The Way of the Cross
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Then Jesus told his disciples, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves
and take up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and
those who lose their life for my sake will find it.
Tony LeFevre has a Super Way of the Cross Journey you may like…
Beatitudes for A Global Pandemic. (Link to Her Blog)
Beatitudes for a global pandemic. Found on Twitter – Jayne @TheWomanfredi
Blessed are those who stay indoors for they have protected others.
Blessed are the unemployed and the self-employed, for their need of God is great.
Blessed are the corner shopkeepers, for they are the purveyors of scarce things.
Blessed are the delivery drivers and the postal workers, for they are the bringers of essential things.
Blessed are the hospital workers; the ambulance crews, the doctors, the nurses, the care assistants, and the cleaners, for they stand between us and the grave, and the Kingdom of Heaven is surely theirs.
Blessed are the checkout workers, for they have patience and fortitude in the face of overwork and frustration.
Blessed are the refuse collectors, for they will see God despite the mountains of waste.
Blessed are the teachers, for they remain steadfast and constant in disturbing times.
Blessed are the church workers; the deacons, priests and bishops, for they are a comforting presence in a hurting world as they continue to signpost towards God.
Blessed are the single parents, for they are coping alone with their responsibilities and there is no respite.
Blessed are those who are alone, for they are children of God and with Him they will never be lonely.
Blessed are the bereaved, for whom the worst has already happened. They shall be comforted.
Blessed are those who are isolated with their abusers, for one day – we pray – they will know safety.
Blessed are all during this time who have pure hearts; all who still hunger and thirst for justice; all who work for peace and who model mercy. May you know comfort. May you know calm. And may the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all. Amen.
- William’s brainstorm of ideas following the last blog……
- How are we coping with the change in church life? Some more ideas…
- SPWD – Sermon Preparation WithdrawalDisorder….
- Technology. Meetings by Skype or Zoom…Fear or delight….How is it for you or for others…
- Social media…thoughts for the day…
- Virtual worship…its many forms…
- The new style of funeral…limited service…supporting families in other ways…
- The new funeral regime is about to come into fruition. Not sure how it will work…
- Pastoral work remotely…
- Not offering to write anything; but ideas!!!
Joy Gunter sent me this Spiritual Communion
In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Lord I cannot seek Thee on Thine altar throne
Yet may I receive Thee weary and alone;
When before Thy altar crowds adoring kneel,
there in very essence, Thou dost come to heal.
Far from priest and altar Christ to Thee I cry,
come to me in spirit, let me feel Thee nigh.
In my silent worship, Let me share the feast,
Be Thy love the altar Be Thyself the priest.
Act of faith
O most loving Jesus I believe that Thou art really present in the most Holy Sacrament of the altar. Lord I believe, help Thou my unbelief.
Act of Hope
I hope O Jesus by the virtue of this Sacrifice to overcome all my sins to persevere in goodness, to die in Thy favour; and to rise glorious at the last day.
Act of charity
O that I could love Thee dear Lord as Thy blessed mother and all thy saints have loved Thee! O that I could praise Thee as they praised Thee on earth and now praise Thee in heaven.
From the Centenary Prayer Book 1948