Category: Holy Week Devotions

Station Seven: Silence

Saturday, April 4

[image_frame style=”reflect_shadow” align=”left” alt=”Station XIV: Prepared for the Tomb, 2005. Gwyneth Leech. Used with permission.” title=”Station XIV: Prepared for the Tomb, 2005. Gwyneth Leech. Used with permission.” height=”355″ width=”320″]https://flcva.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/LeechStationXIV.jpg[/image_frame]Reading: Luke 23:50 – 55

50Now there was a good and righteous man named Joseph, who, though a member of the council, 51had not agreed to their plan and action. He came from the Jewish town of Arimathea, and he was waiting expectantly for the kingdom of God. 52This man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. 53Then he took it down, wrapped it in a linen cloth, and laid it in a rock-hewn tomb where no one had ever been laid. 54It was the day of Preparation, and the sabbath was beginning. 55The women who had come with him from Galilee followed, and they saw the tomb and how his body was laid.


Lord Jesus, Lord of life, you emptied yourself for us: be with those who feel empty and worthless in the world’s eyes. You were laid in a cold, dark tomb and hidden from sight: be with all who suffer and die in secret, hidden from the eyes of the world. To you, Jesus, your still body sealed in a tomb, be honor and glory with the Father and the Holy Spirit, now and forever. Amen.

Station Six: Last Breath

Friday, April 3

Reading: Mark 15:33 – 41

33When it was noon, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. 34At three o’clock Jesus cried out with a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”

35When some of the bystanders heard it, they said, “Listen, he is calling for Elijah.” 36And someone ran, filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on a stick, and gave it to him to drink, saying, “Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come to take him down.” 37Then Jesus gave a loud cry and breathed his last. 38And the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. 39Now when the centurion, who stood facing him, saw that in this way he breathed his last, he said, “Truly this man was God’s Son!”

40There were also women looking on from a distance; among them were Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James the younger and of Joses, and Salome. 41These used to follow him and provided for him when he was in Galilee; and there were many other women who had come up with him to Jerusalem.

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Lord Jesus, you died on the cross and entered the bleakest of all circumstances: grant peace to those who die at the hands of others. In death you entered into the darkest place of all: illumine our darkness with your glorious presence. To you, Jesus, your lifeless body hanging on the tree of shame, be honor and glory with the Father and the Holy Spirit, now and forever. Amen.

Station Five: You Will Be with Me

Thursday, April 2

[image_frame style=”reflect_shadow” align=”left” alt=”Crucifixion, 1430. Hans von Tübingen” title=”Crucifixion, 1430. Hans von Tübingen” height=”466″ width=”320″]https://flcva.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/TubingenCrucifixion.jpg[/image_frame]Reading: Luke: 23:26, 32 – 43

26As they led him away, they seized a man, Simon of Cyrene, who was coming from the country, and they laid the cross on him, and made him carry it behind Jesus. 32Two others also, who were criminals, were led away to be put to death with him. 33When they came to the place that is called The Skull, they crucified Jesus there with the criminals, one on his right and one on his left. [[34Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.”]] And they cast lots to divide his clothing. 35And the people stood by, watching; but the leaders scoffed at him, saying, “He saved others; let him save himself if he is the Messiah of God, his chosen one!” 36The soldiers also mocked him, coming up and offering him sour wine, 37and saying, “If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself!” 38There was also an inscription over him, “This is the King of the Jews.”

39One of the criminals who were hanged there kept deriding him and saying, “Are you not the Messiah? Save yourself and us!” 40But the other rebuked him, saying, “Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? 41And we indeed have been condemned justly, for we are getting what we deserve for our deeds, but this man has done nothing wrong.” 42Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” 43He replied, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”


Lord Jesus, worn down by fatigue and pain, you needed the help of a passing stranger: give us clear eyes and humble hearts to accept aid from unlikely helpers. You spoke words of love in your hour of death: help us to speak words of life to a dying world. To you, Jesus, who proclaimed the kingdom of God, be honor and glory with the Father and the Holy Spirit, now and forever. Amen.

Station Four: “You Say So”

Wednesday, April 1

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Luke 22:66 – 23:5

66When day came, the assembly of the elders of the people, both chief priests and scribes, gathered together, and they brought him to their council. 67They said, “If you are the Messiah, tell us.” He replied, “If I tell you, you will not believe; 68and if I question you, you will not answer. 69But from now on the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand of the power of God.” 70All of them asked, “Are you, then, the Son of God?” He said to them, “You say that I am.” 71Then they said, “What further testimony do we need? We have heard it ourselves from his own lips!”

