Prayers to Saint Veronica

Saint Veronica

Prayer as defined by the Catholic Church (CCC2559): "Prayer is the raising of one's mind and heart to God or the requesting of good things from God.
Prayer has many forms. It can be incorporated into thoughts as a communication with God; it can be a formal recitation or instance; alone or with a large (or small) group of people.
There are a number of outward acts involved in prayer; the burning of incense or lighting of candles, as examples. Making the Sign of the Cross (or blessing oneself in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, on the forehead, the chest, the left shoulder and then the right shoulder respectively) is a common Catholic practice. Fasting is often related to prayer.

Prayer to St. Veronica
St. Veronica, you gave Christ a towel on His way to Cavalry which He used to wipe the Precious Blood from His Holy Face. In return for this great act of kindness He left you His most Holy image on the towel. Pray for us to Our Lord that His Holy Face may be imprinted on our hearts so that we may be always be mindful of the Passion and Death of Our lord Jesus Christ, through the same Christ our Lord,

St. Veronica Prayer to the Sacred Image of Jesus Christ
O My Jesus, Saint Veronica served You on the way to Calvary by wiping Your beloved face with a towel on which Your sacred image then appeared. She protected this treasure, and whenever people touched it, they were miraculously healed. I ask her to pray for the growth of my ability to see Your sacred image in others, to recognize their hurts, to stop and join them on their difficult journeys, and to feel the same compassion for them as she did for You. Show me how to wipe their faces, serve their needs, and heal their wounds, reminding me that as I do this for them, I also do this for You. Saint Veronica, pray for me. Amen.

Stations of the Cross
The 'Way of the Cross' refers to the final hours (or Passion) of Jesus, and devotion commemorating His Suffering. They began with St. Francis of Assisi in the medieval period. It is less often observed in the Anglican and Lutheran churches. It may be done at any time, but is most commonly done during Lent, especially on Good Friday and Friday evenings during Lent.

The object of the Stations is to make a spiritual pilgrimage of prayer by meditating upon chief scenes of Christ's sufferings and death. It is one of the most popular forms of devotion of the Roman Catholic Church.

Pope John Paul II referred to the Acts of Reparation as the "unceasing effort to stand beside the endless crosses on which the Son of God continues to be crucified".

The Stations themselves are a series of fourteen pictures or sculptures depicting the following scenes:

1. Jesus is condemned to death
2. Jesus receives the cross
3. Jesus falls the first time
4. Jesus meets His Mother
5. Simon of Cyrene carries the cross
6. Veronica wipes Jesus' face with her veil
7. Jesus falls the second time
8. Jesus meets the daughters of Jerusalem
9. Jesus falls the third time
10. Jesus is stripped of His garments
11. Crucifixion: Jesus is nailed to the cross
12. Jesus dies on the cross
13. Jesus' body is removed from the cross
14. Jesus is laid in the tomb and covered in incense
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