The Fourth Sorrowful Mystery – The Carrying of the Cross
Mark 15:20 and they lead him out to crucify him. 21 and they compel a passer-by, Simon of Cyrene, coming in from the country, the father of Alexander and Rufus, to carry his cross.
Matthew 5:41 “ If anyone compels you (to go) for one mile, go with them for two.”
Mark 8:34 “He called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them,
“In someone wishes to come after me,
let her deny herself, and take up her cross, and let her follow me.
[let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and let him follow me].”
Philippians 2 If then there is any encouragement in Christ, any consolation from love, any sharing in the Spirit, any compassion and sympathy, 2 make my joy complete: be of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. 3 Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility regard others as better than yourselves. 4 Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others.
5 Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus,
6 who, though he was in the form of God,
did not regard equality with God
as something to be exploited,
7 but emptied himself,
taking the form of a slave,
being born in human likeness.
And being found in human form,
8 he humbled himself
and became obedient to the point of death—
even death on a cross.
The folly and scandalous shame of the cross
1 Corinthians 1:18, 23 “18 For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God….. 23 but we proclaim Christ crucified, a scandal to Jews and folly to Gentiles … 2:1,2 1 when I came to you … 2 I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and him crucified.”
Women mourning for Jesus on the way of the cross and Jesus mourns for them
Luke 23: 27 A great number of the people followed him, and among them were women who were beating their breasts and wailing for him. 28 But Jesus turned to them and said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children.
INTERCESSIONS: We lovingly remember the sufferings of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which we have been healed
Various intercessions will be prayed and time will be left for all those joining online to offer their own private intercessions …
WE NOW OFFER THE FOURTH SORROWFUL MYSTERY OF THE ROSARY
– ‘THE CARRYING OF THE CROSS’
PRAYER before Benediction:
O God, who in this wonderful Sacrament have left us a memorial of your Passion, grant us, we pray, so to revere the sacred mysteries of your Body and Blood that we may always experience in ourselves the fruits of your redemption, Who live and reign with God the Father in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
THE DIVINE PRAISES
Blessed be God.
Blessed be his holy name.
Blessed be Jesus Christ, true God and true man.
Blessed be the name of Jesus.
Blessed be his most Sacred Heart.
Blessed be his most precious blood.
Blessed be Jesus in the most holy sacrament of the altar.
Blessed be the Holy Spirit, the Paraclete.
Blessed be the great Mother of God, Mary most holy.
Blessed be her holy and immaculate conception.
Blessed be her glorious assumption.
Blessed be the name of Mary, Virgin and Mother.
Blessed be Saint Joseph, her most chaste spouse.
Blessed be God in his angels and in his saints.
DEPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT
Let us pray,
Stay with us, Lord Jesus, as we go on our way;
be our companion on our way.
In your mercy, inflame our hearts and raise our hope,
so that, in union with our sisters and brothers,
we may recognize you in the scriptures
and in the breaking of bread.
You live and reign with God the Father in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God for ever and ever. Amen.
BLESSING: May the Lord bless us, protect us from all evil and bring us to everlasting life. Amen.