Walking with Jesus along the Via Dolorosa - Lent 2021

This year, Lent will begin on Wednesday (Ash Wednesday), 17th February.

A five week prayer resource for the parish and homes through Lent

This Lenten Prayer resource consists of five weekly reflections 'Walking with Jesus along the Via Dolorosa' written by the Living Church Team, Diocese of Down and Connor and shared with other dioceses. 

Each reflection includes:

  • Opening Words of Welcome & Opening Prayer
  • A Gospel reading
  • Time of Silence/reflective Music
  • Reflection
  • A decade of a scriptural rosary. A line of scripture is read aloud before each of the ten Hail Mary's
  • Lenten Mission - Encouraging further prayer at home
  • Closing Prayer

Using this prayer resource through Lent

This resource consists of:

- a Leaders prayer guide for five weeks; and
- five leaflets for Parishioners to use at home each week.

It has been designed to be used in a variety of ways;
- for your parish to pre-record or live broadcast over your Parish Webcam or Social Media Platform each week of Lent. If this liturgy is broadcast, the collaboration of clergy, lay readers and music ministry will add to the richness of the experience and allow those viewing at home to connect with the wider Parish Community.

- the associated participants' leaflets for Parishioners can be distributed for use in their own homes. This will allow people to read the Gospel at home and engage with the Lenten Mission during the course of the week in a time of private prayer. Posting or emailing this resource to those who are housebound will be a good outreach.

- The content of these leaflets can be shared on your parish social media channels. Over this last year people have become more adept in accessing social media, and as an evangelising people we ought to ensure that the message of Christ is proclaimed in all the spheres in which we are active.

What is the Via Dolorosa? 

'Via Dolorosa' is Latin for "Sorrowful Way".
It is commonly translated as "Way of Suffering".

It is traditionally believed to be the route taken by Jesus as he carried the cross towards Calvary.
The pilgrims begin in the Mount of Olives in the Garden of Gethsemane and walk through the Lions' gate, which marks the entry into the old city of Jerusalem.

Pilgrims follow the winding path from the Antonia Fortress, believed to have been the place where Jesus was brought before Pilate, and stop at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the place where it is believed that Jesus was crucified.

It is a distance of about 600 metres. 


The Via Dolorosa for home - Week 5

This prayer leaflet can be used at home when following the online broadcast.

Week 5 Prayer leaflet: Follow the broadcast at home 

Size: A4
Number of pages: 2
Format: PDF

The leaflet includes:

  • This week's Reflection
  • Gospel Reading, John 19:23-28
  • Lenten Mission - Add a crucifix to your sacred space
  • Prayer


  • NOTE FOR PARISH PASTORAL COUNCILS:
    Consider making the Prayer leaflet and Sacred Space guide available in your parish church or distribute to parishioners by post, email or by encouraging Pope John Paul II Award participants to deliver to homes in their area. Ensure to adhere to Covid-19 and government guidelines.


    The Via Dolorosa for home - Week 4

    This prayer leaflet can be used at home when following the online broadcast.

    Week 4 Prayer leaflet: Follow the broadcast at home 

    Size: A4
    Number of pages: 2
    Format: PDF

    The leaflet includes:

  • This week's Reflection
  • Gospel Reading, Luke 23:26-32
  • Lenten Mission - Pray for those suffering
  • Prayer


  • NOTE FOR PARISH PASTORAL COUNCILS:
    Consider making the Prayer leaflet and Sacred Space guide available in your parish church or distribute to parishioners by post, email or by encouraging Pope John Paul II Award participants to deliver to homes in their area. Ensure to adhere to Covid-19 and government guidelines.


    The Via Dolorosa for home - Week 3

    This prayer leaflet can be used at home when following the online broadcast.

    Week 3 Prayer leaflet: Follow the broadcast at home 

    Size: A4
    Number of pages: 2
    Format: PDF

    The leaflet includes:

  • This week's Reflection
  • Gospel Reading, John 18:33-19:3
  • Lenten Mission - Act of Contrition
  • Prayer


  • NOTE FOR PARISH PASTORAL COUNCILS:
    Consider making the Prayer leaflet and Sacred Space guide available in your parish church or distribute to parishioners by post, email or by encouraging Pope John Paul II Award participants to deliver to homes in their area. Ensure to adhere to Covid-19 and government guidelines.


    The Via Dolorosa for home - Week 2

    This prayer leaflet can be used at home when following the online broadcast.

    Week 2 Prayer leaflet: Follow the broadcast at home 

    Size: A4
    Number of pages: 2
    Format: PDF

    The leaflet includes:

  • This week's Reflection
  • Gospel Reading, Matthew 26:67-75
  • Lenten Mission - Source an image of Jesus and add it to your sacred space
  • Prayer


  • Week 2 Lenten Mission: Find an image of Jesus

    Add to your Sacred Space in your home.

    Take an image of Jesus and add it to your Sacred Space


    NOTE FOR PARISH PASTORAL COUNCILS:
    Consider making the Prayer leaflet and Sacred Space guide available in your parish church or distribute to parishioners by post, email or by encouraging Pope John Paul II Award participants to deliver to homes in their area. Ensure to adhere to Covid-19 and government guidelines.


    The Via Dolorosa for home - Week 1

    This prayer leaflet can be used at home when following the online broadcast.

    Week 1 Prayer leaflet: Follow the broadcast at home 

    Size: A4
    Number of pages: 2
    Format: PDF

    The leaflet includes:

  • This week's Reflection
  • Gospel Reading, Matthew 26:36-46
  • Lenten Mission - Encouraging further prayer at home
  • Prayer


  • Week 1 Lenten Mission: Create a Sacred Space

    Here are some tips on how to create a special sacred space in your home this Lent


    NOTE FOR PARISH PASTORAL COUNCILS:
    Consider making the Prayer leaflet and Sacred Space guide available in your parish church or distribute to parishioners by post, email or by encouraging Pope John Paul II Award participants to deliver to homes in their area. Ensure to adhere to Covid-19 and government guidelines.


    The Via Dolorosa Leaders Prayer Guide

    This prayer guide should be used to lead the broadcast with viewers at home over 5 weeks during Lent.

    Leaders prayer guide 

    Size: A4
    Number of pages: 24
    Format: PDF

    This is a five session programme guide includes:

  • Opening Words of Welcome & Opening Prayer
  • A Gospel reading
  • Time of Silence/reflective Music
  • Reflection
  • A decade of a scriptural rosary. A line of scripture is read aloud before each of the ten Hail Mary's 
  • Lenten Mission - Encouraging further prayer at home
  • Closing Prayer
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