Way of the Cross

Containing Scripture Selections, Spiritual Reflections

and Chaldean Liturgical Hymns

St. Peter Chaldean Catholic Cathedral

San Diego – California

2010

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Table of Contents

Prayers in Chaldean
Opening Prayer
First Station: Jesus is Condemned to Death
Second Station: Jesus Carries His Cross
Third Station: Jesus Falls the First Time
Fourth Station: Jesus Meets His Suffering Mother
Fifth Station: Simon Helps Jesus Carry His Cross
Sixth Station: Veronica Wipes the Face of Jesus
Seventh Station: Jesus Falls A Second Time
Eighth Station: Jesus Speaks to the Women

Ninth Station: Jesus Falls A Third Time
Tenth Station: Jesus is Stripped of His Garments
Eleventh Station: Jesus is Nailed to the Cross
Twelfth Station: Jesus Dies on the Cross
Thirteenth Station: Jesus is Taken Down from the Cross
Fourteenth Station: Jesus is Laid in the Tomb
Closing Prayer
Litany of Humility
Act of Contrition

 

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PRAYERS IN CHALDEAN

The Our Father:
Baban dy-li bi-shmayya
payish m-qudsha Shimmukh
athya mal-kuthukh
hawi ‘ij-bonukh
dikh dy-li bi-shmayya
hadh-akh ham b-ara.
Hal-lan lukh-man
d-sun-qanan idyu,
shwoq talan gnahan wi-khty-athan
dikh ham akhny shwiq-lan
ta anay di-mtu’-delay illan
w-la mabyrit-tan b-juraba
illa mkhalis-lan min bysha
mbed diyyukh `yla malkutha
w-hayla w-tishbohta l-‘alam ‘almyn, amen.

The Hail Mary:
Shlama Illakh Maryam, Mlytha na’mi,
Maran ’immakh, mburakhta b’inshi,
Mburkha’yli pera d-kasakh ’Ysho‘
Mart Maryam, Yimmid Alaha,
Msaleh mbadalan, akhny hattayi,
Daha wibshetha d-mothan. Amen.

The Glory Be:
Shuha ta Baba w-Brona w-Ruha d-Qudhsha.
Min daha wil abad abadyn, amen.
 

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OPENING PRAYER

To you, O Awakener of the sleeping, O Raiser of the fallen, O Encourager of the weary, O Absolver of the sinful, O Great Refuge of the repentant, we entreat and plead: awaken, O Lord, our sleepiness in your mercy, shake off the heaviness of our sunkenness in your strength, and grant us, and make us worthy, to stand and serve before you purely and honorably, wakefully and diligently, O Wakeful One whom the wakeful serve with their halleluiahs, and the seraphim with their hallowings, the lowly with their hymns and the nations with their adorations, O Lord of all, Father, Son and Holy Spirit forever.
-From Night Prayer of the First Monday of Lent

Lord Jesus Christ my God, I humble myself before your Presence. As I come to accompany you and your Blessed Mother on the way to Calvary, grant me to feel for you with the tender feelings that she felt. May this Way of the Cross remind me of your love and of the price you had to pay for my sins.

Mother Mary, help me to see with your eyes, to hear with your ears, to feel with your heart and to understand with your wisdom. Help me to know the depths of the love of Christ your Son and the sorrows of your Immaculate Heart.

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FIRST STATION: JESUS IS CONDEMNED TO DEATH

Leader: We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you.
People: For by your holy Cross you have saved the world.

Scripture:
Pilate went out again, and said to them, "See, I am bringing him out to you, that you may know that I find no crime in him." So Jesus came out, wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe. Pilate said to them, "Behold the man!" When the chief priests and the officers saw him, they cried out, "Crucify him, crucify him!"
-John 19:4-6

Reflection:
The sentence of death was the just punishment of Adam for his disobedience, O Lord, and it is what we deserve for all our sins. And yet, even when we were sinners you took our condemnation and punishment upon yourself. For this, may we thank you forever.

Liturgical Hymn:
The human race was condemned to the judgment of death and the curse, but Christ accepted and was crucified in his love, to free all from the curse; the Immeasurable Sea of Mercies gave himself over to his captors, his body tasted a temporal death, and he destroyed both death and the curse.

-From Evening Prayer of Passion Friday

Our Father…
Hail Mary…
Glory…

Mrahim illan ya Marya,
mrahim illan.

