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The Way of Perfection passes by way of the cross

The Way of the Cross: Stations

The Way of the Cross:  Stations

CCC 2015:  The way of perfection passes by way of the Cross.  The Way of the Cross, in fourteen or fifteen Stations, is a loving meditation on the passion and death of Christ.


Before each Station is a verse and response, accompanied by a genuflection:  

V.  We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you, 

R.  Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.  

1.  Jesus is condemned to death (Luke 23:23-24)

2.  Jesus takes up his cross (Matt 27:31)

3.  Jesus falls the first time (Isa 53:2)

4.  Jesus meets his sorrowful Mother (Luke 2:34-35) 

5.  Simon of Cyrene helps Jesus to carry the cross Matt 27:32)

6.  Veronica wipes the face of Jesus (Isa  53:3)

7.  Jesus falls the second time (Isa 53:5)

8.  Jesus meets the woman of Jerusalem (Luke 23:27-28)

9.  Jesus falls the third time (Isa 53:7)

10.  Jesus is stripped of his garments (Mark 15:24) 

11.  Jesus is nailed to the cross (Luke 23:33-34

12.  Jesus dies on the cross (Luke 23:46)

13.  Jesus is taken down from the cross (Matt 27:57-58)

14.  Jesus is laid in the tomb (Matt 27:59-60)

15.  Jesus rises from the dead (Luke 24:5-7) (optional and may not be appropriate during Lent)


Final Prayer:

Father, you saved humanity through the death of your son, Jesus on the cross.

Grant that we, who share in the mystery of Chris's love on earth, may enjoy the fruits of his redemption in heaven.  We ask this through Christ, our Lord. Amen.










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HOLY ROSARY - GLORIOUS MYSTERIEs ALL BELOW PRAYERS TO BE PRAYED DAILY

HOLY ROSARY - GLORIOUS MYSTERIES  - PRAYED ON SUNDAYS AND WEDNESDAYS

1. The Resurrection - Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; for as yet they did not know the scripture, that he must rise from the dead.—John 20:8


2.  The Ascension of the Lord -  

3.  The Descent of the Holy Spirit

4.  The Assumption of Our Blessed Mother

5.  The Crowning of Mary as Queen of Heaven



THE HOLY ROSARY- JOYFUL MYSTERIES

THE HOLY ROSARY- JOYFUL MYSTERIES - PRAYED ON MONDAYS AND SATURDAYS 


1.  The Annunciation of the Lord

2.  The Visitation 

3.  The Nativity of the Lord

4.  The Presentation of the Lord

5.  The Finding in the Temple 




THE HOLY ROSARY- SORROWFUL MYSTERIES

THE HOLY ROSARY - SORROWFUL MYSTERIES - PRAYED ON TUESDAYS AND FRIDAYS

1.  The Agony in the Garden

2.  The Scourging

3.  The Crowning with Thorns

4.  The Carrying of the Cross

5.  The Crucifixion



THE HOLY ROSARY - LUMINOUS MYSTERIES

THE HOLY ROSARY - LUMINOUS MYSTERIES - PRAYED ON THURSDAYS  

1.  The Baptism of Jesus

2.  The Wedding Feast of Cana

3.   The Preaching of the Kingdom

4.  The Transfiguration

5.  The Institution of the Eucharist



THE CHAPLET OF ST MICHAEL - MOTHER ANGELICA

THE CHAPLET OF ST MICHAEL - MOTHER ANGELICA - PRAY DAILY

THE CHAPLET OF DIVINE MERCY IN SONG

THE CHAPLET OF DIVINE MERCY IN SONG - PRAY DAILY AT THE HOUR OF MERCY 3 :00 PM


Divine Mercy Shrine Stockbridge, MA

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Life After Death - God's Plan For Salvation

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Jesus, the Light of the world 

When Jesus spoke to the people again, he said:

'I am the light of the world;

anyone who follows me will not be walking in the dark; 

he will have the light of life'.


A discussion on the testimony of Jesus to himself


At this the pharisees said to him, 'You are testifying on your own behalf; your testimony is not valid'.  Jesus replied:


'It is true that I am testifying on my own behalf,

but my testimony is still valid,

because I know

where I came from and where I am going;

but you do not know

where I come from or where I am going.

You judge by human standards;

I judge no one,

but if I judge, 

my judgement will be sound,

because I am not alone:

the one who sent me is with me;

and in your Law it is written

that the testimony of two witnesses is valid.

