Stations of the Resurrection
The Way of Light
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
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.
8 They feast on the abundance of your house,
and you give them drink from the river of your delights.
9 For with you is the fountain of life;
in your light we see light. Psalm 39 v 8-9
"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).
Ask our Lord to come into your fears.
Receive the words of “do not be afraid” that they are from the angel of the Lord, and believe them.
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).
Consider what “went in” means, does it mean confronting our worries honestly?.
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).
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.
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).
Bring to mind all the times you have “walked in the wrong direction” and yet our Lord meets you and turns you around.
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).
Thank our Lord for the gift of himself in the breaking of the bread.
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).
We are invited to enter into the healed pain of our Lord, let it reveal our vulnerabilities.
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).
Ask our Lord to give you the gift of Peace.
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-
Reflect on your doubt, what is its effect in your life?
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).
Consider with gratitude how our Lord works in the ordinariness of our lives.
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).
Become aware of the loving forgiveness of our Lord.
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-
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.
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).
Ask for courage to continue although times may be difficult and your supports gone.
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).
Take time in your “upper room”/ quiet place to listen this passage and discern the word of the Lord to you.
Commit to a life of faith rooted in prayer which informs the actions you take.
"... 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
(Acts 2: 2-4).
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.
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.