The Fifth Station

An Interior Pilgrimage with The Interior Liturgy…

The 5th Station of the Interior Liturgy: the Station of Consecration in Suffering.

thywillbedoneOur Petition: “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”
The sacrament of the 5th Station is the Anointing of the Sick, which unites our sufferings with the sufferings of Christ.

Meditation:

I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.
For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God; for the creation was subjected to futility, not of its own will but by the will of him who subjected it in hope; because the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and obtain the glorious liberty of the children of God.
We know that the whole creation has been groaning in travail together until now; and not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. (Rom 8:18-23)

Through suffering offered in love we return to God. Jesus is the door: Jesus, on the cross, through whom we see God.

Responsory:

Verse: When we cry, “Abba! Father!” it is the Spirit himself bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God, … provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him. (Rom 8:17)
Response: Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

Verse: The effect of this Sacrament: Union with the passion of Christ. By the grace of this sacrament the sick person receives the strength and the gift of uniting himself more closely to Christ’s Passion: in a certain way he is consecrated to bear fruit by configuration to the Savior’s redemptive Passion. Suffering, a consequence of original sin, acquires a new meaning; it becomes a participation in the saving work of Jesus. (CCC1521)
Response: Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

Prayer:

Our Father, who art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come,
Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
(pause)
Give us this day our daily bread,
And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.
Lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
Amen.

Following the 5th Station,
at this close of the 2nd Movement,
please have an extended time of silence and waiting upon the Lord.
We are moving from the altar of self-gift –
– from the Liturgy of the Consecration at the Altar –
– to the fruit of such sacrifice: blessed communion in love –
to the Liturgy of the Holy Communion.

Proceed to the 6th Station….

Responses

  1. Today is the First Saturday of July and thus a very appropriate day to ponder this 5th station of suffering. The particular revelation of Mary’s Immaculate Heart to Sister Lucia of Fatima is somewhat similar to the revelation of Jesus’ Sacred Heart to St. Margaret Mary.

    In both instances Jesus makes known His desire for our love. First, to St. Margaret Mary He says, “Behold this Heart which has loved men so much and received so little in return.” Then He appears as a Child with His Mother and tells Sister Lucia to “have pity on the Heart of our Mother which is surrounded with thorns that ungrateful men pierce each moment, and there is no one that is willing to offer an act of reparation to take the thorns away.”

    The Anointing of the Sick unites our suffering with the suffering of Christ, and prepares us for union with the Trinity in the perfection of Charity. We prepare every day, and certainly at every Mass for our journey Home. We see the epitome of Love on Calvary: Those Two Hearts were pierced and gave ALL in Love. St. Therese wrote: “Love is the willingness to suffer.” It is God’s Love which enables us to give our ALL, as Jesus and Mary did on Calvary.


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