Wednesday, April 4, 2018

FOURTEENTH STATION OF VIA LUCIS: The Risen Lord Sends the Holy Spirit

FOURTEENTH STATION OF VIA LUCIS: The Risen Lord Sends the Holy Spirit

We adore You, O Christ
and we praise You!
Because by the Wood of the Cross and
the Light of the Resurrection, 
You have redeemed the world!
Reading:  "... Suddenly there came from the sky a noise like a strong driving wind, and it filled the entire house.  Then there appeared to them tongues as of fire, which parted and came to rest on each one of them.  And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in different tongues, as the Spirit enabled them to proclaim"  (Acts 2: 2-4).
Reflection:  The power of the Holy Spirit drives the disciples from the Upper Room into the streets and marketplace.  The Spirit compels them to take the message everywhere, in places familiar and unfamiliar, not stopping until they reach the ends of the world.  We have been clothed with the same Spirit. We are called to be evangelizers and witnesses, near and far, wherever we go.  The Spirit always goes before us, preparing the way and strengthening our hearts to be generous servants of the Risen Lord who ever guides us.  Pentecost is an enduring and continuing event.  We implore the Holy Spirit to renew the face of the earth by renewing us.

Prayer:  Father in heaven, through this spiritual journey, You have reminded us of the fullness of the mystery of Your revealed love.  See Your people gathered in prayer, open to receive the Spirit's flame.  May it come to rest in our hearts and disperse the divisions of word and tongue. With one voice and one song, may we praise Your name in joy and thanksgiving.  Grant this through Christ our Lord, and in the power of the Spirit, both now and forevermore.  Amen.
All:  Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.
O sons and daughters of the Lord,
The King of glory, King adored,
From death to life has been restored. Alleluia.

Reading:  " ... Jesus Himself, through them, sent forth from east to west the sacred and imperishable proclamation of eternal salvation.  Amen" (Mark 16:8, the Shorter Ending).
Reflection:  Through the Via Lucis, we have shared our pilgrim journey with the Risen Lord.  As servants and witnesses of Christ, let us now pray in the way our Savior taught us:
All:  "Our Father…"
Prayer:  Lord, may everything we do, begin with Your inspiration, continue with Your help, and reach perfection under Your guidance.  We ask this through Christ, our Risen Lord.  Amen.
Sign of Peace
Sign of the Cross.

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