Steven and I arrived a whole hour before Saturday evening Mass and, thanks to the recent time (light) change, Our Lady of Guadalupe looked picture perfect in its palm greenery; so how could I ignore God’s impromptu invitation to bask in the windows and the stations that I’d last photographed in 2012?
And I discovered something new!
God’s lovely gifts
Among the exquisite stained-glass windows are sixteen— not fourteen or fifteen, but sixteen— stations of the cross! Amazing.
I can understand the fifteenth station, the glorious resurrection; but to depict Jesus in the garden before his way of the cross? Extraordinary.
As for the Last Supper? When one glimpses the back altar from either side of the front altar, one can see the lit portion below the mantle. Stunning.
What lovely gifts God has in store when we make time for him!
We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you.
Because, by your holy cross, you have redeemed the world.
At the cross her station keeping,
stood the mournful mother weeping,
close to Jesus to the last
Oh how sad and sore distressed
was that mother highly blessed
of the sole-begotten one!
Christ above in torment hangs;
she beneath beholds the pangs
of her dying, glorious son.
Can the human heart refrain
from partaking in her pain
in that mother’s pain untold?
For the sins of his own nation
saw him hang in desolation,
all with bloody scourges rent.
O, sweet mother, fount of love,
touch my spirit from above;
make my heart with yours accord.
Make me feel as you have felt;
make my soul to glow and melt
with the love of Christ, my Lord.
Let me share with you his pain,
who for all my sins was slain,
who for me in torments died.
Let me mingle tears with you,
mourning him who mourned for me,
all the days that I may live.
Virgin, of all virgins blest,
O refuse not my request:
let me share your grief divine.
Let me to my latest breath,
in my body bear the death
of that dying son of yours.
Be to me, O virgin, nigh
lest in flames I burn and die
in that awful judgment day.
Christ, when you shalt call me hence,
be your mother my defense,
be your cross my victory.
While my body here decays,
may my soul your goodness praise,
safe in paradise with you.
Stabat Mater, a thirteenth century hymn that tells the story of Our Lady of Sorrows during the passion of Christ, was translated by Fr. Edward Caswall (1814-1878) from Liturgia Horarum. (See links below.) An abridged version accompanies the stations in Behold! The Way of the Cross (Gouin, Creative Communications for the Parish, 2001).
March 21, 2017
God of life, we are grateful for the many gifts that you have given to us. May we become prudent stewards of your many gifts and not thoughtlessly waste water, food, and other resources. May we respond to your Son’s cry of thirst with lives of peacemaking and just action. We make his prayer in your name. Amen (Daniel P. Horan, OFM in The Last Words of Jesus).
Links of interest… Bearing our own cross: A fiat for Easter… Betrayal… Catholic Harbor of Faith & Morals (website)… Final hours & death… Garden of olives: agony (more) / prayer of Jesus / story… Holy Saturday: looking back & peering ahead & twelve things to know… Incarnation & the Pietá… Last supper & betrayal… Our Lady of Guadalupe Church (Brownsville, TX): about / facebook… Palm Sunday: about / date / facts / history / prayer (bidding – blessing of palms – more – reflections) / traditions… Passion Sunday (nine things to know & share)… Personalizing the passion of Jesus Christ… Stabat Mater (hymn): about / All the women of the Bible / iBreviary / Preces Latinae / video (YT) / Virtrus Online… Sermons of St. Francis de Sales: On our Lady (preview)… Sorrowful mysteries of the holy rosary… St. Vianney sermons: Beware if you have no temptations & Temptations… Stabat Mater: hymn / liturgical sequence / seven sorrows / more / YouTube (more)… Stations of the cross (YT)… Trusting in God completely & in uncertain times… Via Crucis: Walking the passion with Jesus: one & two… Way of Holy Week…
WP posts… Capuchin church stations… Christ’s passion… Disquieting moments… Father’s roses… Full circle… Growing pains… Guadalupe Church… In the pink… Lady of sorrows… Lenten meditations… Lenten reflections… Lenten resources… Lingering memory… Living one’s gifts… Mercy and justice… Our Lady’s church… Prayerful ways… Quiet prayer time… Recollections… Sacred Heart Church… Saturday evening Mass… Sioux chapel stations… Sorrowful redemption… St. Anselm Church… St. Mary’s… Today’s Beatitudes… Venerating St. Anthony