Christ The Bread of Life Parish
Lenten Retreat: Draw close to Jesus in the last moments of his life. During this half-day retreat we will be composing our own Stations of the Cross and praying these fourteen solemn moments in our Lord's life. This is an active and interactive Retreat. Let the Holy Spirit loose. Saturday, March 23, 9:30 to 12:30, meeting in the Parish Center Lower Level. Seeking 12 people. Bring your Bibles. Leave your name and telephone number with Jeanne in the Parish Office (203-288-1652) by March 1. Questions? Call Bill Consiglio (203-248-5274).
10:30- 11:30 Small groups of two, compose stations.
11:30-12:00 Pray the Stations of the Cross
12:00-12:30 Closing prayer, Hail Mary, In the Name...
EXPLANATION: For centuries, pilgrims to the Holy Land have walked the steps of our Lord’s Passion in Jerusalem, with “stops” (stations) along the way to pray and venerate the places where a significant event is believed to have occurred (such as the place where Jesus met his Mother, where Jesus fell, and where Veronica handed Jesus her veil, etc.).
In this retreat we're going to compose our own stations. Many of the saints did the same. Most notably, St John Paul II, St Alphonsis Liquori, and St Francis of Assisi. St Alphonsis said, “There is no practice more profitable for the entire sanctification of the soul than the frequent meditation of the sufferings of Jesus Christ.” Composing your own stations can be a very meaningful act of worship in itself, which is the very objective of this retreat; an experience of personal, devotional prayer centered on the Passion of Christ.
Each person will be given a station to compose. Two people with work together. There is a suggested format for composing the station. Each station begins with the words: “Lord Jesus...” Focus on what is happening to Jesus, read the Scripture provided and reflect on the suggested themes. Compose the prayer in the first person singular (e.g. “When I think” “to me”). Direct the prayer to Jesus or the Father (e.g. “Lord Jesus, I see You...”, “Father, I thank you...”). Let the prayer emerge from what your heart is speaking. Listen to the Holy Spirit.
Don't look at this as some kind of task or assignment to accomplish. Rather, see this as something you want to say sincerely to Jesus or the Father. Let the Holy Spirit stir in you a true sympathy for our Lord's sufferings.
When all the stations are composed, we will pray the stations. We begin with the Sign of the Cross, a brief introduction, and...
Leader: We adore You, O Christ, and we bless You.
All: Because by Your Holy Cross, you have redeemed the world.
Then we sing a verse of the “Stabat Mater”.
Lenten Retreat: The Stations of the Cross