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A Few of FR's Finest...Every Day...The Stations of the Cross

Posted on 04/08/2004 10:27:31 PM PDT by dutchess



Christ has died, Christ has Risen, Christ will come again....




"And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to Myself" (John 12:32)


The Stations of the Cross, Background and History
From the earliest of days, followers of Jesus told the story of his passion, death and resurrection. When pilgrims came to see Jerusalem, they were anxious to see the sites where Jesus was. These sites became important holy connections with Jesus. Eventually, following in the footsteps of the Lord, along the way of the cross, became a part of the pilgrimage visit. The stations, as we know them today, came about when it was no longer easy or even possible to visit the holy sites. In the 1500's, villages all over Europe started creating "replicas" of the way of the cross, with small shrines commemorating the places along the route in Jerusalem. Eventually, these shrines became the set of 14 stations we now know and were placed in almost every Catholic Church in the world.
A person making the Stations will go to each station and pray and meditate about that particular event which Jesus went through in His Passion and death.
The Stations of the Cross can be done anywhere, with a group of people or alone. There are many different prayers written by various people throughout the centuries, which are beautiful and profound. There are also hundreds of artistic interpretations of the stations. You will see a sampling as your walk through the stations below.
After each Station it is customary to say the following prayers.
Our Father, Who art in heaven; hallowed be Thy name; Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us, and lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil. Amen.
Glory be to the Father and the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
Hail Mary full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit Thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.
Have mercy on us Lord. Have mercy on us Lord
The Stations of the Cross

