The Tenth Station

Jesus is Stripped of His Garments

The took your clothes and divided them.

You were left naked.

All dignity was taken from you.

You would die naked on a cross.

You knew fully our shame.

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you.
Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

The Ninth Station

Jesus Falls a Third Time

You fell a third time.

Physically You were spent,

but trust in the Father

and His plan of Salvation

sustained You.

 

You had nothing left to give

but Your life.

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you.
Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

The Eighth Station

Jesus Meets the Women of Jerusalem by Carolyn Gates

The daughters of Jeruslem wept as they followed.

You rebuked them, “Do not weep for me. . .

Weep for yourselves . . .If people do these things

when the tree is green, what happens

when it is dry.”

 

Your words were compassionate warnings.

You offered what comfort you could

but knew that the crowd’s rash judgments would one day

be the city’s undoing.

 

No stone would be left on the other.

 

You told those standing by to consider what was coming

and to look at the condition of their own souls.

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you.
Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

The Seventh Station

Jesus Fell A Second Time. [Picture taken from picturesthatpreach.wordpress.com]
Even with the help of Simon,

the love of Your mother

and the compassion of a St,

You stumbled and fell again.

 

You knew in Your depths

the weakness of humanity.

Your body buckled, your strength failed.

 

The God of all Glory brought low

as You stumbled and fell.

Again.

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you.
Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

The Sixth Station

Veronica Wipes His Face

They say that St. Veronica wiped Your face.

It’s not in the book, but I hope it’s true.

The horror of the moment

and Your utter desertion makes me hope,

on Your behalf,

that you felt the compassion of this saint.

But was she there?

I don’t know. But from her

we learn to contemplate

Christ who set his face like

flint towards Calvary.

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you.
Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

The Fifth Station

Simon Helps Jesus Carry the Cross by Audrey Anastasi

When Your strength failed You,

Simon was there.

He carried Your cross.

Who was this man

who came to the  aide of

my weary Lord?

With gratitude I remember

that he stood near your executioners

and accusers and offered his hands

and a strong back

in Your moment of need.

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you.

Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

The Fourth Station

Jesus Meets His Mother (1917) by Eric Gill

They say You met Your mother on Your Way.

The horrors and heartache of that moment.

Long ago a sword pierced her heart

But no angelic visitation or prophetic word would

have prepared her for this moment:

Her son walking towards His death.

You beheld Your mother,

she beheld the Lamb of God.

Your pain was hers;

Her pain was Yours.

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you.
Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.