I may be testifying on my own behalf,

but the Father who sent me is my witness too.'


They asked him, 'Where is your Father?'  Jesus answered:


'You do not know me, nor do you know my Father;

if you did know me, you would know my Father as well'.


     He spoke these words in the Treasury, while teaching in the Temple.  No one arrested him, because his time had not yet come.


The unbelieving Jews warned


Again he said to them:


'I am going away; you will look for me

and you will die in your sin.

Where I am going, you cannot come.'


     The Jews said to one another, 'Will he kill himself?  Is that what he means by saying, "where I am going, you cannot come"?  Jesus went on:


'You are from below;

I am from above.

You are of this world;

I am not of this world.

I have told you already; You will die in your sins.

Yes, if you do not believe that I am He,

you will die in your sins.'


So they said to him, 'Who are you?'  Jesus answered:


'What I have told you from the outset.

About you I have much to say

and much to condemn;

but the one who sent me is truthful,

and what I have learnt from him

I declare to the world.'


     They failed to understand that he was talking to them about the Father.  So Jesus said:


'When you have lifted up the Son of Man,

then you will know that I am He

and that I do nothing of myself;

what the Father has taught me

is what I preach;

he who sent me is with me,

and has not left me to myself,

for I always do what pleases him'.


As he was saying this, many came to believe in him.

Jn 8:12-30



The Truth Will Set You Free If..

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Jesus and Abraham

To the Jews who believed in him Jesus said: 

'If you make my word your home 

you will indeed be my disciples,

you will learn the truth

and the truth will make you free'.

    They answered, 'We are descended from Abraham and we have never been  the slaves of anyone; what do you mean, "You will be made free"?'  Jesus replied:  

'I tell you most solemnly,

everyone who commits sin is a slave.

Now the slave's place in the house is not assured,

but the son's place is assured.

So if the Son makes you free,

you will be free indeed.

I know that you are descended from Abraham;

but in spite of that you want to kill me

because nothing I say has penetrated into you.

What I, for my part, speak of

is what I have seen with my Father;

but you, you put into action

the lessons learnt from your father.'


They repeated, 'Our father is Abraham'.  Jesus said to them:  


'If you were Abraham's children,

you would do as Abraham did.

As it is you want to kill me

when I tell you the truth

as I have learnt it from God;

that is not what Abraham did.

What you are doing is what your father does.'  

'We were not born of prostitution,' they went on 'we have one father:  God.' Jesus answered:  

'If God were your father, you would love me,

since I have come here from God; yes, I have come from him;

not that I came because I chose,

no, I was sent, and by him.

Do you know you cannot take in what I say?

It is because you are unable to understand my language.

The devil is your father,

and you prefer to do

what your father wants.

He was a murderer from the start;

he was never grounded in the truth:

there is no truth in him at all:

when he lies

he is drawing on his own store,

because he is a liar, and the father of lies.

But as for me, I speak the truth

and for that very reason,

you do not believe me.

Can one of you convict me of sin?

If I speak the truth, why do you not believe me?

A child of God

listens to the words of God;

if you refuse to listen,

it is because you are not God's children.'


   The Jews replied, 'Are we not right in saying that you are a Samaritan and

possessed by a devil?'  Jesus answered:


'I am not possessed;

no, I honour my Father,

but you want to dishonour me.

Not that I care for my own glory,

there is someone who takes care of that and is the judge of it.

I tell you most solemnly,

whoever keeps my word

will never see death.'


     The Jews said, 'Now we know for certain that you are possessed.  Abraham is dead, and the prophets are dead, and yet you say, "Whoever keeps my word will never know the taste of death".  Are you greater than our father Abraham, who is dead?  The prophets are dead too.  Who are you claiming to be?  Jesus answered:


'If I were to seek my own glory

that would be no glory at all;

my glory is conferred by the Father,

by the one of whom you say, "He is oor God"

although you do not know him.

But I know him,

and if I were to say:  I do not know him, 

I should be a liar, as you are liars yourselves.

But I do know him, and I faithfully keep his word.

Your father Abraham rejoiced

to think that he would see my Day;

he saw it and was glad.'


     The Jews then said, 'You are not fifty yet, and you have seen Abraham!'

Jesus replied:


'I tell you most solemnly, 

before, Abraham ever was,

I am'.