Kim jarhaleh rumha d-hash-sha, libba di-bthulta qaddysh-ta,
min kewa diyyah qishya.

Ya yimma hash-shany-tha,
Jirhi d-‘azzy-zakh mytha
T-o’ b-libby d-la mhaya.

Have mercy on us, Lord,
have mercy.

A sword of suffering
pierced the holy Virgin’s heart,
because of her heavy pain.

O Sorrowful Mother,
Imprint the wounds of your Beloved
Permanently upon my heart.

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SECOND STATION: JESUS CARRIES HIS CROSS

Leader: We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you.
People: For by your holy Cross you have saved the world.

Scripture:
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 Gol'gotha.
-John 19:17

Reflection:
Your Cross, O Lord, which was a stumbling-block to the Jews and a scandal to the Gentiles, is our greatest glory. To them it shows your weakness, but to us who watch you carry your Cross as you carry us, it shows your immense power and patience. For this, may we thank you forever.

Liturgical Hymn:
The rays of your Cross, O Lord, which were hidden from the malice of your crucifiers, have soared through all creation – to the ends of the world! Indeed, the priests you have chosen to honor you extol it in the Church, and it is made a sign for the faithful, to save them from the curse.

-From Evening Prayer of Passion Friday

Baban dyli bi-shmayya…
Shlama illakh Maryam…
Shuha…

Mrahim illan ya Marya,
mrahim illan.

Oh min kewe mazid-ane
dig-dish-lay l-Malik-tha d-mawdyane
yimma d-Malka zak-kaya!  

Ya yimma hash-shany-tha,
Jirhi d-‘azzy-zakh mytha
T-o’ b-libby d-la mhaya.

Have mercy on us, Lord,
have mercy.

Oh how fearful are the sufferings that happened to the Queen of confessors,
the mother of the King victorious!

O Sorrowful Mother,
Imprint the wounds of your Beloved
Permanently upon my heart.

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THIRD STATION: JESUS FALLS THE FIRST TIME

Leader: We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you.
People: For by your holy Cross you have saved the world.

Scripture:
Though he was in the form of God, Jesus did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form he humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even death on a cross.
-Philippians 2:6-8

Reflection:
While the world fights for ambition and honor, O Lord, you chose to leave your glory in heaven and take the form of a servant. As you bowed down in inconceivable humility to wash the feet of your disciples, you fell to the earth under the weight of our sins to wash our souls from all evil. For this, may we thank you forever.

Liturgical Hymn:
Who is able to tell of your grace, O Lover of Mankind, who pities all? For you have given us spiritual figures in your glorious and holy Mysteries: you taught us true humility in your works, for you lowered yourself like a servant, and washed the feet of your disciples.

-From Evening Prayer of Passion Friday

Our Father…
Hail Mary…
Glory…

Mrahim illan ya Marya,
mrahim illan.

T’in-na motha mamir-ana
di-jrihlih libbah tuw-wana,
m-bar di-Bronah haluya.

Ya yimma hash-shany-tha,
Jirhi d-‘azzy-zakh mytha
T-o’ b-libby d-la mhaya.

Have mercy on us, Lord,
have mercy.

She bore a painful death
which wounded her blessed heart
for the sake of her noble Son!

O Sorrowful Mother,
Imprint the wounds of your Beloved
Permanently upon my heart.

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FOURTH STATION: JESUS MEETS HIS SUFFERING MOTHER

Leader: We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you.
People: For by your holy Cross you have saved the world.

Scripture:
Is it nothing to you, all you who pass by? Look and see if there is any sorrow like my sorrow which was brought upon me.
-Lamentations 1:12

Reflection:
As we face loss and hardship in our lives, O Lord, let us always remember the example of your Virgin Mother as she beheld you, her life, suffering so deeply, and had to let you go, in acceptance of God’s will. As you gave her the beloved disciple as his mother, give her also to us, that we may face our troubles with grace and acceptance through her prayers. For her, may we thank you forever.

Liturgical Hymn:
O Virgin Mother of God, surround our thoughts, for waves and storms surround us from every side. In the confidence you have before Christ, plead and implore him, that he may accomplish his mercies toward us. May he bestow health upon the sick, refreshment upon the weary, return upon those who are distant, and upon us, the forgiveness of sins.

-Marian Hymn traditionally said after Evening Prayer

Baban dyli bi-shmayya…
Shlama illakh Maryam…
Shuha…

Mrahim illan ya Marya,
mrahim illan.

