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Way of the Cross
March 2014

Prelude: Then Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to his disciples, "Sit here while I go over there and pray." … Then he said to them, "My soul is sorrowful even to death. Remain here and keep watch with me."  He advanced a little and fell prostrate in prayer, saying, "My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me; yet, not as I will, but as you will." 

When he returned to his disciples he found them asleep. He said to Peter, "So you could not keep watch with me for one hour? 

Watch and pray that you may not undergo the test. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak." (Matthew 26:37-41)

Reflection: Christ calls us to keep watch. Let us accompany Jesus on this journey as we watch and pray over all that is going on with many of our sisters and brothers around the world.

 

The Jesuit Refugee Service Way of the Cross has been updated as of February 25, 2014. In addition to participating in the Stations below, you may also download a PDF booklet of this resource by clicking here. 


Reflections for the week

Station One: Jesus is Condemned to Death
Sunday, January 05, 2014
Pilate said to them, “Then what shall I do with Jesus called Messiah?” They all said, “Let him be crucified!” But he said, “Why? What evil has he done?” They only shouted the louder, “Let him be crucified!”
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Station Two: The Cross is laid upon Him
Sunday, January 05, 2014
Then Pilate handed Jesus over to be crucified. So they took Jesus, and carrying the cross himself, he went out to what is called Golgotha, the Place of the Skull.
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Station Three: Jesus Falls for the First Time
Sunday, January 05, 2014
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
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Station Four: Jesus Meets His Blessed Mother
Sunday, January 05, 2014
Then Simeon said to Mary, “You yourself a sword will pierce, so that the thoughts of many hearts might be revealed.”
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Station Five: Simon of Cyrene Bears the Cross
Wednesday, January 05, 2011
And as they led him away, they laid hold upon one Simon, a Cyrenian, coming out of the country, and on him they laid the cross, that he might bear it after Jesus.
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Station Six: Christ’s Face Wiped by Veronica
Sunday, January 05, 2014
If one who has wealth sees a sister or brother in need and refuses them compassion, how can the love of God remain in that one?
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Station Seven: Jesus Falls a Second Time
Sunday, January 05, 2014
Yet it was our infirmities he bore, our sufferings that he endured.
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Station Eight: Jesus Comforts the Women
Thursday, January 02, 2014
Jesus turned toward the women, saying, “Daughters of Jerusalem, weep not for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children.”
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Station Nine: Jesus Falls a Third Time
Sunday, January 05, 2014
“Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? When did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? When did we see you ill or in prison, and visit you?” And the King will say to them in reply, “Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers or sisters of mine, you did for me.”
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Station Ten: Jesus Is Stripped of His Garments
Sunday, January 05, 2014
Then they crucified him and divided his garments by casting lots for them to see what each should take.
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Station Eleven: Jesus Is Nailed To The Cross
Thursday, January 02, 2014
They will look upon him whom they have pierced.
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Station Twelve: Jesus Dies
Sunday, January 05, 2014
Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, they know not what they do.”
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Station Thirteen: Jesus Is Taken From The Cross
Sunday, January 05, 2014
When the centurion who stood facing him saw how he breathed his last he said, “Truly this man was the Son of God!”
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Station Fourteen: Jesus is Laid in the Tomb
Sunday, January 05, 2014
It was the day of preparation, and the Sabbath was about to begin. The women who had come from Galilee with him followed behind, and when they had seen the tomb and the way in which his body was laid in it, they returned and prepared spices and perfumed oils. Then they rested on the Sabbath according to the commandment.
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Station Fifteen: The Resurrection
Thursday, January 02, 2014
Very early, just after sunrise, on the first day of the week they came to the tomb. They were saying to one another, “Who will roll back the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?”
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