Way of the Cross. WYD’ 2016. Station XIII – JESUS IS TAKEN DOWN FROM THE CROSS AND PLACED IN THE ARMS OF HIS AFFLICTED MOTHER

PRAY FOR THE LIVING AND THE DEAD

V. Adoramus Te Christe et benedicimus Tibi.

R. Quia per sanctam Crucem tuam redemisti mundum.

From the holy Gospel according to Mark:

Someone from the crowd answered him, “Teacher, I have brought to you my son possessed by a mute spirit. […] He said to them, “This kind can only come out through prayer.”

(Mk 9:17, 29)

We look at you, Mary, sitting at the foot of the cross, the dead body of your son on your lap. Despite your pain, you are abiding in prayer. That is precisely why you are not helpless, not powerless, not defeated, not broken, but instead are strengthened and cooperating in the saving work of your son. You are merciful together with him – the first in a long historical procession of those who rejoice in the sufferings for their sake, and in their flesh are filling up what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ on behalf of his body, which is the Church. And they do this prayer!

There is, in a fact, a kind of evil, certain demons and temptations, that can only come out through prayer. Every other “tool” is ineffective. Only prayer and fasting remain. Your prayer, Mary, on Golgotha is an experience of power, not weakness. It is proof that mercy is never, in any situation, powerless! Then, when everyone else is surrendering, mercy reaches for the powerful weapon of prayer.

Lord Jesus, we bless and praise you for the people who do not cease in the merciful fight for others, even when everyone else has given up. We thank you for those who, with complete trust in you, pray for the dead — tragically, unexpectedly, in stubbornness, in rebellion, in the refusal to convert. For those who, in stubborn prayer, accompany those who do not want any company, those who wade into evil, who have come to terms with a weakness or do not see any evil that they do. Thank you for those who, through prayer and fasting, support the terminally ill, the dying, and those mourning their loved ones. We thank you for those who continue praying for peace with hope and perseverance when nobody else is concerned anymore. We ask you, ignite in us the charism of merciful prayer for the living and the dead. Amen. Mother of Mercy, pray for us!

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ADDRESS OF THE HOLY FATHER

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