Emaylih libba d-la k-bakhih
kud da’el malktha dmala-khe
k-shakya m-kewa gawaya.

Ya yimma hash-shany-tha,
Jirhi d-‘azzy-zakh mytha
T-o’ b-libby d-la mhaya.

Have mercy on us, Lord,
have mercy.

What heart would not weep
when it gazes at the Queen of angels seeing her inner pain?

O Sorrowful Mother,
Imprint the wounds of your Beloved
Permanently upon my heart.

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FIFTH STATION: SIMON HELPS JESUS CARRY HIS CROSS

Leader: We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you.
People: For by your holy Cross you have saved the world.

Scripture:
And they compelled a passer-by, Simon of Cyre'ne, who was coming in from the country, the father of Alexander and Rufus, to carry his cross.
-Mark 15:21

Reflection:
Unbelievers describe a meaningless, uncaring universe, where even human joys are empty at their root, and sufferings are entirely pointless. You have shown us, O Lord, that everything in creation is, to the eyes of faith, saturated with meaning, even our suffering, when we unite it to yours. Grant us grace to carry our crosses, and see them as your instruments of our sanctification. For this, may we thank you forever.

Liturgical Hymn:
O Good Shepherd who gave himself for his flock and saved it by his Blood: make us worthy to share in your suffering, and accept you in your kingdom.

-From the Third Mawtwa of Passion Friday

Our Father…
Hail Mary…
Glory…

Mrahim illan ya Marya,
mrahim illan.

Man y-bi dim-tafker w-sayer,
b-keweh di-bthulta w-la k-khayir
bet-faqa b-y-hy-dhayah?  

Ya yimma hash-shany-tha,
Jirhi d-‘azzy-zakh mytha
T-o’ b-libby d-la mhaya.

Have mercy on us, Lord,
have mercy.

Who could picture the encounter of the Virgin with her Son without being mystified?

O Sorrowful Mother,
Imprint the wounds of your Beloved
Permanently upon my heart.

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SIXTH STATION: VERONICA WIPES THE FACE OF JESUS

Leader: We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you.
People: For by your holy Cross you have saved the world.

Scripture:
He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows;
-Isaiah 53:3-4

Reflection:
God created Adam in his image, to reflect his providential care throughout the whole world. But through sin, Adam’s brightness was darkened and his face, modeled after the Creator himself, was corrupted. Your Face, O Savior, which was wiped clean by Veronica, replaced and renewed the damaged face of Adam, when you became the new Head of the renewed human race. For this, may we thank you forever.

Liturgical Hymn:
O Christ the Son who came for our salvation, to renew the image of Adam that had been corrupted, who took on our body, and through it saved our race, giving resilience for the resurrection of the dead: forgive your servants in your grace on the day of your coming!

-From Sunday Evening Prayer

Baban dyli bi-shmayya…
Shlama illakh Maryam…
Shuha…

Mrahim illan ya Marya,
mrahim illan.

M-‘asyutha d’amma hudhaya
Y-sho’ m’udba mikh hattaya,
bit’ana m-kha-ya qish-ya!

Ya yimma hash-shany-tha,
Jirhi d-‘azzy-zakh mytha
T-o’ b-libby d-la mhaya.

Have mercy on us, Lord,
have mercy.

Oh hardness of people:
behold Jesus suffering like a sinner, bearing a bitter beating!

O Sorrowful Mother,
Imprint the wounds of your Beloved
Permanently upon my heart.

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SEVENTH STATION: JESUS FALLS A SECOND TIME

Leader: We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you.
People: For by your holy Cross you have saved the world.

Scripture:
Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that made us whole, and with his stripes we are healed. -Isaiah 53:4-5

Reflection:
How patient you are, O Lord, though you deserve nothing of what you endured, and how impatient are we, who deserve so much more than your mercy allows to touch us! Teach us to patiently endure our sufferings, the imperfections of others in our lives, and even ourselves. Let us never give up hope, though we fall a thousand times. For this, may we thank you forever.

Liturgical Hymn:
Who is patient enough to speak of your patience with our sins? If we sin, we become filled with wickedness, if we do good, we become filled with pride; and toward one another, we are cruel and merciless: we are jealous of one who succeeds, we rejoice over one who falls. And though our life is short, the list of our sins is long.

-From Monday of Ba’utha

Our Father…
Hail Mary…
Glory…

Mrahim illan ya Marya,
mrahim illan.

