Missions 109
Si mille vitas haberem, cunctas Ei offerrem
Ad Meliora Semper 2021 ©missions109 LENTEN PILGRIMAGE 2019

Lenten Pilgrimage 2019

(On the Occasion of the Year of the Youth)



The declaration of 2019 as the Year of the Youth is part of the 9-year preparation of the celebration of the 500th anniversary of the advent of Christianity in the Philippines. The pastoral letter of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines exhorted us that “we look forward with gratitude and joy to March 16, 2021, the fifth centenary of the coming of Christianity to our beloved land.” The youth in the Philippines pictures out the image of the future both as a country and as a Church. The changing faces of the society many times make everyone adjust, adapt, and accommodate to the trends and many forms of development. John Paul II said “the many complex problems which young people now face in the changing world of Asia impel the Church to remind the young of their responsibility for the future of society and the Church, and to encourage and support them at every step to ensure that they are ready to accept that responsibility.” (Ecclesia in Asia 47). We remember Jesus who underwent his youthful experiences in His hometown. We could imagine how he was obedient to His parents and how He dealt with the various changes and environmental conditions of His time. Indeed, He was one like us in all things but sin. In this Lenten pilgrimage, we lift up to the Lord the youth in the Philippines so that they may be more beloved, gifted and empowered by Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.




First Station: Jesus is condemned to death


Intention: We pray for the all the Youth in the World


Leader: We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you. 

Response: Because by your holy Cross you have redeemed the world.


Reading

Matthew 26:36-41


Then Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to his disciples, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” He took along Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to feel sorrow and distress. Then he said to them, “My soul is sorrowful even to death. Remain here and keep watch with me.” He advanced a little and fell prostrate in prayer, saying, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me; yet, not as I will, but as you will.” When he returned to his disciples he found them asleep. He said to Peter, “So you could not keep watch with me for one hour? Watch and pray that you may not undergo the test. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”


Reflection:


Prayer

Lord Jesus Christ, you accepted an unjust judgment. Grant to us and to all the men and women of our time the grace to remain faithful to the truth. Protect the youth from all forms of infidelity and accompany them in their commitments. Do not allow the weight of responsibility for the sufferings of the innocent fall upon us and upon those who come after us. To you, O Jesus, just Judge, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.


Leader: Lord Jesus Crucified...

Response: Have Mercy on Us.



Second Station: Jesus was Betrayed by Judas and was Arrested


Intention: We pray for the Youth who Joyfully Enjoy the Favors of the Lord


Leader: We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you. 

Response: Because by your holy Cross you have redeemed the world.


Reading

Mark 14: 43-46


While Jesus was still speaking, Judas, one of the Twelve, arrived, accompanied by a crowd with swords and clubs, who had come from the chief priests, the scribes, and the elders. His betrayer had arranged a signal with them, saying, “the man I shall kiss is the one; arrest him and lead him away securely.” He came and immediately went over to him and said, “Rabbi.” And he kissed him. At this they laid hands on him and arrested him.


Reflection:


Prayer

Lord Jesus Christ, who accept the Cross at the hands of men to make of it the sign of God’s saving love for humanity, 
grant us and all the men and women of our time the grace of faith in this infinite love. May the youth who suffer forms of betrayal, injustice, wrong accusation and pain find their hope in God. May the strength of their faith encourage others to live a life of trust and hope in God and the Church.By passing on to the new millennium the sign of the Cross, may we be authentic witnesses to the Redemption. To you, O Jesus, Priest and Victim, be praise and glory for ever. Amen.


Leader: Lord Jesus Crucified...

Response: Have Mercy on Us.




Third Station: Jesus is condemned by the Sanhedrin


Intention: We pray for the Youth who are Materially Poor


Leader: We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you. 

Response: Because by your holy Cross you have redeemed the world.


Reading

Luke 22: 66-71

When day came the council of elders of the people met, both chief priests and scribes, and they brought him before their Sanhedrin. They said, “If you are the Messiah, tell us,” but he replied to them, “If I tell you, you will not believe, and if I question, you will not respond. But from this time on the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand of the power of God.” They all asked, “Are you then the Son of God?” He replied to them, “You say that I am.” Then they said, “What further need have we for testimony? We have heard it from his own mouth.”


