Our Lenten Journey
Beginning on Ash Wednesday and continuing through all forty days of Lent, we will be providing prayers, reflections, and links to websites that will help you connect with God.
STATIONS OF THE CROSS
This year we will have the opportunity to publically profess our faith by walking and praying the Stations of the Cross in the Parish Hall. You are welcome to join us each Friday During Lent at 5pm
Father will also be available for confession every Friday after the Stations of the Cross.
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STATIONS OF THE CROSS
Because our worship services have been changed due to COVID 19, and the unfortunate water damage to St Mary by the Sea, our Lenten services will reflect these changes. As part of the changes, we would like to include The Way of the Cross in our Sunday Bulletin throughout the Lenten Season. Each Sunday Bulletin will include two stations from My Daily Way of the Cross with accompanying meditations for the week.
The Way of the Cross is a way of prayer. I walk in spirit, with Jesus on His journey to Calvary and meditate on His suffering and death. Each meditation can be a personal meeting with Jesus and a new discovery of His presence in my life. Each meditation can be deeply personal by recalling specific persons, places and experiences in my own life.
Lord Jesus, help me to be open to your closeness and presence as I begin this Lenten journey to Calvary with you. Help me to find in your Passion and Death the strength to take up my cross and follow you.
Station 1: Pilate Condemns Jesus to Die
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 a Pontius Pilate.
Station 2: Jesus Accepts His Cross
MEDITATION: Lord Jesus, you embraced your cross to redeem the world. Help me to embrace the crosses in my life—the hardships, struggles, disappointments and pain. Only by recognizing my own weakness, can I discover your strength.
Station 3: Jesus Falls the Third Time
MEDITATION: Lord Jesus, you know how often I fall trying to follow you. Yet you are always there to lift me up. Help me always to trust in your loving care for me.
Station 4: Jesus Meets His Mother
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.
Station 5: Simon Helps Carry 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.
Station 6: Veronica Wipes the Face of Jesus
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.
Station 7: Jesus Falls the Second Time
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.
Station 8: Jesus Speaks to the Women
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.
Station 9: Jesus Falls the Third Time
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.
Station 10: Jesus is Stripped of His Garments
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.
Station 11: Jesus in Nailed to 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.
Station 12: Jesus Dies on 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.
Station 13: Jesus is Taken From 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, helpless. Help me to place my life in your hands.
Station 14: Jesus is Laid in the Tomb
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.
Lord Jesus, help me to walk with you 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 you. Give me the faith and trust I need to walk with you always. Amen