4 Jesus Meets His Mother

April 21, 2011

We Walk with the Lord
on the Way of the Cross

We praise you, O Christ,
and we bless you
Because by your Cross
You have redeemed the world.

Lord, you are Son of God
and son of Mary,
Like us in all things but sin.
Lord Jesus, have mercy on us.

Your mother, the handmaid of the Lord,
Who accepts God’s will in all things,
Now knows that your hour has come.
She accompanies you even to the cross.
She sees you suffering,
And she suffers with you.
So the prophecy of Simeon is fulfilled:
You are a sign that is rejected,
Destined for the fall and the rise of many,
And you see the sword of suffering
Pierce your mother’s heart also.

Lord, your mother is here with you
At the hour of your death.
May she pray for us sinners
Now and at the hour of our death.

I have avoided you by ignoring the poor,
I have turned from those who suffer.
As I contemplate the sword that pierced
Your mother’s heart, I ask forgiveness.
Lord Jesus, be merciful to me, a sinner!

By Patrick Sayles, SSC, The Prayer Trust