The fingers break your virginity

OFFICE FOR LITURGICAL CELEBRATIONS WITH THE HOLY FATHER

CROSSWAY
AT THE COLOSSEUM

UNDER THE PRESIDENCY OF THE HOLY FATHER
FRANCIS

GOOD FRIDAY
THE PASSION OF THE LORD
Rome April 18th 2014

 

FACE OF CHRIST,
FACE OF THE LORD

 

MEDITATIONS from Mons. Giancarlo Maria BREGANTINI,
Archbishop of Campobasso-Boiano

 

INTRODUCTION

 

Schola:

Adoramus te, Christe, et benedicimus tibi,
quia per sanctam crucem tuam redemisti mundum.
Domine, miserere nobis.

 

The Holy Father:

In the name of the father and the son
and the Holy Spirit.

R. Amen.

Editor:

You who saw it testified and his testimony is true. And he knows that he is telling the truth so that you too will believe. Because that was done so that the scripture could be fulfilled: “One should not break a bones on him.” And another scripture says: “They will look at him whom they have pierced” (Joh 19,35-37).

Dearest Jesus,
you went up to Golgotha ​​without hesitation,
- Love to completion - (cf.Joh 13,1)
and had you crucified without complaining.
Humble son of Mary,
you took over the burden of our night
to show us with how much light
you wanted to widen our hearts.
Our salvation lies in your pain
the "hour" is painted in your tears
the revelation of God's innocent love.
With sevenfold forgiveness
in your last breaths as a person among people
you bring us all back to the heart of the father
to us in your last words
to show the way of salvation for all our suffering.
You, who have become completely human, humble yourself deeply on the cross,
understood only by her, your mother,
which "stood" faithfully at the cross.
Your thirst is a source of ever-burning hope
an outstretched hand even for the repentant evildoer,
who, thanks to you, dear Jesus, is entering paradise today.
All of us, O Jesus, crucified Lord,
grant your infinite mercy.
– 
A scent of Bethany sweeps the world,
a sigh of humanity sustains life –
And when we're finally surrendered to your father's hands
open the gate for us to life that does not die! Amen.

 

FIRST STATION

Jesus is sentenced to death
The accusing index finger

 

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

 

From the holy gospel according to Luke. 23, 20-25

But Pilate spoke to them again, because he wanted to release Jesus. But they shouted: “Crucify him, crucify him!” For the third time he said to them: “What crime has he committed? I haven't been able to determine what he deserves death for. Therefore I want to have him flogged and then I will release him. ”But they shouted and demanded louder and louder that he should have Jesus crucified, and with their shouting they prevailed: Pilate decided that their demand should be fulfilled. He released the man who was imprisoned for riot and murder and whom they had requested. But he delivered Jesus up to them as they asked.

A frightened Pilate who does not seek the truth, the accusing index finger and the increasing cries of the angry crowd are the first steps of Jesus' death. As innocent as a lamb whose blood saves its people. That Jesus who was among us healing and blessing is now condemned to death. Not a word of thanks from the crowd, but they choose Barabbas. An embarrassing business for Pilate. He shifts the responsibility to the crowd and washes his hands, fully conscious of his power. He delivers Jesus to be crucified. He doesn't want to know anything more about him. For him, the case is over.

The unceremonious condemnation of Jesus thus combines the frivolous accusations, the superficial judgments among the people, the insinuations and the prejudices that close the heart and become a culture of racism, exclusion and segregation, with anonymous letters and terrible slander . As a suspect you get on the front page immediately, as a justified person on the last!

And we? Can we have an honest and responsible, an unclouded conscience that never turns away from the innocent but bravely stands up for the protection of the weak by resisting injustice and defending the hurt truth?

 

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PRAYER

Jesus our Lord
there are hands that support
and there are hands that sign unjust judgments.
Grant that, supported by your grace, we should not set anyone apart.
Protect us from slander and lies.
Help us always search for the truth
And to be on the side of the weak
able to accompany you on your way.
And give your light to those who have to judge because of their profession,
so that they always make just and true judgments. Amen

All:

Pater noster, qui es in cælis:
sanctificetur noun tuum;
adveniat regnum tuum;
fiat voluntas tua, sicut in cælo, et in terra.
Panem nostrum cotidianum 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.

Stabat Mater dolorosa
iuxta crucem lacrimosa,
dum pendebat Filius.

