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Saturday, March 2, 2013

The First Station of the Cross

The First Station: Jesus is Condemned to Death by Pilate - reflections by Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC

Narrator: Try to imagine what Jesus had already suffered prior to coming before Pilate.  He was betrayed by a friend.  Arrested, and taken into custody, even though he was innocent and had committed no crime.  He was mocked, scourged, spat upon and even crowned with a wreath of thorns that pressed into his head, causing great pain and loss of blood.  Now, he receives an unjust sentence of death from Pontius Pilate, who knows that Jesus is an innocent man and does not deserve to die.  In perfect obedience to His Father, Jesus accepts the death sentence, is seized by the soldiers, and led out to begin the agonizing journey to Calvary. 

All: Gentle Lord, You allowed Yourself to be condemned without uttering a word.  Wholly innocent, You stood where we belong and accepted the punishment we deserve.  Change our hearts according to Your will, and help us to die to sin and be born again in grace.  May Your obedience bring comfort to those in captivity and new hope to those suffering persecution.  O Christ, you are the Savior of the world. Amen

To view video of Bishop Jenky leading the First Station in the Cathedral click here: FIRST STATION