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SHORT MEDITATIONS ON OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST’S WAY OF THE CROSS

10 Mar

CONTEMPLATING THE LORD’S SUFFERINGS – A WAY OF THE CROSS

Give yourself up contemplating, imitating, and tenderly pitying the all-holy life, sufferings and death of our Saviour Jesus Christ… Leave all that perishes and gather that which is eternal… There is no knowledge half so momentous as the knowledge of Jesus Christ and His mysteries, nothing which is of more immediate and practical use to men.

THE STATIONS OF THE CROSS

(Before each station, please pray: “We adore You, O Christ, and we bless You. Because by Your holy Cross You have redeemed the world.” After the suggested Bible reading and stated prayer, please pray for each station: “Lord, by Your Cross and Resurrection You have set us free. You are the Saviour of the world.”)

The Stations can be prayed in any Catholic church; every church has the images of the 14 Stations displayed. Alternatively, you can meditate on the Stations at home, reading the Bible passages, praying, reflecting, meditating on each Station – preferably for at least half an hour every day.

FIRST STATION

Jesus is condemned to death

Reading: Jn 19:4-16

Lord Jesus, if I have to judge, let me do so with justice, mercy and selflessness.

SECOND STATION

Jesus takes up His Cross

Reading: Mat 11:29-30

Lord Jesus, I wish to take up my cross with you daily. Help me to bear patiently whatever comes my way.

THIRD STATION

Jesus falls for the first time

Reading: Is 53:6-12

Lord Jesus, may the suffering You endured restore hope to a fallen world, bringing healing and comfort to those who suffer.

FOURTH STATION

Jesus meets His Mother

Reading: Lk 2:22-35

Lord Jesus, You willed that Your Mother should be with You on Your way to Calvary: give me an undaunted spirit to face life’s trials as Mary Your Mother did.

FIFTH STATION

Simon of Cyrene helps Jesus to carry His Cross

Reading: Is 52:14

Lord Jesus, give me a generous heart to accept my duties and responsibilities even when they seem too heavy to bear.

SIXTH STATION

Veronica wipes the face of Jesus

Reading: Is 53:2-5

Lord Jesus, imprint on me Your virtues of compassion, kindness, love, meekness, patience and forgiveness.

SEVENTH STATION

Jesus falls for the second time

Reading: Heb 5:7-10

Lord Jesus, when all my efforts seem to fail, help me to trust in Your help.

EIGHTH STATION

The women of Jerusalem mourn for Jesus

Reading: Lk 23:27-32

Lord Jesus, You found the strength to console the women of Jerusalem despite Your own sufferings; give me strength to bring comfort to those in sorrow.

NINTH STATION

Jesus falls the third time

Reading: Rom 7:15-25

Lord Jesus, when anxiety and fear cause me to lose heart, give me support that I may walk steadily in Your way.

TENTH STATION

Jesus is stripped of his garments Reading: Jn 19:2-24 Lord Jesus, grant me the grace to detach my heart from all sinful vanities, so that I may seek only You, my supreme and eternal happiness.

ELEVENTH STATION

Jesus is nailed to the Cross

Reading: Lk 23:33-43

Lord Jesus, help me to heal the wounds caused by hate and to witness to Your love that did not count the cost.

TWELFTH STATION

Jesus dies on the Cross

Reading: Lk 24:44-49

Lord Jesus, Your death brought life into the world. Grant that my life may be a source of joy to those whose paths cross mine.

THIRTEENTH STATION

Jesus is taken down from the Cross

Reading: Mt 27:55-58

Lord Jesus, help me to approach death unafraid, confident that I have tried to do Your will.

FOURTEENTH STATION

Jesus is placed in the tomb

Reading: Mk 15:42-47

Lord Jesus, give us strength to endure our daily frustrations and sufferings, and make us understand that You give meaning even to our death. Amen.

 

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