Saturday, March 29, 2008

Novena to Divine Mercy-Ninth Day

Ninth Day
"Today bring to Me the Souls who have become Lukewarm,

and immerse them in the abyss of My mercy. These souls wound My Heart most painfully. My soul suffered the most dreadful loathing in the Garden of Olives because of lukewarm souls. They were the reason I cried out: 'Father, take this cup away from Me, if it be Your will.' For them, the last hope of salvation is to run to My mercy."

Most compassionate Jesus, You are Compassion Itself. I bring lukewarm souls into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart. In this fire of Your pure love, let these tepid souls who, like corpses, filled You with such deep loathing, be once again set aflame. O Most Compassionate Jesus, exercise the omnipotence of Your mercy and draw them into the very ardor of Your love, and bestow upon them the gift of holy love, for nothing is beyond Your power.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon lukewarm souls who are nonetheless enfolded in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. Father of Mercy, I beg You by the bitter Passion of Your Son and by His three-hour agony on the Cross: Let them, too, glorify the abyss of Your mercy. Amen.


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Friday, March 28, 2008

Novena to the Divine Mercy-Eighth Day

Eighth Day
"Today bring to Me the Souls who are in the prison of Purgatory,

and immerse them in the abyss of My mercy. Let the torrents of My Blood cool down their scorching flames. All these souls are greatly loved by Me. They are making retribution to My justice. It is in your power to bring them relief. Draw all the indulgences from the treasury of My Church and offer them on their behalf. Oh, if you only knew the torments they suffer, you would continually offer for them the alms of the spirit and pay off their debt to My justice."

Most Merciful Jesus, You Yourself have said that You desire mercy; so I bring into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart the souls in Purgatory, souls who are very dear to You, and yet, who must make retribution to Your justice. May the streams of Blood and Water which gushed forth from Your Heart put out the flames of Purgatory, that there, too, the power of Your mercy may be celebrated.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon the souls suffering in Purgatory, who are enfolded in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. I beg You, by the sorrowful Passion of Jesus Your Son, and by all the bitterness with which His most sacred Soul was flooded: Manifest Your mercy to the souls who are under Your just scrutiny. Look upon them in no other way but only through the Wounds of Jesus, Your dearly beloved Son; for we firmly believe that there is no limit to Your goodness and compassion. Amen.


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Thursday, March 27, 2008

Novena to the Divine Mercy-Seventh Day

Seventh Day
Today bring to Me the Souls who especially venerate and glorify My Mercy*,

and immerse them in My mercy. These souls sorrowed most over my Passion and entered most deeply into My spirit. They are living images of My Compassionate Heart. These souls will shine with a special brightness in the next life. Not one of them will go into the fire of hell. I shall particularly defend each one of them at the hour of death.

Most Merciful Jesus, whose Heart is Love Itself, receive into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart the souls of those who particularly extol and venerate the greatness of Your mercy. These souls are mighty with the very power of God Himself. In the midst of all afflictions and adversities they go forward, confident of Your mercy; and united to You, O Jesus, they carry all mankind on their shoulders. These souls will not be judged severely, but Your mercy will embrace them as they depart from this life.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon the souls who glorify and venerate Your greatest attribute, that of Your fathomless mercy, and who are enclosed in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. These souls are a living Gospel; their hands are full of deeds of mercy, and their hearts, overflowing with joy, sing a canticle of mercy to You, O Most High! I beg You O God:

Show them Your mercy according to the hope and trust they have placed in You. Let there be accomplished in them the promise of Jesus, who said to them that during their life, but especially at the hour of death, the souls who will venerate this fathomless mercy of His, He, Himself, will defend as His glory. Amen.

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Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Novena to the Divine Mercy-Sixth Day

Today bring to Me the Meek and Humble Souls and the Souls of Little Children,

and immerse them in My mercy. These souls most closely resemble My Heart. They strengthened Me during My bitter agony. I saw them as earthly Angels, who will keep vigil at My altars. I pour out upon them whole torrents of grace. I favor humble souls with My confidence.

Most Merciful Jesus, You yourself have said, "Learn from Me for I am meek and humble of heart." Receive into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart all meek and humble souls and the souls of little children. These souls send all heaven into ecstasy and they are the heavenly Father's favorites. They are a sweet-smelling bouquet before the throne of God; God Himself takes delight in their fragrance. These souls have a permanent abode in Your Most Compassionate Heart, O Jesus, and they unceasingly sing out a hymn of love and mercy.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon meek souls, upon humble souls, and upon little children who are enfolded in the abode which is the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. These souls bear the closest resemblance to Your Son. Their fragrance rises from the earth and reaches Your very throne. Father of mercy and of all goodness, I beg You by the love You bear these souls and by the delight You take in them: Bless the whole world, that all souls together may sing out the praises of Your mercy for endless ages. Amen.