Station One.... Jesus is Condemned to Death
We adore You, O Christ, and we bless You, because by Your Holy Cross You have redeemed the world.
Jesus, after having been blasphemed, mocked, and scourged, is dragged before Pilate and unjustly condemned to die with disgrace on the Cross.
My loving Jesus, it was my sins, not Pilate, that condemned You to die. Grant that I may detest them with all my heart, and by the merits of this sorrowful journey obtain Your mercy and pardon to assist my soul on its journey towards eternity.
My beloved Jesus, I love You above all things. I am truly sorry for having offended You, and I repent with my whole heart. May I never offend You again. Grant that I may never cease to love You, and do with me as You will.
Station Two....Jesus Carries His Cross
We adore You, O Christ, and we bless You, because by Your Holy Cross You have redeemed the world.
Jesus accepts His cross, the instrument that He will use to redeem the world. As He carries the heavy cross on His bruised shoulders He thinks of me, and offers His pending death to His Father for my sins, so that I may live.
My most beloved Jesus, grant me by the virtue of Your Cross to embrace with meekness and cheerful submission all the tribulations You have destined for me until my death. By the merits of the pain You suffered in carrying Your Cross give me the necessary help to be ever ready to take up my cross and follow You with perfect patience and resignation.
My beloved Jesus, I love You above all things. I am truly sorry for having offended You, and I repent with my whole heart. May I never offend You again. Grant that I may never cease to love You, and do with me as You will.
Station Three....Jesus Falls the First Time
We adore You, O Christ, and we bless You, because by Your Holy Cross You have redeemed the world.
Jesus slowly sets forth on His way to Calvary, bowed down under the weight of His Cross. The soldiers strike Him, and the crowds mock and insult Him. His flesh is torn by the scourges, and on His head is a crown of thorns. Through His many wounds He has lost a great quantity of blood. He is so weak He can scarcely walk, yet He has to carry this great load. Finally, His strength fails him, and He falls to the ground.
O Jesus, it was for me that You bore the heavy burden of the Cross. By the merits of this first fall, may I be saved from the misfortune of falling into mortal sin.
My beloved Jesus, I love You above all things. I am truly sorry for having offended You, and I repent with my whole heart. May I never offend You again. Grant that I may never cease to love You, and do with me as You will.
Station Four....Jesus Meets His Mother
We adore You, O Christ, and we bless You, because by Your Holy Cross You have redeemed the world.
Jesus, still burdened with His Cross, and wounded even more by His fall, meets His Mother. A sword of anguish pierces those hearts that love each other so tenderly.
My sweet Jesus, by the compassion which You did feel for Your most holy Mother at this meeting, have compassion on me and grant me the grace of a truly devoted love for Her. O Mary, my Queen, overwhelmed with sorrow, intercede for me, that, through the sufferings endured by Your Son, I may obtain a continual and tender remembrance of the Passion of Jesus.
My beloved Jesus, I love You above all things. I am truly sorry for having offended You, and I repent with my whole heart. May I never offend You again. Grant that I may never cease to love You, and do with me as You will.
Station Five....Simon Helps Jesus Carry His Cross
We adore You, O Christ, and we bless You, because by Your Holy Cross You have redeemed the world.
Jesus' strength is failing, and the executioners fear Jesus will die on the way instead of on the Cross. They seize Simon of Cyrene and compel him to carry the Cross for Jesus. Simon realizes what he is asked to do, and it changes his heart. The Cross becomes for Simon a privilege and a joy.
My most beloved Jesus, it is my privilege also to carry whatever crosses You desire to send me. I will not refuse them. I accept them, embrace them, and rejoice that I may be counted worthy to suffer for Your Name's sake. I unite them to Your death. You died for love of me, I will die for love of You. Help me by Your grace.
My beloved Jesus, I love You above all things. I am truly sorry for having offended You, and I repent with my whole heart. May I never offend You again. Grant that I may never cease to love You, and do with me as You will.
Station Six....Veronica Wipes the Face of Jesus
We adore You, O Christ, and we bless You, because by Your Holy Cross You have redeemed the world.
Jesus, proceeding on His way, is covered with sweat and blood. His face, once beautiful, has now lost all its beauty. It is disfigured by wounds and blood. A holy woman named Veronica, moved with compassion, approaches and wipes His face with her veil. Jesus, as a reward for her piety, leaves the impression of His Sacred Countenance imprinted upon it.
My Jesus, at my Baptism my soul was also beautiful, but my sins have since disfigured it. By Your Passion, O Jesus, restore it to its former beauty. May the contemplation of Your sufferings move me with the greatest compassion, make me hate my sins, and kindle in my heart a more fervent love for You. Imprint Your image in my mind so that I may never forget what my sins have done to You. Guide me, that I may one day be transformed into Your likeness.
My beloved Jesus, I love You above all things. I am truly sorry for having offended You, and I repent with my whole heart. May I never offend You again. Grant that I may never cease to love You, and do with me as You will.
Station Seven....Jesus Falls for the Second Time
We adore You, O Christ, and we bless You, because by Your Holy Cross You have redeemed the world.
At every step the pain of His wounds and the loss of blood increase. His strength fails Him a second time, and Jesus falls to the ground.
My Jesus, it was the burden of my sins that caused You to fall again. So many times You have pardoned me, but I am weak, and so many times I have fallen again and begun again to offend You. By the merits of this second fall, help me to persevere in Your grace until my death. May I always commend myself to You in all temptations which assail me.
My beloved Jesus, I love You above all things. I am truly sorry for having offended You, and I repent with my whole heart. May I never offend You again. Grant that I may never cease to love You, and do with me as You will.
Station Eight....Jesus Meets the Women of Jerusalem
We adore You, O Christ, and we bless You, because by Your Holy Cross You have redeemed the world.
