Saturday, March 13, 2010

First Station of the Cross.

I thought that a nice way to share pictures of Christ the King's new Stations of the Cross would be to put one up each day for the next 14 days along with the St. Alphonsus Liguori prayers for the Stations, which were recited as these new Stations were dedicated for the chapel in Sarasota, Florida. This way readers can do a private meditation on the Passion of Our Lord from their computer as they enjoy these beautiful Stations. As far as I know, the prayers are in the public domain and can be found readily around the internet. Source for the prayers here.

Preparatory Prayer

(to be said kneeling before the altar)
ALL: My Lord, Jesus Christ, / You have made this journey to die for me with unspeakable love; / and I have so many times ungratefully abandoned You. / But now I love You with all my heart; / and, because I love You, I am sincerely sorry for ever having offended You. / Pardon me, my God, and permit me to accompany You on this journey. / You go to die for love of me; / I want, my beloved Redeemer, to die for love of You. / My Jesus, I will live and die always united to You.
At the cross her station keeping
Stood the mournful Mother weeping
Close to Jesus to the last


The First Station:
Pilate Condemns Jesus to Die

V: We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You. (Genuflect)
R: Because, by Your holy cross, You have redeemed the world. (Rise)
V: Consider how Jesus Christ, after being scourged and crowned with thorns, was unjustly condemned by Pilate to die on the cross. (Kneel)
R: My adorable Jesus, / it was not Pilate; / no, it was my sins that condemned You to die. / I beseech You, by the merits of this sorrowful journey, / to assist my soul on its journey to eternity./ I love You, beloved Jesus; / I love You more than I love myself. / With all my heart I repent of ever having offended You. / Grant that I may love You always; and then do with me as You will.
(Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be.)
Through her heart, His sorrow sharing
All His bitter anguish bearing
Now at length the sword has passed

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