“As we walk the stations today, let us think about [the road Jesus trod]. Every single millimeter, every single inch of dirt on which we walk includes the dust from the shoes and the tears from the eyes of pilgrims. They–we–weep for the prisoner condemned as The King of the Jews, ‘despised and rejected,’ carrying so much more than a heavy, bruising, rough beam of wood. He is ‘enduring the suffering that should have been ours, the pain we should have borne.”
“Jesus takes up his Cross”
We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you:
Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.
Jesus went out, bearing his own cross, to the place called the place of a skull, which is called in Hebrew, Golgotha. Although he was a Son, he learned obedience through what he suffered. Like a lamb he was led to the slaughter; and like a sheep that before its shearers is mute, so he opened not his mouth. Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and riches and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and blessing.
The Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all:
For the transgression of my people was he stricken.
Let us pray.
Almighty God, whose beloved Son willingly endured the agony and shame of the cross for our redemption: Give us courage to take up our cross and follow him; who lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen.
Holy God, Holy and Mighty, Holy Immortal One, Have mercy upon us.