SHARING THE SUFFERINGS OF CHRIST: humility and reverence.
Do you make the devotion of the Stations of the Cross on a Friday night?
To do so has been the custom in Catholic churches since the Middle Ages.
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The Fourth Station is the pause to remember how Jesus met his Mother on his journey towards the place of crucifixion.
A traditional prayer to be said while contemplating their meeting goes as follows:
“O Jesus, O Mary, I am the cause of the great and manifold pains which pierce your loving hearts!
“O, that also my heart would feel and experience at least some of your sufferings!
“O Mother of Sorrows, let me participate in the sufferings which thou and thy Son endured for me, and let me experience thy sorrow . . . .
“So that, afflicted with thee, I may enjoy thy assistance in the hour of my death.”
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A great prayer to help cultivate a humble, reverent spirit as we pay our respects to our Lord in his death and Passion.