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Lord, have mercy on the Christians in Mosul!


« on: April 16, 2006, 06:57:14 PM »

This being Holy Week for the Orthodox, I would like to open this thread as a means for allowing you to post your meditations on the Passion of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Feel free to post to this thread such things as poetry, prose, writings of the Fathers, personal stories, etc.  The contributions don't need to be your own creation, but your own creativity is certainly appreciated.  The contributions don't need to be from Orthodox sources, either, just as long as they don't offend the general Orthodox mindset of this forum.  (The last thing I want is that anything on this thread should cause offense to anyone during this holiest of all weeks, so let's be careful to not branch out into tangential discussions.  Let us be strict in limiting this thread to mediations on the Cross.)  Of course, I urge you to use copyrighted material only in a manner that complies with copyright laws.

I will start this thread with this poem by M.S.Lowndes (http://www.heavensinspirations.com/easter-poems.html#identifier0)


THE CROSS

I know in life we all go through
A lot of hurt and pain
We need to think of Jesus Christ
On the cross with all our shame

For as our Lord was hanging there
With all our sin and doubts
Everything that we'll go through
He bore as His blood poured out

And in the blood that flowed that day
Is forgiveness from every sin
There's nothing we can do or say
His blood can't cleanse within

Oh the pain that He went through
In suffering on His own
For even the Father turned His face
And He was left to die alone

We could never imagine the anguish
Of Jesus there on the cross
He lived for us; He died for us
And all we did was scoff

Nothing we could ever go through
Can ever be compared
So next time when we're feeling down
We should go to Him in prayer

For He will understand your pain
For He has felt it too
He knows the road your travelling on
And He will walk with you


(Blanket permission for use granted by the poet on his web site)
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« Reply #1 on: April 16, 2006, 11:01:31 PM »

Edward Shillito,
Jesus of the Scars

If we have never sought, we seek thee now;
  Thine eyes burn through the dark, our only stars;
We must have sight of thorn-marks on thy brow,
  We must have thee, O Jesus of the scars.
 
The heavens frighten us; they are too calm;
  In all the universe we have no place.
Our wounds are hurting us; where is the balm?
  Lord Jesus, by thy scars we know thy grace.
 
If, when the doors are shut, thou drawest near,
  Only reveal those hands, that side of thine;
We know today what wounds are, have no fear;
  Show us thy scars, we know the countersign.
 
The other gods were strong; but thou wast weak;
  They rode, but thou didst stumble to a throne;
But to our wounds only God's wounds can speak,
  And not a god has wounds, but thou alone.
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« Reply #2 on: April 16, 2006, 11:49:13 PM »

 
Stay with me, Lord, for it is necessary to have You present so that I do not forget You. You know how easily I abandon You.

Stay with me, Lord, because I am weak and I need Your strength, that I may not fall so often.

Stay with me, Lord, for You are my life, and without You, I am without fervor.

Stay with me, Lord, for You are my light, and without You, I am in darkness.

Stay with me, Lord, to show me Your will.

Stay with me, Lord, so that I hear Your voice and follow You.

Stay with me, Lord, for I desire to love You very much, and always be in Your company.

Stay with me, Lord, if You wish me to be faithful to You.

Stay with me, Lord, for as poor as my soul is, I wish it to be a place of consolation for You, a nest of Love.

Stay with me, Jesus, for it is getting late and the day is coming to a close, and life passes, death, judgement, eternity approaches. It is necessary to renew my strength, so that I will not stop along the way and for that, I need You. It is getting late and death approaches. I fear the darkness, the temptations, the dryness, the cross, the sorrows. O how I need You, my Jesus, in this night of exile!

Stay with me tonight, Jesus, in life with all its dangers, I need You.

Let me recognize You as Your disciples did at the breaking of bread, so that the Eucharistic Communion be the light which disperses the darkness, the force which sustains me, the unique joy of my heart.

