Preparation

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Foreword

The Stations of the Cross are for all of us. Each station, I believe, must be a reality in our lives, in our own individual journeys. The Stations reflect our service and our journey as Christians who love Christ and seek to serve Him in the poor. This is our mission as Vincentians. This is our mission as Catholics.

Please feel free to add your own traditional prayers before each station. We adore you O Christ and we bless You. Because by Your holy cross You have redeemed the world.

Prayer of Preparation

Heavenly Father, we come to ask you to look upon your Vincentian children gathered near the cross of your Son. We come to ask forgiveness for our role in your daily crucifixion and we come to share your love with the poor. You sent us Your son as Redeemer of the world. He came to bring good news to the poor, He came to die for each one of us, and we know that we are called to love and serve all Your people, especially the poor. When we look into the eyes of the poor we see Your suffering Son, Your love and compassion. While meditating on each station, we call to mind those we serve; all we have alienated in any way. We seek reconciliation for the times we have failed to think of the suffering Your son endured and the love You have for all Your children.

May St. Vincent de Paul accompany us and Blessed Frederic Ozanam walk with us on this Way of the Cross. We lift all those we serve up to the healing power of Your Son at each station. We cry out to You in the name of Your son and ask You to open our hearts to the infinite love which He poured out to us in salvation by His passion, death and resurrection. Amen

Our Father Who Art in Heaven . . . . . Amen

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