Third Station

Jesus falls for the first time


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


Reading
In his anguish he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat became like great drops of blood falling down on the ground. (Luke 22:44)


Meditation
Weakened by the unbearable torments that he had already gone through, the added weight of the cross was too much for Jesus, and he fell. As he lay there the cry of anguish that he was later to utter cannot have been far from his lips, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”

We sometimes feel alone: that God has forsaken us and does not answer our prayers. But we, like Jesus, must know in our hearts that however far away God seems to be, he never forsakes us – he is always faithful.


Lord Jesus,
even you once felt forsaken
by your Father.
Lord, have mercy
Christ have mercy

Lord Jesus,
You are always faithful and loving
Lord, have mercy
Christ have mercy

Lord Jesus,
help us to know that you
are always with us.
Lord, have mercy
Christ have mercy

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