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Third Station: Jesus Falls the First Time

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

Scripture:
Though he was in the form of God, Jesus did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form he humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even death on a cross.

-Philippians 2:6-8

Reflection:
While the world fights for ambition and honor, O Lord, you chose to leave your glory in heaven and take the form of a servant. As you bowed down in inconceivable humility to wash the feet of your disciples, you fell to the earth under the weight of our sins to wash our souls from all evil. For this, may we thank you forever.

Liturgical Hymn:
Who is able to tell of your grace, O Lover of Mankind, who pities all? For you have given us spiritual figures in your glorious and holy Mysteries: you taught us true humility in your works, for you lowered yourself like a servant, and washed the feet of your disciples.

-From Evening Prayer of Passion Friday

Mrahim illan ya Marya,
mrahim illan.T’in-na motha mamir-ana
di-jrihlih libbah tuw-wana,
m-bar di-Bronah haluya.Ya yimma hash-shany-tha,
Jirhi d-‘azzy-zakh mytha
T-o’ b-libby d-la mhaya.
Have mercy on us, Lord,
have mercy.She bore a painful death
which wounded her blessed heart
for the sake of her noble Son!O Sorrowful Mother,
Imprint the wounds of your Beloved
Permanently upon my heart.

 


Fourth Station: Jesus Meets His Suffering Mother

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

Scripture:
Is it nothing to you, all you who pass by? Look and see if there is any sorrow like my sorrow which was brought upon me.

-Lamentations 1:12

Reflection:
As we face loss and hardship in our lives, O Lord, let us always remember the example of your Virgin Mother as she beheld you, her life, suffering so deeply, and had to let you go, in acceptance of God’s will. As you gave her the beloved disciple as his mother, give her also to us, that we may face our troubles with grace and acceptance through her prayers. For her, may we thank you forever.

Liturgical Hymn:
O Virgin Mother of God, surround our thoughts, for waves and storms surround us from every side. In the confidence you have before Christ, plead and implore him, that he may accomplish his mercies toward us. May he bestow health upon the sick, refreshment upon the weary, return upon those who are distant, and upon us, the forgiveness of sins.

-Marian Hymn traditionally said after Evening Prayer

Mrahim illan ya Marya,
mrahim illan.Emaylih libba d-la k-bakhih
kud da’el malktha dmala-khe
k-shakya m-kewa gawaya.Ya yimma hash-shany-tha,
Jirhi d-‘azzy-zakh mytha
T-o’ b-libby d-la mhaya.
Have mercy on us, Lord,
have mercy.What heart would not weep
when it gazes at the Queen of angels
seeing her inner pain?O Sorrowful Mother,
Imprint the wounds of your Beloved
Permanently upon my heart.

 


Fifth Station: Simon Helps Jesus Carry His Cross

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

Scripture:
And they compelled a passer-by, Simon of Cyre’ne, who was coming in from the country, the father of Alexander and Rufus, to carry his cross.

-Mark 15:21

Reflection:
Unbelievers describe a meaningless, uncaring universe, where even human joys are empty at their root, and sufferings are entirely pointless. You have shown us, O Lord, that everything in creation is, to the eyes of faith, saturated with meaning, even our suffering, when we unite it to yours. Grant us grace to carry our crosses, and see them as your instruments of our sanctification. For this, may we thank you forever. 

Liturgical Hymn:
O Good Shepherd who gave himself for his flock and saved it by his Blood: make us worthy to share in your suffering, and accept you in your kingdom.

-From the Third Mawtwa of Passion Friday

Mrahim illan ya Marya,
mrahim illan.Man y-bi dim-tafker w-sayer,
b-keweh di-bthulta w-la k-khayir
bet-faqa b-y-hy-dhayah?  Ya yimma hash-shany-tha,
Jirhi d-‘azzy-zakh mytha
T-o’ b-libby d-la mhaya.
Have mercy on us, Lord,
have mercy.Who could picture the encounter of the
Virgin with her Son without being
mystified?O Sorrowful Mother,
Imprint the wounds of your Beloved
Permanently upon my heart.

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