Friday, April 06, 2007

Tenth Station
Jesus is stripped of his garments

Adoramus te, Christe, et benedicimus tibi.
Quia per sanctam crucem tuam redemisti mundum

From the Gospel according to Matthew 27:33-36
And when they came to a place called Golgotha (which means the place of a skull), they offered him wine to drink, mingled with gall, but when he tasted it, he would not drink it. And when they had crucified him, they divided his garments among them by casting lots; then they sat down and kept watch over him there.

Meditation
If agony of the tortured path could not move my heart to Love, then O, my soul, weep now for your Savior stripped and shorn of all dignity. He, Glory of all Eternity, now twisted and striped for my love of worldly pleasures. What bitter exchange would my Lord undertake to free me from vain strivings. Strip from my heart, O my Savior, the appetite for worldly delicacies. Let me look upon your wounds and love them instead. And in loving them, help me to turn away from temporal diversions and fix my eyes on the Eternal.

Pater noster, qui es in cælis: sanctificetur nomen tuum; adveniat regnum tuum; fiat voluntas tua, sicut in cælo, et in terra. Panem nostrum quotidianum da nobis hodie; et dimitte nobis debita nostra, sicut et nos dimittimus debitoribus nostris; et ne nos inducas in tentationem; sed libera nos a malo. Amen.

Fac ut ardeat cor meum in amando Christum Deum, ut sibi complaceam.
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Eleventh Station
Jesus is nailed to the Cross

Adoramus te, Christe, et benedicimus tibi.
Quia per sanctam crucem tuam redemisti mundum.

From the Gospel according to Matthew 27:37-42
And over his head they put the charge against him, which read, "This is Jesus the King of the Jews". Then two robbers were crucified with him, one on the right hand and one on the left. And those who passed by derided him, wagging their heads and saying, "You who would destroy the temple and build it in three days, save yourself! If you are the Son of God, come down from the Cross." So also the chief priests with the scribes and elders mocked him, saying, "He saved others; he cannot save himself. He is the King of Israel; let him come down now from the Cross and we will believe in him."

Meditation
The hands that turned water into wine, that cooled a fevered woman's brow, that made a blind man see, that pulled sinking Simon from the sea now are fastened by nails to the hard wood. Emmanuel's feet that walked from city to city proclaiming the year of the Lord are now pierced through to long beam of the Cross. With arms outstretched, You, O Saving Victim, embrace the punishment for me. This then is Your Offering, Beloved Son of God. What can I give you in exchange? Fasten your heart to Christ's pierced feet, O Soul, and never again depart from Him.

Pater noster, qui es in cælis: sanctificetur nomen tuum; adveniat regnum tuum; fiat voluntas tua, sicut in cælo, et in terra. Panem nostrum quotidianum da nobis hodie; et dimitte nobis debita nostra, sicut et nos dimittimus debitoribus nostris; et ne nos inducas in tentationem; sed libera nos a malo. Amen.

Sancta mater, istud agas, Crucifixi fige plagas cordi meo valide.
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Twelfth Station
Jesus dies on the Cross

Adoramus te, Christe, et benedicimus tibi.
Quia per sanctam crucem tuam redemisti mundum.

From the Gospel according to John 19:19-20
Pilate also wrote a title and put it on the Cross; it read, "Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jew". Many of the Jews read this title, for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city; and it was written in Hebrew, in Latin, and in Greek.

From the Gospel according to Matthew 27:45-50, 54
Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land until the ninth hour. And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud vice, "Eli, Eli lama sabachthani?" That is, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" And some of the bystanders hearing it said, "This man is calling Elijah". And one of them at once ran and took a sponge, filled it with vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave it to him to drink. But the others said, "Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come to save him." And Jesus cried again with a loud voice and yielded up his spirit. When the centurion and those who were with him, keeping watch over Jesus, saw the earthquake and what took place,they were filled with awe, and said, "Truly this was the Son of God!"

Meditation
Now agony consumes You, My Lord. Bitter is the pain, but bitterest is the Father's abandonment. "Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?" "Why?" The Guiltless One rejected to blot out my offenses. Then crushed, spent, deprived, You bowed Your Head in surrender. The rocks were split, the sky turned black. The Father's sorrow is revealed. Heaven and earth weep. Join in the sorrow, O my Soul. The King is dead.

Pater noster, qui es in cælis: sanctificetur nomen tuum; adveniat regnum tuum; fiat voluntas tua, sicut in cælo, et in terra. Panem nostrum quotidianum da nobis hodie; et dimitte nobis debita nostra, sicut et nos dimittimus debitoribus nostris; et ne nos inducas in tentationem; sed libera nos a malo. Amen.

Fac me vere tecum flere, Crucifixo condolore, donec ego vixero.
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Thirteenth Station
Jesus is taken down from the Cross and given to his Mother

Adoramus te, Christe, et benedicimus tibi.
Quia per sanctam crucem tuam redemisti mundum.

From the Gospel according to Matthew 27:54-56
When the centurion and those who were with him, keeping watch over Jesus, saw the earthquake and what took place, they were filled with awe, and said, "Truly this was the Son of God!" There were also many women there, looking on from afar, who had followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering to him.

Meditation
Go gently, dear Joseph and Nicodemus, as you unfasten our dead Lord's Body from the tree. For the Body you hold is unspeakably more precious than all the worlds' treasures. And all you, waiting beneath the cross, receive His descending Body with utmost care. Kiss his limbs that bore the crushing weight of my sins, of your sins. Caress the gaping wounds on his hands, his feet, his side. Memorize them as I will that we may never forget that by them we are redeemed. Comfort Most Beloved Pure Mother who now presses the Son against her bosom. Grant, O Gracious Lady, that I may lean against your pierced heart that I may learn of God's Wondrous Love.

Pater noster, qui es in cælis: sanctificetur nomen tuum; adveniat regnum tuum; fiat voluntas tua, sicut in cælo, et in terra. Panem nostrum quotidianum da nobis hodie; et dimitte nobis debita nostra, sicut et nos dimittimus debitoribus nostris; et ne nos inducas in tentationem; sed libera nos a malo. Amen.

Vidit suum dulcem Natum morientem, desolatum, cum emisit spiritum.
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Fourteenth Station
Jesus is laid in the tomb

Adoramus te, Christe, et benedicimus tibi.
Quia per sanctam crucem tuam redemisti mundum.

From the Gospel according to Matthew 27:59-61
Joseph took the body, and wrapped it in a clean linen shroud, and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn in the rock; and he rolled a great stone to the door of the tomb, and departed. Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were there, sitting opposite the sepulchre.

Meditation
Ah, the Savior's toil is ended. Make Him ready for His rest. Wash the bloody, broken body with your tears. Anoint Him with perfumed aloes and myrrh. And let the scent rise up to heaven where the Father may be pleased. Wrap him with clean cloth. Earth, receive your Lord again, and make Him a proper bed for the sabbath rest. Rest now, My Lord. The bitter strife is over. As for me, I will make my heart clean that I may entomb my Sweet Jesu.

Pater noster, qui es in cælis: sanctificetur nomen tuum; adveniat regnum tuum; fiat voluntas tua, sicut in cælo, et in terra. Panem nostrum quotidianum da nobis hodie; et dimitte nobis debita nostra, sicut et nos dimittimus debitoribus nostris; et ne nos inducas in tentationem; sed libera nos a malo. Amen.

Quando corpus morietur, fac ut animæ donetur paradisi gloria. Amen.

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