1st Station: Jesus is Condemned to Death

 

St Alphonsus Liguori

V. We adore Thee, O Christ, and we bless Thee.

R. Because by Thy holy Cross, Thou hast redeemed the world.

Consider how Jesus, after having been scourged and crowned with thorns, was unjustly condemned by Pilate to die on the Cross.

My adorable Jesus, it was not Pilate, no, it was my sins that condemned Thee to die. I beseech Thee, by the merits of this sorrowful journey, to assist my soul in its journey towards eternity. I love Thee, my beloved Jesus; I repent with my whole heart for having offended Thee. Never permit me to separate myself from Thee again. Grant that I may love Thee always; and then do with me what Thou wilt.

Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be.

Mary’s Way of the Cross

“We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you,
because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.”

It was early Friday morning when I saw my son. That was the first glimpse I had of him since they took him away. His bruised and bleeding skin sent a sword of pain deep into my heart and tears down my cheeks. Then Pilate, from his chair of judgment, asked the crowd why they wanted my son executed. All around me they shouted,” Crucify him!” I wanted to plead with them to stop, but I knew this had to be. So I stood by and cried silently.

Lord Jesus, it is hard for me to imagine the anguish your mother felt at your condemnation. But what about today, when I hold a grudge…? “Crucify him!” “When I judge others…” “Crucify him!” Doesn’t this bring tears of anguish to both you and your mother? Forgive me, Jesus.

Sing:
At the cross her station keeping,
Stood the mournful Mother weeping,
Close to Jesus to the last.

 

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