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A Few of FR's Finest....Every Day...04-06,07,08-07...Easter Weekend ~ Stations of the Cross
dutchess

Posted on 04/06/2007 7:15:05 AM 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 04/06/2007 7:15:11 AM PDT by dutchess
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To: ST.LOUIE1; Billie; DollyCali; GodBlessUSA; JustAmy; Mama_Bear; The Mayor; Aquamarine; deadhead; ...



Finest Weekend Thread - Stations of the Cross


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 men and women and their families. Thank you all for being part of our FR Family.



2 posted on 04/06/2007 7:16:58 AM PDT by dutchess
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To: dutchess

I thank you, Dutchess, for this beautiful thread today. I need to get ready now for church, starting with Tenebrae.

A blessed solemn holy day to you, as our Dear Christ lays down His Life for us...


3 posted on 04/06/2007 7:34:36 AM PDT by La Enchiladita (Panis Angelicus Fit Panis Hominum... Manducat Dominum, Pauper, pauper, servus et humilis.)
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To: ST.LOUIE1; Billie; dutchess; DollyCali; GodBlessUSA; Mrs Mayor; Mama_Bear; Aquamarine; JustAmy; ...

April 6, 2007

The Great Divider

READ: Luke 23:33-43

When they had come to the place called Calvary, there they crucified Him. —Luke 23:33

When Jesus died on the cross, He paid for the sins of the human race. Only those who believe on Him, however, can receive His loving provision. The sacrifice of Christ is sufficient for all, but it is effective only for those who place their trust in Him.

As the Lord Jesus hung on the cross, two criminals were crucified next to Him. One of those men is now in the place of the lost—his doom in hell forever sealed. The other is with Christ—his place in heaven assured for eternity. Their contrasting attitudes toward the Man on the center cross made all the difference.

One of the criminals railed at the Lord in unbelief. The other cried out in faith, “Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom” (Luke 23:42). To him Jesus said, “Today you will be with Me in Paradise” (v.43).

We are all represented by one of those two men. We either believe on Christ or we reject Him. Our eternal destiny depends on our decision. Jesus said of Himself, “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already” (John 3:18).

On this Good Friday, let’s thank Jesus for paying for our sin. If you haven’t trusted Him, do it today! In dying on the cross, Jesus became the Great Divider.

We may not know, we cannot tell
What pains He had to bear;
But we believe it was for us
He hung and suffered there. —Alexander

At Calvary’s cross, we stand at the crossroads to heaven or hell.


4 posted on 04/06/2007 8:15:28 AM PDT by The Mayor (http://albanysinsanity.com/)
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To: dutchess

Good Friday is the mirror held up by Jesus...it turns us to that cross and to his eyes and we hear these words, “Father forgive them for they know not what they do.”
Robert G. Trache


5 posted on 04/06/2007 8:33:39 AM PDT by stopem (God Bless the U.S.A the Troops who protect her, and their Commander In Chief !)
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To: dutchess


Thank you, Dutchess, for presenting this
beautiful message.Wishing you a blessed Easter.

6 posted on 04/06/2007 8:44:49 AM PDT by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES.)
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To: dutchess

A wonderful post dutchess. I know God is watching.


7 posted on 04/06/2007 9:18:03 AM PDT by Temple Owl (Excelsior! Onward and upward.)
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To: dutchess

A blessed Easter to you and to all the Finest, dutchess.

Friday Stations brings back good memories of childhood. Unfortunately, I haven’t been to them the last couple of years because of work.

As always, wearing red on Friday to support our troops in Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere. May the strong Son of God protect them from danger.


8 posted on 04/06/2007 9:18:53 AM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3rd Bn. 5th Marines, RVN 1969. St. Michael the Archangel defend us in battle!)
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To: The Mayor

Thank you, Mayor.


9 posted on 04/06/2007 10:09:27 AM PDT by PreviouslyA-Lurker (...where the spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. 2 Corinthians 3:16-18)
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To: dutchess

Thank you for the lovely reminder.

PAL


10 posted on 04/06/2007 10:10:54 AM PDT by PreviouslyA-Lurker (...where the spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. 2 Corinthians 3:16-18)
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To: The Mayor

Amen. Thank you, Rus.

