Friday, March 15, 2019

Stations of the Cross explained a Powerful Prayer for Lent of Jesus' sufferings for Us - With Indulgences

The Stations of the Cross is a series of images showing the struggles of Jesus Christ from his condemnation to his crucifixion. They are especially prayed during Lent and Good Friday. There are usually 14 images that are hung in order around a church or along a path. People walk from image to image, and stop at each "station" saying prayers and possibly reading scripture passages. This prayer is often held by groups or individually. Other names for the Stations of the Cross are the Via Dolorosa or Way of Sorrows, or, The Way. In Jerusalem, the Via Dolorosa is the actual path that Jesus walked, and the stations are the actual places where the events occurred.  St. Francis of Assisi started the tradition of moving from station to station although it was practiced less formerly before. In Lent, and on Good Friday, this practice is very popular but it is also prayed during the year.The number of stations varied throughout history; Pope Clement XII extended to all churches the right to have the stations. Ultimately, the stations are an act of love towards Jesus to thank him for the great sacrifices he made for love of us and to atone for our sins.
Here is the most common list of Stations:
 1. Jesus is condemned to death
2. Jesus carries his cross
3. Jesus falls the first time
4. Jesus meets his mother
5. Simon of Cyrene helps Jesus carry the cross
6. Veronica wipes the face of Jesus
7. Jesus falls the second time
8. Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem
9. Jesus falls the third time
10. Jesus is stripped of his garments
11.Crucifixion: Jesus is nailed to the cross
12. Jesus dies on the cross
13. Jesus is taken down from the cross
14. Jesus is laid in the tomb.
15. Resurrection of Jesus is sometimes included as a fifteenth station.
Common prayers at each Station:
(while genuflecting)

P/ We adore thee O Christ and we praise thee.

C/Becuase by thy Holy cross thou hast redeemed the world.

And, when moving from station to station:

All: Holy Mother, pierce me thorugh, in my heart each wound renew, of my saviour crucified.

Indulgences are: 
  • A plenary indulgence every time the devotion is completed.
  • An additional plenary indulgence if one receives Holy Communion on the day.
  • Also an additional plenary indulgence if one performs the devotion ten times and receives Holy Communion within a month after so doing.
  • A partial indulgence of ten years for every Station made if one was not able to finish the Stations.
    The conditions for gaining them are
    • Walking from Station to Station when making the Way of the Cross privately; when making it publicly, it suffices for the priest with the altar boys to do so. Meditate at each Station on the sufferings of our Lord.

    • These two conditions are essential. No oral prayers are prescribed; yet they are profitable.
    • A plenary indulgence* is granted to the faithful for making the Stations of the Cross under the normal conditions: one is free from all attachment from sin

  • one receives the Sacraments of Penance and the Eucharist (7 days before or after)
  • one prays for the intentions of the Pope (1 Our Father, 1 Hail Mary and 1 Glory Be) 
  • #BreakingNews Deadly Mass Shooting at 2 Mosques Kills 49 People in New Zealand - Please Pray

    Forty-nine people have been killed and at least 20 wounded in shootings at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.
    The first report of an attack came from the Al Noor mosque, located in central Christchurch.

    A second mosque in the suburb of Linwood was evacuated, but there were fewer details from that site. Police also defused "a number of IEDs [explosive devices] attached to vehicles",
    The police commissioner said "multiple fatalities" were recorded at two locations.
    A man in his late twenties was charged with murder and will appear in court on Saturday morning, police confirmed.
    The attack, which came around the time people were attending the mosques for Friday prayers, was the deadliest in the nation's history.
    A gunman live-streamed footage of his rampage to Facebook, filmed with a head-mounted camera. The footage showed him firing indiscriminately at men, women and children from close range inside the Al-Noor mosque.
     Facebook said it had removed the gunman's Facebook and Instagram accounts and was working to remove any copies of the footage.
    The suspect who was charged appeared to have published a manifesto before the attack outlining his intentions, in which he identified himself as a 28-year-old Australian citizen and espoused far right and anti-immigrant ideology.
    "It is clear that this can now only be described as a terrorist attack," Prime Minister Ardern said in a press conference.
    Text Source: Edited and Shortened from BBC News UK
    Image Source: Google Images
    Vatican News va Release of Pope Francis' Condolences: 
    Full text of the telegram sent by Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin, on behalf of Pope Francis:  
    His Holiness Pope Francis was deeply saddened to learn of the injury and loss of life caused by the senseless acts of violence at two Mosques in Christchurch, and he assures all New Zealanders, and in particular the Muslim community, of his heartfelt solidarity in the wake of these attacks. Mindful of the efforts of the security and emergency personnel in this difficult situation, His Holiness prays for the healing of the injured, the consolation of those who grieve the loss of their loved ones, and for all affected by this tragedy. Commending those who have died to the loving mercy of Almighty God, Pope Francis invokes the divine blessings of comfort and strength upon the nation.
     Pietro Parolin Secretary of State
    Release from the Bishops' Conference New Zealand: 
    Message from the Catholic Bishops :
    Dear Members of the Muslim community in Aotearoa New Zealand,
    We hold you in prayer as we hear the terrible news of violence against Muslims at mosques in Christchurch. We are profoundly aware of the positive relationships we have with Islamic people in this land, and we are particularly horrified that this has happened at a place and time of prayer. We are deeply saddened that people have been killed and injured, and our hearts go out to them, their families and wider community. We wish you to be aware of our solidarity with you in the face of such violence.
    Peace, Salaam,

