Behold, The LOVE Of GOD! Virtual Stations Of The Cross

This post provides the opportunity to pray the stations of the cross in the comfort of your home. This is meant to be prayed and NOT watched. Enter with your heart into the greatest act of Love the world has ever seen. Put yourself next to Mary Magdalene, John the Beloved, Simon, and Mother Mary.

The Tradition is, after the paschal mystery (the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus), Mother Mary would visit daily the sites of Jesus’ passion. So close was she to her son’s heart, she would relive, over and over, His Love. Through the Stations, one must see the passion as Mother Mary did, looking beyond the violence and seeing the Person who is LOVE, giving everything he is and has to you and for you. THIS IS HOW MUCH YOU ARE WORTH TO GOD! God is real, Love is real, and this is how badly he wants you back in his arms.

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FIRST STATION

Jesus is condemned to death

Pray: We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you, because by your Holy Cross you have redeemed the world.

Pray: Hail Mary…

SECOND STATION

Jesus takes up his cross

Pray: We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you, because by your Holy Cross you have redeemed the world.

Pray: Hail Mary…

THIRD STATION

Jesus falls for the first time

Pray: We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you, because by your Holy Cross you have redeemed the world.

Pray: Hail Mary…

FOURTH STATION

Jesus meets his Mother

Pray: We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you, because by your Holy Cross you have redeemed the world.

Pray: Hail Mary…

FIFTH STATION

Jesus is helped by Simon of Cyrene to carry his cross

Pray: We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you, because by your Holy Cross you have redeemed the world.

They compelled a passer-by, who was coming in from the country, to carry his cross; it was Simon of Cyrene, the father of Alexander and Rufus (Mk 15:21).

Simon of Cyrene just happened to be passing by. But it becomes a decisive moment in his life. He was returning from the fields. A working man, a strong man. And so he was forced to carry the cross of Jesus, condemned to a shameful death (cf. Phil 2:8).

But this casual encounter leads to a life-changing decision to follow Jesus and to take up his cross each day in self-denial (cf. Mt 16:24-25). Mark tells us that Simon was the father of two Christians known to the community of Rome, Alexander and Rufus. A father who clearly impressed upon the hearts of his children the power of Jesus’ cross. Life, if you grasp it too tightly, decays and turns to dust. But if you give it away, it blossoms and bears fruit, for you and for the entire community!

Here is the real cure for that selfishness of ours which always lurks beneath the surface. Our relationship with others brings us healing and creates a mystic, contemplative fraternity capable of seeing the sacred grandeur of our neighbour, capable of finding God in everyone, capable too of putting up with life’s troubles by holding fast to the love of God. Only by opening my heart to divine love am I drawn to seek the happiness of others through the practice of charity: a night spent in hospital, an interest-free loan, a tear wiped away in the family, heartfelt generosity, farsighted commitment to the common good, a sharing of our bread and labour, the rejection of all jealousy and envy.

Jesus himself tells us: “Just as you did it to one of the least of these, my brothers, you did it to me” (Mt 25:40).

Pray: Hail Mary…

SIXTH STATION

Veronica wipes the face of Jesus

Pray: We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you, because by your Holy Cross you have redeemed the world.

“Come”, my heart says, “seek his face!” Your face; Lord, do I seek. Do not hide your face from me. Do not turn your servant away in anger, you who have been my help (Ps 27:8-9).

Jesus drags himself along, gasping. Yet the radiance of his countenance is undiminished. No amount of abuse can dim his beauty. The spittle and the blows were unable to obscure it. His face appears as a burning bush which, the more it is buffeted, the more it radiates salvation. Silent tears fall from the Master’s eyes. He bears the burden of one forsaken. And yet Jesus advances, he does not stop, he does not turn back. He confronts affliction. He is distressed by the cruelty all around him, yet he knows that his dying will not be in vain!

Jesus then halts before a woman who resolutely approaches him. It is Veronica, a true image of a woman’s tender love.

Here the Lord embodies our need for love freely given, for the knowledge that we are loved and kept safe by acts of kindness and concern. Veronica’s gesture is bathed in the precious blood of Jesus; it seems to wipe away the acts of irreverence which he endured in those hours of torture. Veronica is able to touch the gentle Jesus, to feel something of his radiance. Not only to alleviate his pain, but to share in his suffering. In Jesus, she sees all our neighbours who need to be consoled with a tender touch, and comes to hear the cries of pain of all those who, in our own day, receive neither practical assistance nor the warmth of compassion. Who die of loneliness…

Pray: Hail Mary…

SEVENTH STATION

Jesus falls for the second time

Pray: We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you, because by your Holy Cross you have redeemed the world.

Pray: Hail Mary…

EIGHTH STATION

Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem

Pray: We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you, because by your Holy Cross you have redeemed the world.

Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me, but weep for yourselves and your children” (Lk 23:28).

Like so many tapers of light, we see women lining the path of pain. Women of fidelity and courage, neither intimidated by the soldiers nor cringing before the wounds of the Good Master. They are prepared to approach him and to comfort him. Jesus stands there before them. Others trample on him as he falls exhausted to the ground. But the women are there, ready to give him the warmth of a loving heart. First they gaze at him from afar, but then they draw near, as would any friend, any brother or sister, who realizes that someone whom they love is in trouble.

Jesus is moved by their bitter lament, yet he tells them not to be disheartened by his sufferings; he tells them to be women not of grief but of faith! He asks for their solidarity in suffering, not merely a barren and plaintive sympathy. No more wailing, but a resolve to be reborn, to look to the future, to advance with faith and hope towards that dawn which will break even more radiantly upon those who journey with their eyes fixed on God. Let us weep for ourselves if we do not yet believe in Jesus, who proclaimed the kingdom of salvation. Let us weep for the sins we have not confessed.

Then too, let us weep for those men who vent on women all their pent-up violence. Let us weep for women enslaved by fear and exploitation. But it is not enough to beat our breast and to feel compassion. Jesus demands more. Women need to be given reassurance, following his example; they need to be cherished as an inviolable gift for all humanity. So that our children may grow in dignity and hope.

Pray: Hail Mary…

NINTH STATION

Jesus falls for the third time

Pray: We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you, because by your Holy Cross you have redeemed the world.

Pray: Hail Mary…

TENTH STATION

Jesus is stripped of his garments

Pray: We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you, because by your Holy Cross you have redeemed the world.

Pray: Hail Mary…

ELEVENTH STATION

Jesus is crucified

Pray: We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you, because by your Holy Cross you have redeemed the world.

Pray: Hail Mary…

TWELFTH STATION

Jesus dies on the cross

Pray: We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you, because by your Holy Cross you have redeemed the world.

Pray: Hail Mary…

THIRTEENTH STATION

Jesus is taken down from the cross

Pray: We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you, because by your Holy Cross you have redeemed the world.

Pray: Hail Mary…

FOURTEENTH STATION

Jesus is laid in the tomb

Pray: We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you, because by your Holy Cross you have redeemed the world.

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