Thank you, Lord, for Your sacrifice and for the gift of Salvation.


11 posted on 04/06/2007 10:47:42 AM PDT by La Enchiladita (Jerusalem, Jerusalem, return now to the Lord your God. Lord, have mercy on us.)
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To: All; dutchess; The Mayor; DollyCali; ST.LOUIE1; Aquamarine; Mama_Bear; Billie; Allegra; lonestar; ..

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son,
that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have
everlasting life...John 3:16

Wishing The Finest A Blessed Easter

12 posted on 04/06/2007 11:30:54 AM PDT by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES.)
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To: MEG33; All

13 posted on 04/06/2007 11:58:00 AM PDT by Lady Jag (I dreamed I surfed all day in my monthly donor wonder bra - https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate)
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To: dutchess; GodBlessUSA; JustAmy; Billie; The Mayor; Mrs Mayor; Aquamarine; deadhead; DollyCali; ...
Thank you, dutchess, for opening the Finest door so beautifully this day.

I am wishing all a most blessed Good Friday.~
Click below...


Eph. 1:7 -- In him we have redemption through his blood,
the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God's grace.

14 posted on 04/06/2007 12:45:28 PM PDT by Mama_Bear (My heroes wear camouflage)
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To: ST.LOUIE1
I'm hoping to catch me a wolf. :-)


15 posted on 04/06/2007 1:31:32 PM PDT by Mama_Bear (My heroes wear camouflage)
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To: All


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; Aquamarine; Dutchess, The Mayor, DollyCali or GodBlessUSA 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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Inspectorette.......................son
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Diver Dave........niece, nephew
ConspiracyGuy........2 nephews
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Future Snake Eater.......cousin
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Dubya............................nephew
LBGA (RIP)..........................son
katykelly..............................son
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SpookBrat........................nephew
SpookBrat........................cousin
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Tiffee4Bob......................boyfriend
TexKat.......................son, step-son
StarCMC.............................brother
Darheel...............................niece
Donaeus...........................nephew
BeAllYouCanBe........................son
Repubmommy........................brother
AgThorn................................2 sons
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RoseinRoseBear.....cousin's hubby
Atomic Conspiracy......half-brother
Atomic Conspiracy...........nephew
Atomic Conspiracy..............niece
Sunflowergal....................grandson
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MrsMike31........................husband
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WakeUpandVote..................brother
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Jen's Mom........................daughter
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Nadine...............................nephew
U S Army EOD.................daughter
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Earthdweller......................nephew
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W.W.Smith...........................son
vigilante2.....son, adopted soldier
NavySEAL F-16....................son
Jaxter...........................son-in-law
USMCWife6869..............husband
jackv...............................son
TINA KIRBY....................son



16 posted on 04/06/2007 2:43:03 PM PDT by dutchess
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To: dutchess; All
Thank you for this Beautiful Thread, Dear Dutchess!

Praying our Lord's Blessings to be with you All.



17 posted on 04/06/2007 4:29:14 PM PDT by Kitty Mittens (To God Be All Excellent Praise!!)
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To: PreviouslyA-Lurker; La Enchiladita

Amen... Happy Easter.


18 posted on 04/06/2007 5:14:39 PM PDT by The Mayor (http://albanysinsanity.com/)
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To: All; dutchess; Billie; Mama_Bear; JustAmy; Victoria Delsoul; The Mayor; SpookBrat
Have a blessed Easter FRiends!


19 posted on 04/06/2007 5:24:00 PM PDT by Jen (Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13)
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To: Jen
Happy Easter to you, Jen!

How have you been, and how's that precious grandbaby?

20 posted on 04/06/2007 5:27:46 PM PDT by Mama_Bear (My heroes wear camouflage)
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To: Mama_Bear

{{{{{hugs}}}}} I’m doing great and Hannah is too. I put a new pix of her on my profile page today. She’s such a sweetie!


21 posted on 04/06/2007 5:29:47 PM PDT by Jen (Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13)
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To: Jen
Oh, she is soooo beautiful!! How blessed you are to have been given such a precious gift!

So, you are watching American Idol too? Who's your favorite at this point?

