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Prayer Path: Station 7

The Path to the Cross: Held

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Artwork of Jesus dying on the cross

Opening Prayer

Walk with me, Lord, as I walk this path of the cross, feeling the weight, finding the joy. Amen.

 A Reading from the Gospel of Luke, chapter 23

A crowd led Jesus away to his death. Two others, criminals, were led out to be executed with him at a place called “The Skull.” There all three were crucified—Jesus on the center cross, and the two criminals on either side. “Father, forgive these people,” Jesus said, “for they don’t know what they are doing.” By now it was noon, and darkness fell across the whole land for three hours, until three o’clock. The light from the sun was gone—and suddenly the thick veil hanging in the Temple split apart. Then Jesus called out “Father, I commit my spirit to You. ” And with those words He died.

 Reflect

  • What am I noticing & feeling as I imagine this moment on Jesus’ path to the cross?
  • Is being held by God even when we die really part of following Jesus?
  • How is Jesus held?
  • How am I being held by God even now?

 Christ Speaks

Even when you die, I will still be with you.

I am the Lord. I am the Lord.

And there is nothing to fear, nothing to fear, there is nothing to fear

for I am with you always.

What can separate you from My perfect love?

Do not fear.

adapted from The Porter’s Gate Nothing to Fear

 A Closing Prayer of Commitment

Walk with me, Lord, on the path of my life.

Right till the time of my own dying, let me still follow Your footprints.

I want to follow You. I will follow You.

I’m sure I will keep following You.

Please help me follow You. Amen.

 

  Artwork Credit: Good Friday ©  2022 Lucinda Naylor  |  Eyekons

 

Station 7

Listen here to a guide to Station 7 of the Prayer Path.