At this they picked up stones to throw at him; but Jesus hid himself and left the Temple.

Jn.8:31-59


The Good Shepherd

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The Good Shepherd

I tell you most solemnly anyone who does not enter the sheepfold through the gate, but gets in some other way is a thief and a brigand.  The one who enters through the gate is the shepherd of the flock; the gatekeeper lets him in, the sheep hear his voice, one by one he calls his own sheep and leads them out.  When he has brought out his flock, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow because they know his voice.  They never follow a stranger but run away from him:  they do not recognize the voice of strangers.' 

Jesus told them this parable but they failed to understand what he meant by telling it to them.

So Jesus spoke to them again:

'I tell you most solemnly, 

I am the gate of the sheepfold.

 All others who have come

 are thieves and brigands;

but the sheep took no notice of them.

I am the gate.

Anyone who enters through me will be safe:

he will go freely in and out

and be sure of finding pasture. 

The thief comes

only to steal and kill and destroy.

I have come

so that they may have life

and have it to the full.

I am the good shepherd:

the good shepherd is one who lay down his life for his sheep.

The hired man, since he is not the shepherd

and the sheep do not belong to him, 

abandons the sheep and runs away

as soon as he sees a wolf coming, 

and then the wolf attacks and scatters the sheep; 

this is because he is only a hired man

and has no concern for the sheep.

I am the good shepherd;

I know my own

and my own know me,

just as the Father knows me

and I know the Father;

and I lay down my life for my sheep.

And there are other sheep I have

that are not of this fold.

and these I have to lead as well.

They too will listen to my voice,

and there will be only one flock,

and one shepherd.

The Father loves me, 

because I lay down my life

in order to take it up again.

No one takes it from me;

I lay it down of my own free will, 

and as it is in my power to lay it down,

so it is in my power to take it up again;

and this is the command I have been given by my Father. '

These words caused disagreement among the Jews.  Many said.  'He is possessed, he is raving: why bother to listen to him ?' Others said.  These are not the words of a man possessed by a devil: could a devil open the eyes of the blind?

 Jn. 10:10-21

Jesus Claims to be the Son of God

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V1. THE FEAST OF DEDICATION

Jesus claims to be the Son of God

It was the time when the feast of  Dedication was being celebrated in Jerusalem.  It was winter, and Jesus was in the Temple walking up and down in the Portico of Solomon.  The Jews gathered round him and said, 'How much longer are you going to keep us in suspense?  If you are the Christ, tell us plainly.'  Jesus replied: 


'I have told you, but you do not believe.

The works I do in my Father's name are my witness; 

but you do not believe,

because you are no sheep of mine.

The sheep that belong to me listen to my voice;

I know them and they follow me.

I give them eternal life;

they will never be lost

and no one will ever steal them from me.

The Father who gave them to me is greater than anyone,

and no one can steal from the Father.

The Father and I are one."


The Jews fetched stones to stone him, so Jesus said to them, "I have done many good works for you to see, works from my Father; for which of these

are you stoning me?  The Jews answered him, 'We are not stoning you for doing a good work but for blasphemy:  you are only a man and you claim to be God'.

Jesus answered:

'Is it not written in your Law;

I said,  you are gods?


So the Law uses the word gods

of those to whom the word of God was addressed,

and scripture cannot be rejected.

Yet you say to someone the Father has consecrated and sent into the world,

"You are blaspheming",

because he says, "I  am the Son of God". 

If I am not doing my Father's work, there is no need to believe me; 

but if I am doing it,

then even if you refuse to believe in me,

at least believe in the work I do; 

then you will know for sure

that the Father is in me and I am in the Father.'


They wanted to arrest him then, but he eluded them.

 John 10:22-42.  

The Resurrection of Lazarus

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The resurrection of Lazarus

There was a man named Lazarus who lived in the village of Bethany the two sisters, Mary and Martha, and he was ill.—It was the same Mary, the sister of the sick man Lazarus, who anointed the Lord with ointment and wiped his feet with her hair.  The sisters sent this message to Jesus, 'Lord, the man you love is ill'.  On receiving the message, Jesus said, 'This sickness will end not in death but in God's glory, and through it the Son of God will be glorified'.

   Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus, yet when he heard that Lazarus was ill he stayed where he was for two more days before saying to the disciples, 'Let us go to Judaea'.  The disciple said, 'Rabbi, it is not long since the Jews wanted to stone you; are you going back again?" Jesus replied: 

"Are there not twelve hours in the day?

