The Way of the Cross
The Passion and Death
Our Lord Jesus Christ
by Thomas Wichert
Compiled and arranged for
Queen of Peace Catholic Community
Wichert meditations and prayers © Copyright 1983, 1987 by Barton-Cotton, Inc.
Bible Verses taken from The New American Bible translation
“Stabat Mater” text 66 7; Stabat Mater dolorosa; Jacopone da Todi, 1230-1306;
- by Edward Caswall, 1814-1878, alt. as published in Unidos En Cristo
by Oregon Catholic Press
THE WAY OF THE CROSS
My people, I am Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God. I am always with you. You approach me now to pray, to reflect, to find meaning for your life from my experience with death. You do me honor.
My friends, fear not my agony … it will help you cope with yours. Pity not my hurting … I know that you hurt too. Mourn not my death … for it brings us all to life.
Let me call you “Everyone.”
Everyone, come with me across the valley to the Garden. Pray with me as I collect my thoughts and prepare myself for what will be a turning point in human history.
Please do not interpret my desire for your company as a sign of weakness. I want you to witness and share my agony so that when our walk along the way of the cross is completed, you will better comprehend the meaning of my victory. This victory is the basis of your hope in me.
To you, Father, I say firmly but with understandable apprehension, “Thy will be done!” I will drink from this cup for Everyone in your name.
To you, Everyone, I say do not make promises of faithfulness to me just yet. Judas has his mind made up as he approaches with the crowd. Even Peter and the sons of Zebedee, my dear friends, are hasty to swear their fidelity and equally quick to bend with the pressure of the crowd. No, Everyone, walk thoughtfully along the way with me. Weigh carefully your decision. Then at the end of our walk, be prepared to pledge to me your fidelity and commitment to love. I promise you reason to hope.
Come now. It is time to go. Walk close to me.