Da`-la-wa Bronah ‘az-zi-za,
mytha w-dimmeh l-ar’a byza,
ilid qeysa mtu-lit-ya!

Ya yimma hash-shany-tha,
Jirhi d-‘azzy-zakh mytha
T-o’ b-libby d-la mhaya.

Have mercy on us, Lord,
have mercy.

She saw her beloved Son
dead and his blood spilled,
hanging on a piece of wood.

O Sorrowful Mother,
Imprint the wounds of your Beloved
Permanently upon my heart.

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EIGHTH STATION: JESUS SPEAKS TO THE WOMEN

Leader: We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you.
People: For by your holy Cross you have saved the world.

Scripture:
And there followed him a great multitude of the people, and of women who bewailed and lamented him. But Jesus turning to them said, "Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children. -Luke 23:27-28

Reflection:
We are insulted when those who have hurt us are not sorry enough, O Lord, for we expect their repentance to be from the heart; and yet how easy it is for us to presume upon your kindness and feel so little sorrow for our sins! What a meager repentance after such a weighty offence! Teach us to weep tears of true repentance in your grace, that through their sincerity we may be washed and see the joy of heaven. For this, may we thank you forever.

Liturgical Hymn:
Who will give me a fountain of many tears and modest thoughts, that I may erase my sins and faults through repentance? I am in need of your mercies, O Good and Kind One, but because you love the repentant, I do not give up hope in my life, O Lord.

-From Night Prayer of the First Monday of Lent

Baban dyli bi-shmayya…
Shlama illakh Maryam…
Shuha…

Mrahim illan ya Marya,
mrahim illan.

Ya yimma, nabu’a d-hubba,
hal-ly mar`a w-shaqa d-libba,
w-shte-khan-ta dlat-ta dumya.

Ya yimma hash-shany-tha,
Jirhi d-‘azzy-zakh mytha
T-o’ b-libby d-la mhaya.

Have mercy on us, Lord,
have mercy.

Oh mother, spring of love,
grant me contrition in my heart,
and repentance from my sins.

O Sorrowful Mother,
Imprint the wounds of your Beloved
Permanently upon my heart.

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NINTH STATION: JESUS FALLS THE THIRD TIME

Leader: We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you.
People: For by your holy Cross you have saved the world.

Scripture:
Upon him was the chastisement that made us whole, and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.
-Isaiah 53:5-6

Reflection:
O Kind Doctor who was wounded in order to heal us, save us from our pride, in which we convince ourselves that we need no Healer. As you fell the third time, you showed us the depths of the weakness of the human race, and so remind us also to turn to you in our lowest moments for healing, after every one of our falls. For this, may we thank you forever.

Liturgical Hymn:
Our wretched race is weak, and oppressed by wounds and sicknesses; and if the medicine of your mercy does not heal our wounds, our life would immediately vanish and pass away from the earth. Be, O Lord, a Doctor for our wounds.

-From Shuhlapa 5 of Qala 20

Our Father…
Hail Mary…
Glory…

Mrahim illan ya Marya,
mrahim illan.

Makhim-lih libby qary-ra,
w-malhe-lih mikh-de-gid nura,
bgo hubba d-Ysho’ Marya.

Ya yimma hash-shany-tha,
Jirhi d-‘azzy-zakh mytha
T-o’ b-libby d-la mhaya.

Have mercy on us, Lord,
have mercy.

Warm my cold heart,
and light it like fire
with love of Jesus the Lord.

O Sorrowful Mother,
Imprint the wounds of your Beloved
Permanently upon my heart.

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TENTH STATION: JESUS IS STRIPPED OF HIS GARMENTS

Leader: We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you.
People: For by your holy Cross you have saved the world.

Scripture:
When the soldiers had crucified Jesus they took his garments and made four parts, one for each soldier; also his tunic. But the tunic was without seam, woven from top to bottom; so they said to one another, "Let us not tear it, but cast lots for it to see whose it shall be." This was to fulfill the scripture, "They parted my garments among them, and for my clothing they cast lots." -John 19:23-24

Reflection:
You were humiliated, O Lord, in order to make up for Adam who was ashamed before his Creator. Help us to be ashamed of our sins, but humble enough to stand before God with unveiled faces. For this, may we thank you forever.

