother and the disciple whom He loved standing beside her, He said to His mother, ‘Woman, here is your son.’ Then He said to the disciple, ‘Here is your mother.’ And from that hour the disciple took her into his own home.

 

Thanks be to God.

 


 

Meditate on the Scripture

 

‘When the Son of man comes, will He find faith on earth?’ Yes He finds it here, in her! Where He has always found faith: faith resisting darkness. In His final hours, she and her faith are His great consolation. We need that eye of faith too, to contemplate the mystery of the passion, to contemplate great and essential realities in the midst of upheaval. Jesus’s eucharistic love – that is, His crucified love – is the supremely necessary reality that gives us the key to understanding and reordering everything else. It is the only reality from which all the others receive light and clarity. Mary had the essential eye for these things. May she, the Mother of the Man of Sorrows, intercede for us, and teach us the way of faith. 

 

 

Pray to the Lord

 

Let us pray to the Lord that, through Mary’s intercession, our eyes may be opened to the wonders of His law.

Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy … [Kyrie eleison. Kyrie eleison. …]

 

Lord Jesus, who have walked before God in the land of the living: Lord, have mercy.

 

Lord Jesus, who have given us consolation in tribulation: Lord, have mercy.

 

Lord Jesus, our master and teacher, who guides us to salvation: Lord, have mercy.

 

 

Contemplate …

 

This is the time when Christ visits the soul.

 

 

Store up the Lord’s word to you

 

Holy Father, who in the journey of Your pilgrim Church on earth, the Blessed Virgin Mary has been a luminous sign of the gifts of Your kingdom; through her intercession and example support our faith and revive our hope on the road that leads to salvation; through Christ our Lord.

 

O holy Mary pray for us:  that the wounds your Son endured, which pierced your soul also,

may be imprinted in our hearts, and revealed in lives of mercy and peace.


2021 Stations of the Cross - Station 4


Stations of the Cross - Station 5

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Jesus is helped by Simon of Cyrene

 

Read the Scripture

 

We adore You, O Christ, and we bless You.

Because by Your holy cross You have redeemed the world.

 

from the Gospel according to St Matthew 16.24; 27.32

Then Jesus told His disciples, ‘If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.

 

As they went out, they came upon a man from Cyrene named Simon; they compelled this man to carry His cross.

 

from the Gospel according to St Mark 15.21

They compelled a passer-by, who was coming in from the country, to carry His cross; it was Simon of Cyrene, the father of Alexander and Rufus.

 

from the Gospel according to St Luke 23.26

As they led him away, they seized a man, Simon of Cyrene, who was coming from the country, and they laid the cross on him, and made him carry it behind Jesus.

 

Thanks be to God.


 

Meditate on the Scripture

 

The cross is an obstacle: for those who do not have the courage to detach themselves from themselves, and to put themselves in the Father’s hands. An obstacle for those who are not willing to live solidarity with Christ and with their brothers; for those who demand automatic solutions to all problems; for those who see the pain of others as a burden to be left on the shoulders of others, rather than a challenge to closeness and empathy. For them it remains a pure symbol of mute pain. And so it is whenever we encounter the cross in our churches, or in our homes, or carry it on us without having the courage to take it up and carry it, like Simon, together with Jesus.

 

 

Pray to the Lord

 

Let us pray to the Lord of glory, who saved us by the shedding of His own blood.

Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy … [Kyrie eleison. Kyrie eleison. …]

 

Lord Jesus, that You have obtained for us reconciliation and peace: Lord, have mercy. …

 

Lord Jesus, You died once and for all and now You live for God: Lord, have mercy. …

 

Lord Jesus, Christ crucified, the power and wisdom of God: Lord, have mercy. …

 

 

Contemplate …

 

This is the time when Christ visits the soul.

 

 

Store up the Lord’s word to you

 

O God, You draw close to the suffering of mankind in Your fatherly love, and unite us to the victory of Your Son: give us patience and courage in all our trials so that we may be enlightened from the hope that saves us; through the same Christ our Lord.

 

O holy Mary pray for us:  that the wounds your Son endured, which pierced your soul also,

may be imprinted in our hearts, and revealed in lives of mercy and peace.


2021 Stations of the Cross - Station 5


Stations of the Cross - Station 6

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A woman wipes the face of Jesus

 

Read the Scripture

 

We adore You, O Christ, and we bless You.