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Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Novena to Divine Mercy-Fifth Day

Fifth Day
"Today bring to Me the Souls of those who have separated themselves from My Church*,

and immerse them in the ocean of My mercy. During My bitter Passion they tore at My Body and Heart, that is, My Church. As they return to unity with the Church My wounds heal and in this way they alleviate My Passion."

Most Merciful Jesus, Goodness Itself, You do not refuse light to those who seek it of You. Receive into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart the souls of those who have separated themselves from Your Church. Draw them by Your light into the unity of the Church, and do not let them escape from the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart; but bring it about that they, too, come to glorify the generosity of Your mercy.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon the souls of those who have separated themselves from Your Son's Church, who have squandered Your blessings and misused Your graces by obstinately persisting in their errors. Do not look upon their errors, but upon the love of Your own Son and upon His bitter Passion, which He underwent for their sake, since they, too, are enclosed in His Most Compassionate Heart. Bring it about that they also may glorify Your great mercy for endless ages. Amen.

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Monday, March 24, 2008

Novena to Divine Mercy-Fourth Day

Fourth Day
"Today bring to Me those who do not believe in God and those who do not know Me,

I was thinking also of them during My bitter Passion, and their future zeal comforted My Heart. Immerse them in the ocean of My mercy."

Most compassionate Jesus, You are the Light of the whole world. Receive into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart the souls of those who do not believe in God and of those who as yet do not know You. Let the rays of Your grace enlighten them that they, too, together with us, may extol Your wonderful mercy; and do not let them escape from the abode which is Your Most Compassionate Heart.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon the souls of those who do not believe in You, and of those who as yet do not know You, but who are enclosed in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. Draw them to the light of the Gospel. These souls do not know what great happiness it is to love You. Grant that they, too, may extol the generosity of Your mercy for endless ages. Amen.

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Sunday, March 23, 2008

Novena to Divine Mercy-Third Day

Third Day
"Today bring to Me all Devout and Faithful Souls,

and immerse them in the ocean of My mercy. These souls brought me consolation on the Way of the Cross. They were a drop of consolation in the midst of an ocean of bitterness."

Most Merciful Jesus, from the treasury of Your mercy, You impart Your graces in great abundance to each and all. Receive us into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart and never let us escape from It. We beg this grace of You by that most wondrous love for the heavenly Father with which Your Heart burns so fiercely.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon faithful souls, as upon the inheritance of Your Son. For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, grant them Your blessing and surround them with Your constant protection. Thus may they never fail in love or lose the treasure of the holy faith, but rather, with all the hosts of Angels and Saints, may they glorify Your boundless mercy for endless ages. Amen.

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Saturday, March 22, 2008

Novena to Dvine Mercy -Day Two

Second Day
"Today bring to Me the Souls of Priests and Religious,

and immerse them in My unfathomable mercy. It was they who gave me strength to endure My bitter Passion. Through them as through channels My mercy flows out upon mankind."

Most Merciful Jesus, from whom comes all that is good, increase Your grace in men and women consecrated to Your service,* that they may perform worthy works of mercy; and that all who see them may glorify the Father of Mercy who is in heaven.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon the company of chosen ones in Your vineyard -- upon the souls of priests and religious; and endow them with the strength of Your blessing. For the love of the Heart of Your Son in which they are enfolded, impart to them Your power and light, that they may be able to guide others in the way of salvation and with one voice sing praise to Your boundless mercy for ages without end. Amen.

* In the original text, Saint Faustina uses the pronoun "us" since she was offering this prayer as a consecrated religious sister. The wording adapted here is intended to make the prayer suitable for universal use.

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Friday, March 21, 2008

Novena to Dvine Mercy -Day One

First Day
"Today bring to Me all mankind, especially all sinners,

and immerse them in the ocean of My mercy. In this way you will console Me in the bitter grief into which the loss of souls plunges Me."

Most Merciful Jesus, whose very nature it is to have compassion on us and to forgive us, do not look upon our sins but upon our trust which we place in Your infinite goodness. Receive us all into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart, and never let us escape from It. We beg this of You by Your love which unites You to the Father and the Holy Spirit.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon all mankind and especially upon poor sinners, all enfolded in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. For the sake of His sorrowful Passion show us Your mercy, that we may praise the omnipotence of Your mercy for ever and ever. Amen.