 

SECOND STATION

Jesus takes up the cross
The heavy wood of the crisis

 

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

 

From the first letter of Peter. 2, 24-25

Jesus carried our sins with his body on the wood of the cross, that we might be dead for sins and live for righteousness. You are healed by his wounds. For you got lost like sheep, but now you have returned to the shepherd and guardian of your souls.

This cross beam weighs heavily, because on it Jesus carries the sins of all of us. He wavers under this burden, which is too heavy for one person alone (cf.Joh 19,17).

It is also the burden of all the injustices that led to the economic crisis with its serious social consequences: insecurity, unemployment, layoffs, money that governs instead of serving, financial speculation, suicide of entrepreneurs, corruption and usury, emigration of companies.

That is the heavy cross of the working world, the injustice that is charged to the workers. Jesus takes it on his shoulders and teaches us not to live in injustice any more, but to be able, with his help, to build bridges of solidarity and hope so that we are neither stray sheep nor lost sheep.

Let us therefore return to Christ, the Shepherd and Guardian of our souls. Let us fight together, one for the other's work, by overcoming fear and isolation, regaining respect for politics and trying to get out of problems together.

Then the cross becomes lighter when it is carried with Jesus and lifted up by everyone together, because through its wounds - which become loopholes - we are healed (cf.1 petr 2,24).

 

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PRAYER

Jesus our Lord
our night is getting darker!
Poverty takes the form of misery.
We have no bread for our children and our nets are empty.
Our future is uncertain. Remedy the lack of work.
Kindle in us the passion for justice,
so that the life we ​​lead doesn't drag on
but lived with dignity! Amen.

All:

Pater noster, qui es in cælis:
sanctificetur noun tuum;
adveniat regnum tuum;
fiat voluntas tua, sicut in cælo, et in terra.
Panem nostrum cotidianum 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.

Cuius animam gementem,
contristatam et dolentem
pertransivit gladius.

 

THIRD STATION

Jesus falls under the cross for the first time
The frailty that opens up to accommodate

 

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

 

From the book of the prophet Isaiah. 53, 4-5

He bore our illness and brought our pain upon himself. We thought that he had been struck by God, struck by him and bowed. But he was pierced because of our crimes, because of our sins. For our salvation the punishment was upon him.

It is a frail, fully human Jesus whom we look at in astonishment at this stage of great suffering. But precisely this falling into the dust reveals his immeasurable love even more clearly. In the crush of the crowd he is stunned by the screams of the soldiers, with burning wounds from the scourging and full of inward grief over the immense human ingratitude. And he falls. Falls to the ground!

But in this fall, since he succumbs to weight and exertion, Jesus becomes once again the teacher of life. He teaches us to accept our frailties, not to lose courage in the face of our failure, to honestly admit our limits: "The will is there with me"Says St. Paul,"but I cannot do the good“ (Rom 7,18).

With this inner strength that he receives from the Father, Jesus also helps us to accept the weaknesses of others; not to rage against him who has fallen; not to treat the falling with indifference. And he gives us the strength not to close the door to those who knock on our door and ask for asylum, for dignity and for home. Aware of our own weakness, we will take in immigrants in their weakness so that they can gain security and hope.

In the dirty water of the bowl from the Upper Room - d. H. in our frailty and weakness - namely the true face of our God is reflected! That is why: "Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ came in the flesh is from God“ (1 Joh4,2).

 

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PRAYER

Jesus our Lord
you humbled yourself
to make up for our frailties and weaknesses.
Make us able to step into a true community
with our poorest brothers and sisters.
Rip every root of fear from our hearts
and comfortable indifference
that prevents us from recognizing you in the migrants
and to testify that your church is limitless,
a real mother of all! Amen.

All:

Pater noster, qui es in cælis:
sanctificetur noun tuum;
adveniat regnum tuum;
fiat voluntas tua, sicut in cælo, et in terra.
Panem nostrum cotidianum 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.

O quam tristis et afflicta
fuit illa benedicta
Mater Unigeniti!

 

FOURTH STATION

Jesus meets his mother
The tears of solidarity

 

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

 

From the holy gospel according to Luke. 2, 34-35

Simeon blessed her and said to Mary, the mother of Jesus: “This one is destined that many in Israel will fall through him and many will be raised up, and he will be a sign that will be contradicted ... But you yourself will have a sword through penetrate the soul. "

 

From the apostle Paul's letter to the Romans. 12.15-16

Rejoice with the happy and cry with the crying! Be of one mind to one another.

