Station: Veronica wipes the face of Jesus
I saw him in the market place. He was a good man!
"He helped others, let him help himself' they will say, Is that your
blend of Christianity? Why not help him?
A small act of charity to relieve his pain. It didn't hurt me. My
pride, perhaps, but nothing else. In return I am left with the imprint
of his love. He was too tired to say "thank you'", but his eyes promise
Veronica, we have the chance to wipe his face again and again. He is
the stranger, the destitute, the unloved. We have a chance.
Lord, help me wipe away the tears of the world in my life and in the
lives around me. Make me realise that as I do it to the least of my
brothers and sisters I do it for you. For you are Lord for ever and
Station: Jesus falls the second time
As he falls so do I.
I fell once when I ran away. I fell again when I denied him three
times. Unlike Pilate and the guards I've not looked for excuses.
I was his friend and yet I failed him. I knew he was the Son of God. In
him rested the salvation of the nations. It wasn't enough. The load he
placed on me was too great, "You are Peter, the Rock".
Why build his Church on me? He will come again to make more demands of
me; "Feed my sheep". You are the sheep. Will you be fed?
Peter, we long for the food of life. We deny him again and again yet he
forgives us. Pray for your fellow Christians that they may not fall
We praise you, Lord Christ, in your saints, and especially for Simon
Peter, `the rock.' May his weakness remind us of your strength, his
strength proclaim your love, and his faith guide your Church into the
way of all truth. We ask this in the power of your Holy Spirit. Amen.
Station: Jesus speaks to the women of Jerusalem
I am still weeping. Just as he said, "weep for yourselves and for your
children". For the Church of God lacks people to stand up and fight for
Jesus is the Son of God, yet how many among you will openly speak these
words? He promised us he would come soon, and he is coming. Are you
If only there was time! There is so much to do.
There are so many who shed. the same tears as these women when they are
faced with the horrors of the world.
Lord, help us to comfort one another when we are faced with grief
caused by bereavement and loss. When others are faced with problems and
guilt may our presence fill them with knowledge of your constant care
and protection. May we never pass them by. For you are with us always,
to the end of the world. Amen.
Station: Jesus falls the third time
I rehearse a story of absolute guilt.
It is better for me that I should never have been born. I am the
traitor: my kiss of affection has stagnated into one of betrayal. I am
the outcast: the turncoat. Yet I wanted him to be king. But the kingdom
I wanted was in this world - a kingdom where I could tell others what
to do. I wanted to be king. I wanted the glory.
There are times when I want that as well, Judas.
You are not alone. I want the power and glory as well; and I don't mind
how I get it. But how lonely I am.
Glory to the father who created us!
Glory to the Son who died for us!
Glory to the Holy Spirit who comes among us! Glory to God theTrinity!
Station: Jesus is stripped of his garments
I am still here. Barabbas, insurrectionist and murderer, They called
for me to be released and now, as this innocentt is being undressed
ready for his fate, the true nature of my crime is proclaimed to the
world. I feel it more than most: Jesus died for me.
For us, Barabbas... for us! You are indeed guilty of many terrible
crimes against humanity. But were we not there shouting for you to be
You were more colourful, a better bargain, strong. He was weak, said
nothing, a clown.
We were so anxious to have what we wanted that we didn't see that he
was offering us everything.
Lord Jesus, our true selves are shown up in the light of your Passion..
We stand naked in the darkness of sin. Surround us with the garments of
forgiveness and love that we may never fall from your sight; for you
are Lord for ever and ever. Amen.
station: Jesus is nailed to the cross
I've never had to carry out such a miserable task before!
Oh, I crucified people in the past -- mainly murderers and zealots.
They screamed for mercy; cursed me, and Rome, and God; offered me
money; or kept going on about their cause.This one was different. He
cried with pain all right - wouldn't anyone?
But there was no malice, no swearing. He just seemed to offer himself
up to God. His only complaint was that he was thirsty and then he
didn't drink the vinegar we offered him. It's a funny thing, since then
I've been 'thirsty' too ---leastways, that's how I describe it. Almost
a spiritual thirst. He made me realise how empty my life had been.
We cry out for the wrong things all of the time. We are never sensitive
enough to see the man who can meet all our needs, but think that all
can be put right through the use of money, influence, or povier. How
blind we are not to notice that at the end of the day such causes are
It was your love, Lord Jesus, that caused you to be nailed to the
cross. It was your love that held you there
when you might have called for legions of angels. It was your love that
pleaded for your murderers and prayed "Father, forgive them' .
Help us, most gracious Lord, to grasp something more of your love, to
receive your forgiveness, and to learn to forgive others even as we
have been forgiven, for your love's sake. Amen.
Station: Jesus dies on the cross
And so, sweet friend, the agony is over.
Why did you die? What have you achieved? You could have fought back.
Again and again you made the priests and scribes look foolish: why did
you say nothing in defence at your trial?
Yet, watching beneath your cross, I felt some strange sensation that
what you were doing involved some great battle cry, Come to me!' spoken
to all in heaven and on earth.
John, with you and countless others, we shall hear that cry and follow
the cross wherever it leads and whatever it demands.
For if the Son of God is willing to die for us: to demonstrate his love
in this way, he has indeed won our service.
Our Father, who art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy name,
Thy Kingdom come,
They will be done,
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread
And forgive us our trespases
As we forgive those that trespass against us.
For thine is the kingdom,
The power and the glory,
For ever and ever. Amen.
Station: Jesus is taken down from the cross
He was a Son of God. I don't know anything about the politics of
I don't understand anything about your religion; but I tell you, he was
special. His body is broken now, but there is a look of great
achievement on his face. Believe me, this will not be the last you hear
If only we had your faith, Centurion!
When the shadow of the cross falls on us we dare not look up. You stood
by and saw it all: you recognized the truth. He was indeed `Son of God.'
Soul of Christ, sanctify me. Body of Christ, save me.
Blood of Christ, inebriate me. Water from the side of Christ, wash me.
Passion of Christ, strengthen me. O good Jesu, hear me. Within thy
wounds, hide me.
Suffer me not to be separated from thee. From the malicious enemy
In the hour of my death call me and bid me come to thee.
That with thy Saints I may praise thee, for ever and ever. Amen.
Station: Jesus is laid in the tomb
Joseph of Arimathea
`In Christ we share a mystic grave' - so runs the old hymn.
I freely give him my tomb to rest from his battle. I've been his
disciple so why shouldn't I1 do this last thing?
The thing is, I should have done more when he was alive. Now my heart
goes with him into the tomb.
Joseph, your heart will indeed go with him - yes, your very soul.
But this is his promise. We, who share his love, will die and be buried
with him. May we also share his resurrection.
Lord God, in the waters of baptism we share in the death of your Son;
the pure baptismal flood drowns our old nature and creates within us
the resurrection life which was won for us on the cross.
May we who are cleansed by our Lord's passion and death, always be
worthy to be called your children.
We ask this through the same, your Son, Jesus Christ our Redeemer. Amen.
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