Stations

Ordinary Time 31/Trinity 24 – Sunday
Octave of the Solemnity of All Saints
Feast of All Souls

I was watching the WYD08 Stations of the Cross DVD this afternoon while doing my weekly ritual of ironing. I missed out on it initially back in July courtesy of being at work on the Friday afternoon and then arriving home too late.

I’m more in favor of the Stations that were used at WYD08 rather than the traditional list of Stations. You could say I’m in favor of the former set than the latter courtesy of my Protestant upbringing (a further consequence of that is even when praying the Rosary, I tend to leave out the last two meditations in the set of the Glorious Mysteries while praying the remaining 18).

Anyways, back to the WYD08 Stations… It was a powerful presentation of the Passion of Christ (not the Mel Gibson version by any means, but it moved me even more than Gibson’s bloody and sadistic rendition of the Passion). Suffice to say that throughout the entire course of it, the words which opened each station to meditation and prayer came alive like not many other words have done in my Christian walk:

V: We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you.
R: Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

From the 5th station until the 13th (the end), I found tears running down my face while ironing (you may laugh at me now if you wish). The Aussie musician who finished the Stations off with “Above All” (as sung by Michael W Smith among a whole bunch of other CCM artists) was an incredibly fitting end to the event because one realizes that the entire Passion of Christ is truly above all that we can imagine or conceive of here on this earth.

Station 11 where Christ entrusts his mother to the Apostle John hit me like never before as the words from John 19:25-27 were read out. Seeing Station 12 (Christ dying on the Cross) acted out in reality against the magnificent backdrop of Sydney’s beautiful harbor was moving (to say the least). The soundtrack of Pie Jesu that was the background to Station 13 (as Christ’s body is lowered off the Cross) was poignant and perfectly suitable for one to meditate upon.

Pie Jesu (4x)
Qui tollis peccatta mundi
Dona eis requiem (2x)

Agnus dei (4x)
Qui tollis peccatta mundi
Dona eis requiem (2x)

Sempeternam (2x)
Requiem

I think now, I might go back and re-listen to some of the recordings I have of St. Matthew’s Passion and St. John’s Passion again. I shouldn’t take these recordings for granted anymore.

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Winds of Change – Curtis Stephan
© 2004, Curtis Stephan & Jesse Manibusan
spiritandsong.com

Winds of change, aliento de Dios, cambia nuestro Corazón.
Fan the Flame el fuego de tu amor; breath in us the winds of change.

Through the storm, through the night, in the darkness, be our light.
Spirit change, Spirit flow. Be our strength, bring us home.

Winds of change, aliento de Dios, cambia nuestro Corazón.
Fan the Flame el fuego de tu amor; breath in us the winds of change.

Breathe in us your very word. In our living you are heard.
 Spirit come and break the silence, bring your peace into our violence.

Winds of change, aliento de Dios, cambia nuestro Corazón.
Fan the Flame el fuego de tu amor; breath in us the winds of change.

Winds of change come rearrange us | inspire desire spirit change us. | To praise God, honor, adore, | we bless God best by blessing the poor. | Stand strong in faith, standing for truth | in the face of the storm wht can we do? | Call on the one who calls us by name | to carry the message on the winds of change.

Come Holy Ghost, Creator blest
and in our hearts take up thy rest.

Winds of change, aliento de Dios, cambia nuestro Corazón.
Fan the Flame el fuego de tu amor; breath in us the winds of change.

+ Pax Christi,
bf 2145hrs

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