Deep emotions and bitter tears mark this encounter between Jesus and his mother Mary. This expresses the indomitable power of motherly love, which overcomes every obstacle and knows how to open every path. But even more vivid is the compassionate gaze of Mary, who gives strength to her son in her sympathy. Our hearts are filled with astonishment when we contemplate the greatness of Mary: She, a creature, becomes a “neighbor” with her God and for her Lord.

It gathers the tears of all the mothers who cry for their distant children, for the young men sentenced to death, slaughtered or gone to war, especially the child soldiers. We hear the heartbreaking complaint of mothers for their children dying of tumors caused by the burning of toxic waste.

Bitterest tears! Heartfelt sympathy for the torment of the children! Mothers who wake up at night by the light of the lamp, worried about the young people who are crushed by the insecurity or devoured by drugs and alcohol - especially on the night from Saturday to Sunday!

We will never be an orphaned people around Mary! Never be forgotten. Like St. Juan Diego, she gives us the caress of her motherly consolation and tells us: “Don't worry your heart ... Am I, who am your mother, not here?? ”(Apostolic LetterEvangelii gaudium, 286).

 

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PRAYER

Greetings my mother
give me your holy blessings.
Bless me and my whole house.
Have the goodness, all that I have to do and suffer today
united with your merits and those of your most holy Son
To offer to God.
I offer you all my being and have and dedicate it to your service,
by putting everything under your coat.
Ask me, my lady, purity of spirit and purity of body
and admit that I will that day
do nothing that displeases God.
This is what I ask of you through your Immaculate Conception
and your virginity intact. Amen.
(St. Kaspar Bertoni)

All:

Pater noster, qui es in cælis:
sanctificetur noun tuum;
adveniat regnum tuum;
fiat voluntas tua, sicut in cælo, et in terra.
Panem nostrum cotidianum 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.


Quæ mærebat et dolebat
pia mater, cum videbat
Nati pœnas incliti.

 

FIFTH STATION

Simon of Cyrene helps Jesus carry the cross
The friend's hand that brings relief

 

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

 

From the holy gospel according to Mark. 15, 21

They forced a man who had just come from the field, Simon of Cyrene, the father of Alexander and Rufus, to carry his cross.

Simon of Cyrene happens to pass by. But it will be a decisive meeting in his life. He came back from the field. A hard worker, a strong man. That is why he was compelled to carry the cross of Jesus, who was condemned to a shameful death (cf.Phil 2,8).

But this chance encounter was to become a decisive, life-defining following of Jesus, in which he took up his cross every day and denied himself (cf.Mt 16.24-25). Simon is mentioned by Mark as the father of two Christians known in the church of Rome: Alexander and Rufus. A father who surely has impressed the power of the cross of Jesus on the hearts of his sons. If you grip life too tightly, it molds and dries up. But if you give it up, it will blossom and become an ear of corn for you and for the whole community!

This is the real cure for our constantly ambushed egoism. The relationship with others heals us and creates a mystical, contemplative brotherhood that knows how to look at the sacred greatness of the other, that God is able to discover in every human being, who knows how to endure the troubles of life by being close to the love of God clings. It is only when I open the heart of divine love that I am urged to seek the happiness of others in the many gestures of voluntary help: a night in the hospital, a loan without interest, a dry tear in the family, honest renunciation of consideration, a Far-sighted commitment to the common good, sharing bread and work, overcoming all forms of jealousy and envy.

Jesus himself reminds us: "What you did to one of the least of my brothers, you did to me“ (Mt 25,40).

 

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PRAYER

 

Jesus our Lord
the heart of your Church beats in the friend of Cyrene,
which becomes a source of love for all who thirst for you.
Brotherly help is the key
to cross the gate to life together.
Don't let our egoism move us to pass
but help us pour the oil of consolation on the wounds of others,
to become loyal companions
to, without excuses and without ever getting tired,
to choose the way of brotherhood. Amen.

All:

Pater noster, qui es in cælis:
sanctificetur noun tuum;
adveniat regnum tuum;
fiat voluntas tua, sicut in cælo, et in terra.
Panem nostrum cotidianum 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.

Quis est homo qui non fleret,
Matrem Christi si videret
in tanto supplicio?

