Stations of the Cross - Station 15

Posted on the 3rd April 2021 in the category Resources


Jesus rises from the dead

 

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 Mark 16.6-8

But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be alarmed; you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has been raised; He is not here. Look, there is the place they laid him. But go, tell His disciples and Peter that He is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him, just as He told you.’ So they went out and fled from the tomb, for terror and amazement had seized them; and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.

 

Thanks be to God.

 

Meditate on the Scripture

 

Easter does not immediately remove the realities of human life and suffering, but tells us that since Christ is alive in the glory of God, alive in the Church and in history, and as a result of the Church’s testimony alive also in us, it is possible for us to love and hope and believe more and more. Christ assures us that those who live in love, even through the midst suffering and death, are not abandoned by God, but are welcomed, loved, and drawn nearer to the fullness of peace and joy. Those who love receive Christ’s Spirit and are made capable of transmitting life to others around themselves. Through this Easter joy, a joy rooted in the cross of Christ, we shall find ways to announce true hope to our brothers and sisters. ‘This is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.’ (1 Jn 5.4) 

 

 

Pray to the Lord

 

We raise our prayers to the only Lord Jesus, who died on the cross and now lives at the Father’s right hand.

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

 

Lord Jesus, You have opened for us the way to eternal life: Lord, have mercy. …

 

Lord Jesus, You have risen to life to for our justification: Lord, have mercy. …

 

Lord Jesus, You share with us the love that overcomes death: Lord, have mercy. …

 

 

Contemplate …

 

This is the time when Christ visits the soul.

 

 

Store up the Lord’s word to you

 

O Father, who through Your only Son have overcome death and opened for us the gate of life eternal:  grant us to be daily born again in the light and life and love of Your risen Son; 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.

 

 

A Final Prayer

 

Almighty God, it is You who made the heavens and the earth by Your great power, and by Your outstretched arm. Nothing is beyond Your power.  We turn to You in our need, to ask Your protection against coronavirus, which has claimed lives and affected many.  We pray for those afflicted.  May they soon be restored to health.  Grant this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

 


2021 Stations of the Cross - Station 15


Stations of the Cross - Introduction

Posted on the 2nd April 2021 in the category Resources


Stations of the Cross 2021

 

On the evening of Easter Day, on the road to Emmaus, the two disciples asked Jesus if He was the only person in Jerusalem who didn’t seem to know about the troubling events leading up to Jesus’s crucifixion, and the even more alarming reports of His resurrection (Lk 24.32).  Jesus turned their question back on them:  ‘How foolish you are; how slow to believe all that the prophets declared!  Was it not necessary that the Messiah should suffer these things? And beginning with Moses and the prophets, He interpreted to them the things about himself in all the scriptures.’

 

On their way to Emmaus Jesus opened for them the meaning of the way of the cross, the via crucis.  It was a personal testimony from Jesus as to how the Messiah had fulfilled the words of the prophets before him.  No wonder their hearts burned within them as they listened. God wants to speak to us too;  He longs for our hearts to burn within us also, as we hear and contemplate the words, and actions, and sufferings of Jesus, and His Passover to glory.

 

Each of these stations is laid out in a traditional format.  With each station this is the pattern:

 

  • Open your heart to the Lord – invocatio
  • Read the Scripture – lectio
  • Search the Scripture by meditating – meditatio
  • Pray to the Lord who has spoken to you – oratio
  • Contemplate – contemplatio
  • Store up the word in your heart
  This devotion is especially suitable to be prayed throughout Good Friday.  The images are the Eric Gill’s original sketches for the sequence of bas reliefs now in Westminster Cathedral:  www.westminstercathedral.org.uk/tour_stations.php.    Several stations could be taken at a sequence, or one at once. You may want to have a cross or an icon of the crucifixion and near it a lighted candle;  alternatively you might find a sequence of images on the internet.  You do not need a copy of the Bible:  all scripture is provided here.    This year, of course, like last year, it will be impossible to gather around the Stations that grace the walls of so many churches around the world.  But nothing prevents us from following it at home, alone or with others in your household.     You may be free of the virus, staying as safe as possible at home;  you may be a health care worker or other key worker risking your life for the common good;  you may be self-isolating or shielding;  or like so many around the world you may have covid-19 or some other troubling illness.   The way of the cross is the way that the whole of humanity travels together this Good Friday, and I pray that this mediation may help you walk the via crucis in your own life, in fellowship with Jesus Christ, and that in His company you may grow in faith and courage. 
+ Jonathan Goodall
 Bishop of Ebbsfleet

Introduction

 

from the Gospel according to St John 13.1 

“Now before the festival of the Passover, Jesus knew that His hour had come to depart from this world and go to the Father. Having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them to the end.”

 

The painful story of Jesus’ suffering and crucifixion can be for each of us a school of life. We too must walk the ‘via crucis’ – in His company, as He is the great teacher of life – if we want to be fully human, if we want to experience and give witness to life and salvation. May Jesus Christ, teach us from His cross, and by His cross, to know who God is. May He teach us to know who man is;  and teach us to know who we are.