Jesus walks on, streaming with blood. Some holy women in the crowd see Him and are so touched with sympathy and compassion that they openly weep for Him. Jesus, knowing the things that are to happen to Jerusalem because of her rejection of Him, turns to them and says: "Daughters of Jerusalem, weep not for me, but for yourselves and for your children."
My Jesus, I weep bitterly for the offenses I have committed against You. I weep because of the pains they have deserved, but most of all because they caused You, because of Your great love for me, to have to die for me. Teach me to be truly sorry for my sins, so that I may escape those dreadful judgements prepared for all who reject or neglect You in this life.
My beloved Jesus, I love You above all things. I am truly sorry for having offended You, and I repent with my whole heart. May I never offend You again. Grant that I may never cease to love You, and do with me as You will.
Station Nine....Jesus Falls the Third Time
We adore You, O Christ, and we bless You, because by Your Holy Cross You have redeemed the world.
Jesus is now almost at the summit of Calvary. His weakness is extreme. The excessively brutal solders, anxious to crucify Him, cruelly try to hasten His steps, but He can scarcely move, and Jesus falls a third time.
O Lord Jesus, by the merits of this third most painful fall, pardon my frequent relapses into sin and give me the strength I need to conquer all human respect and all my wicked passions. Imprint the thought of all Your sufferings firmly in my mind so that I may hate my sins more and more.
My beloved Jesus, I love You above all things. I am truly sorry for having offended You, and I repent with my whole heart. May I never offend You again. Grant that I may never cease to love You, and do with me as You will.
Station Ten....Jesus Is Stripped of His Garments
We adore You, O Christ, and we bless You, because by Your Holy Cross You have redeemed the world.
Jesus, now at Calvary, is violently stripped by His executioners. His inner garments adhere to His torn flesh, and they are dragged off so roughly that the skin is pulled off with them.
My innocent Jesus, You endured this shame for my most shameful deeds. By the merits of the torment You felt, help me to strip myself of all false shame, conceit, pride, and all affection of the things of earth, so that I may place all my love in You. Help me to humble myself voluntarily in this life, that I may escape everlasting punishment in the life to come.
My beloved Jesus, I love You above all things. I am truly sorry for having offended You, and I repent with my whole heart. May I never offend You again. Grant that I may never cease to love You, and do with me as You will.
Station Eleven....Jesus is Nailed to the Cross
We adore You, O Christ, and we bless You, because by Your Holy Cross You have redeemed the world.
The executioners lay the Cross on the ground, and Jesus is stretched upon it. He extends His hands willingly, offering to His Eternal Father the sacrifice of His life for our salvation. He is fastened to the Cross with nails, and then He and the Cross are raised up for all to see.
My suffering Jesus, what my sins have done to You! Nail my heart to Your feet, that it may be united to You until my death so that I will never offend You again.
My beloved Jesus, I love You above all things. I am truly sorry for having offended You, and I repent with my whole heart. May I never offend You again. Grant that I may never cease to love You, and do with me as You will.
Station Twelve....Jesus Dies on the Cross
We adore You, O Christ, and we bless You, because by Your Holy Cross You have redeemed the world.
For three excruciating hours Jesus hangs on the Cross. His blood runs in streams down His torn body. Finally, after all He had set out to do has been accomplished, He abandons Himself to the weight of His body, bows His head, and dies.
My dying Jesus, I devoutly kiss the honoured Cross on which You died for love of me. My sins have merited for me a miserable death, but Your death is my hope. By the merits of Your death help me to live only for You. And when I die, help me to die embracing Your feet and burning for love for You.
My beloved Jesus, I love You above all things. I am truly sorry for having offended You, and I repent with my whole heart. May I never offend You again. Grant that I may never cease to love You, and do with me as You will.
Station Thirteen....Jesus is Taken Down from the Cross
We adore You, O Christ, and we bless You, because by Your Holy Cross You have redeemed the world.
Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus take Jesus' body down from the cross and place it in His mother's arms. With unspeakable tenderness she receives the lifeless body of her Divine Son, and with boundless grief presses it to her bosom.
O Mother of Sorrow, give me a share in your most holy sorrow in the suffering of your Son, that I may fully realize what my sins have caused. Accept me as your servant, pray for me, and have compassion on my infirmities. Jesus, my Redeemer, You have died for love of me. In Your mercy permit me to love You, for I wish only You, nothing more.
My beloved Jesus, I love You above all things. I am truly sorry for having offended You, and I repent with my whole heart. May I never offend You again. Grant that I may never cease to love You, and do with me as You will.
Station Fourteen....Jesus is Laid in the Tomb
We adore You, O Christ, and we bless You, because by Your Holy Cross You have redeemed the world.
The lifeless body of Jesus is carried by his disciples to the tomb. Mary, His most holy mother, arranges it with overwhelming sorrow. Then they all withdraw, and the tomb is sealed.
My buried Jesus, devoutly I kiss the stone that encloses You. But death could not hold You. I, too, will descend into the grave when You will it. My sinful body will return to the dust from which it came. In Your great mercy, receive my immortal soul, so that on the last day I may rise in glory with You and join You in Your kingdom where I may love You and praise You forever.
My beloved Jesus, I love You above all things. I am truly sorry for having offended You, and I repent with my whole heart. May I never offend You again. Grant that I may never cease to love You, and do with me as You will.
Our Father, Who art in heaven; hallowed be Thy name; Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us, and lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil. Amen.
Glory be to the Father and the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
Hail Mary full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit Thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.
Have mercy on us Lord. Have mercy on us Lord
We Adore You, O Christ, and We Bless You, Because by Your Holy Cross You Have Redeemed the World.




