Stations of the Resurrection

The Way of Light

Stations of the Resurrection

THE STATIONS OF THE RESURRECTION “THE WAY OF LIGHT”

The Stations of the Resurrection or the Stations of the Way of Light are a devotion which focusses on the period of time after the crucifixion of Jesus as recorded in the four Gospels and Acts of the Apostles.

They were discovered in the catacombs of St Callixtus in Rome.

In this “Way of Light” there will be 14 reflections in which you can take part in during the 3 remaining weeks to Pentecost.

Find a quiet place to read them through, following one for each day of the week. (weekdays). Begin by using the opening prayer, then read the reading and for a short while pray and see what the reading means to you. After which read the reflection and pray with that, if it is helpful, or continue your own reflection. Finally pray the concluding prayer. You may wish to allow 30 to 60 minutes for this prayer, but do whatever you are comfortable with in prayer. You may then wish to re-read the bible passage and let the words dwell quietly in your heart and mind for the remainder of the day whilst you go about your daily tasks. (there is helpful guidance for this devotion in Common Worship)

FIRST STATION ON THE WAY OF LIGHT

Opening Prayer

Alleluia. Christ is risen. He is risen indeed. Alleluia.

 

How precious is your steadfast love, O God!
    All people may take refuge in the shadow of your wings.
They feast on the abundance of your house,
    and you give them drink from the river of your delights.
For with you is the fountain of life;
    in your light we see light. Psalm 39 v 8-9

Reading

"The angel of the Lord said to the women: 'Do not be

afraid! I know that you are seeking Jesus the crucified.

He is not here, for He has been raised just as He said."

(Matthew 28: 5b-6a).

Reflection points:

  1. Ask our Lord to come into your fears.

  2. Receive the words of “do not be afraid” that they are from the angel of the Lord, and believe them.

Concluding Prayer

Dying you destroyed our death, rising you restored our life: Lord Jesus, come in glory. Amen

The subsequent days follow the same pattern as the first station way of light.

Opening Prayer. Scripture Reading. Reflection points. Concluding prayer.

SECOND STATION WAY OF LIGHT.

"Then the other disciple also went in, the one who had

arrived at the tomb first, and he saw and believed"

(John 20: 8).

Reflection points:

  1. Consider what “went in” means, does it mean confronting our worries honestly?.

  2. Pray about “belief” and believing even in the darkness of the tomb and in the face of emptiness.

THIRD STATION WAY OF LIGHT.

"She turned around and saw Jesus there, but did not

know it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, 'Woman, why

are you weeping? Whom are you looking for?' She

thought He was the gardener and said to Him, 'Sir, if

you carried Him away, tell me where you laid Him,

and I will take Him.' Jesus said to her, 'Mary!" She

turned and said to Him in Hebrew, ‘Rabbouni,’ which

means Teacher. Jesus said to her, 'Stop holding on to

Me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go

to My brothers and tell them, 'I am going to My

Father and your Father, to My God and your God.'

Mary of Magdalen went and announced to the

disciples, 'I have seen the Lord,' and what He told

her" (John 20: 14b-18).

Reflection points:

  1. The Lord called Mary by name. Allow yourself to hear the Lord call your name and listen in the silence of prayer to what this passage reveals to you.

  2. Mary recognises Jesus, ask our Lord to grant you eyes of Faith to recognise and live in the joy of the risen Lord.

FOURTH STATION WAY OF LIGHT.

"...It happened that while they were conversing and

debating, Jesus Himself drew near and walked with

them, but their eyes were prevented from recognizing

Him.... And He said to them, 'Oh, how foolish you are!

How slow of heart to believe all that the prophets

spoke! Was it not necessary that the Messiah should

suffer these things and enter into His glory?' Then

beginning with Moses and all the prophets, He

interpreted to them what referred to Him in all the

scriptures" (Luke 24: 15, 25-27).

Reflection points:

  1. Bring to mind all the times you have “walked in the wrong direction” and yet our Lord meets you and turns you around.

  2. Ask our Lord to “interpret” the scripture here for you and reveal a deeper meaning in your life of this passage.

FIFTH STATION WAY OF LIGHT.

" ...They urged Him, 'Stay with us, for it is nearly

evening and the day is almost over.' So He went in to

stay with them. And it happened that while He was

with them at table, He took bread, said the blessing,

broke it, and gave it to them. With that, their eyes

were opened and they recognized Him, but He

vanished from their sight. Then they said to each

other, 'Were not our hearts burning within us while He

spoke to us on the way and opened the scriptures to

us’" (Luke 24: 29-32).

Reflection points:

  1. Thank our Lord for the gift of himself in the breaking of the bread.

  2. Ask that you too may learn how to share the gifts you have been blessed with. Humbly accept that you have gifts and take the risk of sharing them, “breaking your bread”.

