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The Stations of the Cross

The Stations of the Cross

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Published by Jeff Carter
Short readings and prayers for the traditional stations of the cross. To be used on Good Friday.

Short readings and prayers for the traditional stations of the cross. To be used on Good Friday.

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Published by: Jeff Carter on Apr 18, 2014
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The Stations of the Cross
We are followers of the way, followers on the way- on the
Via Crusis
, the
Via Dolorosa
. Shall we ascend with him? Let us also go that we may die with him.
 Jesus, King of Glory, be lifted up in my thoughts, in my prayers, in my life.
1 Jesus is Condemned To Die
 It begins here on the pavement with unyielding stone, at the judge
s seat where Pilate says to me,
Shall I
release him?”
 And how should I respond? Yes! Release the innocent man. Let justice roll down; let righteousness ring!
 let him be crucified; let him be killed, though I say this out of self-interest.
 Jesus, Infinite Goodness, what Pilate did once I would do again and again. Forgive me.
2 Jesus Carries his Cross
 Place the beam
upon his shoulders for this is nothing new - the carpenter carries lumber to construct the things we need: a farm implement,
a table, a roof beam…
 but what will the carpenter of Nazareth build with this?
 Jesus, Father of the World to Come, maker of the heavens and the earth, make me anew; shape me to your image
that I may dwell in the house you’ve built.
3 Jesus Falls the First Time
 Talk about the passion.
How long?
Talk about the pain.
How long? 
 Not everyone can carry the weight of the world. Even Jesus stumbles; even Jesus falls.
How long?  Jesus, Most Patient, how long will you put up with me and with my faithlessness? I do believe; help my unbelief.
4 Jesus meets his mother 
Now the words of aged Simeon return to her,
“…he will be opposed 
and you yourself shall be pierced…” 
 pierced through the soul with the sword of grief and pain. Come all you who pass by, and observe. Is there any suffering like her suffering?
 Jesus, Our Refuge, we stretch out our hands but there is none to comfort us our comfort is far from us. We have no one to restore our courage, no one to revive our hearts and our children are desolate.
5 Simon of Cyrene Helps Jesus Carry the Cross
 Seize Simon, the man of Cyrene seize him from his serenity; shake his sun darkened skin as from the country he comes in. Seize him! He will carry the cross for the Nazarene- if anyone will follow he must take up his cross.
 Jesus, Sun of Justice, speak truth and set the captives free. Break the bands that bind, and acquit the honest man,  falsely accused. Release us and we shall be released.

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