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The Way of the Cross arranged for the whole Family to pray. Compiled by Fr Kevin Walsh. Number 64

22 Mar

The Way of the Cross

PREAMBLE

The Way of the Cross is a magnificant form of Family Prayer. You can be so creative in making this your prayer time together. You could run off some copies and get the whole family involved. Invite some of your neighbours and either go to you local church, or even a nice secluded area of a Park. One of the members of the family might like to make a Cross, and carry this in procession!

May the Passion of Jesus Christ be always in your heart.

INTRODUCTION:

In our way of the Cross, let us reflect on the meaning of suffering, the word of God, and the following of Christ who is the way, the truth and the life.  Lord, open our hearts and minds as we follow your life through your passion, your death to your resurrection.

OPENING PRAYER:

We ask you, Lord Jesus, that your Cross be a sure hope for each of us.  May we see your love and companionship, as healing our hurts, giving us new confidence and trust in you, and in ourselves.  As the Cross is a sure sign of Risen Glory, may we see the crosses in our lives, as invitations to Resurrection, trust and hope in your power. Amen.

1. The First Station: JESUS IS CONDEMNED TO DEATH.

LEADER: We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you.

ALL: Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

Scripture: John 19:15.  Pilate the Roman ruler said to Jesus “Are you a king?”My kingdom is not of this world” To the people of Jerusalem Pilate said “What shall I do with your king? They said. “We have no king but Caesar.” So Pilate gave orders for him to be crucified.

READER: Lord, help us to be compassionate and understanding of each others weaknesses.  Let us be signs of a  Church of peace and reconciliation.  We ask this through Christ Our Lord. AMEN.

 

2. The Second Station:  JESUS RECEIVES HIS CROSS.

LEADER: We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you.

ALL: Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

Scripture:  John 21.18.19. I tell you most solemnly when you were young you put on your own belt and walked where you liked: but when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands and somebody else will put a belt round you and take you where you would rather not go.

READER: Lord Jesus, grant us the courage to accept and learn from our experiences of ‘life’.  Help us to have an absolute trust in your providence and care, for our fragile world.  We ask this through Christ our Lord. AMEN.

 

3.  The Third Station:  JESUS FALLS THE FIRST TIME.

LEADER: We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you.

ALL: Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

Scripture: Mark 15:14. The soldiers led him away to the inner part of the palace and called the whole cohort together. They dressed him up in purple, twisted some thorns into a crown and put it on him.

READER: Lord Jesus, when we break down, you call us to break through to you. Turn our weakness into strength and hope in your name. Grant us an inner readiness, to see your saving hand at work in our lives and in the lives of our brothers and sisters. We ask this through Christ Our Lord. AMEN.

 

 

4. The Fourth Station: JESUS MEETS HIS MOTHER.

LEADER: We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you.

ALL: Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

Scripture: Luke 2:27,34-35.  Simon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, “this child is destined to be the downfall and the rise of many in Israel, a sign that will be opposed and you yourself shall be pierced with a sword so that the thoughts of many hearts may be laid bare.”

READER: Let us pray for all mothers in their lives of love and courage. We give thanks for their ‘special’ care in Families and within our Community. We ask this through Christ Our lord. AMEN.

 

5. The Fifth Station: SIMON HELPS JESUS TO CARRY HIS CROSS.

LEADER: We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you.

ALL: Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

Scripture:Matthew 25:34-36 For the king will say to those on his right – “Come you have my father’s blessing, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food; I was thirsty and you gave me drink; I was a stranger and you welcomed me; Naked and you clothed me; Sick and you comforted me.”

READER: The Lord replied, ‘My precious, precious child, I love you and I would never leave you.  During your times of trial and suffering, when you saw only one set of footprints in the sand, it was then that I carried you.”

 

6. The Sixth Station: VERONICA WIPES THE FACE OF JESUS.

LEADER: We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you.

ALL: Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

Scripture: Matthew 25:37-40.  Then the just will ask him – “Lord when did we see you hungry and feed you; thirsty and give you a drink.” The king will answer – “I assure you as often as you did this for one of my least ones you did it for me.”

READER: Lord Jesus, we pray for the courage to welcome the outcast and stranger into our lives, and to see in them, your face. We ask this through Christ Our Lord. AMEN.

 

7. The Seventh Station:  JESUS FALLS THE SECOND TIME.

LEADER: We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you.

ALL: Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

Scripture:Luke 9:23-24.Jesus said to all “Whoever wishes to be a follower of me, must deny themselves – take up their cross each day and follow in my steps. Whoever would save their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will save it.”