SIXTH STATION WAY OF LIGHT.

"'Why are you troubled? And why do questions arise

in your hearts? Look at My hands and My feet, that it

is I Myself. Touch Me and see, because a ghost does

not have flesh and bones as you can see I have,' And as

He said this, He showed them His hands and His feet"

(Luke 24: 38-40).

Reflection points:

  1. We are invited to enter into the healed pain of our Lord, let it reveal our vulnerabilities.

  2. Acknowledge your vulnerabilities and ask our Lord to help you to learn to work with humility for the good of others, let us be aware of our vulnerabilities/ wounds, therefore compassionate healers.

SEVENTH STATION WAY OF LIGHT.

"Jesus came and stood in their midst and said to them,

'Peace be with you'... The disciples rejoiced when they

saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, 'Peace be with

you. As the Father has sent Me, so I send you.' And

when He had said this, He breathed on them and said to

them, 'Receive the Holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive

are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are

retained'" (John 20: 19b, 20b-23).

Reflection points:

  1. Ask our Lord to give you the gift of Peace.

  2. Allow our Lord to break into your life and open your heart and mind to receive the Holy Spirit.

EIGHTH STATION WAY OF LIGHT.

"Thomas…was not with them when Jesus came....

Thomas said, 'Unless I see the mark of the nails in His

hands and put my finger into the nail marks and put my

hand into His side, I will not believe'...Jesus came...and

stood in their midst and said, 'Peace be with you.'

Then He said to Thomas, 'Put your finger here and see

My hands, and bring your hand and put it into My side,

and do not be unbelieving, but believe'…Blessed are

those who do not see and yet believe." (John 20: 24-

29).

Reflection points:

  1. Reflect on your doubt, what is its effect in your life?

  2. Ask our Lord to replace your doubt with faith, place your self in His wounds and believe.

NINTH STATION WAY OF LIGHT.

"Jesus said to them, 'Bring some of the fish you just

caught.' So Simon Peter went over and dragged the net

ashore full of one hundred fifty-three large fish. Even

though there were so many, the net was not torn. Jesus

said to them, 'Come, have breakfast.' And none of His

disciples dared to ask Him, 'Who are You?' because

they realized it was the Lord" (John 21: 10-12).

Reflection points:

  1. Consider with gratitude how our Lord works in the ordinariness of our lives.

  2. Reflect on how the ordinary is charged with the glory of God and opportunity to offer the Love of God.

TENTH STATION WAY OF LIGHT.

"When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon

Peter, 'Simon, son of John, do you love Me more than

these?'... Peter was distressed that Jesus had said to him

a third time, 'Do you love Me?' and he said to Him,

'Lord, You know everything, You know that I love

You.' Jesus said to him, 'Feed my sheep.... Follow Me'

" (John 21: 15, 17b, 19b).

 

Reflection points:

  1. Become aware of the loving forgiveness of our Lord.

  2. Receive that forgiveness and take that forgiveness it in faith and love to others.

ELEVENTH STATION WAY OF LIGHT

"'Go therefore, and make disciples of all the nations,

baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the

Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe

all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with

you always, until the end of the age'" (Matthew 28: 19-

20).

Reflection points:

  1. This is a call to live in the values of the Kingdom of God, reflect on your life and ask how you can do so. Do not become disheartened allow the Holy Spirit to re-imagine your way of being.

  2. This is our “great commission” to reach out and show the love of God to All.

TWELFTH STATION WAY OF LIGHT

"So then the Lord Jesus, after He spoke to them, was

taken up into heaven and took His seat at the right hand

of God. But they went forth and preached everywhere,

while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the

word through accompanying signs" (Mark 16: 19-20).

Reflection points:

  1. Ask for courage to continue although times may be difficult and your supports gone.

  2. Take hope and receive faith in the ascension as the disciples did speak in spite of your insecurities and give courage to others.

THIRTEENTH STATION WAY OF LIGHT

"When they entered the city, they went to the upper

room where they were staying.... All [the apostles]

devoted themselves with one accord to prayer, together

with some women, and Mary, the mother of Jesus, and

His brothers" (Acts 1: 13a, 14).

Reflection points:

  1. Take time in your “upper room”/ quiet place to listen this passage and discern the word of the Lord to you.

  2. Commit to a life of faith rooted in prayer which informs the actions you take.

FOURTEENTH STATION

"... 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 points:

  1. Accept the gift of the Holy Spirit, allow the awe-some vision of this passage to shape your understanding of the power of the Spirit of God.

  2. Take Faith that the Holy Spirit goes before all works of God heralding and preparing the coming of the Kingdom. The Holy Spirit goes before You.

 

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