A man can walk in the daytime without stumbling

because he has the light of this world to see by;

but if he walks at night he stumbles, 

because there is no light to guide him.'

He said that and then added, 'Our friend Lazarus is resting, I am going to

wake him'.  The disciples said to him, Lord if he is able to rest he is sure to get better'.  The phrase Jesus used referred to the death of Lazarus, but they thought that by 'rest' he meant sleep', so Jesus put it plainly, Lazarus is dead; and for your sake I am glad i was not there because now you will believe.  But let us go to him.' Then Thomas—known as the Twin—said to the other disciples, 'Let us go too, and die with him'.  

On arriving, Jesus found that Lazarus had been in the tomb for four days already.  Bethany is only about two miles from Jerusalem, and many Jews had come to Martha and Mary to sympathise with them over their brother.  When Martha heard that Jesus had come she went to meet him.  Mary remained sitting in the house.  Martha said to Jesus.  "If you had been here, my brother would not have died, but I know that, even now, whatever you ask of God, he will grant you'.  Your brother' said Jesus to her 'will rise again.' Martha said, I know he will rise again at the resurrection on the last day.  Jesus said: 

'I am the resurrection.  

If anyone believes in me, even though he dies he will live, and whoever lives and believes in me

will never die.

Do you believe this?'


'Yes Lord,' she said I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, the one who was to come into this world.'

When she had said this, she went and called her sister Mary, saying in a low voice, 'The Master is here and wants to see you'.  Hearing this, Mary got up quickly and went to him.  Jesus had not yet come into the village; he was still at the place where Martha had met him.  When the Jews who were in the house sympathising with Mary saw her get up so quickly and go out, they followed her, thinking that she was going to the tomb to weep there.  

     Mary went to Jesus, and as soon as she saw him she threw herself at his feet, saying, Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died'.  At the sight of her tears, and those of the Jews who followed her, Jesus said in great distress, with a sigh that came straight from the heart, 'Where have you put him?  They said, 'Lord, come and see'.  Jesus wept; and the Jews said, 'See how much he loved him!'  But there were some who remarked, 'He opened the eyes of the blind man, could he not have prevented this man's death?'  Still sighing Jesus reached the tomb:  it was a cave with a stone to close the opening.  Jesus said, 'Take the stone away'.  Martha said to him, 'Lord, by now he will smell; this is the fourth day'.  Jesus replied, 'Have I not told you that if you believe you will see the glory of God?  So they took away the stone.  Then Jesus lifted up his eyes and said:  

     'Father, I thank you for hearing my       prayer.

I knew indeed that you always hear me,

but I speak

for the sake of all these who stand round me,

so that they may believe it was you who sent me.'


     When he had said this, he cried in a loud voice, 'Lazarus, here!  Come out!  The dead man came out, his feet and hands bound with bands of stuff and a cloth round his face.  Jesus said to them, 'unbind him, let him go free'.

John 11:1-46



The Jewish Leaders Decide on the Death of Jesus

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The Jewish leaders decide on the death of Jesus

     Many of the Jews who had come to visit Mary and had seen what he did

believed in him, but some of them went to tell the Pharisees what Jesus had done.  Then the chief priests and Pharisees called a meeting.  'Here is this man working all these signs' they said 'and what action are we taking?  If we let him go on in this way everybody will believe in him, and the Romans will come and destroy the Holy Place and our nation.' One of them, Caiaphas, the high priest that year, said 'You don't seem to have grasped the situation at all; you fail to see that it is better for one man to die for the people, than for the whole nation to be destroyed'.  He did not speak in his own person, it was as high priest that he made this prophecy that Jesus was to die for the nation—

and not for the nation only, but to gather together in unity the scattered children of God.  From that day they were determined to kill him.  So Jesus no longer went about openly among the Jews, but left the district for a town called Ephraim, in the country bordering on the desert, and stayed there with his disciples.

