“Seeing that no last-minute pardon is coming for any of their prisoners, the execution escort prepares to get the condemned men moving again. Realizing what this means, some women who have accompanied the procession begin to mourn and wail aloud. Their compassion is always aroused by the sight of beaten men being driven or dragged to execution. But their compassion for Jesus is heightened by the recognition that he is the innocent victim of the political machinations of their own leaders and of the representatives of the Roman occupying power. Jesus turns to them. ‘Daughters of Jerusalem,’ he says, ‘do not weep for me.’ Jesus’ death is not the accidental by-product of contemporary politics. It is a deliberate act of self-giving.”
THE EIGHTH STATION
“Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem”
We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you:
Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.
There followed after Jesus a great multitude of the people, and among them were women who bewailed and lamented him. But
Jesus turning to them said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children.”
Those who sowed with tears:
Will reap with songs of joy.
Let us pray. (Silence)
Teach your Church, O Lord, to mourn the sins of which it is guilty, and to repent and forsake them; that, by your pardoning grace, the results of our iniquities may not be visited upon our children and our children’s children; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Holy God, Holy and Mighty, Holy Immortal One, Have mercy upon us.