Thursday, April 7, 2016

366 Project - Day 98 - "Bruised, Derided, Cursed, Defiled"


April 07, 2016 - "Bruised, Derided, Cursed, Defiled"

This VERY large antique Crucifix hangs above the home altar where I kneel and pray for about an hour each day. It is quite old... and has seen much better days. There are chips on the face and extremities of the Corpus... yet when I look at it I cannot help but feel as if those chips, those cracks, those damages - are "meant" to be there.

When I look upon the face of this particular Corpus Christi the words of the "Sixth Station" of St. Alphonsus Liguori's "The Way of the Cross" come to mind...

THE SIXTH STATION - VERONICA OFFERS HER VEIL TO JESUS

PRIEST: We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You.

(Genuflect)

PEOPLE: Because, by Your holy cross, You have redeemed the world.

(Rise)

PRIEST: Consider the compassion of the holy woman, Veronica. Seeing Jesus in such distress, His face bathed in sweat and blood, she presented Him with her veil. Jesus wiped His face, and left upon the cloth the image of His sacred countenance.

(Kneel)

PEOPLE: My beloved Jesus, Your face was beautiful before You began this journey; but, now, it no longer appears beautiful and is disfigured with wounds and blood. Alas, my soul also was once beautiful when it received Your grace in Baptism; but I have since then disfigured it with my sins. You alone, my Redeemer, can restore it to its former beauty. Do this by the merits of Your passion; and then do with me as You will.

(Recite one "Our Father", "Hail Mary" and "Glory be".)

CHANT: Bruised, derided, cursed, defiled... She beheld her tender Child... All with bloody scourges rent.

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