The Fourth Station

An Interior Pilgrimage with The Interior Liturgy…

The Second Movement:
the Liturgy of Consecration at the Altar of the Heart.

At the altar of the heart, the call is to consecration to Christ: to receive Him, to be as Christ in this world and to suffer with Him. This corresponds to the Consecration, the Eucharistic Prayer at the Altar, in the Mass, when the bread and the wine become Christ.

  • The 4th Station, the Station of Consecration at the Altar:
    “Give us this day our daily bread.”
  • The 5th Station, the Station of Consecration in Suffering:
    “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”

The 4th Station of the Interior Liturgy: The Station of Consecration at the Altar of the Heart.

daily-breadOur petition: “Give us this day our daily bread.”
The sacrament of the 4th Station is Holy Eucharist, which nourishes us with the food of eternal life.

Meditation:

We pray for our daily bread – what bread are we hungering for? What is the food we seek? What is the life we want to nourish, and nurture? We look around us and see so many chasing the toys and the trinkets of this passing world. Is that the life we want to build up? We see so many working for worldly ambitions, for higher places in the eyes of mortal men, for praises and honors that are fickle and fleeting. Set our eyes and hearts on you, oh Lord! Give us the Bread that endures into eternity, the Food of the Kingdom of God!

Responsory:

Verse: Truly, truly, I say to you, you seek me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves. Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to eternal life, which the Son of man will give to you; for on him has God the Father set his seal. (Jn 6:26-27)
Response: Give us this day our daily bread.

Verse: For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven, and gives life to the world. I am the bread of life; he who comes to me shall not hunger, and he who believes in me shall never thirst. (Jn 6:33, 34)
Response: Give us this day our daily bread.

Verse: I am the bread of life. This is the bread which comes down from heaven, that a man may eat of it and not die. I am the living bread which came down from heaven; if any one eats of this bread, he will live for ever; and the bread which I shall give for the life of the world is my flesh. (Jn 6:48,50-51)
Response: Give us this day our daily bread.

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.
Give us this day our daily bread,
(pause)
And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.
Lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
Amen.

Proceed to the 5th Station….

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