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Chaplet of Divine Mercy

1. Begin with the Sign of the Cross, 1 Our Father, 1 Hail Mary and The Apostles Creed.

2. Then on the Our Father Beads say the following:
Eternal Father, I offer You the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your dearly beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world.

3. On the 10 Hail Mary Beads say the following:
For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

(Repeat step 2 and 3 for all five decades).

4. Conclude with (three times):
Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

Source: EWTN

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ETERNAL WORD TELEVISION NETWORK

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Since I moved here in the East, I could not find a Catholic Church which is accessible to a person like me who has a disability.

So I just attend mass thru the Eternal Word Television Network.

Yesterday, Holy Thursday, they had the following activities:


Chrism Mass with Pope Benedict XVI
Mar, 20 4:30 AM

Solemn Mass of the Lord's Supper
with Pope Benedict XVI
Mar 20, 12:30 PM

Choral Meditations and Solemn Mass of the Lord's Supper (BNSIC)
Mar 20, 5:30 PM

Today Good Friday, they are going to broadcast live,

Celebration of the Lord's Passion
with Pope Benedict XVI
Mar 21, 12 noon

Commemoration of the Lord's Passion
Mar 21, 4 PM

Way of the Cross with Pope Benedict XVI
Mar 21, 8 PM

Easter Vigil Mass with Pope Benedict XVI
Mar 22, 4 PM

Easter Vigil Mass (BNSIC)
Mar 22, 8 PM

Solemn Mass of Easter Sunday
with Pope Benedict XVI
Mar 23, 5:30 AM

Urbi et Orbi Message and Blessing
Mar 23, 7 AM

Solemn Mass of Easter Sunday
with the MFVA's
Mar 23, 8 AM

Solemn Mass and Celebration of
Divine Mercy
Mar 30, 1 PM


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REFLECTIONS ON THE SEVEN LAST WORDS

THE SEVEN LAST WORDS

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The First Word: Father, forgive them for they do not know what they are doing (Luke 23:34).


This first word is a word of forgiveness which shows the essence of God in Jesus Christ. How many of us mortals forgive our enemies? Not only our enemies but people who caused us sufferings.



The Second Word: "I assure you, today you will be with me in paradise." (Luke 23:43)


The second word shows the vast mercy of the Lord. It exceeds anything we might imagine. It embraces us, encourages us, heals us no matter who we are, no matter what we have done. There will always be mercy for those who seek for it.

The Third Word: The Third Word: “Dear woman, here is your son.” (John 19:26)

The third word shows that as a Divine Being, he can forgive but as a human being He shows how He cares for His Mother to show to the people that as a Son He did not forget His role to his Mother He is going to leave behind.

The Fourth Word: “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?” (Mark 15:34)

The fourth word shows us the human essence of Jesus Christ. When He took the responsibility of saving mankind from sins, He became a Son of Man and not Son of God capable of suffering, experiencing pain and seeking for the care of a loved One.

How many of us cried in the same way when we think that problems seemed to have no solution and sickness has no more cure?

The Fifth Word: “I am thirsty.” (John 19:28)


As a Divine and Human Being, the fifth word has two meanings. He thirsts for the conversion of sinners and His physical body was suffering from heat and exhaustion.

We personally thirst for affection, for justice and for compassion.

The Sixth Word: “It is finished!” (John 19:30)
Jesus' mission is finished, and also His life as a human being. His Divine essence now starts after the death of His physical body.

It just goes to show that our body is not the end of our journey. It is when we leave this body that we enjoy the fruits of the salvation that Jesus died for us.

The Seventh Word: “Father, I entrust my spirit into your hands!” (Luke 24:46)


At the end after the sufferings and seemingly cry of abandonment, He entrust his Spirit to His Father.

In times of crisis, we only have to leave things to God and when we are about to leave and join the Father, are we prepared to say these words?


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Thursday, March 20, 2008

Station 1 JESUS IS CONDEMNED TO DEATH

STATION 1: Jesus Is Condemned To Death

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We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You.
Because by Your Holy Cross You have redeemed the world.