    Death of Catholic Jesuit Priest Fr. Robert Kaslyn - Canon Law Professor and Dean - RIP

    Rev. Robert J. Kaslyn, S.J., S.T.L., J.C.D.
    Professor, Quondam Dean 2009-2016
    Rev Kaslyn
    March 14, 2019 - Fr. Robert J. Kaslyn, SJ, was called to eternal life on March 13, 2019. Fr. Kaslyn died in Washington, D.C. He was born on April 19, 1956, in Hackensack, N.J., and entered the Society of Jesus at St. Andrew Hall on Feb. 20, 1975, and was ordained on June 8, 1985, at the University Church of Fordham University. He pronounced his final vows on July 31, 1997, at the College of the Holy Cross Jesuit Community Chapel, Worcester, Mass. Source:

    Robert J. Kaslyn is a member of the New York Province, Society of Jesus and earned his S.T.B. and S.T.L. degrees at Regis College, Toronto School of Theology, University of Toronto. The title of his licentiate thesis, in systematic theology and under the direction of the Rev. Daniel Donovan, is Karl Rahner's Theology of Sacrament.

    Father Kaslyn earned his doctorate in canon law from Saint Paul University in Ottawa. His doctoral dissertation was published as “Communion with the Church” and the Code of Canon Law by The Edwin Mellon Press with a foreword by Avery Dulles, S.J.
    Source of Bio:

    Today's Mass Readings and Video : Friday, March 15, 2019 - #Eucharist in Lent

    Friday of the First Week of Lent
    Lectionary: 228

    Reading 1EZ 18:21-28

    Thus says the Lord GOD:
    If the wicked man turns away from all the sins he committed,
    if he keeps all my statutes and does what is right and just,
    he shall surely live, he shall not die.
    None of the crimes he committed shall be remembered against him;
    he shall live because of the virtue he has practiced.
    Do I indeed derive any pleasure from the death of the wicked?
    says the Lord GOD.
    Do I not rather rejoice when he turns from his evil way
    that he may live?

    And if the virtuous man turns from the path of virtue to do evil,
    the same kind of abominable things that the wicked man does,
    can he do this and still live?
    None of his virtuous deeds shall be remembered,
    because he has broken faith and committed sin;
    because of this, he shall die.
    You say, "The LORD's way is not fair!"
    Hear now, house of Israel:
    Is it my way that is unfair, or rather, are not your ways unfair?
    When someone virtuous turns away from virtue to commit iniquity, and dies,
    it is because of the iniquity he committed that he must die.
    But if the wicked, turning from the wickedness he has committed,
    does what is right and just,
    he shall preserve his life;
    since he has turned away from all the sins that he committed,
    he shall surely live, he shall not die.

    Responsorial PsalmPS 130:1-2, 3-4, 5-7A, 7BC-8

    R. (3) If you, O Lord, mark iniquities, who can stand?
    Out of the depths I cry to you, O LORD;
    LORD, hear my voice!
    Let your ears be attentive
    to my voice in supplication.
    R. If you, O Lord, mark iniquities, who can stand?
    If you, O LORD, mark iniquities,
    LORD, who can stand?
    But with you is forgiveness,
    that you may be revered.
    R.    If you, O Lord, mark iniquities, who can stand?
    I trust in the LORD;
    my soul trusts in his word.
    My soul waits for the LORD
    more than sentinels wait for the dawn.
    Let Israel wait for the LORD.
    R.    If you, O Lord, mark iniquities, who can stand?
    For with the LORD is kindness
    and with him is plenteous redemption;
    And he will redeem Israel
    from all their iniquities.
    R.    If you, O Lord, mark iniquities, who can stand?

    Verse Before The GospelEZ 18:31

    Cast away from you all the crimes you have committed, says the LORD,
    and make for yourselves a new heart and a new spirit.

    GospelMT 5:20-26

    Jesus said to his disciples:
    "I tell you,
    unless your righteousness surpasses that
    of the scribes and Pharisees,
    you will not enter into the Kingdom of heaven.

    "You have heard that it was said to your ancestors,
    You shall not kill; and whoever kills will be liable to judgment.
    But I say to you, whoever is angry with his brother
    will be liable to judgment,
    and whoever says to his brother, Raqa,
    will be answerable to the Sanhedrin,
    and whoever says, 'You fool,' will be liable to fiery Gehenna.
    Therefore, if you bring your gift to the altar,
    and there recall that your brother
    has anything against you,
    leave your gift there at the altar,
    go first and be reconciled with your brother,
    and then come and offer your gift.
    Settle with your opponent quickly while on the way to court.
    Otherwise your opponent will hand you over to the judge,
    and the judge will hand you over to the guard,
    and you will be thrown into prison.
    Amen, I say to you,
    you will not be released until you have paid the last penny."