Stations of the Cross - Station 1
Posted on the 2nd Apr 2021 in the category Resources
Station 1 - Jesus is Sentenced to Death
Read the Scripture
We adore You, O Christ, and we bless You.
Because by Your holy cross You have redeemed the world.
from the Gospel according to St Matthew 27.1-2, 26
When morning came, all the chief priests and the elders of the people conferred together against Jesus in order to bring about His death. They bound him, led him away, and handed him over to Pilate the governor.
So he released Barabbas for them; and after flogging Jesus, he handed him over to be crucified.
from the Gospel according to St Luke 23.20-25
Pilate, wanting to release Jesus, addressed them again; but they kept shouting, ‘Crucify, crucify him!’ A third time he said to them, ‘Why, what evil has he done? I have found in him no ground for the sentence of death; I will therefore have him flogged and then release him.’ But they kept urgently demanding with loud shouts that he should be crucified; and their voices prevailed. So Pilate gave his verdict that their demand should be granted. He released the man they asked for, the one who had been put in prison for insurrection and murder, and he handed Jesus over as they wished.
from the Gospel according to St John 19.14-16
Now it was the day of Preparation for the Passover; and it was about noon. He said to the Jews, ‘Here is your King!’ They cried out, ‘Away with him! Away with him! Crucify him!’ Pilate asked them, ‘Shall I crucify your King?’ The chief priests answered, ‘We have no king but the emperor.’ Then he handed him over to them to be crucified. So they took Jesus.
Thanks be to God.
Meditate on the Scripture
By meditating in silence on the way of the cross, and reflecting on the mystery of the cross, we realize that, during His passion and in His death, Jesus loves man as he is – with his sin, with his separation from God, with all his self-inflicted pain and tragedy. Humanity is loved by Jesus with its harsher, harder to accept realism. Only days before His passion Jesus had encountered death in His friend Lazarus; and was greatly troubled in spirit and wept in the face of the degradation of the human form when it is the captive of Death. And from this man too, Pontius Pilate, so realistically loved, Jesus does not recoil, does not flee, does not reject; but through a love that does not know limits He tries to awaken in him – as in us – the most beautiful capacities of repentance, of conversion, of faith.
Pray to the Lord
Lord Jesus, who loved us to the end, listen now to our prayers.
Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy … [Kyrie eleison. Kyrie eleison. …]
Lord Jesus, You made us rich through Your poverty: Lord, have mercy. … [Kyrie eleison. …]
Lord Jesus, You make us a new creation: Lord, have mercy. … [Kyrie eleison. …]
Lord Jesus, who live in us, hope of eternal glory: Lord, have mercy. … [Kyrie eleison. …]
This is the time when Christ visits the soul.
Store up the Lord’s word to you
O God, whose Son Jesus Christ was put to death for our sins and raised to immortal life, confirm us with Your Spirit of truth, because, with the joy that comes from You, we are ready to answer anyone who asks us reason of the hope that is in us; through the same Christ our Lord.
O holy Mary pray for us: that the wounds your Son endured, which pierced your soul also,
may be imprinted in our hearts, and revealed in lives of mercy and peace.