Jesus Falls a Third Time
THE NINTH STATION
Jesus falls a third time.
We adore thee, O Christ, and we praise thee:
Because by thine holy cross, thou hast redeemed the world.
My soul cleaveth unto the dust: quicken thou me according to thy word. I have declared my ways, and thou heardest me: teach me thy statutes. Make me to understand the way of thy precepts: so shall I talk of thy wondrous works. My soul melteth for heaviness: strengthen thou me according unto thy word.(Psalm 119:25-28)
Kneel and Pause
The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? When the wicked come upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumble and fall. Though an host encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war rises against me, in this will I remain confident.(Psalm 27: 1-3)
Let us pray. Almighty and eternal God, thou didst permit thy Son to be weakened, crushed and profaned so that he might rise from the dead, freed from the ravages of sin. Help us to accept our weaknesses and failings as forerunners of our glorious resurrection in union with thy Son. Amen.