Ninth Station: Jesus falls the third time
We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you
because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.
Bible reading – Isaiah 53. 4-5
He endured the suffering that should have been ours,
the pain we should have borne.
All the while we thought that his suffering was punishment sent by God;
but because of our sins he was wounded,
beaten because of the evil we did.
We are healed by the punishment he suffered,
made whole by the blows he received.
I am not sure if I can watch this much longer.
In his pain I see my pain,
in his falling I feel myself falling,
in his cross… in his cross
I am included.
He carried it for me –
for me, and my enemies, and my friends.
For those whom we love;
for all the members of our congregation:
Lord, in your mercy
hear our prayer.