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1 posted on 04/08/2004 10:27:32 PM PDT by dutchess
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To: dutchess
Thank you for posting this.
2 posted on 04/08/2004 10:45:10 PM PDT by Eala (Sacrificing tagline fame for... TRAD ANGLICAN RESOURCE PAGE: http://eala.freeservers.com/anglican)
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To: Support Free Republic
Rosary saying Freeper Bump.
4 posted on 04/08/2004 10:52:55 PM PDT by Burkeman1 ("I said the government can't help you. I didn't say it couldn't hurt you." Chief Wiggam)
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To: dutchess
Thanks for posting this. Here are a couple of websites you might appreciate.

Interactive slide show of artworks depicting The Passion

A list of links to hundreds of artworks depicting The Passion

5 posted on 04/08/2004 11:58:25 PM PDT by ILBBACH
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To: dutchess; Billie; Mama_Bear; dansangel; Aquamarine; The Mayor; SpookBrat; LadyX; nicmarlo; ...
Beautiful, Dutchess.

Mornin', everybody ! Happy Good Friday !


6 posted on 04/09/2004 2:06:07 AM PDT by MeekOneGOP (Become a monthly donor on FR. No amount is too small and monthly giving is the way to go !)
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To: dutchess
Thank you so much for this thread.

God bless you and yours.

7 posted on 04/09/2004 3:44:50 AM PDT by Robert Drobot (God, family, country. All else is meaningless.)
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To: dutchess
Good morning Dutchess
Thanks for posting this
8 posted on 04/09/2004 4:29:45 AM PDT by firewalk
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To: dutchess
They crucified Him, and the criminals, one on the right hand and the other on the left.—Luke 23:33


They nailed His hands, they pierced His brow
As they cried with a fiendish glee,
'if Thou be the Son of God, come down!'
But He stayed on the cross for me!

Nothing speaks more clearly of God's love than the cross.

9 posted on 04/09/2004 5:04:28 AM PDT by The Mayor (Death separates us for a time; Christ will reunite us forever.)
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To: dutchess
Thanks,dutchess.(tears)

A blessed Good Friday to you all.
10 posted on 04/09/2004 5:06:09 AM PDT by Lakeside
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To: dutchess

April 9, 2004

Three Crosses

Read: Luke 23:32-38

They crucified Him, and the criminals, one on the right hand and the other on the left.—Luke 23:33

Bible In One Year: 1 Samuel 13-14; Luke 10:1-24


In many paintings of the crucifixion of Jesus, the center cross on which He hung is taller or higher on a hill than the other two. We can appreciate an artist's desire to give Christ a place of preeminence, but we have no reason to believe that Jesus was given an elevated or exalted position — higher than that of the two thieves. Those who crucified Jesus considered Him to be a common criminal, so the crosses were most likely on the same level.

As I think about this, I realize that Jesus was not out of reach — way above the poor sinners on the other crosses. I also think it is likely that the three crosses were very close together. The two thieves could carry on a conversation with each other above the shouting and tumult of the mob around them. In fact, if the dying thief's hand had not been nailed to the cross, he might very well have been able to reach over and put his hand on Jesus' hand. This I believe is significant. Jesus is within reach of all who will look to Him and touch Him with the hand of faith!

Yes, anyone can come to Him and receive forgiveness and new life. Have you reached out in faith to the One who died on a cross for you? —M. R. De Haan, M.D.

They nailed His hands, they pierced His brow
As they cried with a fiendish glee,
"If Thou be the Son of God, come down!"
But He stayed on the cross for me! —Crooks

Nothing speaks more clearly of God's love than the cross.