22 posted on 04/06/2007 5:33:47 PM PDT by Mama_Bear (My heroes wear camouflage)
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Happy Easter, Finest Friends!!

Hope everyone is having a Good Friday.


23 posted on 04/06/2007 6:01:04 PM PDT by JustAmy (I wear red every Friday, but I support our Military everyday!!)
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To: dutchess


This Easter Weekend Thread is beautiful, Dutchess.

Thank you!!
Have a wonderful Easter.

24 posted on 04/06/2007 6:04:43 PM PDT by JustAmy (I wear red every Friday, but I support our Military everyday!!)
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To: La Enchiladita

Bump!


25 posted on 04/06/2007 6:10:56 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker ( Hunter/Thompson in 08! Or Rudy/Hillary, if you want America finished off!)
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To: Mama_Bear

Thank you! Hannah is such a blessing and I am so glad to be close enough to see her often.

For American Idol, I like Melinda, LaKisha and Jordin. I think Jordin will probably win but Melinda and LaKisha will have big careers. Who is your favorite? And how long do you think Sanjaya will last?


26 posted on 04/06/2007 6:50:35 PM PDT by Jen (Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13)
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To: stephenjohnbanker; Finest FRiends
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Hot Cross Buns IV

It was a custom in medieval times, and still is in many places, to mark a new loaf of bread with the sign of the Cross before cutting it. On special occasions the cross was imprinted on the loaf itself, either by way of indentation or through a frosting of sugar.

In England, from the end of the fourteenth century, buns were baked with a cross on them. They are said to have originated at St. Alban's Abbey in 1361, where the monks distributed them to the poor on Good Friday in place of the ordinary buns. These "hot cross buns" became a famous Good Friday feature in England and Ireland, and later in the New World. They are now often served on other days of Lent as well. Made of spiced dough, round in shape, with a cross of sugar icing on the top, they are a familiar item of Lenten pastry.

These hot cross buns would be a great treat to serve on the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross, since the cross on the top of the bun reminds us of the feastday.

DIRECTIONS

Dissolve yeast from hot roll mix in warm water in large bowl. Blend in egg. Add currants, citron, cinnamon, flour mixture; mix thoroughly. Let rise in warm place 30-45 minutes. Divide dough in 16 equal parts. Shape into balls. Place on greased baking sheet. Let rise again to almost double in size, 30-45 minutes. Bake 15-20 minutes until golden brown at 400°. Brush with soft butter. Cool. Make cross on top of each with mixture of 1 cup sifted confectioners' sugar combined with 4 1/2 teaspoons milk.

Recipe Source: Catholic Cookbook, The by William I. Kaufman, The Citadel Press, New York, 1965

27 posted on 04/06/2007 7:13:42 PM PDT by La Enchiladita (Jerusalem, Jerusalem, return now to the Lord your God. Lord, have mercy on us.)
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To: La Enchiladita

Happy

Easter!


28 posted on 04/06/2007 7:18:55 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker ( Hunter/Thompson in 08! Or Rudy/Hillary, if you want America finished off!)
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29 posted on 04/06/2007 8:29:21 PM PDT by tuliptree76
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To: Jen
I think Melinda could win it, although she has zero star quality. She sure can sing though. She seems like such a sweet, humble person, but unfortunately, the frozen “deer in the headlights” look is the only expression I’ve ever seen on her face. Not exactly a good quality for a superstar. LaKisha has slightly more star quality. Jordin can’t sing as well as Melinda or LaKisha, IMO, but her personality makes up for it. She could win because of it.

The guys have sure been a disappointment, huh? And, Sanjaya......sheesh! I can't believe he is still there. LOL

One thing I have noticed this season; Paula seems a little less out of it than she has in past years. I think the rumors about her drinking and drugging have caused her to be more aware of how she is coming across. I think she is just a naturally "spacey" person.

30 posted on 04/06/2007 9:08:22 PM PDT by Mama_Bear (My heroes wear camouflage)
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To: tuliptree76

Thank you. A happy and blessed Easter to you, tulip.


31 posted on 04/06/2007 9:09:20 PM PDT by Mama_Bear (My heroes wear camouflage)
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To: JustAmy

Happy Easter to you, Amy!


