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Stations of the Cross

 

The First Station
Jesus is condemned to death
 


We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you:
Because by your holy Cross you have redeemed the world.

So Pilate, wishing to satisfy the crowd, released for them Barabbas; and having scourged Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified.

Now the serpent was more subtle than any other wild creature that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, "Did God say, 'You shall not eat of any tree of the garden'?" And the woman said to the serpent, "We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden; but God said, 'You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.'" But the serpent said to the woman, "You will not die...." So she took of its fruit and ate; and she also gave some to her husband, and he ate. Then the eyes of both were opened and they knew that they were naked and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves aprons.... Then the Lord God said, "Behold, the man has become like one of us, knowing good and evil; and now, lest he put forth his hand and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever" -- therefore the Lord God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from which he was taken. He drove out the man; and at the east of the garden of Eden he placed the cherubim, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to guard the way to the tree of life.

It was for us that you suffered, O blessed Jesus; it was for our sins that you were condemned to die. Grant that we may truly repent and, by your grace, obtain mercy and pardon. Amen.

O Savior of the world, by your Cross and precious Blood you have redeemed us:
Save us and help us, we humbly beseech you, O God.
 

For his people's sins chastised,
She beheld her Son despised,
Scourged, and crowned with thorns entwined.

Station I, Marie Romero Cash, St John's Cathedral, Albuquerque, NM

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