READER:  Let us pray for the many refugees and displaced persons in our world. We pray for our Governments, that they will create policies that are welcoming to those who have had to flee their homelands. We make this our prayer through Christ Our Lord. AMEN.

 

8. The Eighth Station: JESUS SPEAKS TO THE WOMEN IN JERUSALEM.

LEADER: We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you.

ALL: Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

Scripture: Luke 23:27-31. A great crowd of people followed him including women who were extremely upset and lamented over him. Jesus turned to them and said “Daughters of Jerusalem do not weep for me. Weep for yourselves and for your children.”

READER: Let us pray for women who still mourn today because of the inequalities that are present in our society. May we be signs of true discipleship, being truly sensitive to the opportunities which call us to make a difference in our society for all people. We ask this through Christ Our Lord. AMEN.

 

9. The Ninth Station: JESUS FALLS THE THIRD TIME.

LEADER: We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you.

ALL: Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

Scripture: 2 Cor 12:8b-10. My grace is enough for you. My power is at its best in weakness. So we shall be very happy to make our weaknesses our special boast so that the power of Christ may stay over for us. For it is when we are weak that we are strong.

READER: O God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference. We ask this through Christ Our Lord. AMEN.

 

10. The Tenth Station: JESUS IS STRIPPED OF HIS GARMENTS.

LEADER: We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you.

ALL: Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

Scripture:  Phil 3:8-12. I believe nothing can happen that will outweigh the supreme advantage of knowing Christ Jesus, my Lord. For him I have accepted the loss of everything, and I look on everything as so much rubbish if only I can have Christ, and be given a place in him.

READER: Many people in today’s world are stripped of their human dignity, because of social injustice.  Lord Jesus, help us to be faithful followers, in bringing the “Good news” of freedom, and the necessities of life to those in need. We ask this through Christ Our Lord. AMEN.

 

11. The Eleventh Station: JESUS IS NAILED TO THE CROSS.

LEADER: We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you.

ALL: Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

Scripture: Is.53:3-5.  It was for our infirmities that he bore the sufferings that he endured, while we thought of him as stricken, as one smitten by God and afflicted. But he was pierced for our offences, crushed for our sins. Upon him was the chastisement that makes us whole, by his stripes we were healed.

READER: We pray for the many people in our world who are the victims of violence and war. Grant that we will never let opportunities pass by when we may be able to ease their burdens. We ask this through Christ Our Lord. AMEN.

 

12. The Twelfth Station. JESUS DIES ON THE CROSS.

LEADER: We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you.

ALL: Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

Scripture: Phil 2:5-11  His state was divine yet he did not cling to his equality with God, but emptied himself to assume the condition of a slave and became as we are, and being as we all are, he was humbler yet, even to accepting death on the cross.

READER:  LET US PAUSE FOR SILENT PRAYER

13. The Thirteenth Station: JESUS IS TAKEN DOWN FROM THE CROSS.

LEADER: We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you.

ALL: Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

Scripture: 1 Cor 1.13: 1-3,13.  I Cor 1. 13. 1-3 & 13.  If I have all the eloquence of men or of angels but speak without love, I am simply a gong booming or a cymbal clashing. If I have the gift of prophecy, understanding all the mysteries there are, and knowing everything, and if I have faith in all its fullness to move mountains, but am without love, then I am nothing at all. If I give away all that I possess, piece by piece, and if I even let them take my body to burn it, but am without love, it will do me no good whatever. In short there are three things that last, faith, hope and love; and the greatest of these is love.

READER: We pray for those in our community who mourn the loss of dear ones at this time. May they know God’s love and comfort. We ask this through Christ Our Lord. AMEN.

 

14. The Fourteenth Station: JESUS IS LAID IN THE TOMB.

LEADER: We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you.

ALL: Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

Scripture:  Jn 12:23-25. Jn 12.23-25.  Now the hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. I tell you most solemnly unless a wheat grain falls on the ground and dies it remains only a single grain: but if it dies it yields a rich harvest. Anyone who loves his life loses it; anyone who hates his life in this world will keep it for the eternal life.

READER:  We know that our Redeemer lives, and that through him, with him and in him, all of us shall find life. AMEN.

LEADER: Let us pray for the coming of the Kingdom, in the words that Jesus gave us……………..Our Father.

LEADER:  May the Lord Bless you and Keep you. May His face shine upon you and be gracious to you. May the Lord give you his peace and love always.

ALL:   AMEN.

 

 

 

 

 

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