St Joseph's Prayer Blog - 21 Mar 2021 Way of the Cross - Lenten Journey


In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

Let us pray


O Jesus I Surrender myself to You, You take over. Amen


Lent provides us with a wonderful opportunity to reflect on where we are with the Lord.


It is a wonderful way of reliving the final journey of Christ to his death. Between Monday 22nd March through to Holy Saturday we intend to concentrate on each station leading to the glorious events of Easter Sunday.


On this day we will reflect on a lessor known station - the Resurrection of Jesus.


The stations I intend to follow were composed by St Alphonsus Ligouri.


The Stations or the Way of the Cross, also known as the Way of Sorrows or the Via Crucis, refers to a series of images depicting Our Lord on the day of His suffering and death on the Cross and accompanying prayers. The stations grew out of imitations of Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem which is believed to be the actual path Jesus walked to mount Calvary.


The object of the stations is to help the Christians faithful to make a spiritual pilgrimage through contemplation of the Suffering and Passion of Jesus. It has become one of the most popular devotions and the stations can be found in many Western Christian


We will follow each station in prayer and reflection


I trust you will walk the Way of the Cross with me over these two weeks leading to the Resurrection and the hope and joy for all mankind.


Preparatory Prayer


My Lord Jesus Christ, Thou hast made this journey to die for me with love unutterable, and I have so many times unworthily abandoned Thee; but now I love Thee with my whole heart, and because I love Thee, I repent sincerely for ever having off ended Thee. Pardon me, my God, and permit me to accompany Thee on this journey. Thou goest to die for love of me; I wish also, my beloved Redeemer, to die for love of Thee.


My Jesus, I will live and die always united to Thee.

MORNING PRAYER


We adore You O Christ and we praise thee

Because by Thy holy cross

You have redeemed the World.

Amen

TODAY WE CELEBRATE


5th Sunday of Lent


In other years:

Saint Enda (- 530)

WORD OF OUR LORD


John 12:20-33 - If a grain of wheat falls on the ground and dies, it yields a rich harvest


Among those who went up to worship at the festival were some Greeks. These approached Philip, who came from Bethsaida in Galilee, and put this request to him, ‘Sir, we should like to see Jesus.’ Philip went to tell Andrew, and Andrew and Philip together went to tell Jesus. Jesus replied to them:

‘Now the hour has come

for the Son of Man to be glorified.

I tell you, most solemnly,

unless a wheat grain falls on the ground and dies,

it remains only a single grain;

but if it dies,

it yields a rich harvest.

Anyone who loves his life loses it;

anyone who hates his life in this world

will keep it for the eternal life.

If a man serves me, he must follow me,

wherever I am, my servant will be there too.

If anyone serves me, my Father will honour him.

Now my soul is troubled.

What shall I say:

Father, save me from this hour?

But it was for this very reason that I have come to this hour.

Father, glorify your name!’

A voice came from heaven, ‘I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again.’ People standing by, who heard this, said it was a clap of thunder; others said, ‘It was an angel speaking to him.’ Jesus answered, ‘It was not for my sake that this voice came, but for yours.

‘Now sentence is being passed on this world;

now the prince of this world is to be overthrown.

And when I am lifted up from the earth,

I shall draw all men to myself.’

By these words he indicated the kind of death he would die.

THOUGHT FOR TODAY (taken from our 'Prayers and Reflections' section)


God of peace and love bring us all together in your name. Do not let the gates of hell consume us. We all believe in God and his Word and accept Jesus as our Saviour. Send your Spirit to lead us to accept each other and our differences and that one day we will be one in Christ.


Always Remember - JESUS LOVES YOU



Suffering is a great grace; through suffering the soul becomes like the Saviour; in suffering love becomes crystallised; the greater the suffering, the purer the love.” (#57, page 29)




Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska:

Divine Mercy in My Soul




The Word of The Lord - From the Letters of Paul


Hebrews 5:7-9 · He learned to obey and he became the source of eternal salvation


During his life on earth, Christ offered up prayer and entreaty, aloud and in silent tears, to the one who had the power to save him out of death, and he submitted so humbly that his prayer was heard. Although he was Son, he learnt to obey through suffering; but having been made perfect, he became for all who obey him the source of eternal salvation.

Each day I pray that the Lord

will bless you and keep you.

May He show His face to you

and have mercy.

May He turn His countenance to you

and give you peace.

The Lord bless you!

Amen.


Always remember - Jesus loves you.


Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel


Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in our hour of conflict. Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil; May God rebuke him, we humbly pray; And do thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the power of God, thrust into hell Satan and all evil spirits who wander through the world for the ruin of souls. Amen.


The Holy Rosary


Our Blessed Mother explained to us what would happen in the World and in the Church if people continued to turn from God. One of the things she asked us to do was to say the Rosary everyday. Please find a few minutes today to fulfil her request.


Today we pray

The Sorrowful Mysteries


Only in God is my soul at rest. In Him comes my salvation.


We finish as we begun


In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen


We recommend


Catholic Doctrine - onlyingod.com

Catholic Prayer Book - theworldofourlord.com

Catholic Catechism - catechismonline.com

The New Testament - thewordofourlord.com

Scripture Rosary - theholywordrosary.com