 

SIXTH STATION

Veronica gives Jesus the handkerchief
The feminine tenderness

 

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

From Psalm 27 verses 8-9

My heart thinks of your word: “Look for my face!” Your face, Lord, I want to look for. Do not hide your face from me; do not turn away your servant in anger! You became my help. Don't hurt me, don't forsake me, you God of my salvation!

With an effort, Jesus dragged himself panting. But the light on his face remains unbroken. There is no offense that can do anything against its beauty. The spits didn't obscure it. The slaps in the face couldn't erase it. The more it is reviled, the more it can radiate a light of salvation. This face appears like a burning bush. Silent tears run from Master's eyes. He bears the burden of abandonment. And yet Jesus goes ahead, he does not stop, he does not turn back. He opposes oppression. He is deeply shaken by the cruelty, but he knows that his death will not be in vain!

And then Jesus stops in front of a woman who walks up to him without any hesitation. It's Veronica, a true icon of feminine tenderness!

Here the Lord embodies our need for loving, spontaneously innocent affection, our need to feel loved and protected through gestures of attention and care. The caresses of this creature are wetted by the precious blood of Jesus and seem to wipe away the dishonor he suffered during those hours of torture. Veronika succeeds in touching the lovable, gentle Jesus, feeling his purity by feeling. Not just to alleviate his suffering, but to participate in it. In Jesus she recognizes with a touch of tenderness every neighbor who needs consolation, and thus comes to the painful groans of all those who today experience neither help nor the warmth of compassion. And die of loneliness.

 

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PRAYER

Jesus our Lord
how difficult it is to part with the one who, as we thought,
would have stood by in sad days!
But you wrap us in that cloth,
that bears the traces of your precious blood,
that you shed on the path of abandonment
which you too suffered - wrongly.
Without you we find no consolation
and cannot give any consolation either. Amen

All:

Pater noster, qui es in cælis:
sanctificetur noun tuum;
adveniat regnum tuum;
fiat voluntas tua, sicut in cælo, et in terra.
Panem nostrum cotidianum 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.

Qui non posset contristari,
piam matrem contemplari
dolentem cum filio?

 

SEVENTH STATION

Jesus falls under the cross for the second time
The fear of dungeons and torture

 

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

 

From Psalm 118. Verses 11.12-13.18

They surround me ... They float around me like bees, like a flash in the pan they go out; I ward them off in the name of the Lord. They pushed me hard, they wanted to topple me; but the Lord helped me ... The Lord chastened me hard, but he did not hand me over to death.

Indeed, in Jesus the old prophecies are fulfilled of the humble and obedient servant who loads our entire story of suffering on his shoulders. And so Jesus, pushed on with effort, collapsed, surrounded by violence, powerless under the exertion and oppression. More and more lonely, more and more surrounded by night! The flesh torn to shreds, the limbs exhausted.

We recognize in him the bitter experience of the inmates in every prison with all its inhuman contradictions. Surrounded and surrounded, "hit hard on the fall". The prison is still kept too much at a distance, forgotten and rejected by bourgeois society. There are the absurdities of the bureaucracy, the tedium of the judiciary. Overcrowding is also a double punishment: it is aggravated suffering, unjust oppression that wears life and limb. Some - too many! - do not hold out ... And even if someone who is our brother does come out, we still regard him as a "former prisoner" and thus close the doors to social and work reintegration for him.

More serious, however, is the practice of torture, which unfortunately is still widespread in many forms in different parts of the world. Just as it happened to Jesus: He too was beaten, humiliated by the soldiers, tortured with a crown of thorns and cruelly scourged.

In view of this fall, how true do we feel the word of Jesus today: “I was in jail and you came to me.“ (Mt 25.36). In every prison, in every tortured person, he, the suffering, imprisoned and tortured Christ, is always present. Even when we are severely chastened, he helps us not to succumb to fear. One can only get up again together, accompanied by capable staff, supported by the fraternal hand of volunteers and raised by a civil society that takes care of the many injustices within the prison walls.

 

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PRAYER

Jesus our Lord
an infinitely deep emotion strikes me,
When I see you fall to the ground for me
No merit, a multitude of sins, inconsistencies and weaknesses.
And what an excellent love in response!
Out of society, killed by judgment,
have you blessed us forever.
We are blessed when we are here on the ground with you today,
ransomed from condemnation.
Grant us that we do not slip out of our responsibility
let us feel at home in your humiliation,
safe from any claim to omnipotence,
to be reborn to a new life
as creatures made for heaven. Amen.

