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Wednesdays & Fridays in Lent: Stations of the Cross (X)

“Here Jesus was stripped of his clothes. For him, this is perhaps the most terrible moment in the whole appalling day. As a Jew he has been taught to never be seen naked. To be exposed to the curiosity of anyone and everyone passing by is one of the worst things that can happen His humiliation, his degradation, is virtually complete. Only the absolute helplessness of being stretched on the cross remains.”

THE TENTH STATION

“Jesus is stripped of his garments”

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you:

Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

When they came to a place called Golgotha (which means the place of a skull), they offered him wine to drink, mingled with gall; but when he tasted it, he would not drink it. And they divided his garments among them by casting lots. This was to fulfill the scripture which says, “They divided my garments among them; they cast lots for my clothing.” They gave me gall to eat:

And when I was thirsty they gave me vinegar to drink.

Let us pray.

Lord God, whose blessed Son our Savior gave his body to be whipped and his face to be spit upon: Give us grace to accept joyfully the sufferings of the present time, confident of the glory that shall be revealed; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Holy God, Holy and Mighty, Holy Immortal One, Have mercy upon us.