Stations of the Cross

Stations of the Cross during the Coronavirus Pandemic.

Prayer

Dear Lord Jesus, we have never been in such a global unknown territory.
You alone know our global future and the future of each one of us within this tragic world situation. We are suffering, we are
fearful, but we have faith that all things are in your hands. You have walked this path before us. You trusted in your Heavenly
Father. We walk this path now, today, knowing that you live on in each one of us. We too put our trust in our Heavenly Father and
yours. We reflect on the Stations of the cross, in union with you, praying for the different people caught up in the multi-faceted
aspects of this totally unexpected pandemic.




The First Station: Jesus is condemned to death.


We pause to think of Jesus at the time of his condemnation …
We pray for all who today are aware that they have symptoms of the virus and feel ‘condemned’ by it. We pray for their strength and courage – and pray for the recovery of many.


Pause for silent prayer.

Lord Jesus we place all in your hands – Amen.


The Second Station:
Jesus receives his Cross.


We pause to think of Jesus receiving his own cross …
We pray for those who, having contracted the Coronavirus, know they will not recover. We pray for the medical staff nursing them and for all relatives.


Pause for silent prayer.
Lord Jesus we place all in your hands – Amen.


The Third Station : Jesus Falls the First time.


We pause to think of Jesus crushed beneath his cross…
We pray for all for whom this Coronavirus pandemic is just too much –
people who are now without a job, people who are worried financially, people who are homeless and cannot isolate.


Pause for silent prayer.

Lord Jesus we place all in your hands. Amen.


The Fourth Station: Jesus meets his mother.


We pause to think of this meeting of mother and son …
We pray for all mothers today, mothers whose children have contracted the virus, mothers trying to keep their families safe and fed, mothers on the front line of care, for elderly mothers in isolation and alone, mothers grieving the death of a daughter or son.


Pause for silent prayer.

Lord Jesus we place all in your hands. Amen.


The Fifth Station : Simon of Cyrene helps Jesus carry his cross.


We pause to think of Simon of Cyrene called to assist Jesus in his pain. –
We give thanks for the numerous volunteers on the front line and in all the different

areas of need. We give thanks for our own staff continuing to give over-time and cheerfully assisting us and helping us to stay safe.


Pause for silent prayer.

Lord Jesus we place all in your hands. Amen.


The Sixth Station : Veronica Wipes the Face of Jesus.


We pause to think of the courage and tender love of Veronica –
We pray for all who are actually at this moment, wiping the brows, and the bodies, of patients sweating profusely from the fever caused by the Coronavirus.


Pause for silent prayer.

Lord Jesus we place all in your hands. Amen.


The Seventh Station : Jesus Falls a Second Time.


We pause to think of Jesus exhausted and tired …
We pray for front line medical teams and any workers of any kind, who are doing so much over-time as to bring them to a sense of total exhaustion. We pray for their health and safety in their generous and selfless giving.


Pause for silent prayer.

Lord Jesus we place all in your hands. Amen.


The Eighth Station : Jesus meets the Women of Jerusalem.


We pause to think of the way Jesus reached out to the women of his
time….
We pray for all women throughout the world. We pray for women in refugee camps, fearing that their families will catch the virus, for women who make up the vast number of medical and other carers, for women who are trying to hold families together.


Pause for silent prayer.

Lord Jesus we place all in your hands. Amen.


The Ninth Station : Jesus Falls the Third Time


We pause to think of Jesus once again flung to the ground in agony…
We pray for our leaders both local and throughout the world, struggling to know the right way forward in this pandemic. We pray for wisdom for our leaders and for those supporting and guiding them through these difficult times.


Pause for silent prayer.

Lord Jesus we place all in your hands. Amen.


The Tenth Station: Jesus is stripped of his garments.


We pause to ponder the humiliation of this moment for Jesus. ..
We pray for those with serious Coronavirus who at this moment are being taken to a hospital bed, stripped of their normal clothing, isolated and afraid. We pray that those caring for them will show sensitivity and compassion. .


Pause for silent prayer.

Lord Jesus we place all in your hands. Amen.


The Eleventh Station : Jesus is Nailed to the Cross.


We pause to think of Jesus stretching out his arms in love . ..
We pray for those in their last agony of this viral infection who may be struggling for breath. We pray for those trying to alleviate their suffering and for those scientists, medics and others, working to find vaccines, or to make ventilators.


Pause for silent prayer.

Lord Jesus we place all in your hands. Amen.


The twelfth Station : Jesus dies upon the cross.


We pause to unite ourselves with Jesus…
We pray for all who are dying at this moment or have died as a result of this Coronavirus pandemic. We pray for their loved ones and for all who are risking their own lives in caring for them.


Pause for silent prayer.

Lord Jesus we place all in your hands. Amen.


The Thirteenth Station : Jesus is taken down from the cross.


We pause to think of those gathered to receive the body of Jesus. ..
We pray for those tending the exceptional number of deceased during this pandemic. We pray that they will have the emotional and psychological strength for this sad task.


Pause for silent prayer.

Lord Jesus we place all in your hands. Amen.


The Fourteenth Station: Jesus is laid in the tomb:


We pause to think of the body of Jesus being gently and lovingly laid in the tomb…
We pray for those mourning their loved ones, aware that those dying of COVID-19 will have died without those they love beside them. We pray for all responsible in any way for the sacred undertaking of caring for this overwhelming number of deceased.


Pause for silent prayer.

Lord Jesus we place all in your hands. Amen.


The Fifteenth Station: Jesus is raised from the Dead.


We pause to give thanks for our Faith in the Resurrection of our Beloved Lord Jesus Christ. ..
We celebrate the Resurrection with renewed fervour, aware that, while we are in this time of intense suffering, our Lord Jesus has walked this path before us and he is present with us and in us
now,
encouraging us to keep our eyes on him and on a resurrection which lies beyond this pandemic. We pray that those for have died, or are going to die, will be united fully with the Risen Jesus. We pray for all who are to live beyond this pandemic, that they may turn to the Risen Jesus in thanksgiving and with hope for a new world order.


Final Prayer.


Dear Lord Jesus, we have walked this way of the Cross with you, aware that you are with us always, and will be with us throughout this pandemic, however long it will last. As children of Your Father, we ask for the gift of your Spirit to help us to live faithfully in the NOW, trusting in your loving Presence as we journey towards a new Resurrection either in this world or in the world to come. Amen




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