March 15, 2020

One of the Lenten practices in the Catholic Church is the Way of the Cross on Fridays. It is believed that abundant spiritual graces are obtained from this great popular devotion of the Church. Earlier many indulgences were attached it. Every year thousands of people join the Holy Father in the Way of the Cross at the Colosseum in Rome, while in Jerusalem, every Friday throughout the year, there is the Way of the Cross on the Via Dolorosa. Moreover, thousands of faithful gather in their own respective churches on Lenten Fridays to participate in this devotion. This helps us to recall historically what Jesus endured in his last moments on earth and to recognize our own journey on earth to the spiritual paradise.
After the death of Jesus, shrines began to be built on Mount Golgotha. St. Jerome, in the 4th century, mentions that many people visited these Holy Places. In the 5th century, as it was not possible for many to visit the Holy Land, a few chapels were constructed at the monastery of St. Stephen in Bologna, Italy. These sites portrayed important events in the Passion of Jesus. Thus, the devotion to the Stations of the Cross began in Europe.
St. Francis of Assisi had an ardent affection for the humanity of Christ and His suffering. In 1217 he founded his first friary in Jerusalem in order to guard and promote the devotion to the sacred places. In 1342, Pope Clement VI declared the Franciscans “Custodians of the Holy Land” and even today most of the Shrines are still under their care. They also popularized this devotion in Europe and other parts of the world by building shrines adorned with paintings and sculptures representing the Stations of the Cross in their monasteries and churches. The Franciscans also created a “St. Francis Prayer before the Crucifix”. They gradually added this beautiful prayer at each Station.
Let us recite this prayer every day as we kneel before a crucifix at home and experience its power.

Most High glorious God, enlighten the darkness of my heart
Give me true faith, certain hope and perfect charity, sense and knowledge Lord,
That I may carry out Your holy and true command.

God bless us all!
Fr.Wilson TOR

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This year again we are helping locally with the Azle Community Caring Center with 175 Christmas meal baskets. Holy Trinity will be donating boxes of INSTANT MASHED POTATOES AND/OR STUFFING MIXES. Please bring them in and put in box by the front office foyer by Friday, December 6th. If you have any questions, please contact the office.

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