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Saturday Fifth Week in Lent

27 March, 2021

The Seventh Station:  Jesus Falls the Second Time 

We adore you O Christ and we praise you.
Because by you Holy Cross you have redeemed the world.

‘Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers,       
for by doing that, some have entertained angels without knowing it’
(Deut 10:19)

Meditate    This second fall of Jesus represents the globalisation of indifference that many migrants experience as victims of our throwaway culture.
In this station we remember displaced migrants across the world.

There is a new sculpture by Timothy Schmalz
in St Peter’s Square in Rome.
There are 140 migrants of various cultures
and from historic times: Jews fleeing the Nazis and Poles fleeing communism,
Syrians and Africans displaced by persecution, war, famine and poverty.
The 140 figures correspond to the 140 sculptures in the colonnades
of St Peter’s Square, designed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1598–1680).
Four migrants from different countries and different religions unveiled this sculpture as Pope Francis blessed it.

Reflection Hymn
Waste places of Jerusalem, break forth with joy! 
We are redeemed, redeemed.                                                 
The Lord has saved and comforted his people                                                
Our God reigns… Our God Reigns…

How lovely on the mountains are the feet of Him,
Who brings good news, good news,
Announcing peace, proclaiming news of happiness:
Our God reigns… Our God Reigns…

He had no stately form, He had no majesty,
That we should be drawn to Him,
He was despised and we took no account of Him,
Yet now He reigns with the Most High.
Our God reigns… Our God Reigns…

It was our sin and guilt that bruised and
Wounded Him, it was our sin that brought Him Down.
When we like sheep had gone astray,
Our shepherd came, and on His shoulders, He bore our shame.
Our God reigns… Our God Reigns…

Angel of God
My guardian dear
To Whom His love
Commits me here
Ever this day
Be at my side
To light and guard
To rule and guide.
Amen …

‘Do not be afraid, for I have redeemed you.   
I have called you by your name, you are mine.                                                   
When you dwell in the in exile of a stranger,                  
remember you are precious in my eyes.’

(composed by Gerald Markland)