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WAY OF THE CROSS OF REFUGEES

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Opening Song

In memory of this passion,
we ask your forgiveness, Lord,
for every time we have left
your brother to die alone
We pray to you, Man of the cross,
Son and brother, we hope in you!
In memory of your death,
we ask you for the courage, Lord,
that every time the gift of love is
asked of us we, too, may have
to suffer alone.
We pray to you, Man of the cross,
Son and brother, we hope in you!
In memory of the Last Supper,
we will break anew your bread
and every time your body is given
It will be our hope of life.

“In our time, the migration is growing worldwide. Refugees and people fleeing from their homes challenge individuals and communities, and their traditional ways of life; at times they upset the cultural and social horizons which they encounter. Increasingly the victims of violence and poverty, leaving their homelands, are exploited by human traffickers during their journey towards the dream of a better future. If they survive the abuses and hardships of the journey, they then have to face latent suspicions and fears. In the end, they frequently encounter a lack of clear and practical policies regulating the acceptance of migrants and providing for short or long-term programs of integration respectful of the rights and duties of all. Today, more than in the past, the Gospel of mercy troubles our consciences. prevents us from taking the suffering of others for granted, and points out the ways of responding which, grounded in the theological virtues of faith, hope and charity, find practical expression in spiritual and corporal works of mercy. ”
Pope Francis, World Day of Migrants and Refugees -2016

Lord, with this way of the cross, we ask forgiveness for our indifference towards so many brothers and sisters, we ask your forgiveness for we ask forgiveness for those who are pleased with themselves, who are closed in on their own well-being in a way that leads to an anesthesia of the heart, we ask you, Father, for forgiveness for those who with their decisions at the global level have created situations that lead to these tragedies. Forgive us, Lord!

I. Jesus is condemned to death: Crucify Him!
He is given over to be crucified.

We praise you, O Holy Cross, which our Redeemer carried.
Praise, glory and honor, we sing to you, in every language and every heart.

“Rejecting immigrants….When they reach a port or a beach, they are given some water or something to eat and pushed out to sea. This is an unresolved conflict, and this is war, this is called violence, it’s called murder”.
Pope Francis’ Address to the Eucharistic Youth Movement, August 7, 2015

– Who is the person that I have condemned? Of whom have I
washed my hands?

Holy Mother, I pray that you let the wounds of the Lord be imprinted in my heart.

II. Jesus carries the cross: Jesus takes up the cross and goes up to Calvary.

We praise you, O Holy Cross, which our Redeemer carried.
Praise, glory and honor, we sing to you, in every language and every heart.

Not infrequently, the arrival of migrants, displaced persons, asylum-seekers and refugees in the local populations gives rise to suspicion and hostility. There is a fear that society will become less secure that identity and culture will be lost, that competition for jobs will become stiffer and even that criminal activity will increase.
Pope Francis (World Day of Migrants and Refugee- 2013)

– What are my fears in responding to the needs of others?
Holy Mother, I pray that you let the wounds of the Lord be imprinted in my heart.

III. Jesus falls for the first time: He took upon himself the sins of the people.

We praise you, O Holy Cross, which our Redeemer carried.
Praise, glory and honor, we sing to you, in every language and every heart.

These brothers and sisters of ours were trying to escape difficult situations to find some serenity and peace; they were looking for a better place for themselves and their families – but instead they found death. How often do such people fail to find understanding, fail to find acceptance, fail to find solidarity. And their cry rises up to God!
Pope Francis (Homily at Lampedusa, 2013)

– In this moment of silence we present to you, Lord, the hopes, dreams and sufferings of every refugee.

Holy Mother, I pray that you let the wounds of the Lord be imprinted in my heart.

IV. Jesus meets his mother: Woman, behold your son.

We praise you, O Holy Cross, which our Redeemer carried.
Praise, glory and honor, we sing to you, in every language and every heart..

The Mission of the Church, herself a pilgrim in the world and the Mother of all, is to love Jesus Christ, to adore and love him, particularly in the poorest and most abandoned; among these are certainly migrants and refugees, who are trying to escape difficult living conditions and dangers of every kind. It is the Church Without Borders, Mother to all.
Pope Francis (World Day of Migrants and Refugees, 2015)
– We entrust to your intercession, O Virgin Mary, Mother of migrants and refugees, and to Saint Joseph, who experienced the bitterness of emigration to Egypt and you know what it entails. (World Day, 2016)

Holy Mother, I pray that you let the wounds of the Lord be imprinted in my heart.

