“Jesus falls three times during his walk to Calvary. God falls. God is not supposed to fall, but God does fall. Like the crown of thorns, this is a divine reversal. Everything we hold to be important–power, physical strength–is turned upside down. God becomes weak, no longer the all-powerful, but one who can fall, one who can dieGod becomes human in the person of Jesus and [in the third station] we confront the humanity of God in the act of Jesus falling.”
The Third Station
“Jesus falls the first time”
We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you:
Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.
Christ Jesus, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped; but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, and was born in human likeness. And being found in human form he humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him, and bestowed on him the name which is above every name. Come, let us bow down, and bend the knee, and kneel before the Lord our Maker, for he is the Lord our God.
Surely he has borne our griefs:
And carried our sorrows.
Let us pray.
O God, you know us to be set in the midst of so many and great dangers, that by reason of the frailty of our nature we cannot always stand upright: Grant us such strength and protection as may support us in all dangers, and carry us through all temptations; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Holy God, Holy and Mighty, Holy Immortal One, Have mercy upon us.