Ninth Station

Jesus falls for the third time.


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


Reading
“Simon, Simon, listen! Satan has demanded[a] to sift all of you like wheat, 32 but I have prayed for you that your own faith may not fail; and you, when once you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.” (Luke 22:31-32)


Meditation
Three times Jesus resisted the temptations of Satan. Three times Peter denied Jesus. Three times Jesus fell on the way to Calvary. Just as Jesus forgave Peter even that threefold denial, so he will forgive us if we turn to him in penitence. No sin is too great for Jesus to forgive, so long as we are truly sorry, and are prepared to rely on his love and forgiveness rather than on our own efforts.

Even after this third and heaviest fall, Jesus once again struggled to his feet and continued. And so must we – even in the moment of our greatest fall we must not lose hope, but get up and continue with faith in our Lord’s merciful love.


Lord Jesus,
you love us whatever we do.
Lord, have mercy
Christ have mercy

Lord Jesus,
you forgive us whenever we fail you.
Lord, have mercy
Christ have mercy

Lord Jesus,
help us to rely on you.
Lord, have mercy
Christ have mercy

Holy God
Holy Mighty One
Holy Immortal One
have mercy on us and on the whole world.