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.

The Third Station

Jesus Falls the First Time (From the Stations of the Cross in Lodwar Cathederal, Kenya).

The weight of the wood

and the strain caused your knees

to buckle.

You stumbled in your footsteps

and fell.

Your whole body was exhausted and yet

you got up and continued to the place of the Skull.

This was a moment of weakness

when your body failed You.

But You did not stop.

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

The Second Station

Your body was already bruised,

your flesh hung like ribbons from your back

The crown of thorns pierced your head

and then . . .

 

Jesus Carries Cross by Michael O’Brien

They laid the cross across your shoulder

and You were compelled to carry the instrument

of your own demise.

 

You took the cross and carried it.

They did not take Your life from You,

You laid it down.

 

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

The First Station

    Beaten,

      Broken,

        Ridiculed,

          Condemned.
Jesus is Condemned to Death– by Peter Howson

Led like a lamb to the slaughter–

You offered no defense

but let the sentence fall.

You stood in the place where

I should have stood.

You took my punishment on yourself.

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