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Article on the Christian Perspective of Passover

Ninth Station: Jesus Falls the Third Time

Leader: We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you.

People: For by your holy Cross you have saved the world.

Scripture:

Upon him was the chastisement that made us whole, and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.

-Isaiah 53:5-6

Reflection:

O Kind Doctor who was wounded in order to heal us, save us from our pride, in which we convince ourselves that we need no Healer. As you fell the third time, you showed us the depths of the weakness of the human race, and so remind us also to turn to you in our lowest moments for healing, after every one of our falls. For this, may we thank you forever.

Liturgical Hymn:

Our wretched race is weak, and oppressed by wounds and sicknesses; and if the medicine of your mercy does not heal our wounds, our life would immediately vanish and pass away from the earth. Be, O Lord, a Doctor for our wounds.

-From Shuhlapa 5 of Qala 20


Tenth Station: Jesus is Stripped of His Garments

Leader: We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you.

People: For by your holy Cross you have saved the world.

Scripture:

When the soldiers had crucified Jesus they took his garments and made four parts, one for each soldier; also his tunic. But the tunic was without seam, woven from top to bottom; so they said to one another, “Let us not tear it, but cast lots for it to see whose it shall be.” This was to fulfill the scripture, “They parted my garments among them, and for my clothing they cast lots.”

-John 19:23-24

Reflection:

You were humiliated, O Lord, in order to make up for Adam who was ashamed before his Creator. Help us to be ashamed of our sins, but humble enough to stand before God with unveiled faces. For this, may we thank you forever.

Liturgical Hymn:

When you were hanging on the Cross, O Christ, creation saw you naked and trembled: heaven darkened the light of the glorious lamp of the sun, the temple showed its lamentation in the torn veil, and earth quaked as well, for it saw the insolence of the crucifiers. Even the sleeping, in a great marvel, were awakened and arose from their graves, lifting up praise to your great power, O Lord!

-From Evening Prayer of Holy Saturday


Eleventh Station: Jesus is Nailed to the 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 crucified him, and divided his garments among them, casting lots for them, to decide what each should take. And it was the third hour, when they crucified him.

-Mark 15:24-25 

Reflection:

Because Adam disobeyed, he was found unworthy to eat the fruit of the tree of life in Paradise. Through your sacrifice, O Lord, your Cross became the true Tree of Life, and you the Fruit which one eats and never dies. By the obedience of Faith, let us be made worthy to receive you into our hearts and lives, and live in you eternally. For this, may we thank you forever.

Liturgical Hymn:

The holy cross is like the Tree of Life in the Church, whose fruits are good for eating, and whose leaves are fit for healing.

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