My Lord Jesus Christ:

Your Blessed Mother felt the sting of the sword pierce her heart when her beloved Son was condemned to torture and death. I, too, have felt the pain of being pierced, whenever I am unjustly and cruelly treated, or when I've seen it happen to someone I care deeply about. Help me to experience the Mother's comfort. Help me also to remember in the midst of my pain that You are with me always, and that You will make good come from my sorrows. I offer up my sufferings and unite them to Your Sacred Heart.

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.


Through her heart, His sorrow sharing
All His bitter anguish bearing,
Now at length the sword has passed.



Text Prayers from Cathedral of Mary.

Related entries:

Station 2 Jesus takes up His Cross

Station 3 Jesus Falls for the first time


Station 4 Jesus Meets His Mother

Station 5 Simon of Cyrene helps Jesus Carry the Cross

Station 6 Veronica Wipes the face of Jesus


Station 7 Jesus Falls the Second Time

Station 8 Jesus Comforts the Women

Station 9 Jesus Falls for the third time

Station 10 Jesus is stripped of His Garments

Station 11 Jesus is Nailed to the Cross

Station 12 Jesus dies on the Cross

Station13 : Jesus IS taken down from the Cross

Station 14: Jesus is buried

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Station 2: JESUS TAKES UP HIS CROSS

STATION 2: Jesus Takes Up His Cross



We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You.
Because by Your Holy Cross You have redeemed the world.

My Lord Jesus Christ:

I am carrying a cross ~ a heavy burden ~ right now, and it distresses me. And in fact, there are other troubles bothering me, too. Help me to know which crosses I should let go of because You have already redeemed me from them, and which cross I should carry for the sake of loving others, purifying my soul, and strengthening my relationship with You. Help me also to become aware that You are at my side, holding the larger portion of my cross. I complain about my burdens, and yet, You carried the burden of my sins and those of the whole world. Your pain was much greater than mine. Thank You for caring about me so much!

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.


O, how sad and sore distressed
Was that Mother highly blessed
Of the sole Begotten One.


Related entries:

Station 1: Jesus is condemned to die on the cross

Station 2 Jesus takes up His Cross

Station 3 Jesus Falls for the first time


Station 4 Jesus Meets His Mother

Station 5 Simon of Cyrene helps Jesus Carry the Cross

Station 6 Veronica Wipes the face of Jesus


Station 7 Jesus Falls the Second Time

Station 8 Jesus Comforts the Women

Station 9 Jesus Falls for the third time

Station 10 Jesus is stripped of His Garments

Station 11 Jesus is Nailed to the Cross

Station 12 Jesus dies on the Cross

Station13 : Jesus IS taken down from the Cross

Station 14: Jesus is buried

Text Prayers from Cathedral of Mary.

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Station 3- JESUS FALLS FOR THE FIRST TIME

STATION 3: Jesus Falls The First Time



We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You.
Because by Your Holy Cross You have redeemed the world.

My Lord Jesus Christ:

You could barely see where You were going, because Your sacred eyes were blurred by Your pain and the blood dripping from the Crown of Thorns. So you stumbled and fell, increasing the pain in Your already-exhausted Body. And I, forgetting what You have done for me, ignore what You have told me about living a holy life, and so I stumble and fall in my walk with You. Forgive me, my Beloved Jesus! Turn my failures into new growth as I unite my stumblings to Your redemptive walk to Calvary.

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.


Christ above in torment hangs
She beneath beholds the pangs
Of her dying, glorious Son.


Related entries:

Station 1: Jesus is condemned to die on the cross

Station 2 Jesus takes up His Cross

Station 3 Jesus Falls for the first time


Station 4 Jesus Meets His Mother

Station 5 Simon of Cyrene helps Jesus Carry the Cross

Station 6 Veronica Wipes the face of Jesus


Station 7 Jesus Falls the Second Time

Station 8 Jesus Comforts the Women

Station 9 Jesus Falls for the third time

Station 10 Jesus is stripped of His Garments

Station 11 Jesus is Nailed to the Cross

Station 12 Jesus dies on the Cross

Station13 : Jesus IS taken down from the Cross

Station 14: Jesus is buried
Text Prayers from Cathedral of Mary.

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Station 4 -JESUS MEETS HIS BLESSED MOTHER

STATION 4: Jesus Meets His Mother



We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You.
Because by Your Holy Cross You have redeemed the world.

My Lord Jesus Christ:

How did You feel when Your eyes met the sorrowing eyes of Your Blessed Mother? How did she manage to handle the sight of her Beloved Son as He endured such horrid sufferings? Help me to draw on the same well of strength from the Holy Spirit as You did and she did when you gazed on each other with such intimate love! Help me also to understand her strong love for me, and that she is right now caring about me and all of my trials, and that in her great motherly love for me, she is praying her most powerful prayers.

