Lent 2022: The Stations of the Cross
Τhere has been a Franciscan presence in Multyfarnham, Co Westmeath since at least 1268. Through years of persecution, expulsion from the friary and indeed destruction of the friary they continued to serve the local people from their hiding places in the nearby woods and bogland. They continue to be a treasured presence in the Irish Midlands where numerous people come for spiritual renewal and counselling. The Stations of the Cross come from the Abbey church which was beautifully renovated in the second half of the 1970s. The Stations are the work of artist David King, son of Richard King. The style is repoussé, a method of decorating metals in which parts of the design are raised in relief from the back.
Praying the Stations of the Cross
To pray the Way of the Cross requires only that you meditate on each station. Before each station you may say:
We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you.
Lord by your Cross and Resurrection, you have redeemed the world.
After each station you may say an Our Father, Hail Mary, or Glory Be.
The First Station
Jesus in condemned
Let me remember all those condemned unjustly. Give me the wisdom not to "go along with the crowd".
No one has greater love than this, to lay down one's life for one's friends.
The Second Station
Jesus receives his Cross
Let me take up my cross daily and ask for God's grace to help me through each day.
If anyone wishes to come after Me, they must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow Me.
The Third Station
Jesus falls the first time
Remember the deprived and the lonely. It is easy to fall but divine grace is always at hand.
He has broken my teeth with gravel, pressed my face in the dust; my soul is deprived of peace, I have forgotten what happiness is.
The Fourth Station
Jesus meets His Mother
Let me dwell on the pain of all parents when their children are suffering and help seems unavailable.
Come, all you pass by the way, look and see whether there is any suffering like My suffering.
The Fifth Station
Simon helps Jesus carry His Cross
I remember the times I have struggled to bear my burdens and those who helped me.
Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for Me.
The Sixth Station
Veronica wipes Jesus' face
Let me break through the bustle of life and offer help where it is needed.
Without beauty, without majesty we saw him, no looks to attract our eyes; despised and rejected, a man of sorrows and familiar with suffering.
The Seventh Station
Jesus falls the second time
When I feel abandoned by everyone let me remember how Jesus suffered for me.
Come to Me, all you who labour and are burdened, and I will give you rest.
The Eighth Station
Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem
How can I help and encourage those downtrodden by life's injustices.
A large number of people followed Him, including women who mourned and wailed for Him. Jesus turned and said to them, "Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for Me; weep for yourselves and for your children."
The Ninth Station
Jesus falls the third time
Allow me, in my frequent failings, to know that God's grace is always available.
Everyone who exalts themselves shall be humbled, and they who humbles themselves shall be exalted.
The Tenth Station
Jesus is stripped
Remember those who suffer loss of dignity because of the inhumanity of others.
When the soldiers crucified Jesus, they took His clothes, dividing them into four shares, one for each of them.
The Eleventh Station
Jesus in nailed to the cross
Let me remember the pain I cause when I neglect or reject the Christian way of life.
Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.
The Twelfth Station
Jesus dies on the cross
Lord give me the peace of Christ at the end of my life.
He humbled Himself, becoming obedient to death, even to death on a cross. Therefore God exalted Him.
The Thirteenth Station
Jesus is taken down from the cross
Remember the tragedy of parents who receive the bodies of their children.
In this has the love of God been shown in our case, that God has sent His only-begotten Son into the world as propitiation for sins.
I John 4:9-10
The Fourteenth Station
Jesus is laid in the tomb
Let the tomb be my source of new life. May I find light in times of darkness.
Unless the grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone. But if it dies, it brings forth much fruit.
Lord by Your Cross and Resurrection You have set us free, You are the Saviour of the World.
Christ has died.
Christ is risen.
Christ will come again.
Image: The Resurrection, from The Resurrection Garden, Nairobi, Kenya.