All:

Pater noster, qui es in cælis:
sanctificetur noun tuum;
adveniat regnum tuum;
fiat voluntas tua, sicut in cælo, et in terra.
Panem nostrum cotidianum 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.

Pro peccatis suæ gentis
vidit Iesum in tormentis
et flagellis subditum.

 

EIGHTH STATION

Jesus meets the weeping women of Jerusalem
Sympathy and not pity

 

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

 

From the holy gospel according to Luke. 23, 28

You women of Jerusalem, do not weep for me; weep for you and your children!

The female figures appear like burning torches along the Via Dolorosa. Faithful and courageous women who are not intimidated by the soldiers and who are not confused by the good master's wounds. You are ready to meet him and comfort him. Jesus is there before them. Someone tramples on him while he lies on the ground, exhausted and despondent. But the women are there, ready to give him that warmth of heart that they can no longer hold back. At first they observe him from afar, but then, like any friend, sister or brother, they come closer when he notices the difficulty in which the loved one finds himself.

Jesus goes to the heart of their bitter weeping, but he admonishes them not to consume their insides at the sight of his tortured person, so that they are no longer weeping, but believing women! He wants compassionate pain, not sterile, tearful pity. No more complaints, but the will to be born again, to look ahead, to stride faithfully and hopefully towards that morning light, which will rise even more dazzlingly over the heads of those who turn to God on their way. Let us weep for ourselves if we do not yet believe in Jesus who announced the kingdom of salvation to us. Let us weep for our sins that we have not confessed.

And let us continue to cry over those men who vent the violence they contain on women. Let us weep for the women who are enslaved by fear and exploitation. But it is not enough to hit your chest and feel sorry for yourself. Jesus is more demanding. Women must be reassured and encouraged, as he did, they must be loved as an inviolable gift to all humanity. For our children to grow up in dignity and hope.

 

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PRAYER

Jesus our Lord
hold back the hand of those who beat the women!
Lift up women's hearts from the abyss of despair,
when they are victims of violence.
Visit them in their pain when they are lonely.
And open our hearts to share in every suffering
in sincerity and faithfulness,
beyond natural pity,
to become tools of real liberation. Amen.

All:

Pater noster, qui es in cælis:
sanctificetur noun tuum;
adveniat regnum tuum;
fiat voluntas tua, sicut in cælo, et in terra.
Panem nostrum cotidianum 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.

Eia, Mater, fons amoris,
me sentire vim doloris
fac, ut tecum lugeam.

 

NINTH STATION

Jesus falls under the cross for the third time
Overcome the bad longing

 

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

 

From the second letter of the apostle Paul to the Romans. 8, 35.37

What can separate us from the love of Christ? Distress or hardship or persecution, hunger or cold, danger or sword? But we overcome all of this through the one who loved us.

St. Paul lists the trials in his life, but he knows that Jesus went through them before him, who fell one, two, or three times on the way to Golgotha. At the bottom of the torments, the persecutions, the sword, crushed by the cross beam. Completely exhausted! He seems to be saying, as we do in many dark moments:I can not anymore!

It is the cry of the persecuted, the dying, the terminal sick, the subjugated.

But in Jesus his power is also visible: "If he has grieved, he also has pity again“ (Klgl 3.32). He shows us that there is always consolation in sorrow, an “beyond” that one can guess in hope. Like the pruning of the tree that Heavenly Father makes with wisdom on the fruit-bearing branches (cf.Joh15.8). Not to fell, but always for a new bloom. Like a mother when her hour has come: she torments, moans and suffers in childbirth. But she knows that it is the birth pains for the new life, for the blooming spring, precisely because of that "cut".

May the contemplation of Jesus, who has broken down but is able to rise again, help us to overcome the barriers that fear of the future creates in our hearts, especially in this time of crisis. Let us overcome the uncomfortable longing for the past, the comfort of immobility, the "It's always been done that way! ”This Jesus, who stumbles and falls, but then gets up again, is the guarantee of a hope that, if nourished by fervent prayer, especially during the trial - not after the trial and not without it! - sprouts.

We will overcome everything through his love!