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.


Is there one who would not weep,
'whelmed in miseries 'O so deep
Christ's dear Mother to behold.


Related entries:

Station 1: Jesus is condemned to die on the cross

Station 2 Jesus takes up His Cross

Station 3 Jesus Falls for the first time


Station 4 Jesus Meets His Mother

Station 5 Simon of Cyrene helps Jesus Carry the Cross

Station 6 Veronica Wipes the face of Jesus


Station 7 Jesus Falls the Second Time

Station 8 Jesus Comforts the Women

Station 9 Jesus Falls for the third time

Station 10 Jesus is stripped of His Garments

Station 11 Jesus is Nailed to the Cross

Station 12 Jesus dies on the Cross

Station13 : Jesus IS taken down from the Cross

Station 14: Jesus is buried

Text Prayers from Cathedral of Mary.

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Station 5 -SIMON OF CYRENE HELPS JESUS CARRY THE CROSS

STATION 5: Simon Of Cyrene Helps Jesus



We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You.
Because by Your Holy Cross You have redeemed the world.

My Lord Jesus Christ:

Sometimes You ask me to be a Simon. When I endure trials willingly for the sake of loving others, I am carrying Your Cross with You. What a privilege! What an honor! And yet, so often I try to get rid of this Cross; I don't want to help You. I'd rather fight back when someone argues with me. I'd rather stay angry than forgive quickly. I'd rather have others bend to my will instead of accepting the unhappy load of serving their desires. Help me to become more like You, loving my enemies, doing good to those who hurt me, forgiving them unendingly.

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.


Can the human heart refrain
from partaking in her pain
in that Mother's pain untold?


Related entries:

Station 1: Jesus is condemned to die on the cross

Station 2 Jesus takes up His Cross

Station 3 Jesus Falls for the first time


Station 4 Jesus Meets His Mother

Station 5 Simon of Cyrene helps Jesus Carry the Cross

Station 6 Veronica Wipes the face of Jesus


Station 7 Jesus Falls the Second Time

Station 8 Jesus Comforts the Women

Station 9 Jesus Falls for the third time

Station 10 Jesus is stripped of His Garments

Station 11 Jesus is Nailed to the Cross

Station 12 Jesus dies on the Cross

Station13 : Jesus IS taken down from the Cross

Station 14: Jesus is buried

Text Prayers from Cathedral of Mary.

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Station 6-VERONICA WIPES THE FACE OF JESUS

STATION 6: Veronica Wipes The Face Of Jesus



We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You.
Because by Your Holy Cross You have redeemed the world.

My Lord Jesus Christ:

Veronica showed genuine caring for You when she risked the ridicule of the people and the wrath of the soldiers in order to wipe Your sacred face. Help me to love You so much that I'd do anything for You, no matter what others think of me. And since You said that whatever I do to the least of the people, I do unto You, help me also to love everyone so much that I willingly and eagerly serve their needs no matter how I feel about it.

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.


Bruised, derided, cursed, defiled
She beheld her tender Child
All with bloody scourges rent.


Related entries:

Station 1: Jesus is condemned to die on the cross

Station 2 Jesus takes up His Cross

Station 3 Jesus Falls for the first time


Station 4 Jesus Meets His Mother

Station 5 Simon of Cyrene helps Jesus Carry the Cross

Station 6 Veronica Wipes the face of Jesus


Station 7 Jesus Falls the Second Time

Station 8 Jesus Comforts the Women

Station 9 Jesus Falls for the third time

Station 10 Jesus is stripped of His Garments

Station 11 Jesus is Nailed to the Cross

Station 12 Jesus dies on the Cross

Station13 : Jesus IS taken down from the Cross

Station 14: Jesus is buried

Text Prayers from Cathedral of Mary.

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Station 7-JESUS FALLS A SECOND TIME

STATION 7: Jesus Falls A Second Time



We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You.
Because by Your Holy Cross You have redeemed the world.

My Lord Jesus Christ:

How tired and pain-wracked Your Sacred Body must have been when You fell a second time! You could have chosen to die right then and there, rather than go on to face more suffering and that most gruesome death on the Cross. And yet, You chose to find more strength so that You could go all the way to Calvary. I offer up to You all those times when I want to quit dealing with my own problems, all those times when I want to quit trying, all those times when I want quit facing more difficulties and find a way out. Lord Jesus, be the strength and patience and endurance that I need to keep on walking through my pain and suffering.

