Niger

Eighth Station: JESUS SPEAKS TO THE WOMEN OF JERUSALEM

21 Mar , 2017  

HYMN:

We carry the saving cross through the roads of the world.
Through the alleys of poverty and misery.
Marching to a dawning day to freedom and victory,
To God’s life and endless glory.
 

PRAYER BEFORE EACH STATION:

We adore You, O Christ, and bless You.
Because by Your holy cross You have redeemed the world.
 

READING:

Jesus turning to them said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children. For behold, the days are coming when they will say, ‘Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that never bore, and the breasts that never gave suck!’ Then they will begin to say to the mountains, ‘Fall on us’; and to the hills, ‘Cover us’. For if they do this when the wood is green, what will happen when it is dry?” Luke. 23:28-31
 

MEDITATION:

(IN SOLIDARITY WITH THE SUFFERING CHURCH OF AFRICA)

How many women of Niger are waiting for consolation, support, a word of hope so that they believe once more in their dignity? Mothers watch as their twelve year old daughters are forced into marriage and they are powerless to intervene. Mothers of forsaken families must make terrible sacrifices in order to ensure continued survival by any means possible.
 

PRAYER:

Jesus despite the weight of your cross, please once again stop and let yourself be touched by the sufferings of the women of Niger and tell them “Happy the mourning because they shall be comforted.“
Matthew 5:4

 

Our Father… Hail Mary… Glory be…

Sister Marie Catherine KINGBO

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