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Stations of the Cross

 

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.

From the daughter of Zion has departed all her majesty. Her princes have become like harts that find no pasture; they fled without strength before the pursuer. Jerusalem remembers in the days of her affliction and bitterness all the precious things that were hers from days of old. When her people fell into the hand of the foe, and there was none to help her, the foe gloated over her, mocking at her downfall.... All her people groan as they search for bread; they trade their treasures for food to revive their strength. Look, O Lord, and behold, for I am despised. Is it nothing to you, all you who pass by: Look and see if there is any sorrow like my sorrow which was brought upon me, which the Lord inflicted on the day of his fierce anger. From on high he sent fire; into my bones he made it descend; he spread a net for my feet; he turned me back; he has left me stunned, faint all the day long.

O Jesus, who for our sins bore the heavy burden of the Cross and fell under its weight, may the remembrance of your sufferings make us watchful over ourselves that we may not fall away from you. 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.
 

As thou bought'st, through tribulation,
In thy passion, my salvation,
Let me bear therein my part.

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

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