11 posted on 04/09/2004 5:07:58 AM PDT by The Mayor (Death separates us for a time; Christ will reunite us forever.)
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To: ST.LOUIE1; Aquamarine; Billie; dansangel; dutchess; Mama_Bear; FreeTheHostages; .45MAN; Aeronaut; ..


As we prepare to celebrate the Resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ please stop in and join us in prayer and meditation with the Stations of the Cross. May God bless you and yours. Also a special prayer for our military families past and present. Thank you all for being part of our FR Family.

12 posted on 04/09/2004 6:47:21 AM PDT by dutchess
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To: The Mayor; All

13 posted on 04/09/2004 6:53:59 AM PDT by dutchess
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To: The Mayor; dutchess
Thanks for posting the stations and story this morning.
14 posted on 04/09/2004 6:55:05 AM PDT by stainlessbanner
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To: ST.LOUIE1; Aquamarine; Billie; dansangel; dutchess; Mama_Bear; FreeTheHostages; .45MAN; Aeronaut; ..


God Bless Our Military

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Below are names of some of our FReepers' loved ones who are serving our country. If you have someone you would like to add, please address a post to Billie; Mama_Bear; Dansangel; Dutchess or Aquamarine and we will add their name to this list. As we pray for them, we pray also for all our nation’s leaders, and military personnel, and their families and friends. May God hold them close to His heart.
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We ask Lord, that You guide the leaders of our great country in their hour of decision. The burden that has been placed on their shoulders is overwhelming. We ask that with Your infinite wisdom You guide them gently to the right decisions.
Please give us the strength, Lord, to get through each difficult and devastating day that faces each of us and our country. Protect and guide our Military that are now being called to duty, strengthen them in their trials and temptations; give them courage to face the perils which beset them; and grant them a sense of your abiding presence wherever they may be; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
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OhioWfan.............................son
mystery-ak...........so.n, husband
Gogrammy..................grandson
Inspectorette........................son
Blessed American..........nephew
Slip18..............................nephew
anniegetyourgun.............nephew
Pippin....niece,nephew,loved one
Doug from Upland.......son-in-law
weldgophardline.......brotherinlaw
Future Snake Eater.............cousin
WaterDragon..son-in-law,grandson
BeforeISleep.............................son
BeAllYouCan Be.....................son
Tiffee4Bob.....................boyfriend
The Mayor............................niece
consort...2 daughters, son-in-law..
kimmie7...........................brother
Texkat.....................son, stepson
spruce...........................daughter
visualops...cousin, adopted marine
cookcounty............................son
Rose in Rose Bear..cousin's husband
Warrior Nurse..............active duty
SK1 Thurman...............active duty
David Osborne.............active duty
fc2tomschermuly..........active duty
LongCut.......................active duty
Trish.............................active duty
bkwells.........................active duty
thumperusn..................active duty
lakeside......................... 2 sons


Dubya.....................nephew
Maigrey.....................cousin
ladtx...........................2 sons
Mama_Bear..........nephews
gator girl.................husband
severa.......husband, brother
Hostel........................cousin
MozartLover....son, nephew
SpookBrat...............nephew
Himyar...........................son
boxerblues.................2 sons
the piper.........................son
sheeza.....................husband
kemathen7.............husband
Diver Dave...niece..nephew
deadhead...................cousin
JimRobinson.......2 nephews
Armymarinemom.......3 sons
kneezles.........................son
Darheel......................niece
dixiesass.................nephew
LadyX..................grandson
AgThorn...................2 sons
valerieUSA..............2 sons
StarCMC...............brother
katykelly......................son
atomic conspiracy.halfbrother
atomic conspiracy.niece, nephew
ODC-GIRL.....active duty
Donaeus.................nephew
SunflowerGal.......grandson
Redhead.......stepdaughter
Redhead..stepdaughter's fiance



15 posted on 04/09/2004 6:56:37 AM PDT by dutchess
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To: dutchess
Good morning Dutchess.


16 posted on 04/09/2004 7:03:15 AM PDT by Aeronaut (If we are not 'one nation under God,' what are we?)
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To: dutchess; Aeronaut; Aquamarine; Billie; dansangel; The Mayor; Dubya; Diver Dave; MeekOneGOP; ...
GOOD MORNING EVERYBODY!!!!!

