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Thursday, March 14, 2013

The Eleventh Station of the Cross

The Eleventh Station:  Jesus is Nailed to the Cross – reflections by Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC

Narrator:  Imagine what being crucified must have been like; the agony of nails being pounded through Your hands and feet, pain shooting through every part of Your body.  The crown of thorns was left in place, and the wounds from the scourging were open and bleeding.  As the soldiers completed their grizzly task, they left Jesus to die.  Let this scene burn in our hearts and minds when we question God’s love for us.  As scripture tells us: “There is no greater love than this, than to lay down one’s life for a friend.”

All:  Holy Lord, by Your glorious wounds, we are healed.  Every blow of the hammer is excruciating torture for You and terrible agony for Your Mother.  You embraced the humiliation of the cross so that we may know the splendor of heaven.  May Your precious blood plead on our behalf and wash away all our sins.  O Christ, You are the Savior of the world. Amen.