V. Jesus is helped by Simon of Cyrene to carry the cross: The one who does not take up their cross every day is not worthy of me.

We praise you, O Holy Cross, which our Redeemer carried.
Praise, glory and honor, we sing to you, in every language and every heart.

Each of us is responsible for his or her neighbor: we are our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers, wherever they live. Concern for fostering good relationships with others and the ability to overcome prejudice and fear are essential ingredients for promoting the culture of encounter, in which we are not only prepared to give but also to receive from others. Hospitality, in fact, grows from both giving and receiving.
Pope Francis (World Day of Migrants and Refugees-2016)

– To whom have I given my hand in welcome and solidarity?

Holy Mother, I pray that you let the wounds of the Lord be imprinted in my heart.

VI. Veronica wipes the face of Jesus: She went to him and anointed his wounds.

We praise you, O Holy Cross, which our Redeemer carried.
Praise, glory and honor, we sing to you, in every language and every heart.
Biblical revelation urges us to welcome the stranger; it tells us that in so doing, we open our doors to God, and that in the faces of others we see the face of Christ himself. […] Dear migrants and refugees do not let yourselves be robbed of the hope and joy of life born of your experience of God’s mercy as manifested in the people you meet on your journey. Also, thanks to the people who greet you and help you.
Pope Francis ( World Day of Migrants and Refugees- 2016)

– Am I able to recognize the face of Christ in a stranger, in the refugee in the marginalized?

Holy Mother, I pray that you let the wounds of the Lord be imprinted in my heart.

VII. Jesus falls the second time: He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, no beauty that we should desire him.

We praise you, O Holy Cross, which our Redeemer carried.
Praise, glory and honor, we sing to you, in every language and every heart.

Migrants and refugees are not pawns on the chessboard of humanity. They are children, women and men who leave or are forced to leave their homes for various reasons, who share a legitimate desire for knowing and having, but, above all, for being more. The sheer numbers of people migrating from one continent to another, or shifting places within their own countries and geographical areas, is striking.
Pope Francis (World Day of Migrants and Refugees- 2014)

– Indifference kills: how can I be in solidarity with the unjust suffering of so many people whose identity is violated?

Holy Mother, I pray that you let the wounds of the Lord be imprinted in my heart.

VIII. Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem: do not weep for me, but for your children.

We praise you, O Holy Cross, which our Redeemer carried.
Praise, glory and honor, we sing to you, in every language and every heart.

The courage of faith, hope and love enables us to reduce the distances that separate us from human misery. Jesus Christ is always waiting to be recognized in migrants and refugees, in displaced persons and in exiles, and through them he calls us to share our resources, and occasionally to give up something of our acquired riches.
Pope Francis (World Day of Migrants and Refugees-2015)

– What am I willing to give up for the sake of another person?

Holy Mother, I pray that you let the wounds of the Lord be imprinted in my heart.

IX. Jesus falls the third time: The chastisement of our salvation was upon him. By his wounds we have been healed.

We praise you, O Holy Cross, which our Redeemer carried.
Praise, glory and honor, we sing to you, in every language and every heart.

Fleeing from situations of extreme poverty or persecution in the hope of a better future, or simply to save their own lives, millions of persons choose to migrate. Despite their hopes and expectations, they often encounter mistrust, rejection and exclusion, to say nothing of tragedies and disasters which offend their human dignity. Pope Francis (W Day M R-2013)

– Let us pray God to open our hearts and make us a sign of mercy, which is experience of encounter

Holy Mother, I pray that you let the wounds of the Lord be imprinted in my heart.

X. Jesus is stripped of his garments: They stripped him of his clothes and cast lots for them.

We praise you, O Holy Cross, which our Redeemer carried.
Praise, glory and honor, we sing to you, in every language and every heart.

No one can claim to be indifferent in the face of new forms of slavery imposed by criminal organizations which buy and sell men, women and children as forced laborers in construction, agriculture, fishing or in other markets. How many minors are still forced to fight in militias as child soldiers! How many people are victims of organ trafficking, forced begging and sexual exploitation! Today’s refugees are fleeing from these aberrant crimes, and they appeal to the Church and the human community to ensure that, in the outstretched hand of those who receives them, they can see the face of the Lord, “the Father of mercies and God of all consolation” (2 Cor 1:3).

Pope Francis (World Day of Migrants and Refugees-2016)

– Lord, give us the courage to preserve and uphold the dignity of every person

Holy Mother, I pray that you let the wounds of the Lord be imprinted in my heart.

