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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

The Ninth Station of the Cross

The Ninth Station: Jesus Falls for the Third Time - reflections by Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC

Narrator: The weight of the cross causes Jesus to fall a third and final time.  Jesus has lost so much blood that he has hardly any strength left.  The time has come for the moment of crucifixion, and the soldiers prepare for the task of carrying out the execution.  They help Jesus to His feet while the crowd continues to taunt Him.  They hurl insults at him, but Jesus utters not a word in return.  The hour has come and with trust in His Father, Jesus enters into silent prayer.

All: Good Lord, fallen on the ground, exhausted, scorned, defenseless before Your persecutors.  You lie bleeding in the dust, unable to stand, as soldiers curse You and strike You in Your terrible weakness and misery.  You endured this torture to heal all that is broken in creation.  May Your selfless sacrifice change our lives and win our love.  O Christ, You are the Savior of the world. Amen.