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.


For the sins of His own nation
Saw Him hang in desolation
Till His spirit forth He sent
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Related entries:

Station 1: Jesus is condemned to die on the cross

Station 2 Jesus takes up His Cross

Station 3 Jesus Falls for the first time


Station 4 Jesus Meets His Mother

Station 5 Simon of Cyrene helps Jesus Carry the Cross

Station 6 Veronica Wipes the face of Jesus


Station 7 Jesus Falls the Second Time

Station 8 Jesus Comforts the Women

Station 9 Jesus Falls for the third time

Station 10 Jesus is stripped of His Garments

Station 11 Jesus is Nailed to the Cross

Station 12 Jesus dies on the Cross

Station13 : Jesus IS taken down from the Cross

Station 14: Jesus is buried

Text Prayers from Cathedral of Mary.

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Station 8: JESUS COMFORTS THE WOMEN

STATION 8: Jesus Comforts The Women



We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You.
Because by Your Holy Cross You have redeemed the world.

My Lord Jesus Christ:

You are not too busy or too far away to give me comfort. When I am in the midst of my difficulties, it seems like I'm all alone. It feels like You've abandoned me. But in truth, You are always with me. Help me to remember to turn to You whenever I am suffering, whenever I am upset, whenever I need a shoulder to cry on. You are the only true source of joy and peace; teach me to seek these only from You, and then I will experience joy in the midst of sorrow and peace in the midst of turmoil.

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.


O' sweet Mother! Fount of Love,
Touch my spirit from above
Make my heart with yours accord.


Related entries:

Station 1: Jesus is condemned to die on the cross

Station 2 Jesus takes up His Cross

Station 3 Jesus Falls for the first time


Station 4 Jesus Meets His Mother

Station 5 Simon of Cyrene helps Jesus Carry the Cross

Station 6 Veronica Wipes the face of Jesus


Station 7 Jesus Falls the Second Time

Station 8 Jesus Comforts the Women

Station 9 Jesus Falls for the third time

Station 10 Jesus is stripped of His Garments

Station 11 Jesus is Nailed to the Cross

Station 12 Jesus dies on the Cross

Station13 : Jesus IS taken down from the Cross

Station 14: Jesus is buried

Text Prayers from Cathedral of Mary.

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Station 9-JESUS FALLS A THIRD TIME

STATION 9: Jesus Falls A Third Time



We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You.
Because by Your Holy Cross You have redeemed the world.

My Lord Jesus Christ:

Where did You get the strength to get up after Your third fall? How could You love me so much that You searched for that strength and found it, knowing that this would take you to Your greatest act of love for me on the Cross? I barely understand it! I have done so much to hurt You by hurting the people around me. I don't mean to hurt them and You, but I am motivated by selfishness; I don't truly care about the needs and desires and feelings of others as much as I care about my own. Even so, You cared about me more than You cared about Yourself ... all the way to the Cross. Help me to more fully appreciate and imitate this example of true love.

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Make me feel as You have felt,
Make my soul to go and melt
With the love of Christ, my Lord.


Related entries:

Station 1: Jesus is condemned to die on the cross

Station 2 Jesus takes up His Cross

Station 3 Jesus Falls for the first time


Station 4 Jesus Meets His Mother

Station 5 Simon of Cyrene helps Jesus Carry the Cross

Station 6 Veronica Wipes the face of Jesus


Station 7 Jesus Falls the Second Time

Station 8 Jesus Comforts the Women

Station 9 Jesus Falls for the third time

Station 10 Jesus is stripped of His Garments

Station 11 Jesus is Nailed to the Cross

Station 12 Jesus dies on the Cross

Station13 : Jesus IS taken down from the Cross

Station 14: Jesus is buried
Text Prayers from Cathedral of Mary.

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Station10-JESUS IS STRIPPED OF HIS GARMENTS

STATION 10: Jesus Is Stripped



We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You.
Because by Your Holy Cross You have redeemed the world.

My Lord Jesus Christ:

When You suffered through Your final hours, You had nothing left but love for me and for everyone else who ever lived and ever will live. You'd been stripped of Your clothes, Your dignity, Your freedom. In contrast, I am such a wretch! I pride myself for my fashionable clothes. I surround myself with more possessions than I have time to use. I keep myself so busy reaching my goals that I have too little time to show caring for others. Help me to put everything in my life into right priority. Help me to compare whatever I do with what You've done, not to feel inferior but to feel inspired. Change me, O Lord!

