The First Station: Jesus is Condemned to Die

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station_1_holy_redeemerLeader:  We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you.

All:  Because by your Holy Cross you have redeemed the world!

Leader:  The crowd can be fickle, loving in one breath and condemning with the next. Today’s hero — whether rock star, candidate, or quarterback — rides into town amidst the din of a million delirious voices shouting hosannas of praise. Yet with any sign of weakness, real or imagined, adulation turns to anger; sweet voices become shrill. Disappointed masses rage in judgment, often destroying the one they so recently adored.

All:  Jesus, as our Messiah, you faced the weakness of human power and endured torture while offering no resistance. Pilate proclaimed your innocence, yet sent you to the slaughter. your silent acceptance of that horrific end was the full flowering of divine Love in our weary human flesh.

Lord Jesus, at times we join our voices in adulation of the false gods of our world; help us always to turn back again to you. In our own moments of suffering, may we come to witness to the same Love you have revealed to us in your passion.

Leader:  Hail the Cross,

All:  Our only hope.

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