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Fasting

The Sorrowful Mysteries

Reproduced from the book Fast with the Heart by Fr Slavko.
Photos by kind permission of Jenny Preston

Introductory prayer:

Jesus, thank You for coming into the world and for having accepted suffering in order to save it. Give me the grace to discover Your love and Your concern for us men in Your suffering. Grant that I may be grateful for the love with which You suffered for us.
On this fast day, which I want to offer to You in prayer also for the salvation of the world, I especially want to be with You in Your suffering. I want to enter into the Mystery of Your love. I want to accept fasting and prayer with the same love with which You accepted Your fasting and with which You then accepted Your Passion and suffering. I offer my hunger to You today so that You may awaken in me the hunger for the eternal Good, for the Will of the Father, for Your Word, for love and for peace.
Help me, Mary. Teach me to fast and to pray today as You called me to do, so that, like You, I can follow Your Son in His suffering. Amen.


The Creed


First Sorrowful Mystery

Thank You for coming into the Garden of Gethsemene where You prayed, perspired blood and accepted the Will of the Father by accepting the chalice of suffering. Your heart was completely free and that is why You were able to say, "Father, let it be done unto me according to Your Word." You suffered because You loved.
On this fast day, I ask You, Jesus, to give me the grace to fight successfully against my bad habits, which prepare my suffering and anguish. I offer to You all those, who by their addiction to alcohol, drugs and other evils of this world, are preparing difficult moments of Gethsemene for themselves, their families, their spouses and their children. I also offer to You all those who have become criminals because of their addictions and are now imprisoned and suffering a great deal. I also offer to You all those who have destroyed their health because of their addictions. I offer my fasting and prayer for all of them. I thank You for giving inner freedom and peace as well as spiritual, mental and physical health to them all.

Our Father, 10 Hail Marys, Glory Be, O my Jesus. . .

The Agony in the Garden
Scourging at the pillar

Second Sorrowful Mystery


They bound You to the post in Pilate's court and scourged You mercilessly. Following each strike, wounds remained. Your blood flowed. You were losing strength and You were in pain. You offered all of this for us in order to free us from evil and sin.
On this fast day, reveal to me the love with which You suffered Your scourging so that deep gratitude may come to dwell in my heart for Your suffering. I offer my fasting and prayer for all those who, in their hearts, carry the wounds, they received in their childhood. Because of those wounds they fall into new evils and new addictions, scourging themselves and others. Jesus, break the chain of evil and sin so that Your peace, love and forgiveness may come to dwell in every heart. I offer my fasting and prayers to You for parents who have scourged their children with their drunken behaviour, their faithlessness; through drugs, gambling, fights and divorces. Free our families from every lash and evil; free our Church and our people. Grant that all wounds may be healed and all lashes and scourging may cease so that, through fasting and prayer, peace, joy and spiritual and physical health may enter in.

Our Father, 10 Hail Marys, Glory Be, O my Jesus. . .

Third Sorrowful Mystery

Jesus, they crowned You with a crown of thorns to inflict this form of pain upon You also. They pounded the thorns into Your head to ridicule You as a king. They even placed a scarlet cloak upon You and a royal sceptre in Your hand. There were those who struck You and spat upon You, pronouncing insults. You suffered all of this in order to redeem us and to free us from evil and from the evil one.
You told us that a kind of evil spirit exists that can only be cast out by fasting and prayer. For this reason, I offer this day of fasting and prayer to You in reparation for all the offenses and humiliations inflicted upon You in black masses and other occult rites. I offer it to You for all those who have joined Satanic sects and have participated in Satanic rites as well as for all those who are involved in spiritism, fortune-telling and spells. In this way, they have fallen under the influence of evil spirits. I offer this day of fasting and prayer to You so that You may free them from Satan and protect them from him because You are the Master. I believe that only one Word from You is sufficient for them to be freed from Satan's power and authority. Only one Word from You is sufficient in order that they enjoy the peace You give. Pronounce this word of deliverance and cast away Satan that he may no longer destroy peace and entice Your people toward the way of damnation.
I offer my fasting and prayer to You for all the priests who have dedicated themselves to the service of deliverance from evil influences. Protect and defend them. Reveal Your power over evil spirits so that such spirits may no longer mislead those whom You have redeemed by Your precious blood.

Our Father, 10 Hail Marys, Glory Be, O my Jesus. . .

Crowning with thorns
 Carrying of the cross

Fourth Sorrowful Mystery

Jesus, You patiently carried Your Cross; You fell under it and got up again. You continued the way, which You accepted in order to save us. Thank You for each step You took in carrying Your Cross and for each time You fell and got up again. Thank You for Your every encounter on the way of the Cross. You have done everything to save us. Be blessed, praised and glorified through the carrying of Your Cross!
I offer this day of fasting and prayer for all those who are sick and helpless; for all those who are seriously ill and who, in their sickness, have lost every hope. I offer it for all those who serve the sick. I pray to You for parents with sick children who will carry their cross their entire lives. Grant that all may turn to good for them.
Especially, I offer to You those who have destroyed their physical and spiritual health because of overeating or drinking excessively. I offer to You all those who carry the cross of anorexia and bulimia - those who have an unhealthy relationship with food. They both reject food and destroy their health or consume it in excess and then reject it.
I also offer this day of fasting and prayer for all those who are hungry and for malnourished children. Grant that by fasting and prayer, we may be able to share material goods properly.
I also offer this fast day for those who carry the cross of a disorderly relationship in their sexual life; for all homosexuals and lesbians, and for all those who were sexually abused in their childhood. Heal them and free them from every disorderly and unnatural way of life.


Our Father, 10 Hail Marys, Glory Be, O my Jesus. . .

Fifth Sorrowful Mystery

Thank You Jesus for having accepted the Crucifixion and Death on the Cross for us. May You be blessed for that moment when You prayed for Your enemies, when You forgave and when You surrendered Your Spirit to the Father.
I offer this day of fasting and prayer to You for a peaceful passing from this world for myself and everyone else. Through fasting and prayer, may every evil and sin die in me, along with every wrong attachment to myself. May all my unhealthy relationships with myself, with You, with others and with material things, die in me. I offer this day of fasting and prayer to You for all those who have committed suicide and, having completely lost the peace of their souls, have taken their own lives. I offer to You all victims of excessive eating and drinking. I offer to You all those who are perpetrators of violence and have, in their drunkenness, caused road accidents and murders in families. In Your mercy, open the door of eternal life to them. By the power of fasting and prayer may evil and sin die in us so that we may rest in peace in Your eternal Kingdom.

Our Father, 10 Hail Marys, Glory Be, 0 my Jesus. . .


Concluding prayer:

Thank You Jesus for Your suffering, Your Cross, Your Passion and Your Death. May this fasting and prayer enable me to carry my life's crosses with love so as to give glory to You. On this day of fasting and prayer, grant me the grace to be able to join You in Your Passion with my entire being; with freedom of heart and soul. Grant that I may not be afraid in accepting the cross of fighting against the evil within me and around me so that one day we may all deserve to hear Your words, "Good servant, enter into the eternal feast in the Heavenly Kingdom."


 Crucification of Our Lord
 
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