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  • Co-authored: Karen Shields Wright, Gregory Vigliotta

Following the Way of the Risen Christ: An Easter Retreat

We continue to follow Jesus as He appears to the women at the tomb, His disciples, and many others. Here is where we share with His Blessed Mother Mary, her joy in His Risen Life. In praying along the way toward the Ascension, we realize how we will also be called like the disciples to carry forth the Gospel's good news.

Preparing for Your Retreat

Night Before Preparations

Retreat Mornings - Offering, Lectio, Close, Reflection

Retreat Day Time - Recalling

Retreat Evenings - Examen, Journaling

Self-directed or Directed


The Preparatory Prayers

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. _________________________________

Lord, grant me the grace "to be glad and rejoice intensely because of the great joy and the glory of Christ the Lord" who has risen from the dead. ( SE221)*

Meditations from the Four Gospels ( Pericopes)

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The Resurrection of Jesus

Jesus Appears To The Women

Report of The Guard

Road To Emmaus

Jesus Appears To His Disciples (Thomas Being Absent)

Jesus Appears To His Disciples (Thomas Present)

Jesus Appears To The Eleven While They Sit At Table

Jesus Appears To The Eleven On A Mountain In Galilee

Jesus Appears To His Disciples By The Sea of Tiberias

Jesus Talks to Peter

The Commissioning of The Disciples


* (SE) taken from the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius translation by Louis J. Puhl. SJ


Our Lady of the Way, Pray for us!

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