32 posted on 04/06/2007 10:31:05 PM PDT by Mama_Bear (My heroes wear camouflage)
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To: Mama_Bear; dutchess; GodBlessUSA; JustAmy; Billie; The Mayor; Mrs Mayor; Aquamarine; deadhead; ...

Thank the Good Lord!

I listened to this song, the prayer in this song, and got a miracle healing!!

A true healing miracle!

If I may I will share my testimony. I have severe RA (arthritis) for about 15 years now, I prayed daily that the Lord would heal my hand for several years now. The hand swelled that the fingers turned in a direction to the side they should not be in, the pain and discomfort was getting so bad, today 2 of the 4 fingers went back in place!!
The pain and discomfort is almost completely gone.
I cannot tell you what it feels like to receive a miracle!

Thank you MamaBear for posting the beautiful prayer and song!

A true Easter miracle!

Thank you Lord!!

“I pray you’ll be all right, and watch us where we go”......


33 posted on 04/07/2007 4:44:16 AM PDT by stopem (God Bless the U.S.A the Troops who protect her, and their Commander In Chief !)
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To: stopem

Praise God! Oh, stopem..This is so wonderful.


34 posted on 04/07/2007 5:00:36 AM PDT by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES.)
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April 7, 2007

Written In Blood

God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. —Galatians 6:14

In the twisted wreckage of a Metrolink train crash, firefighters from Los Angeles Fire Station 27 found a message that brought tears to their eyes. A survivor of the crash, thinking he was dying, had used his own blood to write on the seat in front of him that he loved his wife and kids.

Normally, we use the words “written in blood” in a less literal way. It usually conveys a willingness to stand behind our words with our life.

As Paul ended his letter to the Galatians, he was, in a figurative sense, writing his story in blood. He wrote a message of love and grace that would arouse the anger of other religious leaders. He knew he would be hated for honoring the death of Christ above the ritual and moral law of Israel. He would be punished for teaching that Christ’s death and resurrection were more important than the law of circumcision that represented the whole Mosaic way of life. His suffering for Christ would literally include shedding his own blood (2 Cor. 11:23-25).

Paul wasn’t willing to play it safe. He knew the crucifixion of Jesus was the center page of history. Putting his own life on the line, Paul proclaimed the inexpressible heart of God, who gave His Son to express the ultimate words of love, written in blood at the cross.

The Father wrote His autograph
Upon a cross of shame,
With pen divine, all dipped in blood,
“Forgiven in Jesus’ name.” —Bosch

To show His love, Jesus died for me; to show my love, I must live for Him!


35 posted on 04/07/2007 6:41:58 AM PDT by The Mayor (http://albanysinsanity.com/)
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To: stopem

I am so happy for you!! Praise God from whom all blessings flow!


36 posted on 04/07/2007 7:02:23 AM PDT by Mama_Bear (My heroes wear camouflage)
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To: JustAmy

Easter Blessings{{{Hugs}}}
It is so good to "see" you.

37 posted on 04/07/2007 8:01:37 AM PDT by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES.)
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It is the whisper of the first breath;
It is the rustle of graveclothes
Being laid aside, folded and
Squared on a cold ledge.

It is the sound of fingertips
Brushing along a hewn wall
In predawn darkness.

It is the rasp of a stone wheel
Grating in its track.

What unearthly stillness
Greets this once-corpse as
He surveys the earth
That had been his torture-chamber.

I hear these sounds
Across two thousand years, and
My lips strain to speak to Him.

I want to tear away
My garments of death.

I grope through my darkness,
My shoulder failing against the weight--

This sound I hear,
This sound I hear
Is the sound of my Jesus
Rising again in
My heart.

...Latanye C. Scott

The Gaithers~It Is Finished
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38 posted on 04/07/2007 9:08:07 AM PDT by LUV W (GWs message to Tony: stay strong; a lot of people love you and care for you and will pray for you)
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To: Mama_Bear; ST.LOUIE1

Wolfie...bunny
Egad!
*giggle*

39 posted on 04/07/2007 9:17:11 AM PDT by LUV W (GWs message to Tony: stay strong; a lot of people love you and care for you and will pray for you)
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To all; the FR management, the moderators (whomever you may be), and to faithful FReepers across the fruited plain....