 

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PRAYER

Jesus our Lord
we ask you, lift the weak out of the dust,
raise up the poor who lie in the filth and give them a seat with the noble ones,
assign them a place of honor.
Break the bow of the heroes and gird the wavering with strength,
because only you make us rich, especially with your poverty. Amen.
(see.1 sat 2,4-8; 2 Cor 8,9)

All:

Pater noster, qui es in cælis:
sanctificetur noun tuum;
adveniat regnum tuum;
fiat voluntas tua, sicut in cælo, et in terra.
Panem nostrum cotidianum 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.

Fac ut ardeat cor meum
in amando Christum Deum,
ut sibi complaceam.

 

TENTH STATION

Jesus is stripped of his clothes
Unity and dignity

 

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

 

From the holy gospel according to John. 19, 23-24

After the soldiers nailed Jesus to the cross, they took his clothes and made four pieces, one for each soldier. They also took his undergarment, which was completely woven through from above and without seams. They said to each other: “We don't want to divide it up, we want to draw who it should belong to.” This is how the scripture should come true: “They distributed my clothes among themselves and threw lots around my garment.” This was what the soldiers did.

They did not leave Jesus even a piece of cloth to cover his body. They stripped him naked. He had neither a coat nor undergarments, nor any clothing. They exposed him as an act of extreme humiliation. What covered him was only the blood that oozed in streams from his large wounds.

The undergarment remains intact - a symbol of the unity of the church. It is a unity that must be rediscovered in a patient process, in a peace tied “by hand” day after day, in a fabric that is put back together with the golden threads of brotherhood, in reconciliation and mutual forgiveness.

In the innocent, exposed and tortured Jesus we see the injured dignity of all innocents, especially the little ones. God did not prevent His bared body from being displayed on the cross. He did it to pay the price of unjust covert abuse and to show that he, God, is irrevocably and without excuses on the

Side of the victim.

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PRAYER

Jesus our Lord
we want to be innocent like children again,
in order to be able to enter the kingdom of God,
purified from our shamefulness and from our idols.
Take away from our chests the stone heart of divisions,
that make your church seem untrustworthy.
Give us a new heart and a new spirit
to live by your rules
and to obey your laws and act accordingly. Amen

All:

Pater noster, qui es in cælis:
sanctificetur noun tuum;
adveniat regnum tuum;
fiat voluntas tua, sicut in cælo, et in terra.
Panem nostrum cotidianum 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.

Sancta Mater, istud agas,
Crucifixi fige plagas
cordi meo valid.

 

ELEVENTH STATION

Jesus is nailed to the cross
At the bedside

 

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

 

From the holy gospel according to Mark. 15, 24-28

Then they crucified him. They tossed the lot and distributed his clothes among themselves and gave each what came to him. It was the third hour when they crucified him. And an inscription (on a plaque) stated his guilt: The King of the Jews. Together with him they crucified two robbers, one on his right, the other on his left. So the scripture was fulfilled: "He was counted among the criminals."

And they crucified him! The punishment for the dishonorable, the traitors, the rebellious slaves. This is the punishment that was intended for Jesus our Lord: rough nails, stabbing pain, the torment of the mother, the shame of being united with two criminals, the clothes distributed among the soldiers as booty, the biting mockery of the passers-by : "He has helped others, he cannot help himself! Let him come down from the cross, then we will believe in him“ (Mt 27,42).

And they crucified him! Jesus does not come down, he does not leave the cross. He remains obedient to the will of the Father to the last. He loves and he forgives.

Even today, many of our brothers and sisters are chained to a sick bed like Jesus - in hospitals, old people's homes, in our families. It is the time of trial, in bitter days of loneliness and despair: "My god, my god, why did you leave me? (Mt 27,46).

May our hand never rise to torment, but always to bring the sick closer, to comfort and accompany them and to raise them up again from their sick bed. The disease does not ask for admission; it always comes unexpectedly.Sometimes it upsets everything, narrows horizons, puts hope to the test. Your resentment is bitter. Only when we find someone by our side who listens to us, is close to us, sits by our bed ... only then can the disease become a great school of wisdom, an encounter with the patient God. If someone takes on our ailments out of love, the night of pain also opens to the paschal light of the crucified and risen Christ. What is humanly condemned can turn into a redeeming sacrifice for the benefit of our communities and families. Following the example of the saints.

 

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PRAYER

Jesus our Lord
don't stay away from me
sit down at my sick bed and keep me company.
Don't leave me alone, hold out your hand and lift me up!
I believe that you are love
and I believe that your will is the expression of your love;
that's why I confide in your will,
because I rely on your love Amen.