Liturgical Hymn:
When you were hanging on the Cross, O Christ, creation saw you naked and trembled: heaven darkened the light of the glorious lamp of the sun, the temple showed its lamentation in the torn veil, and earth quaked as well, for it saw the insolence of the crucifiers. Even the sleeping, in a great marvel, were awakened and arose from their graves, lifting up praise to your great power, O Lord!

-From Evening Prayer of Holy Saturday

Baban dyli bi-shmayya…
Shlama illakh Maryam…
Shuha…

Mrahim illan ya Marya,
mrahim illan.

‘Wodh ya yimma hashshanytha,
jirhi diy-yakh b-gawa-yatha
d-‘wdakh d-taw-`y dla mkhaya.

Ya yimma hash-shany-tha,
Jirhi d-‘azzy-zakh mytha
T-o’ b-libby d-la mhaya.

Have mercy on us, Lord,
have mercy.

Grant, O suffering mother,
that your wounds may be imprinted upon my depths.

O Sorrowful Mother,
Imprint the wounds of your Beloved
Permanently upon my heart.

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ELEVENTH STATION: JESUS IS NAILED TO THE CROSS

Leader: We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you.
People: For by your holy Cross you have saved the world.

Scripture:
And they crucified him, and divided his garments among them, casting lots for them, to decide what each should take. And it was the third hour, when they crucified him.
-Mark 15:24-25

Reflection:
Because Adam disobeyed, he was found unworthy to eat the fruit of the tree of life in Paradise. Through your sacrifice, O Lord, your Cross became the true Tree of Life, and you the Fruit which one eats and never dies. By the obedience of Faith, let us be made worthy to receive you into our hearts and lives, and live in you eternally. For this, may we thank you forever.

Liturgical Hymn:
The holy cross is like the Tree of Life in the Church, whose fruits are good for eating, and whose leaves are fit for healing.

-From Evening Prayer of the Feast of the Holy Cross

Our Father…
Hail Mary…
Glory…

Mrahim illan ya Marya,
mrahim illan.

Bronakh jry-ha milya m-hasha,
taly mnube-lih qaddysha:
tlob-ly minneh husaya.

Ya yimma hash-shany-tha,
Jirhi d-‘azzy-zakh mytha
T-o’ b-libby d-la mhaya.

Have mercy on us, Lord,
have mercy.

Your Son was wounded in great pain, as the prophet said.
Plead forgiveness for me.

O Sorrowful Mother,
Imprint the wounds of your Beloved
Permanently upon my heart.

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TWELFTH STATION: JESUS DIES ON THE CROSS

Leader: We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you.
People: For by your holy Cross you have saved the world.

Scripture:
And Jesus cried again with a loud voice and yielded up his spirit.
-Matthew 27:50

Reflection:
In the nature you have created, O Lord, there is nothing more precious to a creature than his life. And yet this is exactly what you gave up for us. You accepted death – mankind’s most terrifying threat – and in doing so you gave mankind life, and life to the fullest. Make every moment of our lives full of meaning and grace by uniting them at all times to the power of your death. For this, may we thank you forever.

Liturgical Hymn:
In your love, O Lord, you were brought low, and became a sacrifice on behalf of our race: your Body tasted a temporal death and your flock was bought with your Blood. Heaven and earth, who saw your disgrace, wore garments of mourning, for you were mocked with the thieves. Blessed is he whose death has given life to all!

-From Night Prayer of Passion Friday

Baban dyli bi-shmayya…
Shlama illakh Maryam…
Shuha…

Mrahim illan ya Marya,
mrahim illan.

Msha-rik-ly bgo shtekhanyatha,
b-gagholta qbol-ly bkhoruthakh
jroh-lih libby hattaya.

Ya yimma hash-shany-tha,
Jirhi d-‘azzy-zakh mytha
T-o’ b-libby d-la mhaya.

Have mercy on us, Lord,
have mercy.

Let me accompany you
on Golgotha, accept me in love,
wound my sinful heart.

O Sorrowful Mother,
Imprint the wounds of your Beloved
Permanently upon my heart.

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THIRTEENTH STATION: JESUS IS TAKEN DOWN FROM THE CROSS

Leader: We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you.
People: For by your holy Cross you have saved the world.

Scripture:
Joseph of Arimathea went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then he took it down and wrapped it in a linen shroud, and laid him in a rock-hewn tomb, where no one had ever yet been laid.
-Luke 24:52-53

Reflection:
The care, O Lord, with which your Body was taken down from the Cross shows us the reverence due to your sacramental Body, the holy Eucharist. Let us always remember the power of your Presence among us, and reverence your Body and Blood at all times. For this, may we thank you forever.

