Friday, March 29, 2013

A Child's Way of the Cross

"When Jesus was taken before Herod, John led the Blessed Virgin Mary and Magdalen over the parts which had been sanctified by his footsteps . . . they stopped and contemplated each spot where he had fallen, or where he had suffered particularly; and they wept silently at the thought of all he had undergone. The Blessed Virgin knelt down frequently and kissed the ground where her Son had fallen, while Magdalen wrung her hands in bitter grief, and John, although he could not restrain his own tears, endeavored to console his companions, supported, and led them on. Thus was the holy devotion of the 'Way of the Cross' first practiced; thus were the Mysteries of the Passion of Jesus first honoured, even before that Passion was accomplished, and the Blessed Virgin, that model of spotless purity, was the first to show forth the deep veneration felt by the Church for our dear Lord."

(The Dolorous Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ from the meditations of Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich)


And He withdrew from them about a stone's throw, and knelt down and prayed, "Father, if thou art willing, remove this cup from me; nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done." Luke 22:41-42


When He rose from prayer, he came to the disciples and found them sleeping for sorrow, and He said to them, "Why do you sleep? Rise and pray that you may not enter into temptation." Luke 22:45-46 


While he was still speaking, there came a crowd, and the man called Judas, one of the twelve, was leading them.  He drew near to Jesus to kiss him; but Jesus said to him, "Judas, would you betray the Son of man with a kiss?" Luke 22:47-48


Then they seized Him and led Him away, bringing him into the high priest's house. Luke 22:54


So when Pilate saw that he was gaining nothing, but rather that a riot was beginning, he took water and washed his hands before the crowd, saying, "I am innocent of this rightous man's blood; see to it yourselves."  Matthew 27:24-25


And all the people answered, "His blood will be on us and on our children!" Matthew 27:26



And Herod and Pilate became friends with each other that very day, for before this they had been at enmity with each other.  Luke 23:12


Jesus knelt down by its side, encircled it with his sacred arms, and kissed it three times, addressing, at the same time, a most touching prayer of thanksgiving to his Heavenly Father for that work of redemption which he had begun.  The Dolorous Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Blessed Anne Catherine Emerich


Thus began that triumphant march of the King of Kings, a march so ignominious on earth, and so glorious in heaven.  The Dolorous Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Blessed Anne Catherine Emerich


Next I beheld our Blessed Saviour and Redeemer - his bare feet swollen and bleeding - his back bent as though he were about to sink under the heavy weight of the cross, and his whole body covered with wounds and blood.  The Dolorous Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Blessed Anne Catherine Emerich


So they took Jesus, and he went out, bearing his own cross, to the place called the place of a skull, which is called in Hebrew Golgatha.  There they crucified him. John 19:17-18


And he bought a linen shroud, and taking him down, wrapped him in the linen shroud, and laid him in a tomb which had been hewn out of the rock; and he rolled a stone against the door of the tomb.  Mark 15:46


Having first seen with their own eyes that the body of Jesus was really there, [the guards] fastened one rope across the door of the tomb, and a second across the great stone which was placed in front, sealing the whole with a seal of half-circular shape.  The Dolorous Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Blessed Anne Catherine Emerich


At this moment the rock was so violently shaken, from the very summit to the base, that three of the guards fell down and became almost insensible . . . [Our Lord's] body was beautiful and lightsome, and its beauty was that of a celestial being.  He was clothed in a large mantle, which at one moment looked dazzlingly white . . . His large open wounds shone brightly, and could be seen from a great distance.  The Dolorous Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Blessed Anne Catherine Emerich


The seal of the grave is broken; He who reposed therein is living; He whom we saw die upon the wood of the cross, as the outcast of mankind, He has proclaimed His divine dignity; neither seal, nor grave, nor stone, nor oak could withstand Him; He is risen!  Sermons of the Cure of Ars

* The boys were just asking to see their old Playmobil scenes of The Easter Story (here are the links from 2009, 2010, and 2011) and I realized I never posted the pictures from last year, so we are adding them now.

4 comments:

  1. Jessica, your kids are very talented! I can't get over the things thy come up with with their Legos. Have a blessed Easter!

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  2. This is really amazing!! Your family makes me want to stock up on playmobile now that I see the play possibilities! What creative kiddos you have!!!

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  3. This is awesome, so creative!!! I think once things from Easter slow down you should post about how your playmobil is organized, we have so much but no one can ever find what they are looking for without dumping out everything!

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