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First Station: Jesus Is Condemned To Death

Leader: We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you.
People: For by your holy Cross you have saved the world.

Scripture:
Pilate went out again, and said to them, “See, I am bringing him out to you, that you may know that I find no crime in him.” So Jesus came out, wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe. Pilate said to them, “Behold the man!” When the chief priests and the officers saw him, they cried out, “Crucify him, crucify him!”

-John 19:4-6

Reflection:
The sentence of death was the just punishment of Adam for his disobedience, O Lord, and it is what we deserve for all our sins. And yet, even when we were sinners you took our condemnation and punishment upon yourself. For this, may we thank you forever.

Liturgical Hymn:
The human race was condemned to the judgment of death and the curse, but Christ accepted and was crucified in his love, to free all from the curse; the Immeasurable Sea of Mercies gave himself over to his captors, his body tasted a temporal death, and he destroyed both death and the curse.

-From Evening Prayer of Passion Friday

Mrahim illan ya Marya,
mrahim illan.Kim jarhaleh rumha d-hash-sha, libba
di-
bthulta qaddysh-ta, min kewa
diyyah qishya.
Ya yimma hash-shany-tha,
Jirhi d-‘azzy-zakh mytha
T-o’ b-libby d-la mhaya.
Have mercy on us, Lord,
have mercy.A sword of suffering
pierced the holy Virgin’s heart,
because of her heavy pain.O Sorrowful Mother,
Imprint the wounds of your Beloved
Permanently upon my heart.

 


Second Station: Jesus Carries His Cross

Leader: We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you.
People: For by your holy Cross you have saved the world.

Scripture:
So they took Jesus, and he went out, bearing his own cross, to the place called the place of a skull, which is called in Hebrew Gol’gotha.

-John 19:17 

Reflection:
Your Cross, O Lord, which was a stumbling-block to the Jews and a scandal to the Gentiles, is our greatest glory. To them it shows your weakness, but to us who watch you carry your Cross as you carry us, it shows your immense power and patience. For this, may we thank you forever.

Liturgical Hymn:
The rays of your Cross, O Lord, which were hidden from the malice of your crucifiers, have soared through all creation – to the ends of the world! Indeed, the priests you have chosen to honor you extol it in the Church, and it is made a sign for the faithful, to save them from the curse.

-From Evening Prayer of Passion Friday

Mrahim illan ya Marya,
mrahim illan.Oh min kewe mazid-ane
dig-dish-lay l-Malik-tha d-mawdyane
yimma d-Malka zak-kaya!  Ya yimma hash-shany-tha,
Jirhi d-‘azzy-zakh mytha
T-o’ b-libby d-la mhaya.
Have mercy on us, Lord,
have mercy.Oh how fearful are the sufferings that happened to the Queen of confessors,
the mother of the King victorious!O Sorrowful Mother,
Imprint the wounds of your Beloved
Permanently upon my heart.

 

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