Thank you Dutchess for posting the Stations of the Cross today.

in about another hour I'm going to the Stations at the church I attend at 12 noon.

For today I had something to post I think is appropriate as we remember the Passion and Death of Our Lord. The sorrow felt today will give way to JOY and Jubilation at the glorious Ressurection of Our Lord on Easter Sunday.

Remember that Christ did this for ALL wether Republican or Democrat, Black or White, Christian or Jew. American or foriegner.

I was doing some thinking as I was watching Dr Condolezza Rice give her testimony before the 911 commission and I was struck by her calm and demeaner. several time I said to myself that I would not be so gracious in my answers as certian of the questioners saught to interrupt her at every turn. She never lost that composure and made the questioners seem small and petty. I admire Dr Rice and see her as a jewel in President Bush's Cabinet.

It seems sad that we as a nation has to be divided and torn apart as it seem to me to be as one side is pitted against another, I think Al Queda is thrilled at this and probably see us as easy pickings right now.

Why this division? Why the contension?

After 911 we should be united more than ever.

We should rember that whe the terrorists came and flew those planes into the WTC in New York and in the Pentagon. They did not care what state we camr from or what religious beliefs we held or what political party we followed. Do you think they cared who was conservative or who was liberal?

No!

We were Americans ans we were the infadels.

Thier policy is to kill as many people as they can.

Yet Christ even surrered and died for them as well, even if they don't believe it. I will constantly pray for them for thier conversion and for thier eyes to be opened to the TRUTH.

Yet I'll not let them destroy what I hold dear, that is, this counrtry or my way of life.

It's the same with liberals and Democrats, who insist that thier way should be the only way followed and who are so power hungry that they forgot they are Al Queada's targets too.

Kennedy, Kerry, Clinton, Dean among others should be made to realize what it is that they are diong to us. I will pray that they, too will have thier eyes to the Truth be opened.

I look forward to the day we can all stand side by side with our brothers and sisters and shout in a loud clear voice "JESUS CHRIST IS LORD!"

I think Condi,s performance at that hearing was supurb and should be an example to all who face such a test.

GOD BLESS CONDOLEZZA RICE

PAX ET BONUM

17 posted on 04/09/2004 8:16:04 AM PDT by Pippin (Each day is a gift from God. ---That's why it's called the PRESENT!)
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18 posted on 04/09/2004 8:19:08 AM PDT by FreeTheHostages (Be a Free Republic monthly donor -- small monthly contribs are painless!)
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To: dutchess
A very beautiful thread, Dutchess. Congratulations
19 posted on 04/09/2004 8:23:21 AM PDT by FreeTheHostages (Be a Free Republic monthly donor -- small monthly contribs are painless!)
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To: dutchess
Beautiful presentation dutchess. Thank You.

It's Friday - But Sunday's a-comin.

Praise the LORD!
20 posted on 04/09/2004 8:37:13 AM PDT by Diver Dave (Because HE Lives, We CAN Face Tomorrow)
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To: dutchess
Good morning, dutchess. Wonderfully done thread.


21 posted on 04/09/2004 8:38:42 AM PDT by The Thin Man
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To: dutchess
Thank you Dutchess.

Not having transportation to church, I can at least have the Stations of the Cross here on this Holiest of Weekends.

Iit is coming on to the time when Christ died for us on the Cross...
22 posted on 04/09/2004 8:44:52 AM PDT by dixie sass (Purrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr, contentment - claws are sharp and ready for use!)
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To: Support Free Republic
Wrong picture for this thread.
23 posted on 04/09/2004 8:50:24 AM PDT by dixie sass (Purrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr, contentment - claws are sharp and ready for use!)
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To: ILBBACH
Thank you for the links.
24 posted on 04/09/2004 8:51:01 AM PDT by dixie sass (Purrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr, contentment - claws are sharp and ready for use!)
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To: dutchess; ST.LOUIE1; Aquamarine; dansangel; deadhead; Mama_Bear; The Mayor; FreeTheHostages; ...
Good Friday good morning to all at the Finest, and thank
you for joining us this weekend as we celebrate Easter.