Liturgical Hymn:
Come, let us give thanks to Christ, whose revelation has freed us from error and who has reconciled us to his Father by the oblation of his body, who pacified the exalted beings who were angered because of our sin. To him be glory with his Sender!

-From Night Prayer of the First Monday of Lent

Our Father…
Hail Mary…
Glory…

Mrahim illan ya Marya,
mrahim illan.

Hal ta ‘awda diyyakh mhyla
tad hawe b-rahmuthakh qbyla
bgo bikh-ya d-shaqil shraya.

Ya yimma hash-shany-tha,
Jirhi d-‘azzy-zakh mytha
T-o’ b-libby d-la mhaya.

Have mercy on us, Lord,
have mercy.

Grant your weak servant
acceptance to your friendship,
that he be forgiven in tears.

O Sorrowful Mother,
Imprint the wounds of your Beloved
Permanently upon my heart.

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FOURTEENTH STATION: JESUS IS LAID IN THE TOMB

Leader: We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you.
People: For by your holy Cross you have saved the world.

Scripture:
Joseph of Arimathea 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

Reflection:
You taught us, O Lord, that unless a seed falls to the ground and dies, it will never become a living plant. This is the price you paid in order to open the gates of heaven for mankind. Grant us the grace to die to ourselves and rise in you. For this, may we thank you forever.

Liturgical Hymn:
The garden of Joseph of Arimathea has become Paradise, for Christ was placed in it. The spiritual descended, and the legions of the watchers and seraphim, to visit the tomb of our Lord. Glory to you, O Lord! Glory to you, O Son of God! Blessed is he who has gladdened us by his resurrection!

-From Night Prayer of Easter

Baban dyli bi-shmayya…
Shlama illakh Maryam…
Shuha…

Mrahim illan ya Marya,
mrahim illan.

Kud mayith paghry `uprana,
gyany mam-telah l`o gnona
l-shuha d-Alaha ‘loya.

Ya yimma hash-shany-tha,
Jirhi d-‘azzy-zakh mytha
T-o’ b-libby d-la mhaya.

Have mercy on us, Lord,
have mercy.

When my flesh of dust dies,
take my soul to that paradise
of the lofty glory of God.

O Sorrowful Mother,
Imprint the wounds of your Beloved
Permanently upon my heart.

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CLOSING PRAYER

Blessed is he who saved Adam from death by his passion and cross, who fulfilled all the symbols that prepared the way for him by his sacrifice: the lamb sacrificed in Egypt which saved the people and the serpent that Moses lifted up that saved Israel from the poison of the deadly snakes. How much more does the power of the Cross destroy the poison of the deceiver and save the Church from slavery to sin and death. To Jesus, who saved us by his death, be glory and blessing, forever and ever.
Amen.

-From Night Prayer of Holy Saturday

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LITANY OF HUMILITY

O Jesus! meek and humble of heart, hear me.
From the desire of being esteemed…
Deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being loved...
From the desire of being extolled ...
From the desire of being honored ...
From the desire of being praised ...
From the desire of being preferred to others...
From the desire of being consulted ...
From the desire of being approved ...

From the fear of being humiliated ...
From the fear of being despised...
From the fear of suffering rebukes ...
From the fear of being calumniated ...
From the fear of being forgotten ...
From the fear of being ridiculed ...
From the fear of being wronged ...
From the fear of being suspected ...

That others may be loved more than I…
Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That others may be esteemed more than I...
That, in the opinion of the world,
others may increase and I may decrease ...
That others may be chosen and I set aside...
That others may be praised and I unnoticed...
That others may be preferred to me in everything...
That others may become holier than I,
provided that I may become as holy as I should…

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ACTS OF CONTRITION

“O God, be merciful to me, a sinner.”
                        - Luke 18:13

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I confess my sins,
and the offences I have done before you, my God,
and I beg to be made worthy for forgiveness,
and to be able to awaken
with the strength to fulfill all your commands,
lest death surprise me like a thief,
and find me in the heavy sleep of carelessness.

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Like the prodigal son I implore you, O Lord:
I have sinned against heaven and before you,
and I am not worthy to be called your son.
Pity me in your grace, and have mercy on me.

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Mariam the sinner appeased you by her tears,
and you forgave her sins.
Look upon my tears, O Savior, and in your grace,
have mercy on my wretched soul.

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