All:

Pater noster, qui es in cælis:
sanctificetur noun tuum;
adveniat regnum tuum;
fiat voluntas tua, sicut in cælo, et in terra.
Panem nostrum cotidianum 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.

Tui Nati vulnerati,
tam dignati pro me pati
pœnas mecum divide.

 

TWELFTH STATION

Jesus dies on the cross
The sigh of the seven words

 

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

 

From the holy gospel according to John. 19, 28-30

Afterwards, when Jesus knew that everything was finished, he said, in order for the scriptures to be fulfilled, “I am thirsty.” There was a vessel with vinegar. They put a sponge with vinegar on a branch of hyssop and held it to his mouth. When Jesus had taken some of the vinegar, he said, “It is finished!” And bowed his head and gave up his spirit.

The seven words of Jesus on the cross are a masterpiece of hope. Slowly, with steps that are also ours, he traverses the whole darkness of the night in order to surrender himself confidently to the poor of his father. It is the moaning of the dying, the cry of the desperate, the cry of the loser for help. It is jesus!

My god, my god, why did you leave me?“ (Mt 27.46). It is the cry of Job, the cry of every person who is afflicted by misfortune. And God is silent. He is silent, because his answer is there, on the cross: He, Jesus, is God's answer, the eternal Word made man out of love.

Remember me…“ (Lk 23.42). The brotherly request of the wrongdoer who has become a companion in suffering penetrates Jesus' heart, who perceives in it the echo of his own pain. And Jesus hears that supplication: "Today you will be with me in paradise. “The suffering of the other is always liberation for us, because it lets us go out of ourselves.

Woman, see, your son!“ (Joh 19.26). But Mary, his mother, who stands under the cross with John, it is she who breaks the fear. She fills them with tenderness and hope. Jesus no longer feels alone. How we fare when someone is around the bedside who loves us! Faithful. To the last.

I'm thirsty“ (Joh 19.28). Like the child who asks the mother for a drink; like the sick man, parched with fever ... The thirst of Jesus is the thirst of all who thirst for life, for freedom, for justice. And it is the thirst of the greatest thirsty, the thirst of God, who thirsts infinitely more than we for our salvation.

It is finished!“ (Joh 19.30). Everything: every word, every gesture, every prophecy, every moment of Jesus' life. The tapestry is complete. The thousand colors of love now shine in all their beauty. Nothing is wasted. Nothing thrown away. Everything has become love. All done for me and for you. And so dying also has a purpose!

Father, forgive them for they don't know what they are doing“ (Lk 23.34). Now Jesus heroically leaves the fear of death behind. Because when we live in innocent love, all is life. Forgiveness renews, heals, transforms and comforts! She creates a new people. It puts a stop to wars.

Father, I put my spirit in your hands“ (Lk 23.46). No more despair in front of nowhere. But full trust in his father's hands, the leaning into his heart.

God puts all the pieces back together into a unit.

 

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PRAYER

O God, in the passion of Christ our Lord
have you set us free from death, the inheritance of original sin,
that was passed down to the entire human race.
Renew us in the image of your son
and how we are from our birth
carry the image of the earthly man in us,
so let us by the work of your spirit
receive the image of the heavenly man.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

All:

Pater noster, qui es in cælis:
sanctificetur noun tuum;
adveniat regnum tuum;
fiat voluntas tua, sicut in cælo, et in terra.
Panem nostrum cotidianum 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.

Vidit suum dulcem Natum
morientem desolatum,
cum emisit spiritum.

 

THIRTEENTH STATION

Jesus is taken down from the cross
and placed in his mother's lap
Love is stronger than death

 

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

 

From the holy gospel according to Matthew. 27, 57-58

Towards evening a rich man from Arimathea named Joseph came; he too was a disciple of Jesus. He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Pilate then ordered the body to be given to him.

Before Jesus is put in the grave, he will finally be handed over to his mother. It is the picture of a broken heart that tells us that death does not prevent the mother from kissing her son one last time. Bowed down over the body of Jesus, Mary chains herself to him in a total embrace. This picture is simply "Pietà" called. It's heartbreaking but shows that death cannot break love. Because love is stronger than death! Pure love is the one that lasts. The evening falls. The battle is won. Love is unbroken. Those who are willing to sacrifice their lives for Christ will find it again. Transformed beyond death.