Because by Your holy cross You have redeemed the world.

 

from the book of the Prophet Isaiah 53.2-3

For he grew up before him like a young plant,

   and like a root out of dry ground;

he had no form or majesty that we should look at him,

   nothing in his appearance that we should desire him. 

He was despised and rejected by others;

   a man of suffering and acquainted with infirmity;

and as one from whom others hide their faces

   he was despised, and we held him of no account. 

 

from St Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians 4.5-6

We do not proclaim ourselves; we proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord and ourselves as your slaves for Jesus’ sake. For it is the God who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness’, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

 

Thanks be to God.

 

Meditate on the Scripture

 

The death of Jesus on the cross proclaims that God loves us thoroughly, without limit, to the point of sacrifice and victimhood; and it assures us that the same ability to love is given to each of us. But it also invites us to reflect on how our relationships with others may be inspired by courage and loyalty, by dedication and service to others as brothers, as sisters. There are many simple realities in our daily life through which Jesus asks us, from His cross, to enter into a profound conversion of life, to kneel truthfully before the cross and grasp that such realism and faithfulness change lives.

 

 

Pray to the Lord

 

The love of the Father shines in the face of Jesus. Contemplating this truth we lift our prayers and desires to God.

Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy … [Kyrie eleison. Kyrie eleison. …]

 

Lord Jesus, who from the cross draw all men and women to Yourself: Lord, have mercy. …

 

Lord Jesus, who touch our hearts and move them to conversion: Lord, have mercy. …

 

Lord Jesus, who give the world the word of salvation: Lord, have mercy. …

 

 

Contemplate …

 

This is the time when Christ visits the soul.

 

 

Store up the Lord’s word to you

 

O God, comforter of all who are afflicted, illumine the mystery of suffering and death with the hope that shines from the face of Christ; help us to unite the great sufferings of this present time to the sufferings of Your Son, so that His power may also be revealed in us; through the same Christ our Lord.  

 

O holy Mary pray for us:  that the wounds your Son endured, which pierced your soul also,

may be imprinted in our hearts, and revealed in lives of mercy and peace.


2021 Stations of the Cross - Station 6


Stations of the Cross - Station 7

Posted on the 2nd April 2021 in the category Resources


Jesus falls the second time

 

Read the Scripture

 

We adore You, O Christ, and we bless You.

Because by Your holy cross You have redeemed the world.

 

from the Letter of St Paul to the Philippians 2.5-8

Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who, though He was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form, He humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death—even death on a cross.

 

from the book of Lamentations 3.1-2. 9, 16

I am one who has seen affliction under the rod of God’s wrath;

he has driven and brought me into darkness without any light;

he has blocked my ways with hewn stones, he has made my paths crooked.

He has made my teeth grind on gravel, and made me cower in ashes.

 

Thanks be to God.

 

Meditate on the Scripture

 

Our experience of the realities of life tell us that pain, suffering and death fill human history. Life is often lived burdened and crushed, sometimes in the dust. Jesus did not invent the cross: He like every man encountered it on his way through life, and did not encounter it first at Calvary. What He did invent – the change He made – was to make it the place and occasion of love, where love was shown, where love was seen. Thus it is that the cross has become the path to life, a message of love, a ‘heat-source’ transforming man. Such is the cross of Jesus, which first embraces each of us, and then entrusts us with a task, a duty, a mission, in our personal lives, in our family, our friendships, our acquaintances, wherever we may – and will – meet the cross.

 

 

Pray to the Lord

 

We raise our supplication to Christ who places who transform the cross of suffering into the tree of life.

Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy … [Kyrie eleison. Kyrie eleison. …]

 

Lord Jesus, You made Yourself obedient to death: Lord, have mercy. …

 

Lord Jesus, king of glory, You accepted the cross for love of humankind: Lord, have mercy. …

 

Lord Jesus, through the shedding of Your blood You bring peace to the whole world: Lord, have mercy. …

 

 

Contemplate …

 

This is the time when Christ visits the soul.

 

 

Store up the Lord’s word to you

 

O God, inexhaustible source of life, support humanity with the power of Your Spirit, so that our faith in the victory of good over evil, revealed in the cross of Your Son, may give us courage and peace; through the same Christ our Lord. 

 

O holy Mary pray for us:  that the wounds your Son endured, which pierced your soul also,

may be imprinted in our hearts, and revealed in lives of mercy and peace.


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