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Way of the Cross, A Daily Walk with Christ


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Way of the Cross, A Daily Walk with Christ

  1. 1. VIA CRUCIS Thursday, October 31, 13
  2. 2. PREPARATORY PRAYER O most merciful Jesus, with a contrite heart and penitent spirit, I bow down in profound humility before Thy divine majesty. I adore Thee as my supreme Lord and Master; I believe in Thee, I hope in Thee, I love Thee above all things. I am heartily sorry for having offended Thee, my Supreme and Only Good. I resolve to amend my life, and although I am unworthy to obtain mercy, yet the sight of Thy holy cross, on which Thou didst die, inspires me with hope and consolation. I will, therefore, meditate on Thy sufferings, and visit the stations of Thy Passion in company with Thy sorrowful Mother and my guardian angel, with the intention of promoting Thy honor and saving my soul. I desire to gain all the indulgences granted for this holy exercise for myself and for the Poor Souls in Purgatory. O merciful Redeemer, who has said, "And I, if I be lifted from earth, will draw all things to Myself," draw my heart and my love to Thee, that I may perform this devotion as perfectly as possible, and that I may live and die in union with Thee. Amen. Thursday, October 31, 13
  3. 3. STATION I JESUS IS CONDEMNED TO DEATH. Jesus, sinless Son of God, put on trial and condemned by mere creatures. Humility of God. Jesus scourged, crowned with thorns, spat on and mocked. Jesus, Victim of Love Jesus’ patience and acceptance of God’s will. Jesus detached from human respect. Thursday, October 31, 13
  4. 4. STATION 2 JESUS IS MADE TO CARRY HIS CROSS. Jesus embraced the bitter cross of my sins to save me from death. Jesus’ love for me is His weakness. I accept any cross You may give me. I accept the Way of the Cross to be close to You, Lord. Let me walk with You. Have conversations with You. Detaching from the World to be with Jesus. Thursday, October 31, 13
  5. 5. STATION 3 JESUS FALLS FOR THE FIRST TIME. Jesus, in pain from lashes, bloody and weak, falls for the first time. Jesus fell from the weight of the heavy cross of my sins. Jesus struggled to carry my cross for me. Jesus, preserve me from mortal sin. Thursday, October 31, 13
  6. 6. STATION 4 JESUS MEETS HIS SORROWFUL MOTHER. Mary sees her precious child suffering so much pain. Mary’s heart pierced and shares in Jesus’ suffering. Jesus comforted by His Mother’s presence, but also pained even more by her suffering. Jesus, teach me to love Your mother. Mary, teach me to love Jesus. Mary, my Mother, help me. Take me under Your mantle. Thursday, October 31, 13
  7. 7. STATION 5 SIMON OF CYRENE HELPS JESUS TO CARRY HIS CROSS. Simon chosen by God to encounter Jesus on His Way. Simon at first did not want the cross. Simon consoled by Jesus’ presence and is converted. Am I Simon or the Centurion? I am the servant of my Lord. I am the friend of my Lord. Thursday, October 31, 13
  8. 8. STATION 6 VERONICA WIPES THE FACE OF JESUS. Jesus almost blinded by pain, blood and tears. Jesus’ face lost its beauty. Compassion for the Lord. Tenderness for Jesus. Jesus, rest in the garden of my heart. Seeing Jesus’ image in others. Jesus, give me tenderness and love for my neighbor. Thursday, October 31, 13
  9. 9. STATION 7 JESUS FALLS THE SECOND TIME. Cross of my sins bears down on my Savior and He falls again. Jesus prodded and pushed. Jesus does not stay down but struggles up to continue. Jesus, do not let me go back to my old ways and sins. Thursday, October 31, 13
  10. 10. STATION 8 THE WOMEN OF JERUSALEM WEEP OVER JESUS. “Weep not for Me who am innocent but weep for yourselves and for your children.” Jesus, help me lead my family to You. Jesus give me true sorrow and contrition for my sins. I will weep for my sins all the days of my life. Grant me compunction, my Lord. Her many sins are forgiven for she loved much. Thursday, October 31, 13
  11. 11. STATION 9 JESUS FALLS FOR THE THIRD TIME. At Calvary, so weak and sorrowful, my Lord falls the third time. Up Calvary He struggles, my heavy cross grinds painfully on His shoulder. Jesus’ hands, knees and feet wounded and bloody. Jesus perseveres up Calvary toward His final and most bitter suffering. Lord, make me faithful to You. Help me persevere with You to the end. Thursday, October 31, 13
  12. 12. STATION 10 JESUS IS STRIPPED OF HIS GARMENTS. Jesus, stripped naked and humiliated. Jesus’ wounds renewed, His skin torn. Help me, Jesus, to shed the old me-my worldly desires and sins. Banish my need for human respect. Remove all vanity and pride from me. Lay my soul clean and bare of all evil. Self-denial and Mortification Thursday, October 31, 13
  13. 13. STATION 11 JESUS IS NAILED TO THE CROSS. Jesus, meek and docile, nailed to the cross for me. In severe pains, He remained quiet. Jesus loved even His oppressors and forgave them. Patience and perseverance of Jesus. Conformity to the will of God. Jesus, help me to be docile to the Holy Spirit. Thursday, October 31, 13
  14. 14. STATION 12 JESUS IS RAISED UPON THE CROSS AND DIES. For three hours, Jesus suffered excruciating pains on the cross. Pushing on His feet, He struggled to breathe. His side was pierced and mercy flowed out into the world. Blood and Water, Eucharist and Baptism Jesus, raised on the cross. At Mass, Jesus raised at consecration. Jesus, the Greatest Love of All Thursday, October 31, 13
  15. 15. STATION 13 JESUS IS TAKEN DOWN FROM THE CROSS AND PLACED IN THE ARMS OF HIS MOTHER. Jesus in death as in life, finally rests in the bosom of one who loved Him with all Her being. Mary received Her son into her heart. We receive Jesus into our heart in the Eucharist. Mary, a worthy tabernacle. Make me pure, Lord, that I may be a worthy tabernacle for You. Let me not profane Your Body with a sinful heart when I receive You in Holy Communion. Thursday, October 31, 13
  16. 16. STATION 14 JESUS IS LAID IN THE SEPULCHRE. Without Jesus my heart is a cold and dark tomb. I was dead in sin and You brought me back to life. In Your resurrection, You lit up all corners of my heart. You turn dead stone to warm flesh. Jesus, my joy, my life, my highest hope. Lord, prepare for me and my family a place in Your kingdom. Thursday, October 31, 13
  17. 17. PRAYER TO JESUS CRUCIFIED Behold O kind and most sweet Jesus, I cast myself upon my knees in Your sight, and with the most fervent desire of my soul, I pray and beseech You that You would impress in my heart lively sentiments of faith, hope, and charity, with true contrition for my sins and a firm purpose of amendment; while with deep affection and grief of soul, I ponder within myself and mentally contemplate Your Five Wounds, having before my eyes the words which David the Prophet put on Your lips concerning You. "They have pierced My hands and My feet, they have numbered all My bones." Amen. One Our Father and one Hail Mary, at least, should be said for the Roman Pontiff's intentions if one is seeking to gain an Indulgence. Thursday, October 31, 13