40 posted on 04/07/2007 9:52:14 AM PDT by Mama_Bear (My heroes wear camouflage)
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To: LUV W; ST.LOUIE1
LOL!! That's funny.!! But, my wolfie bait doesn't seem to be workin'. :-(

Maybe a pineapple pie would draw him out. ;-)

41 posted on 04/07/2007 9:54:17 AM PDT by Mama_Bear (My heroes wear camouflage)
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To: Mama_Bear

Just beautiful, MB! You have gorgeous flowers in your garden!


42 posted on 04/07/2007 9:58:42 AM PDT by LUV W (GWs message to Tony: stay strong; a lot of people love you and care for you and will pray for you)
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To: Mama_Bear; ST.LOUIE1
Soooooooo...he likes pineapple pie, huh?

Guess we should whip one up for him!


Heeerrrree, Louibooooo!!

43 posted on 04/07/2007 10:08:15 AM PDT by LUV W (GWs message to Tony: stay strong; a lot of people love you and care for you and will pray for you)
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To: Mama_Bear



YOUR FLOWERS LOOK
GOOD ENOUGH TO EAT!
HAPPY EASTER!!



44 posted on 04/07/2007 10:09:03 AM PDT by Lady Jag (I dreamed I surfed all day in my monthly donor wonder bra - https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate)
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Jesus Is Risen!

"He is not here: for he is risen, as he said.
Come, see the place where the Lord lay." ~ Matthew 28:6

45 posted on 04/07/2007 10:10:35 AM PDT by Aquamarine
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LOL. He LOVES pineapple pie.

Actually, he said he will answer his pings later, wolfie be busy today. So, I guess we'll just stand here holding the door open until he gets here. Then watch out as he makes a bee-line for that chocolate bunny and your pineapple pie. LOL.

46 posted on 04/07/2007 10:12:31 AM PDT by Mama_Bear (My heroes wear camouflage)
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To: Lady Jag
YOUR FLOWERS LOOK GOOD ENOUGH TO EAT!

Uh huh....that's what the snails are doing as I type. Voracious and uncontrollable creatures they are!

47 posted on 04/07/2007 10:15:01 AM PDT by Mama_Bear (My heroes wear camouflage)
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To: Lady Jag

Love your bonnet, Lady J.


48 posted on 04/07/2007 10:16:04 AM PDT by Mama_Bear (My heroes wear camouflage)
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To: Mama_Bear

Easter Meditation
O Lord,
it is so easy to identify with you in your passion,
where pain and grief and death
come together in that great sacrifice
you offered to bring us home to you.
How well I know the touch
of pain, and tears and fear.

But yet, how hard it is to grasp that miracle
come Easter morning, and like Mary Magdalene,
so often I wander the garden confused and in tears,
searching for you, Lord of my heart,
You, who through your death and resurrection
have been transformed into who you really are,
filled, not emptied,
full God and fully man.
It is an amazing thing.
one I cannot truly grasp.

Like the apostles and disciples,
we can only catch fleeting touches of you,
for your glory is more than this mortal flesh can bear for long,
a moment upon Mt. Tabor,
a breaking of the bread at Emmaus,
morning by the Sea of Gallilee.

O Lord, firstfruits of all those who bear mortal flesh,
O Lord, God who breathed upon the waters when time began,
O Lord, Bridegroom preparing the home for his bride,
Help me see you Lord,
in the glory of the sunrise,
in the voice of the hungry child,
in the touch of loving concern,
in the gathering of your saints,
in the Bread of Life,
in the touch of your hand on my life,
in that whisper of hope that will not go away..

O Lord, like Mary in the garden,
may I hear your voice and know,
in amazement and joy who it is who calls my name,
and like her, look up and see your smiling face.

KAC


49 posted on 04/07/2007 10:20:56 AM PDT by Knitting A Conundrum (Act Justly, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly With God Micah 6:8)
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To: Mama_Bear; ST.LOUIE1

I miss Louibo when he’s not here!

And I missed you! (((hugs)))


50 posted on 04/07/2007 10:22:39 AM PDT by LUV W (GWs message to Tony: stay strong; a lot of people love you and care for you and will pray for you)
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