Meditative Stations of the Cross

MEDITATIVE WAY OF THE CROSS
Lent 2007
ON THE WAY TO CALVARY



   The Daily Way of the Cross is a way of prayer. One walks, in spirit, with Jesus on His journey to Calvary and meditates on His suffering and death. Each meditation can be a personal meeting with Christ and a new discovery of His presence in one's life. Each meditation can be deeply personal by recalling specific persons places and experiences in one's own life and applying it to how one, by walking with Christ to Calvary, can be a better Catholic and faithful disciple for Holy Mother Church.

A Plenary Indulgence is attached to this devotion according to article 194 of the Raccolta.

OPENING SCRIPTURE READING

"The Son of Man is destined to suffer grievously, to be rejected, and to be raised up on the third day. If anyone wants to be a follower of Mine, let him renounce himself and take up his cross every day and follow Me. For anyone who wants to save his life will lose it; but anyone who loses his life for My sake, that man will save it" (Luke 9: 22-24).

For twenty centuries the Church has gathered on this evening to remember and to re-live the events of the final stage of the earthly journey of the Son of God. Once again this year, the Church in Rome meets at the Colosseum, to follow the footsteps of Jesus, Who "went out, carrying His cross, to the place called the place of the skull, which is called in Hebrew Golgotha" (John 19:17).

    We are here because we are convinced that the Way of the Cross of the Son of God was not simply a journey to the place of execution. We believe that every step of the Condemned Christ, every action and every word, as well as everything felt and done by those who took part in this tragic drama, continues to speak to us. In His suffering and death too, Christ reveals to us the truth about God and man.

    We want to concentrate on the full meaning of that event, so that what happened may speak with new power to our minds and hearts, and become the source of the grace of a real sharing in it.

    To share means to have a part. What does it mean to have a part in the Cross of Christ? It means to experience, in the Holy Ghost, the love hidden within the Cross of Christ. It means to recognize, in the light of this love, our own cross. It means to take up that cross once more and, strengthened by this love, to continue our journey... To journey through life, in imitation of the One "Who endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God" (Hebrews 12:2).

Brief pause for silence.

Let us pray.

    Lord Jesus Christ, fill our hearts with the light of Thy Spirit, so that by following Thee on Thy final journey we may come to know the price of our Redemption and become worthy of a share in the fruits of Thy Passion, Death and Resurrection. Who livest and reignest for ever and ever.

R. Amen.


1. Jesus is condemned to die

    We adore Thee, O Lord, and we praise Thee. Because by Thy holy cross, Thou hast redeemed the world.
    (genuflect or make the sign of the cross)

        MEDITATION: Lord Jesus, often I judge others and fail to be understanding or loving. Help me to see the people in my life through Your eyes, not the eyes of Pontius Pilate.

        Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be
2. Jesus willingly takes up His Cross

    We adore Thee, O Lord, and we praise Thee. Because by Thy holy cross, Thou hast redeemed the world.
    (genuflect or make the sign of the cross)

        MEDITATION: Lord Jesus, You embraced Your cross to redeem the world. Help me to embrace the crosses in life-the hardships, struggles, disappointments, and pain. Only by recognizing my own weakness, can I discover Your strength.

        Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be
3. Jesus falls for the First Time

    We adore Thee, O Lord, and we praise Thee. Because by Thy holy cross, Thou hast redeemed the world. (genuflect or make the sign of the cross)

        MEDITATION: Lord Jesus, You know how often I fall trying to follow You. Yet, You are always there to life me up. Help me always to trust in Your loving care for me.

        Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be
4. Jesus meets His Blessed Mother

    We adore Thee, O Lord, and we praise Thee. Because by Thy holy cross, Thou hast redeemed the world.
    (genuflect or make the sign of the cross)

        MEDITATION: Lord Jesus, Your mother Mary's grief was surpassed by her love for you. So often You come to me in others and their love gives me new life. Help me to see how often You love me through the people in my life.

        Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be
5. Simon the Cyrene helps Jesus carry His Cross

    We adore Thee, O Lord, and we praise Thee. Because by Thy holy cross, Thou hast redeemed the world.
    (genuflect or make the sign of the cross)

        MEDITATION: Lord Jesus, sometimes I am indifferent to the needs of others in my life. I even neglect those whom I love. Help me to see that loving others is the surest way to find You in my life.

        Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be
6. Veronica wipes the Holy Face of Jesus

    We adore Thee, O Lord, and we praise Thee. Because by Thy holy cross, Thou hast redeemed the world.
    (genuflect or make the sign of the cross)

        MEDITATION: Lord Jesus, at times I am afraid to reach out to others. I do nothing when I should act; I say nothing when I should speak out. Give me a deeper and more courageous faith. Help me to trust that You are with me.

        Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be
7. Jesus falls for the Second Time

    We adore Thee, O Lord, and we praise Thee. Because by Thy holy cross, Thou hast redeemed the world.
    (genuflect or make the sign of the cross)

        MEDITATION: Lord Jesus, failure and disappointment sometimes lead me to despair. I hide behind my pride and self-pity, withdrawing from You and others. Give me the hope I need and help me never to be afraid to begin again.

        Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be
8. Jesus comforts the Women of Jerusalem

    We adore Thee, O Lord, and we praise Thee. Because by Thy holy cross, Thou hast redeemed the world.
    (genuflect or make the sign of the cross)

        MEDITATION: Lord Jesus, Your great compassion for others overwhelms me. I feel petty and selfish when I think of You and the way You love. Help me to pour out my love, that You might fill me with Your Love.

        Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be
9. Jesus falls for the Third Time
    We adore Thee, O Lord, and we praise Thee. Because by Thy holy cross, Thou hast redeemed the world.
    (genuflect or make the sign of the cross)

        MEDITATION: Lord Jesus, Your failing strength makes me see how helpless I am. Without You, I can do nothing. Help me to rely on Your strength, to see how much I need You.

        Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be
10. Jesus is stripped of His garments

    We adore Thee, O Lord, and we praise Thee. Because by Thy holy cross, Thou hast redeemed the world.
    (genuflect or make the sign of the cross)

        MEDITATION: Lord Jesus, seeing You so cruelly humiliated makes me realize how I cling to my accomplishments, my possessions, my way. Help me to let go of those things in my life that prevent me from growing closer to You and others.

        Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be
11. Jesus is nailed to the Cross

    We adore Thee, O Lord, and we praise Thee. Because by Thy holy cross, Thou hast redeemed the world.
    (genuflect or make the sign of the cross)

        MEDITATION: Lord Jesus, I can never doubt Your great love for me when I see You crucified. Help me to see Your cross as the great sign of Your love for me.

        Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be
12. Jesus dies on the Cross

    We adore Thee, O Lord, and we praise Thee. Because by Thy holy cross, Thou hast redeemed the world.
    (genuflect or make the sign of the cross)

        MEDITATION: Lord Jesus, Your broken and lifeless body calls me to deeper faith. You chose death, even death on the cross. Help me to see my crosses as ways of loving You.

        Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be
13. Jesus is taken down from the Cross

    We adore Thee, O Lord, and we praise Thee. Because by Thy holy cross, Thou hast redeemed the world.
    (genuflect or make the sign of the cross)

        MEDITATION: Lord Jesus, seeing Your body taken from the cross reminds me how fearful I am of letting go of my own life. I am frightened when I think of being unimportant, useless, and helpless. Help me to place my life in Your hands.

        Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be
14: Jesus is Laid in the Tomb

    We adore Thee, O Lord, and we praise Thee. Because by Thy holy cross, Thou hast redeemed the world.
    (genuflect or make the sign of the cross)

        MEDITATION: Lord Jesus, when I see the great stone sealing Your tomb, I feel alone and abandoned. Even though You sometimes seem distant or absent in my life, help me always to believe in Your closeness and loving presence.

        Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be

CLOSING SCRIPTURE READING

"On the first day of the week, at the first sign of dawn, they went to the tomb with spices they had prepared. They found that the stone had been rolled away from the tomb, but on entering they discovered that the body of the Lord Jesus was not there. As they stood there not knowing what to think, two men in brilliant clothes suddenly appeared at their side. Terrified, the women lowered their eyes. But the two men said to them, "Why look among the dead for someone who is alive? He is not here; He has risen. Remember what He told you when He was still in Galilee: that the Son of Man had to be handed over to the power of sinful men, be crucified, and rise again on the third day?" And they remembered His words" (Luke 24: 1-8).

CLOSING PRAYER

   Lord Jesus, help me to walk with Thee each day of my life, even to Calvary. The sorrow and joy, the pain and healings, the failures and triumphs of my life are truly small deaths and resurrections that lead me to closeness with Thee. Give me the faith and trust I need to walk with Thee always. Amen.