Stations of the Cross - Station 7
Posted on the 2nd Apr 2021 in the category Resources
Jesus falls the second time
Read the Scripture
We adore You, O Christ, and we bless You.
Because by Your holy cross You have redeemed the world.
from the Letter of St Paul to the Philippians 2.5-8
Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who, though He was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form, He humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death—even death on a cross.
from the book of Lamentations 3.1-2. 9, 16
I am one who has seen affliction under the rod of God’s wrath;
he has driven and brought me into darkness without any light;
he has blocked my ways with hewn stones, he has made my paths crooked.
He has made my teeth grind on gravel, and made me cower in ashes.
Thanks be to God.
Meditate on the Scripture
Our experience of the realities of life tell us that pain, suffering and death fill human history. Life is often lived burdened and crushed, sometimes in the dust. Jesus did not invent the cross: He like every man encountered it on his way through life, and did not encounter it first at Calvary. What He did invent – the change He made – was to make it the place and occasion of love, where love was shown, where love was seen. Thus it is that the cross has become the path to life, a message of love, a ‘heat-source’ transforming man. Such is the cross of Jesus, which first embraces each of us, and then entrusts us with a task, a duty, a mission, in our personal lives, in our family, our friendships, our acquaintances, wherever we may – and will – meet the cross.
Pray to the Lord
We raise our supplication to Christ who places who transform the cross of suffering into the tree of life.
Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy … [Kyrie eleison. Kyrie eleison. …]
Lord Jesus, You made Yourself obedient to death: Lord, have mercy. …
Lord Jesus, king of glory, You accepted the cross for love of humankind: Lord, have mercy. …
Lord Jesus, through the shedding of Your blood You bring peace to the whole world: Lord, have mercy. …
This is the time when Christ visits the soul.
Store up the Lord’s word to you
O God, inexhaustible source of life, support humanity with the power of Your Spirit, so that our faith in the victory of good over evil, revealed in the cross of Your Son, may give us courage and peace; 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.