Saturday, March 13, 2010

Eucharistic Way of the Cross: Seventh Station

Jesus Falls the Second Time

Again Jesus succumbs to the weariness of his sufferings and falls to the ground. A momentary pause while He gathers His strength to continue on. A break in the procession toward the Place of the Skull, where He will be nailed to the Cross.

At Mass:

We pause with Jesus to proclaim the mystery of our faith. This proclamation can take several forms:

“Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again.”

“Dying you destroyed our death, rising you restored our life. Lord Jesus, come in glory.”

“When we eat this bread and drink this cup, we proclaim your death, Lord Jesus, until you come in glory.”

“Lord, by your cross and resurrection, you have set us free. You are the Savior of the World.”

As Jesus picks Himself up from the dusty streets of Jerusalem, we help Him on His way by lifting up our voices to proclaim the mystery of His death and resurrection. We pause with Him to ponder this mystery and then proceed with our Eucharistic celebration.

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

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