Stay with me, Lord, because at the hour of my death, I want to remain united to You, if not by Communion, at least by grace and love.

Stay with me, Jesus, I do not ask for divine consolation, because I do not merit it, but, the gift of Your Presence, oh yes, I ask this of You!

Stay with me, Lord, for it is You alone I look for. Your Love, Your Grace, Your Will, Your Heart, Your Spirit, because I love You and ask no other reward but to love You more and more.

With a firm love, I will love You with all my heart while on earth and continue to love You perfectly during all eternity.

Amen

 By. (St.) Padre Pio of Pietrelcina of Italy. He would say this prayer after recieving the Eucharist.
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« Reply #3 on: April 16, 2006, 11:51:26 PM »

The Crucifixion of Jesus
Mt 26-27; Mk 14-15; Lk 22-23; Jn 18-19

a meditation and prayers by Victor Hoagland, C.P.

What would we see if we were there when Jesus was crucified?

In the somber half-gloom - that darkness the gospels describe- Jesus Christ would hang from a rough cross. Not a shining cross of silver or gold, but a stark cross of rugged wood.

Our eyes would see a man dying slowly without relief, a crucified man, his body wrenched by pain. A sight not easy to look at.

What would we hear if we were there when Jesus was crucified?

The harsh thud of nails driven through wood and flesh, the moaning of the dying, the periodic insults shouted to the cross, the mockery of his enemies to his claim of divine sonship, the few gasping words of Jesus himself. Sounds not pleasant to the human ear.

Only faith tells us there is something more about the crucifixion of Jesus. In that unlikely place, in pain and sorrow, God showed love for a sinful world.

May our vision of faith grow till we value life in the light of our faith in the Son of God "who loved us and gave himself up for us."
 
Prayers before the Cross
 
 Lord Jesus, Redeemer of all,
hear my prayer.
For the love you bear
to those who ask forgiveness,
look mercifully on me,
as once you looked on Mary Magdalene
and on Peter who denied you.

Look on me, Lord Jesus Christ,
as you looked on the thief on his cross
and on every sinner
whom you have ever forgiven.

Look on me, merciful Lord,
as you looked on your mother, Mary,
standing in sorrow beneath your cross.
Let me feel in my heart her compassion for you,
and let my eyes weep for the sorrows
my sins have caused.

Call me from darkness
to my Father's house,
give me a new heart
and a place at your side
at the banquet of your kingdom. Amen.
 

O Jesus, Son of God,
You were born in a stable
and died on the cross
for our salvation.

Say to your heavenly Father
at the hour of my death:
"Father, forgive them."

Say to your loving mother:
"Behold your daughter, behold your son."

Say to my soul:
"This day you shall be with me in Paradise."

"My God, my God, do not abandon me"
in that hour.
"I thirst," my God,
yes, my soul thirsts for you,
the fountain of living waters.

My life passes like a shadow.
Yet a little while and "it is finished."

So, my Savior,
from this moment and for all eternity,
"Into your hands, I commend my spirit."

Lord Jesus, receive my soul. Amen.
 
 
O Mother of Sorrows,
with strength from above
you stood by the cross
sharing the sufferings of Jesus,
and with tender care
you took him in your arms,
mourning and weeping.
We praise your faith,
for accepting the life God gave you.

We praise your hope,
for trusting God would do great things
through you.
We praise your love,
for bearing with Jesus
the sorrows of his passion.

Holy Mary,
may we follow your example
and stand by all your children
who need comfort and love.

Mother of God,
stand by us in our trials
and care for us in our many needs.
Pray for us now
and at the hour of our death.

Amen.
 
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« Reply #4 on: April 17, 2006, 03:08:03 AM »

The wise thief hast Thou made worthy of paradise in a single moment, O Lord.
By the Wood of Thy Cross illumine me as well and save me.


Exapostilarion of the Passion Vigil of Holy Friday (between the 8th and 9th Gospel Readings)
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