St Paul's Chichester

Evening

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.

 

Meditation

 

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.

 

Prayer

 

For those whom we love;

for all the members of our congregation:

Lord, in your mercy

hear our prayer.