23:1 Then the assembly rose as a body and brought Jesus before Pilate. 2They began to accuse him, saying, “We found this man perverting our nation, forbidding us to pay taxes to the emperor, and saying that he himself is the Messiah, a king.” 3Then Pilate asked him, “Are you the king of the Jews?” He answered, “You say so.” 4Then Pilate said to the chief priests and the crowds, “I find no basis for an accusation against this man.” 5But they were insistent and said, “He stirs up the people by teaching throughout all Judea, from Galilee where he began even to this place.”



Lord Jesus, you reached out in love, but for your faith you were condemned: be with all who face religious persecution. You spoke truth though many would not hear it; strengthen us that we might speak truth and seek the justice of your kingdom, even when it is difficult. To you, Jesus, innocent though condemned, be honor and glory with the Father and the Holy Spirit, now and forever. Amen.



Station Three: “I Do Not Know Him”

Tuesday, March 31

[image_frame style=”reflect_shadow” align=”left” alt=”The Denial of St. Peter (La Negazione di Pietro), 1610. Caravaggio” title=”The Denial of St. Peter (La Negazione di Pietro), 1610. Caravaggio” height=”230″ width=”320″]https://flcva.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/CaravaggioPeter.jpg[/image_frame]Reading: Luke 22:54 – 62

54Then they seized him and led him away, bringing him into the high priest’s house. But Peter was following at a distance. 55When they had kindled a fire in the middle of the courtyard and sat down together, Peter sat among them. 56Then a servant-girl, seeing him in the firelight, stared at him and said, “This man also was with him.” 57But he denied it, saying, “Woman, I do not know him.” 58A little later someone else, on seeing him, said, “You also are one of them.” But Peter said, “Man, I am not!” 59Then about an hour later still another kept insisting, “Surely this man also was with him; for he is a Galilean.” 60But Peter said, “Man, I do not know what you are talking about!” At that moment, while he was still speaking, the cock crowed. 61The Lord turned and looked at Peter. Then Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how he had said to him, “Before the cock crows today, you will deny me three times.” 62And he went out and wept bitterly.


Lord Jesus, as Peter betrayed you, you experienced the double agony of love rejected and friendship denied: be with those who know no friends and are rejected by society. You understood the fear within Peter: help us to understand the anxieties of those who fear for their future. To you, Jesus, who gazed with sadness at your lost friend, be honor and glory with the Father and the Holy Spirit, now and for ever. Amen.

Station Two: Betrayed

Monday, March 30

Reading: Mark 14:43 – 50

43Immediately, while he was still speaking, Judas, one of the twelve, arrived; and with him there was a crowd with swords and clubs, from the chief priests, the scribes, and the elders. 44Now the betrayer had given them a sign, saying, “The one I will kiss is the man; arrest him and lead him away under guard.” 45So when he came, he went up to him at once and said, “Rabbi!” and kissed him. 46Then they laid hands on him and arrested him. 47But one of those who stood near drew his sword and struck the slave of the high priest, cutting off his ear. 48Then Jesus said to them, “Have you come out with swords and clubs to arrest me as though I were a bandit? 49Day after day I was with you in the temple teaching, and you did not arrest me. But let the scriptures be fulfilled.” 50All of them deserted him and fled.

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Lord Jesus, you were betrayed by the kiss of a friend: be with those who are betrayed and falsely accused. You knew the experience of having your love thrown back in your face for mere silver: be with families which are torn apart by mistrust or temptation. To you, Jesus, who offered your face to your betrayer, be honor and glory with the Father and the Holy Spirit, now and forever. Amen.

Station One: Alone

Sunday, March 29

Reading: Mark 14:26, 32-42

26When they had sung the hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives. 32They went to a place called Gethsemane; and he said to his disciples, “Sit here while I pray.” 33He took with him Peter and James and John, and began to be distressed and agitated. 34And he said to them, “I am deeply grieved, even to death; remain here, and keep awake.” 35And going a little farther, he threw himself on the ground and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him. 36He said, “Abba, Father, for you all things are possible; remove this cup from me; yet, not what I want, but what you want.” 37He came and found them sleeping; and he said to Peter, “Simon, are you asleep? Could you not keep awake one hour? 38Keep awake and pray that you may not come into the time of trial; the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” 39And again he went away and prayed, saying the same words. 40And once more he came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were very heavy; and they did not know what to say to him. 41He came a third time and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and taking your rest? Enough! The hour has come; the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. 42Get up, let us be going. See, my betrayer is at hand.”

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Lord Jesus, in fear and sorrow you knelt to pray, facing the agony of your impending death. Be with those who share that agony and face death unwillingly this day. You shared our fear and knew the weakness of our humanity: give strength and hope to the dispirited and despairing. To you, Jesus, who prayed alone, be honor and glory with the Father and the Holy Spirit, now and for ever. Amen.


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