Jesus Falls the First Time
THE THIRD STATION
Jesus falls the first time.
We adore thee, O Christ, and we praise thee:
Because by thine holy cross, thou hast redeemed the world.
If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you.(St. John 15: 18-20a)
Kneel and Pause
Wherefore art thou red in thine apparel, and thy garments like him that treadeth in the winefat? I have trodden the winepress alone; and of the people there was none with me: I trod them in mine anger, and trampled them in my fury; their blood sprinkled upon my garments, and I stained all my raiment. I looked, and there was none to help; and I wondered that there was none to uphold: therefore mine own arm brought salvation unto me.(Isaiah 63: 2 – 5)
Let us pray. O God, to free us from sin and weakness, thy Son, Jesus Christ, embraced his fearful passion and crucifixion. Strengthen us in our baptismal resolutions by which we renounced sin and Satan, so that through the passion of this life’s sufferings, we might rise to a new life of joyful service free of all selfishness. Amen.