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

Holy Mother, pierce me through
In my heart each wound renew
Of my Savior crucified.


Related entries:

Station 1: Jesus is condemned to die on the cross

Station 2 Jesus takes up His Cross

Station 3 Jesus Falls for the first time


Station 4 Jesus Meets His Mother

Station 5 Simon of Cyrene helps Jesus Carry the Cross

Station 6 Veronica Wipes the face of Jesus


Station 7 Jesus Falls the Second Time

Station 8 Jesus Comforts the Women

Station 9 Jesus Falls for the third time

Station 10 Jesus is stripped of His Garments

Station 11 Jesus is Nailed to the Cross

Station 12 Jesus dies on the Cross

Station13 : Jesus IS taken down from the Cross

Station 14: Jesus is buried

Text Prayers from Cathedral of Mary.



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Station 11-JESUS US NAILED TO THE CROSS

STATION 11: Jesus Is Nailed To The Cross



We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You.
Because by Your Holy Cross You have redeemed the world.

My Lord Jesus Christ:

I, too, have been nailed; help me to accept my crucifixion with an awareness of being intimately united to You. When others have unjustly accused me, they have nailed me to Your Holy Cross. When others have demanded from me what was difficult or unpleasant to give, they have nailed me again. Usually, I struggle to come down off that Cross; help me to discover the sweetness of being joined to Your redemptive suffering, so that I more readily choose the way of love instead of the easier road of selfishness.

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Let me share with you His pain
Who for all our sins was slain,
Who for me in torments died.


Related entries:

Station 1: Jesus is condemned to die on the cross

Station 2 Jesus takes up His Cross

Station 3 Jesus Falls for the first time


Station 4 Jesus Meets His Mother

Station 5 Simon of Cyrene helps Jesus Carry the Cross

Station 6 Veronica Wipes the face of Jesus


Station 7 Jesus Falls the Second Time

Station 8 Jesus Comforts the Women

Station 9 Jesus Falls for the third time

Station 10 Jesus is stripped of His Garments

Station 11 Jesus is Nailed to the Cross

Station 12 Jesus dies on the Cross

Station13 : Jesus IS taken down from the Cross

Station 14: Jesus is buried

Text Prayers from Cathedral of Mary.

Station 12 JESUS DIES ON THE CROSS

STATION 12: Jesus Dies On The Cross



We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You.
Because by Your Holy Cross You have redeemed the world.

My Lord Jesus Christ:

At long last, Your pain ended when you finished exhaling Your final breath. In death, there was peace. In death, Your torments ceased and Your tormentors could do no more to hurt You. I want to die with You. I want to die to all my selfishness, all my uncaring tendencies, all my desires and decisions and control, so that what remains is only Your love at work in me. Thank You for accepting this prayer. I am in Your hands. I am in Your heart.

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Let me mingle tears with thee
Mourning Him who mourned with me,
All the days that I may live.


Related entries:

Station 1: Jesus is condemned to die on the cross

Station 2 Jesus takes up His Cross

Station 3 Jesus Falls for the first time


Station 4 Jesus Meets His Mother

Station 5 Simon of Cyrene helps Jesus Carry the Cross

Station 6 Veronica Wipes the face of Jesus


Station 7 Jesus Falls the Second Time

Station 8 Jesus Comforts the Women

Station 9 Jesus Falls for the third time

Station 10 Jesus is stripped of His Garments

Station 11 Jesus is Nailed to the Cross

Station 12 Jesus dies on the Cross

Station13 : Jesus IS taken down from the Cross

Station 14: Jesus is buried

Text Prayers from Cathedral of Mary.

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Station 13-JESUS IS TAKEN DOWN FROM THE CROSS

STATION 13: Jesus Is Taken Down From The Cross



We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You.
Because by Your Holy Cross You have redeemed the world.

My Lord Jesus Christ:

Who will take me down from my Cross of sufferings? Dying to all that is sinful in me, will I have loved ones to care about me and to give me rest? Yes! The Blessed Mother knows who I am and what I have done, because my love for You as connected me to her. She wept over Your sufferings, and yet she was pleased that You had followed the Father's plan. So, too, she weeps with me in my sufferings and she is pleased with me for obeying the Father's call to love others unconditionally. Help me to find rest in her motherly care.

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

By the Cross with You to stay
there with You we weep and pray
Is all I ask of You to give.