 

A year into the pandemic, let us not cease to pray for all those who suffer the consequences in any way, that God our Father may grant health, strength, comfort to those who are affected, and salvation to all who have died.

 

Almighty ever-living God, only support of our human weakness, look with compassion upon the sorrowful condition of Your children who suffer because of this pandemic; relieve the pain of the sick, give strength to those who care for them, welcome into Your peace those who have died and, throughout this time of tribulation, grant that we may all find comfort in Your merciful love. Through Christ our Lord.

 


2021 Stations of the Cross - Introduction


Stations of the Cross - Station 1

Posted on the 2nd April 2021 in the category Resources


Station 1 - Jesus is Sentenced to Death

 

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 27.1-2, 26

When morning came, all the chief priests and the elders of the people conferred together against Jesus in order to bring about His death. They bound him, led him away, and handed him over to Pilate the governor.

So he released Barabbas for them; and after flogging Jesus, he handed him over to be crucified.

 

from the Gospel according to St Luke 23.20-25

Pilate, wanting to release Jesus, addressed them again; but they kept shouting, ‘Crucify, crucify him!’ A third time he said to them, ‘Why, what evil has he done? I have found in him no ground for the sentence of death; I will therefore have him flogged and then release him.’ But they kept urgently demanding with loud shouts that he should be crucified; and their voices prevailed. So Pilate gave his verdict that their demand should be granted. He released the man they asked for, the one who had been put in prison for insurrection and murder, and he handed Jesus over as they wished.

 

from the Gospel according to St John 19.14-16

Now it was the day of Preparation for the Passover; and it was about noon. He said to the Jews, ‘Here is your King!’ They cried out, ‘Away with him! Away with him! Crucify him!’ Pilate asked them, ‘Shall I crucify your King?’ The chief priests answered, ‘We have no king but the emperor.’ Then he handed him over to them to be crucified. So they took Jesus.

 

Thanks be to God.

 

 

Meditate on the Scripture

 

By meditating in silence on the way of the cross, and reflecting on the mystery of the cross, we realize that, during His passion and in His death, Jesus loves man as he is – with his sin, with his separation from God, with all his self-inflicted pain and tragedy. Humanity is loved by Jesus with its harsher, harder to accept realism. Only days before His passion Jesus had encountered death in His friend Lazarus; and was greatly troubled in spirit and wept in the face of the degradation of the human form when it is the captive of Death. And from this man too, Pontius Pilate, so realistically loved, Jesus does not recoil, does not flee, does not reject;  but through a love that does not know limits He tries to awaken in him – as in us – the most beautiful capacities of repentance, of conversion, of faith.

 

 

Pray to the Lord

 

Lord Jesus, who loved us to the end, listen now to our prayers.

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

 

Lord Jesus, You made us rich through Your poverty:  Lord, have mercy. … [Kyrie eleison. …]

 

Lord Jesus, You make us a new creation: Lord, have mercy. … [Kyrie eleison. …]

 

Lord Jesus, who live in us, hope of eternal glory: Lord, have mercy. … [Kyrie eleison. …]

 

 

Contemplate …

 

This is the time when Christ visits the soul.

 

 

Store up the Lord’s word to you

 

O God, whose Son Jesus Christ was put to death for our sins and raised to immortal life, confirm us with Your Spirit of truth, because, with the joy that comes from You, we are ready to answer anyone who asks us reason of the hope that is 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 1


Stations of the Cross - Station 2

Posted on the 2nd April 2021 in the category Resources


Jesus Carries the Cross to Calvary

 

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 27.27-31

Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the governor’s headquarters, and they gathered the whole cohort around him. They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him, and after twisting some thorns into a crown, they put it on His head. They put a reed in His right hand and knelt before him and mocked him, saying, ‘Hail, King of the Jews!’ They spat on him, and took the reed and struck him on the head. After mocking him, they stripped him of the robe and put His own clothes on him. Then they led him away to crucify him.

 

Thanks be to God.

 


 

Meditate on the Scripture

 

Contemplating the Crucified One, we must learn to see Jesus with the eyes of faith: He is the obedient Son, the Son of God, true man and true God, who as such makes totally real a unique relationship of obedience with the God of His ancestors, who is His Father. Jesus, in the mystery of His passion and of His cross, lives obedience to God with great confidence, and self-abandonment that does not fail in the face of His encounters with those who are not His Father. All men and women can be against him, but He goes straight ahead, in fidelity to His mission.

 

 

Pray to the Lord

 

Let us pray to the eternal Son of God, who came among us to teach us obedience to the Father.

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

 

Lord Jesus, whom men killed and God released from the anguish of death: Lord, have mercy. … [Kyrie eleison. …]

 

Lord Jesus, servant of God and author of life: Lord, have mercy. … [Kyrie eleison. …]

 

Lord Jesus, who give us the gift of peace: Lord, have mercy. … [Kyrie eleison. …]

 

 

Contemplate …

 

This is the time when Christ visits the soul.

 

 

Store up the Lord’s word to you

 

Make us, O Father, faithful disciples of Christ raised upon the cross.  Help us to overcome the temptations and fears that rise within us, and to walk with him the way to Calvary; 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 2


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


 

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