Dutchess, this will always be the most exquisite of openings
at the Finest, and I hope you will repeat it every year.


25 posted on 04/09/2004 8:51:54 AM PDT by Billie
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To: The Mayor
Amen. Thank you, Yer Honor.
26 posted on 04/09/2004 8:52:38 AM PDT by dixie sass (Purrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr, contentment - claws are sharp and ready for use!)
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To: dutchess
I do so Pledge.
27 posted on 04/09/2004 8:53:22 AM PDT by dixie sass (Purrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr, contentment - claws are sharp and ready for use!)
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To: Aeronaut
Morning Flyboy! Hope you have good flying weather this weekend!
28 posted on 04/09/2004 8:54:34 AM PDT by dixie sass (Purrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr, contentment - claws are sharp and ready for use!)
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To: dixie sass
Howdy Dixie.
29 posted on 04/09/2004 8:56:56 AM PDT by Aeronaut (If we are not 'one nation under God,' what are we?)
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To: Billie
Thanks for the ping. Happy Easter!
30 posted on 04/09/2004 9:03:53 AM PDT by Burkeman1 ("I said the government can't help you. I didn't say it couldn't hurt you." Chief Wiggam)
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To: dutchess; Eala; Billie; Calpernia; Aquamarine; jwfiv; FreeTheHostages; LadyX; GailA; ST.LOUIE1; ...
Joyous Morning! Beautiful thread -
Thank you for posting it!

31 posted on 04/09/2004 9:11:49 AM PDT by Libertina (He is Risen - He is Risen Indeed!)
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To: Billie
Hi, (((BILLIE)))!
32 posted on 04/09/2004 9:41:04 AM PDT by Pippin (Each day is a gift from God. ---That's why it's called the PRESENT!)
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To: dixie sass
Cain's Pain

The crucifiers
Just like Cain
With jealousy
Inflicted pain
They hardened their hearts
And darkness reigned
No matter what
Their words did feign
The Innocent One
Unjustly slain
They didn't know
He bore their stain
His sacrifice
Eternal gain

EV
33 posted on 04/09/2004 9:56:05 AM PDT by EternalVigilance
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To: dutchess; Aquamarine; Billie; dansangel; FreeTheHostages; Mama_Bear; LadyX; WVNan; Pippin; GailA; ..
Thank you, Miss Dutchess...if I weren't so tough, your beautiful, graceful Stations of the Cross might have moved me to tears.

A meditation on HIs Passion is quite appropriate this morning, this very Good Friday.

Wishin' all the Finest much comfort and joy on this special Easter weekend.

...

Watching our nation at war, our troops fighting and dying...our President being crucified by the Dems and the elite media...so much of the mob choosing to side with the Shadow that moves through the streets, calling for the appeasement and triumph of Evil...and, thinking about the Messiah, His mission and willing sacrifice...all this makes for a heavy and meaningful, more beautiful and humbling Easter than any I've ever known.

...

May the Lord cause His Light to shine upon us all, and favor us with His Grace.
34 posted on 04/09/2004 10:01:38 AM PDT by jwfiv (Condi rocks and Dubya rules, they're gonna STOMP JFnK and his Band of Fools.)
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To: dutchess
Thanks for the post.

I've been thinking of becoming a catholic again.

It's been many years since I've voluntarily entered a catholic church. Been to hundreds of protestant church services, but it never seems quite right to me, sort of like a watery lite beer (don't flame <just my opinion). Are there any other lapsed catholics who have returned to the church? Is there a "procedure"? Will my devil worshiping/witchcraft teenage years get me excommunicated should I confess this (seriously)? How does one confess 20+ years of sin, is there a blanket amnesty clause?
35 posted on 04/09/2004 10:11:09 AM PDT by IYAAYAS (Live free or die trying)
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To: dutchess
Thank you dutchess for a beautiful post. Have a happy Easter and let's say special prayers for out kids out there in harm's way.
36 posted on 04/09/2004 10:13:48 AM PDT by Temple Owl
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To: IYAAYAS
I think you can go back. That is the purpose of Penance, to ask forgiveness, to wholeheartedly ask.