John 11:45-54

The Bread of Life Discourse

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The discourse in the synagogue at Capernaum  Next day, the crowd that had stayed on the other side saw that only one boat had been there, and that Jesus had not got into the boat with his disciples, but that the disciples had set off by themselves.  Other boats, however, had put in from Tiberias, near the place where the bread had been eaten.  When the people saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they got into those boats and crossed to Capernaum to look for Jesus.  When they found him on the other side, they said to him, 'Rabbi, when did you come here?'  Jesus answered:      'I tell you most solemnly,  you are not looking for me  because you have seen the signs  but because you had all the bread you wanted to eat.  Do not work for food that cannot last,  but work for food that endures to eternal life,  the kind of food the Son of Man is offering you,   for on him the Father, God himself, has set his seal.'         Then they said to him "What must we do if we are to do the works that God wants?'  Jesus gave them this answer, 'This is working for God:  you must believe in the one he has sent'.  So they said, 'What sign will you give to show us that we should believe in you?  What work will you do?  Our fathers had manna to eat in the desert; as scripture says:  He gave them bread from heaven to eat.' Jesus answered:    'I tell you most solemnly,  it was not Moses who gave you bread from heaven,  it is my Father who gives you the bread from heaven,  the true bread;  for the bread of God  is that which comes down from heaven  and gives life to the world'.    'Sir, they said 'give us the bread always.'   Jesus answered:    'I am the bread of life.  He who comes to me will never be hungry;  he who believes in me will never thirst.  But as I have told you,  you can see me and still you do not believe.  All that the Father gives me will come to me,  and whoever comes to me  I shall not turn him away;  because I have come from heaven,  not to do my own will,  but to do the will of the one who sent me.  Now the will of him who sent me  is that I should lose nothing  of all that he has given to me,  and that I should raise it up on the last day.  Yes, it is my Father's will  that whoever sees the Son and believes in him  shall have eternal life,  and that I shall raise him up on the last day.'    Meanwhile, the Jews were complaining to each other about him because he   had said, 'I am the bread that came down from heaven'.  'Surely this is Jesus  son of Joseph' they said.  'We know his father and mother.  How can he now say, "I have come down from heaven"?  Jesus said in reply, 'Stop complaining to each other.    'No one can come to me  unless he is drawn by the Father who sent me,  and I will raise him up at the last day.  It is written in the prophets;  They will all be taught by   God,  and to hear the teaching of the Father,  and learn from it,  is to come to me.  Not that anybody has seen the Father,  except for the one who comes from God:  he has seen the Father.  I tell you most solemnly,  everybody who believes has eternal life.  I am the bread of life.  Your fathers ate the manna in the desert  and they are dead;  but this is the bread that comes down from heaven,  so that a man may eat it and not die.  I am the living bread which has come down from heaven.  Anyone who eats this bread will live forever;  and the bread that I shall give  is my flesh, for the life of the world.'         Then the Jews started arguing with one another:  'How can this man give us his flesh to eat?"   they said.  Jesus replied:    'I tell you most solemnly,  if you do not eat the  flesh of the Son of Man  and drink his blood,  you will not have life in you.  Anyone who does eat my flesh and drink my blood  has eternal life,  and I shall raise him up on the last day.  For my flesh is real food  and my blood is real drink.  He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood  lives in me   and I live in him.  As I, who am sent by the living Father,  myself draw life from the Father,  so whoever eats me will draw life from me.  This is the bread come down from heaven;  not like the bread our ancestors ate:  they are dead,  but anyone who eats this bread will live forever.         He taught this doctrine at Capernaum, in the synagogue.  After hearing it many of his followers said, 'This is intolerable language.  How could anyone accept it?'  Jesus was aware that his followers were complaining about it and said, 'Does this upset you?  What if you should see the Son of Man ascend to where he was before?    'It is the spirit that gives life,  the flesh has nothing to offer.  The words I have spoken to you are spirit  and they are life.         'But there are some of you who do not believe.'  For Jesus knew from the outset  those who did not believe, and who it was that would betray him.  He went on, "This is why I told you that no one could come to me unless the Father allows him'.  After this, many of his disciples left him and stopped going with him.  Jn. 6:22-66    Peters profession of faith       Then Jesus said to the Twelve, 'What about you, do you want to go away too?'  Simon Peter answered, 'Lord, who shall we go to?  You have the message of eternal life, and we believe; we know that you are the Holy One of God.'  Jesus replied, 'Have I not chosen you, you Twelve?  Yet one of you is a devil.'  He meant Judas son of Simon Iscariot since this was the man, one of the Twelve, who was going to betray him.  Jn. 6:67-71

The Words of Eternal Life

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V. THE FEAST OF TABERNACLES


Jesus goes up to Jerusalem for the feast and teaches there


...When the festival was half over, Jesus went out to the Temple and began to teach.  The Jews were astonished and said, 'How did he learn to read?  He has not been taught.'  Jesus answered them:  


'My teaching is not from myself;'

it comes from the one who sent me;

and if anyone is prepared to do his will,

he will know whether my teaching is from God or whether my doctrine is my own, When a man's doctrine is his own he is hoping to get honour for himself; but when he is working for the honour of one who sent him,  then he is sincere and by no means an imposter.

