I categorized them a number of times, looked through them here and there, and had no idea where to start. Until last night.
Previewing the photos from our day at the St. Joseph’s Indian School in Chamberlain, South Dakota, I created
three files— chapel, stations, and windows— before revisiting Kateri Tekakwitha’s painting.
That’s it! I thought. I’ll start with the Sioux chapel at the school. The stations are the perfect transition. Not only that, for the prayers I can use the short version of the Way of the Cross used by Franciscans on their missions (The Piety Prayer Booklet, MLOR Corporation, 1996).
Stations for all time
Originating in Jerusalem in the fourth century, these Lenten reflections are more than a permanent visual journey with Jesus through the most harrowing time of his life. These depictions— when we make the time to look, ponder, and truly internalize— are a constant reminder of the crosses that we, too, must
proactively engage as we make our way (back) to God.
What matters most in the Stations of the Cross is to follow Jesus Christ in his passion and to see ourselves mirrored in him. To face life’s dark side in ourselves and in our world, we need images of hope; and Jesus offers images of hope in his passion. By accompanying him on the Way of the Cross, we gain his courageous patience and learn to trust in God who delivers us from evil (The Passionist Missionaries, 2002).
Sioux chapel stations
1st: Jesus is condemned to death… O Jesus, so meek and uncomplaining, teach me resignation in trials.
2nd: Jesus receives his cross… My Jesus, this cross should be mine, not yours; my sins crucified you.
3rd: Jesus falls the first time… O Jesus, by this first fall never let me fall into mortal sin.
4th: Jesus meets his blessed mother… O Jesus, may no human tie, however dear, keep me from following the road of the cross.
5th: Simon helps Jesus to carry his cross… Simon unwillingly assisted you; may I with patience suffer all for you.
6th: Veronica wipes the face of Jesus… O Jesus, you did imprint your sacred features upon Veronica’s veil; stamp them also indelibly upon my heart.
7th: Jesus falls the second time… By your second fall preserve me, dear Lord, from relapse into sin.
8th: Jesus consoles the holy women… My greatest consolation would be to hear you say, “Many sins are forgiven you because you have loved much.”
9th: Jesus falls the third time… O Jesus, when weary upon life’s long journey, be my strength and my perseverance.
10th: Jesus is stripped of his garments… My soul has been robbed of its robe of innocence; clothe me, dear Jesus, with the garb of penance and contrition.
11th: Jesus is nailed to the cross… You forgave your enemies; my God, teach me to forgive injuries and forget them.
12th: Jesus expires on the cross… You are dying, my Jesus; but your sacred heart still throbs with love for your sinful children.
13th: Jesus is laid in his mother’s arms… Receive me into your arms, O sorrowful Mother, and obtain for me perfect contrition for my sins.
14th: Jesus is laid in the sepulchre… When I receive you into my heart in holy communion, O Jesus, make it a fit abiding place for your adorable body. Amen.
Before the cross… Heavenly Father, as we look at the cross before us, we remember the agony that your son, Jesus, suffered as he accepted it as the instrument of his death. Accept our prayer, Lord, for all who suffer, all who are in pain, all who are unjustly condemned, all who feel betrayed, all who are dying.
We surrender to you our own suffering, which we find so difficult to bear at times. May your son, Jesus, continue to bless the efforts that we make to repent for our sins and to forgive those who hurt us in different ways. We make this prayer through the same Christ, our Lord. Amen.
Petition… Passion of Christ, strengthen me! Strengthen me under the pressure of temptation. Strengthen me when principle is at stake. Strengthen me to do your will, my God. Strengthen me in moments of suffering, in times of loneliness, in periods of depression. Strengthen me that I may never swerve from you, dear Christ, nor weaken through human respect through a desire to be popular, through hope of social distinction. Strengthen me to accept my cross and carry it generously to the end. On the battlefield of life, stand by me that I may never prove a traitor in the ranks. Stand by me that I may not be dazzled by the glitter and glow of the enemy camp. Amen.
Links of interest… Easter/Lent (meditations)… Holy Week: 1st four days / Christ’s sorrow & passion / Ten ways to meditate on Christ’s passion / Triduum… Prayer before the cross / a crucifix… Praying Lent… Resurrection (YouTube)… St. Francis…
St. Joseph’s Indian School: blog / chapel / culture / museum / website… Stations of the Cross: about / devotions / fisheaters / for families / for kids / how to do / origins / prayers (video/music) / printables / puppet show (YouTube) / significance / way of the cross…
WP posts… Bearing one’s crosses… Concrete abstraction… Connected tangents… Dear God… Growing pains… Kateri’s sainthood… Lenten meditations… Lenten resources… Prayerful ways… Revisiting St. Simon… Seven dwelling places… Simple yet profound… St. Joseph’s chapel… Sweet Jesus… Two angels… Two letters… Two prompt replies… Venerable Margaret