XI. Jesus is crucified: An outcast among people.

We praise you, O Holy Cross, which our Redeemer carried.
Praise, glory and honor, we sing to you, in every language and every heart.

A change of attitude towards migrants and refugees is needed on the part of everyone, moving away from attitudes of defensiveness and fear, indifference and marginalization – is needed on the part of everyone, moving away from attitudes of defensiveness and fear, indifference and marginalization – all typical of a throwaway culture-towards attitudes based on a culture of encounter capable of building a better, more just and fraternal world.
Pope Francis (World Day of Migrants and Refugees- 2013)

-Faced with these issues, how can the Church fail to be inspired by the example and words respond, if not inspired by the example of Jesus Christ? The answer of the Gospel is the gospel of mercy.

Pope Francis (World Day of Migrants and Refugees -2016)

Holy Mother, I pray that you let the wounds of the Lord be imprinted in my heart.

XII. Jesus dies on the cross: there is no greater love than to give one’s life for one’s friends.

We praise you, O Holy Cross, which our Redeemer carried.
Praise, glory and honor, we sing to you, in every language and every heart.
“Adam, where are you?”, “Where is your brother?” These are the two questions that God puts at the beginning of the story of humanity, and that He also addresses to men and women of our time, even to us. But I want to set before us a third question: “Who among us has wept for these things, and think like this? Who has wept for the death of these brothers and sisters? Who wept for the people who were on the boat? For the young mothers carrying their babies? For these men who wanted something to support their families? We are a society that has forgotten the experience of weeping, of “suffering with”: the globalization of indifference has taken from us the ability to weep!

Pope Francis – (Homily at Lampedusa)

– And I, for whom do I weep?

Holy Mother, I pray that you let the wounds of the Lord be imprinted in my heart.

XIII. Jesus is taken from the Cross: : Father, forgive them they know not what they are doing?

We praise you, O Holy Cross, which our Redeemer carried.
Praise, glory and honor, we sing to you, in every language and every heart.

God’s fatherly care extends to everyone, like the care of a shepherd for his flock, but it is particularly concerned for the needs of the sheep who are wounded, weary and ill. Jesus told us that the Father stops to help those overcome by physical or moral poverty; the more serious their condition, the more powerfully is his divine mercy revealed.
Pope Francis (World Day of Migrants and Refugees-2016)

-How have I experienced or witnessed God’s mercy?

Holy Mother, I pray that you let the wounds of the Lord be imprinted in my heart.

XIV. Jesus is laid in the tomb: : Joseph of Arimathaea asked for the body of Jesus and wrapped it in a shroud and put it in a tomb hewn in stone in which no one had yet been laid.

We praise you, O Holy Cross, which our Redeemer carried.
Praise, glory and honor, we sing to you, in every language and every heart.

God’s love is meant to reach out to each and every person. Those who welcome the Father’s embrace, for their part, become so many other open arms and embraces, enabling every person to feel loved like a child and “at home” as part of the one human family.
Pope Francis (World Day of Migrants and Refugees-2016)

– Every day the dramatic stories of millions of men and women question the international community … Which of them has touched me most deeply?

Holy Mother, I pray that you let the wounds of the Lord be imprinted in my heart.

XV. Jesus rises from the dead: Why do you look among the dead for the One who is alive?

We praise you, O Holy Cross, which our Redeemer carried.
Praise, glory and honor, we sing to you, in every language and every heart.

At the heart of the Gospel of mercy the encounter and acceptance by others are intertwined with the encounter and acceptance of God. Welcoming others means welcoming God in person! Do not let yourselves be robbed of the hope and joy of life born of your experience of God’s mercy, as manifested in the people you meet on your journey.
Pope Francis (World Day of Migrants and Refugees-2016)

– Lord, grant me the strength to believe that with the good can overcome evil, that violence and injustice will be definitively defeated by the power of Love that you give us and which make us capable.

Holy Mother, I pray that you let the wounds of the Lord be imprinted in my heart.

Closing prayer

While the passion, death and resurrection of your Son continues to be lived daily in history, grant to me, O Father, the hope, the courage and the confidence to let my heart be united to your and all the hearts of those who suffer in order to become all, with you, the divine source of new life. Amen

Sending Song

Lord, let me walk that lonely road with you
under the weight of the wood.
Lord, let me walk that last mile in your shoes,
under the weight of the wood.

Litugical commission general house.

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