Reflection


Prayer

O Christ, as you fall under the weight of our faults 
and rise again for our justification, 
we pray, help us 
and all who are weighed down by sin 
to stand up again and continue the journey. We pray for youth who have been victims of all forms of harassment and abuse may find their way of new life in God. May those who were victims of sexual, verbal, physical, mental, social and emotional abuse regain their dignity and strength in God who only can save and transform their life into a meaningful gift through faith.
Give us then, the strength of the Spirit 
to carry with you the cross of our weakness. May all abusers realize the weight of their sin as well as submit themselves to justice demanded of them for the wrong they have done.
To you, O Jesus, crushed under the weight of our faults 
be our praise and love for ever. Amen.


Leader: Lord Jesus Crucified...

Response: Have Mercy on Us.



Fourth Station: Jesus is Denied by Peter


Intention: We pray for the Youth who are Suffering the Pains of Migration


Leader: We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you. 

Response: Because by your holy Cross you have redeemed the world.


Reading

Matthew 26:69-75

Now Peter was sitting out in the courtyard, and a servant girl came to him. “You also were with Jesus of Galilee,” she said. But he denied it before them all. “I don’t know what you’re talking about,” he said. Then he went out to the gateway, where another servant girl saw him and said to the people there, “This fellow was with Jesus of Nazareth.” He denied it again, with an oath: “I don’t know the man!” After a little while, those standing there went up to Peter and said, “Surely you are one of them; your accent gives you away.” Then he began to call down curses, and he swore to them, “I don’t know the man!” Immediately a rooster crowed. Then Peter remembered the word Jesus had spoken: “Before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times.” And he went outside and wept bitterly.


Reflection


Prayer

Lord, grant us the gift of honesty that we may not fear to speak the truth even when difficult. We likewise include in our Lenten sacrifices the Youth who are denied of decent homeland, denied of their rights to live in their homes due to racial discrimination, human trafficking, civil war and other forms of conflict which resulted to uncomfortable migration. May they find hope and consolation in You. Amen.


Leader: Lord Jesus Crucified...

Response: Have Mercy on Us.



Fifth Station: Jesus is Judged by Pilate


Intention: We pray for the Youth of Broken Families


Leader: We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you. 

Response: Because by your holy Cross you have redeemed the world.


Reading

Mark 15:1-5, 15


Very early in the morning, the chief priests, with the elders, the teachers of the law and the whole Sanhedrin, made their plans. So they bound Jesus, led him away and handed him over to Pilate.  “Are you the king of the Jews?” asked Pilate. “You have said so,” Jesus replied. The chief priests accused him of many things. So again Pilate asked him, “Aren’t you going to answer? See how many things they are accusing you of.” But Jesus still made no reply, and Pilate was amazed. Wanting to satisfy the crowd, Pilate released Barabbas to them. He had Jesus flogged, and handed him over to be crucified.



Reflection



Prayer

Lord, grant us discernment that we may see as you see, not as the world sees. We lift up the Youth to You especially those who are products of broken families. May they be given comfort and support to a situation which is not a choice of their own. May you accompany them in their needs and in their problems. Amen.


Leader: Lord Jesus Crucified...

Response: Have Mercy on Us.


Sixth Station: Jesus is Scourged and Crowned with Thorns


Intention: We pray for the Youth who Had Just Graduated and Had Decent Jobs


Leader: We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you. 

Response: Because by your holy Cross you have redeemed the world.


Reading

John 19:1-3

Then Pilate took Jesus and had him scourged. And the soldiers wove a crown out of thorns and placed it on his head, and clothed him in a purple cloak, and they came to him and said, “Hail, King of the Jews!” And they struck him repeatedly.


Reflection



Prayer

Lord, grant us patience in times of suffering that we may offer our lives as a sacrifice of praise. Help us to be grateful to the successess and the achievements due to diligent study, support of the family, the Academic institution, and the sacrifices of all those concerned in our education. May the Youth who are now working find their strength and hope from God to persevere in their new careers. May their crown of successess and achievements be sources of their renewed faith and trust in God. Amen.


Leader: Lord Jesus Crucified...

Response: Have Mercy on Us.



Seventh Station: Jesus Bears the Cross


Intention: We pray for the Youth who are Sick


Leader: We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you. 

Response: Because by your holy Cross you have redeemed the world.