Did not Moses give you the Law?

And yet not one of you keeps the Law!


'Why do you want to kill me?"  The crowd replied, 'You are mad! Who wants to kill you?  Jesus answered, 'One work I did, and you are all surprised by it.  Moses ordered you to practice circumcision—not that it began with him, it goes back to the patriarchs—and you circumcise on the sabbath.  Now if a man can be circumcised on the Sabbath so that the Law of Moses is not broken, why are you angry with me for making a man whole and complete on a sabbath?  Do not keep judging according to appearances; let your judgement be according to what is right.'

Jn.7:14-24

II. THE PROPHETIC VISIONS

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A.  THE PRELUDE TO THE GREAT DAY


God entrusts the future of the world to the Lamb 


Then, in my vision, I saw a door open in heaven and heard the same voice speaking to me,  the voice like a trumpet, saying, 'Come up here; I will show you what is to come in the future'.  With that, the Spirit possessed me and  I saw a throne standing in heaven, and the One who was sitting on the throne, and the Person sitting there like a diamond and a ruby.  There was a rainbow encircling the throne, and this looked like an emerald.  Round the throne in a circle were twenty-four thrones, and on them I saw twenty-four elders sitting, dressed in white robes with golden crowns on their heads.  Flashes of lightning were coming from the throne, and the sound of peals of thunder, and in front of the throne there were seven flaming lamps burning, the seven Spirits of God, Between the throne and myself was a sea that seemed to be made of glass, like crystal.  In the centre, grouped around the throne itself, were four animals with many eyes, in front and behind.  The first animal was like a lion, the second like a bull, the third animal had a human face, and the fourth animal was like a flying eagle.  Each of the four animals  had six wings and had eyes all the way around as well as inside, and day and night they never stopped singing:  


'Holy, Holy, Holy

is the Lord God, the Almighty;

he was, he is and he is to come'.


Every time the animals glorified and honoured and gave thanks to the One sitting on the throne, who lives forever and ever, the twenty-four elders prostrated themselves before him to worship the One who lives forever and ever, and threw down their crowns in front of the throne, saying,  You are Lord and our God, you are worthy of glory and honour and power, because you made all the universe and it was only by your will that everything was made and exists'.  

Rev. 4:1-11


I saw that in the right hand of the one sitting on the throne there was a scroll that had writing on back and front and was sealed with seven seals.  Then I saw a powerful angel who called with a loud voice, 'is there anyone worthy to open the scroll and break the seals of it?  But there was no one, in heaven or on the earth or under the earth, who was able to open the scroll and read it, but one of the elders said to me, 'There is no need to cry:  the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed, and he will open the scroll and the seven seals of it'.

     Then I saw, standing between the throne with its four animals and the circle of the elders, a Lamb that seemed to have been sacrificed;  it had seven horns, and it had seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits God has sent out all over the world.

The Lamb came forward to take the scroll from the right hand of the One sitting on the throne, and when he took it, the four animals prostrated themselves before him and with them the twenty-four elders; each one of them was holding a harp and had a golden bowl full of incense made of the prayers of the saints.  They sang a new hymn: 

 

'You are worthy to take the scroll

and break the seals of it, 

because you were sacrificed, and with your blood 

you bought men for God

of every race, language, people and nation

and made them a line of kings and priests, 

to serve our God and to rule the world'.


     In my vision, I have heard the sound of an immense number of angels gathered round the throne and the animals and the elders; there were ten thousand times ten thousand of them and thousands upon thousands, shouting, 'The Lamb that was sacrificed is worthy  to be given  power, riches, wisdom, strength, honor, glory and blessing'.  Then I heard all the living things in creation—everything that lives in the air, and on the ground, and under the ground, and in the sea, crying, 'To the One who is sitting on the throne and to the Lamb, be all praise, honor, glory, and power, forever and ever'.  And the four animals said, 'Amen'; and the elders prostrated themselves to worship.

 Rev. 5:1-14

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