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  • Co-authored: Karen Shields Wright, Gregory Vigliotta

Accompany Jesus Along the Sorrowful Way: A Lenten Retreat

Beginning at the conspiracy against Jesus and the anointing at Bethany, we continue on to the entry into Jerusalem. Then the Passion starts to unfold in the most mysterious, transforming, and earth-shattering way. The Lamb of God will give his life for the sins of the world. Though we know Resurrection Sunday will bring joy, graces grow and deepen as we walk the way with Him, Mary, and the disciples along the via Dolorosa.

Preparing for Your Retreat

Night Before Preparations

Your Retreat Mornings - Offering, Lectio, Close, Reflection

Your Retreat Day Time - Recalling

Your Retreat Evenings - Examen, Journaling

Important: A Recommendation of Accompaniment


Accompany Jesus Along the Way of His Sufferings

Preparatory Prayers

The Preparatory period is a time for recollection to dispose ourselves rightly with an offertory and a petition of asking for grace what we want and desire from the Lord based upon the meditation exercise. Each prayer lasting a minute.

Offertory Prayer

Beginning your prayer time: At the beginning of each prayer period, offer yourself to the Lord. Pray the “Take and Receive”

Take Lord, and receive all my liberty,

my memory, my understanding, and my entire will,

all that I have and possess.

Thou hast given all to me.

To Thee, O Lord, I return it.

All is Thine; dispose of it wholly according to Thy will.

Give me Thy love and thy grace, for this, is sufficient for me.


Preparatory Prayer

“The preparatory prayer is to ask, God Our Lord for the grace is that all my intentions (wants and desires), actions, and operations (interior mental activities) , maybe order purely to the service in praise of the Divine Majesty” (SE 46).

Write in your own words your intentions ­­­­­­­­­­____________________________________________

Petitionary Prayer

Now being situated within the mystery, after reading it the night before (or before the prayer period begins) we ask for what we desire from the Holy Spirit to reveal to us how we may go forth to meet the will of God.

Share your desires with the Lord for this day's retreat. _________________________________

Suggested Petitionary Prayer by St. Ignatius

Lord, grant me the grace to be with You in Your suffering to unite with You in your grief and brokenheartedness, and for deep sorry for my sins and the sins of the whole world. (SE 193-197)*

The Garden of Gethsemane today

32 Meditations in the Four Gospels

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The Conspiracy Against Jesus

The Anointing at Bethany

The Entry into Jerusalem

The Betrayal by Judas

Preparations for the Passover

The Washing of the Disciples’ Feet

The Betrayer

The New Commandment

The Lord’s Supper

The Role of the Disciples

Peter’s Denial Foretold

Last Supper Discourses John 14 I am the Way

Last Supper Discourses John 15 The Vine and Branches

Last Supper Discourses John 16 Jesus’ Departure; Coming of the Advocate

Last Supper Discourses John 17 The Prayer of Jesus

Instructions for the Time of Crisis

The Agony in the Garden

The Betrayal and Arrest of Jesus

Jesus Before the Sanhedrin

Peter Denials and Jesus before Annas

Jesus Before Pilate

Jesus Before Herod

The Death of Judas

Jesus Questioned by Pilate

The Sentence of Death

The Trial Before Pilate

Mockery by the Soldiers

The Way of the Cross

The Crucifixion

The Death of Jesus

The Burial of Jesus

The Guard at the Tomb


Our Lady of the Way, Pray for us!

*(SE#) All quotes are taken from The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius: based on Studies in the Language of the Autograph by Louis, J. Puhl. SJ

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