Related entries:

Station 1: Jesus is condemned to die on the cross

Station 2 Jesus takes up His Cross

Station 3 Jesus Falls for the first time


Station 4 Jesus Meets His Mother

Station 5 Simon of Cyrene helps Jesus Carry the Cross

Station 6 Veronica Wipes the face of Jesus


Station 7 Jesus Falls the Second Time

Station 8 Jesus Comforts the Women

Station 9 Jesus Falls for the third time

Station 10 Jesus is stripped of His Garments

Station 11 Jesus is Nailed to the Cross

Station 12 Jesus dies on the Cross

Station13 : Jesus IS taken down from the Cross

Station 14: Jesus is buried

Text prayers from Cathedral of Mary

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Station 14 JESUS IS BURIED





We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You.
Because by Your Holy Cross You have redeemed the world.

My Lord Jesus Christ:

I want to begin a new life of becoming more completely the person whom God the Father created me to be. In this, I will find freedom from everything and everyone that has caused me to suffer, because no matter what happens to me, I am with You, and Your love for me is sufficient. Your love has redeemed me. Your love has taken my pain and enhanced it with hope. My suffering is not futile when I endure it for love of You and for love of others. Help me to more fully understand this, and let this motivate me toward greater imitation of You, all the way to the Cross and the glorious Resurrection that always follows!

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Virgin of all virgins blest!
Listen to my found request;
Let me share your grief divine.


Related entries:

Station 1: Jesus is condemned to die on the cross

Station 2 Jesus takes up His Cross

Station 3 Jesus Falls for the first time


Station 4 Jesus Meets His Mother

Station 5 Simon of Cyrene helps Jesus Carry the Cross

Station 6 Veronica Wipes the face of Jesus


Station 7 Jesus Falls the Second Time

Station 8 Jesus Comforts the Women

Station 9 Jesus Falls for the third time

Station 10 Jesus is stripped of His Garments

Station 11 Jesus is Nailed to the Cross

Station 12 Jesus dies on the Cross

Station13 : Jesus IS taken down from the Cross

Station 14: Jesus is buried

Text prayers from Cathedral of Mary


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Maundy Thursday Reflections-Prayer at the Garden of Ghetsemane


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32 Then they came to a place which was named Gethsemane; and He said to His disciples, "Sit here while I pray."

33 And He took Peter, James, and John with Him, and He began to be troubled and deeply distressed.

34 Then He said to them, "My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here and watch."

35 He went a little farther, and fell on the ground, and prayed that if it were possible, the hour might pass from Him.

36 And He said, "Abba, Father, all things are possible for You. Take this cup away from Me; nevertheless, not what I will, but what You will."

37 Then He came and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, "Simon, are you sleeping? Could you not watch one hour?

38 "Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit truly is willing, but the flesh is weak."

39 Again He went away and prayed, and spoke the same words.

40 And when He returned, He found them asleep again, for their eyes were heavy; and they did not know what to answer Him.

41 Then He came the third time and said to them, "Are you still sleeping and resting? It is enough! The hour has come; behold, the Son of Man is being betrayed into the hands of sinners.

42 "Rise up, let us go. See, My betrayer is at hand."


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Maundy Thursday Reflections-Last Supper

The Last Supper

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12 And on the first day of Unleavened Bread, when they sacrificed the passover lamb, his disciples said to him, “Where will you have us go and prepare for you to eat the passover?” 13 And he sent two of his disciples, and said to them, “Go into the city, and a man carrying a jar of water will meet you; follow him, 14 and wherever he enters, say to the householder, ‘The Teacher says, Where is my guest room, where I am to eat the passover with my disciples?’ 15 And he will show you a large upper room furnished and ready; there prepare for us.” 16 And the disciples set out and went to the city, and found it as he had told them; and they prepared the passover.

17 And when it was evening he came with the twelve. 18 And as they were at table eating, Jesus said, “Truly, I say to you, one of you will betray me, one who is eating with me.” 19 They began to be sorrowful, and to say to him one after another, “Is it I?” 20 He said to them, “It is one of the twelve, one who is dipping bread into the dish with me. 21 For the Son of man goes as it is written of him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! It would have been better for that man if he had not been born.”

22 And as they were eating, he took bread, and blessed, and broke it, and gave it to them, and said, “Take; this is my body.” 23 And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, and they all drank of it. 24 And he said to them, “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many. 25 Truly, I say to you, I shall not drink again of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.”





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