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Meditations on the way of the Cross for Holy Week 2020

Jesus is condemned to die
1 Jesus is condemned to die
Like a tall tree
I reach up into the sky
And receive God’s power from above
Like the sun emptying light into me.
With outstretched arms
I embrace the world
Compassionately
And see a wilderness
Become an Eden
Of flowers
Before me.
Amen
Jesus accepts the cross
2 Jesus accepts the cross
I face the cross.
I see the arms of Jesus
outstretched
in love for me.
I take up the cross
and do the difficult jobs.
I carry the burdens of others,
but I know
that Jesus carries me.
Amen
Jesus falls for the first time
3 Jesus falls for the first time
When we fall Lord,
help us to know
that there is no falling
beyond the boundaries
of your presence and love.
In our pain and vulnerability
continue to come to us
and help us to see you
in the compassionate community
that desires our healing,
in the fellowship of Mary
and Jesus Christ
her son, our Lord.
Amen
Jesus meets his mother
4 Jesus meets his mother
Dear Lord Jesus,
who can describe Mary’s sorrow
as she comforts you
on the way to the cross?
This is the “sword that pierces”
her heart.
She will not hold you back.
You have made your choice.
Lord of the crossroads,
help us to know;
when to comfort our children,
when to protect them,
and when to let go.
Amen
Simon of Cyrene carries the Cross
5 Simon of Cyrene carries the cross
Lord Jesus Christ,
Simon of Cyrene,
an African pilgrim,
helped to carry your cross
through threatening soldiers.
Help me, a child of Africa,
not to be afraid.
Let me hear when you call
and let me take up the burdens of others
to walk the road with them.
Amen
Veronica wipes the face of Jesus
6 Veronica wipes the face of Jesus
Lord Jesus Christ,
Let me respond freely
With love and compassion
Like Veronika, the woman
Who came out of the crowd
To wipe your perspiring face
And carried away in her hand
The image of your face.
Let me also be a bearer of your image
Outwardly in my actions
And inwardly in my heart.
Amen
Jesus fall for a second time
7 Jesus falls a second time
You will hold me
and I will fall
I, David, will shatter into a thousand pieces
so small
Lost through every garden I have been
I will fall through the garden hose
I will squeeze mud between my toes
I will become the beggar at my gate
and refuse the beggar food.
The people I love I will learn to hate
I will dig a grave for my friends
I will take money from the dead thief’s hand
I will lie with the liar
and I will rise with the fowl
See on my back a burden I carry
It burns with the image
of the rejection of you in my brother, my sister.
I will fall
and you will hold me,
even in the abyss of
Self.
Amen
The women of Jerusalem
8 The women of Jerusalem
Dear Lord Jesus,
you fill our lives with activity,
so that each day brings new explorations,
and fills us with wonder and thanksgiving.
When we become the patient
and actions cease,
be with us in the waiting
and calm our fears.
Let us sense your guidance
and come to life
in new and surprising ways.
Amen
Jesus fall a third time
9 Jesus falls a third time
Lord I am in the belly of the whale.
Things are very dark now.
There seems to be no way out
and no way up.
I wander blindly in this agonising deep,
submerged in a sea of troubles.
There is no energy or beauty or delight;
only a dullness.
I can only wait for you Lord.
Spew me out with such a blast,
send me streaming to the surface
and spread me into a fountain
of pleasure and response
to dance in the light of the world.
Jesus is stripped
10 Jesus is stripped
Dear Lord Jesus
Thank you for our health.
Through our bodies,
Eyes and ears, taste, touch and smell,
We can enjoy your world.
When we are ailing
We receive your healing
Through the love and care of others.
Help us in turn
To care for those who are in need of healing.
Amen
Jesus is nailed to the cross
11 Jesus is nailed to the cross
Dear Lord Jesus,
Your body shudders with pain
As nails tear through flesh and bone.
Pilate’s misguided powers pin you
To a wooden cross of earth
To stop the river of love in you,
But you become a great baobab tree
Spreading blessings into the heavens
And drawing us into its cool shade
To heal us with your love potion.
We feel a new spring surging
Through the wood of your cross.
Amen
Jesus dies on the cross
12 Jesus dies on the cross
Dear Lord Jesus
Amidst all your pain
You still commend yourself
Into the father’s care
And so you die.
Dying fills us with fear
It challenges all that we believe.
We spend years running from it.
We struggle not to hand ourselves
Over to its darkness.
To rest in you is more than sleep,
It is the final trust.
When our time comes
Give us a good death.
Amen
Jesus is laid in the tomb

13 Jesus is laid in a tomb
Dear Lord Jesus
Thank you for the men and women
Who received your body,
The body they loved;
That resonated your personality.
Now they will honour it
And give it a proper burial.
They will cherish your memory
And grow through their sadness.
Let us give due honour to those who die around us
And cherish the memory of them.
Let us be present for the dying.
Amen

The coming of light

14 The Coming of Light
There is a darkness
Descending upon the world.

But deep within a tomb,
A womb of earth,
A light glows with intensity,
It is the light of our salvation
Consuming the darkness;
The light of new birth
Of the new day.
Amen

8 comments on “Meditations on the way of the Cross for Holy Week 2020

  1. susanmargaretsarah says:

    Hi Bob this is so wonderful and the drawings are just splendid – thank you so much – blessings for Easter – love Sue Sue Gow 0834675995 0216853684 504 New Rosedale SA Legion Lower Boundary Road Rosbank 7700

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  2. Bertram Salo says:

    Thank you Bob for sharing the Via dolorosa so needed in these dark days. Beautifully illustrated too.
    May God bless us all this Holy week

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  3. Trudy Laros says:

    Thank you for walking us through the Stations of the Cross in this our Holy week.

    The illustrations were beautifully done.

    May God keep us all safe during this trying time.

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  4. Una Russouw says:

    Thank you so much for this inspiring verses of walking us through the stations of the cross . And the beautiful illustrations . May God protect and keep us safe

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  5. Maria dankets says:

    Thank you for leading us through

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  6. rogerhickley says:

    Thanks to Mary Frost I received these Stations, dear Father Bob,
    and was able to pray them, and pray with them, this Good Friday morning.
    They have helped me and blessed me.
    They have focused not only on Christ’s final moments
    but on the meaning of His suffering for the world today.
    I am most grateful to you.
    It is especially rewarding to hear your voice speaking these brief texts.
    Thanks to you and to your daughter.
    May “the light of new birth, of the new day” be yours.
    From your brother roger hickley, praying with you for
    “the light of our salvation, consuming the darkness.”

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  7. Molly Wood says:

    Extraordinarily beautiful verses & drawings Bob.It meant so much to me to read them on my own at Volmoed today, remembering the 50 Holy Weeks Barry & I did together! Special love to you & Daphne. Luv Molly Wood

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