Tears and blood mix in this tragic delivery. Like life in our families, sometimes overwhelmed by sudden and painful losses, with an insurmountable emptiness, especially when a son dies.

Pietà therefore means to be close to those brothers and sisters who find no peace in their grief. It is a work of great charity to care for those who suffer with wounded bodies, depressed spirits and desperate souls. To love to the end is the most sublime teaching that Jesus and Mary left us. It is the daily fraternal duty to give consolation conferred on us in this faithful embrace between the deceased Jesus and his painful mother.

 

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PRAYER

O sorrowful virgin,
you show us your face full of light in our sanctuaries,
while you're with your eyes raised to the sky
and open arms
the father in priestly manner
offering the redeeming sacrifice of your Son Jesus.
Show us the tenderness of the last faithful hug
and give us your motherly consolation,
with it the pain of everyday life
never break hope in life beyond death. Amen.

All:

Pater noster, qui es in cælis:
sanctificetur noun tuum;
adveniat regnum tuum;
fiat voluntas tua, sicut in cælo, et in terra.
Panem nostrum cotidianum 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.

Fac me tecum pie flere,
Crucifixo condolere,
donec ego vixero.

 

FOURTEENTH STATION

Jesus is put in the grave
The new garden

 

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

 

 

From the holy gospel according to John. 19, 41-42

In the place where he was crucified there was a garden, and in the garden there was a new tomb that had not yet been buried ... There they buried Jesus.

The garden in which the tomb in which Jesus is buried is located is reminiscent of another garden: that of Eden. A garden that, due to disobedience, lost its beauty and became deserted, becoming a place of death, no longer of life.

The wild branches that prevent us from breathing God's will - ex. B. the attachment to money, to arrogance, to the waste of life - must be cut off and now grafted onto the wood of the cross. This is the new garden: the cross planted in the ground!

From up there, Jesus will bring everything back to life. When he returns from the depths of the underworld, where Satan has shut up a great number of souls, a renewal of all things will begin. That grave represents the end of the old man. And, as for Jesus, God did not allow his children to be punished with ultimate death for us either. In the death of Christ, all thrones of evil based on greed and hard-heartedness will fall.

The silence that envelops that garden allows us to hear the rustling of a light breeze: "I am the living and am with you" (see.Ex3.14). The curtain in the temple is torn. At last we see the face of our Lord. And fully know his name: Mercy and Faithfulness, so that we never get confused, not even in the face of death, becausethe Son of God was free among the dead (see.Ps88 [87], 6 vulg.).

 

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PRAYER

Guard me, God, for I trust you.
You give me the inheritance and hand me the cup;
you hold my lot in your hands.
I keep seeing you as my master,
you're on my right, I don't waver.
That is why my heart rejoices and my soul exults;
my body will also dwell in safety.
You will not give me up to the underworld;
you don't let your servant see the grave.
You show me the path to life.
There is joy in abundance before your face,
at your right hand bliss for all time. Amen.
(see.Ps 16)

All:

Pater noster, qui es in cælis:
sanctificetur noun tuum;
adveniat regnum tuum;
fiat voluntas tua, sicut in cælo, et in terra.
Panem nostrum cotidianum 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.

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

 

ADDRESS OF THE HOLY FATHER AND APOSTOLIC BLESSING

 

The Holy Father addresses those present.
At the end of the speech, the Holy Father gives the Apostolic Blessing:

V. Dominus vobiscum.
R. Et cum spiritu tuo.
V. Sit nomen Domini benedictum.
R. Ex hoc nunc et usque in sæculum.
V. Adiutorium nostrum in nomine Domini.
R. Qui fecit coelum et terram.
V. Benedicat vos omnipotens Deus,
Pater, et Filius, et Spiritus Sanctus.
R.
. Amen.

 

Crux fidelis

Schola:

R. Crux fidelis, inter omnes arbor una nobilis,
nulla silva talem profert, fronde, flore, germine!
Dulce lignum dulces clavos dulce pondus sustinet!


1. Pange, lingua, gloriosi prœlium certaminis,
et super crucis tropæo dic triumphum nobilem,
qualiter Redemptor orbis immolatus vicerit. R.

2. De parentis protoplasti fraude factor condolens,
quando pomi noxialis morte morsu corruit,
ipse lignum tunc notavit, damna ligni ut solveret. R.