Monday, March 1, 2010

Eucharistic Way of the Cross: Second Station

Jesus Receives His Cross

Having been condemned to die, Jesus is given His cross, which He will carry through the streets of Jerusalem and out of the city to the place of crucifixion. Having already been beaten severely, this journey will add to His pain and suffering. Jesus accepts the Cross as the sacrifice He must endure.

At Mass:

The priest declares: “Pray, brethren, that our sacrifice may be acceptable to God, the almighty Father.”

And we reply: “May the Lord accept the sacrifice at your hands for the praise and glory of his name, for our good, and the good of all his Church.”

Just has Jesus accepted the Cross and offered it to the Father as a worthy sacrifice, we pray at each Mass that the bread and wine be acceptable to the Father in Heaven. Jesus’ death transformed the wood of the cross from an instrument of torture into the instrument of salvation. We pray that God might now transform simple food and drink into the same Body and Blood that once accepted the Cross.

[For an explanation of the series of meditations on the Way of the Cross see this Introduction.]

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