We all make mistakes, get taken down the wrong path at times. I think if anything, they would welcome you with open arms BECAUSE you did that in the past.

Find a good parish and Pastor. Talk with him about your feelings of coming back. Go to Penance face-to-face with him. If you are baptised you are always welcome back (AFAIK). If you have not been confirmed, he might ask you to go through that process.
37 posted on 04/09/2004 10:21:46 AM PDT by Betis70
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To: Temple Owl
.....and let's say special prayers for out kids out there in harm's way.

Amen
38 posted on 04/09/2004 10:23:26 AM PDT by dutchess
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To: Betis70; IYAAYAS
I was just going to give an almost identical response.

Iyaayas. The are many of us who have strayed from the church for various reasons and I personally like your analogy to watered down beer :o) There's something about being raised Catholic...there ceremony and traditions that I just don't get in other denominations. Anyway, I agree with Betis70...find a church you feel comfortable with and I'm sure you will be welcomed with open arms.
39 posted on 04/09/2004 10:32:32 AM PDT by dutchess
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To: All
Hi all, I hope all is well on this Good Friday!
40 posted on 04/09/2004 10:35:48 AM PDT by knighthawk (Some people say that we'll get nowhere at all, let 'em tear down the world but we ain't gonna fall)
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To: jwfiv
Watching our nation at war, our troops fighting and dying...our President being crucified by the Dems and the elite media...so much of the mob choosing to side with the Shadow that moves through the streets, calling for the appeasement and triumph of Evil...and, thinking about the Messiah, His mission and willing sacrifice...all this makes for a heavy and meaningful, more beautiful and humbling Easter than any I've ever known

You so eloquently put into words what many of us are feeling. Have a blessed weekend.
41 posted on 04/09/2004 10:37:26 AM PDT by dutchess
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To: knighthawk
Hope all is well with you too!
42 posted on 04/09/2004 10:38:00 AM PDT by dutchess
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To: dutchess
Yes it is, thanks :)
43 posted on 04/09/2004 10:38:30 AM PDT by knighthawk (Some people say that we'll get nowhere at all, let 'em tear down the world but we ain't gonna fall)
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To: EternalVigilance
Thanks for stopping by and thanks for your meaningful post.
44 posted on 04/09/2004 10:38:54 AM PDT by dutchess
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To: dutchess
For me its the solemness of the services. Electric guitars and tamborines and things like that (plus the unstructed nature) really turned me off other services.

But yes you have to be comfortable with the Pastor and church. I live about 1/2 mile away from a church, so I could walk there on sunny CA days, but they are a little 'hippy' for me. So I drive about 10 miles to go to Mass in Latin. I just love the chant! Gives me goosebumps everytime I go.
45 posted on 04/09/2004 10:39:16 AM PDT by Betis70
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To: Pippin
Hi Pippin. Unfortunately I was unable to attend noon services today. Glad you were able to go.
46 posted on 04/09/2004 10:40:02 AM PDT by dutchess
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To: The Thin Man
Thanks TMan and thanks for posting the beautiful picture and proverb.
47 posted on 04/09/2004 10:41:04 AM PDT by dutchess
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To: Libertina
Joyous morning indeed. Thanks for stopping in. Have a blessed weekend.
48 posted on 04/09/2004 10:41:49 AM PDT by dutchess
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To: dixie sass
Hi dixie. I was relatively new as a "hostess" when I did this last year and I remember you commenting how you weren't able to get to church and could do the stations here. That really stuck with me and is one of the reasons I wanted to do this thread again this year. Have a blessed weekend friend.
49 posted on 04/09/2004 10:45:27 AM PDT by dutchess
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To: IYAAYAS; TheStickman
You might want to check these two threads by my husband. I am a Catholic returning to the Church, and he is converting. We each have first marriages to annul, and he too is/was concerned on the issue of sins and confession.
The best advice is to talk to the Deacon and/or Priest at your chosen parish, they can answer your questions.
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-religion/1090525/posts
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-religion/1113732/posts
50 posted on 04/09/2004 10:54:00 AM PDT by visualops (Help cure FReepathons....become a monthly donor!!)
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