Second Station

Jesus takes up his cross


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


Reading
When the chief priests and the guards saw [Jesus] they cried out, “Crucify him, crucify him!” Pilate said to them, “Take him yourselves and crucify him. I find no guilt in him.” … They cried out, “Take him away, take him away! Crucify him!” Pilate said to them, “Shall I crucify your king?” The chief priests answered, “We have no king but Caesar.” Then he handed him over to them to be crucified. So they took Jesus, and carrying the cross himself he went out to what is called the Place of the Skull, in Hebrew, Golgotha. (John 19: 6, 15-17)


Meditation
The procession to the execution began, and Jesus, though weak from continuous questioning, mocking, and beating, was made to carry his own cross. He was led away as a common criminal to suffer one of the most degrading forms of execution ever invented.

But the burden that Jesus had to carry was much greater than the physical weight of the cross, for he also had to carry the sins of us all. Let us offer our sorrow for the times when we have added to his burden.


Lord Jesus,
we are sorry for the times
when we have failed you.
Lord, have mercy
Christ have mercy

Lord Jesus,
we are sorry for the times
when we have rejected you.
Lord, have mercy
Christ have mercy

Lord Jesus,
help us not to fail you any more.
Lord, have mercy
Christ have mercy

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