Praying the Way of the Cross

Jesus falls the first time

Station III
Jesus falls the first time

V. We adore You, O Christ and we praise You.
R. Because by Your holy Cross You have redeemed the world.

SCRIPTURE READING Matthew 16: 24-26

Jesus said to his disciples: "If a man wishes to come after me, he must deny his very self, take up his cross, and begin to follow in my footsteps. Whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. What profit would a man show if he were to gain the whole world and destroy himself in the process? What can a man offer in exchange for his very self?"


Come and see our Savior enduring so much suffering, so many insults, and oppressed with the heavy burden of the cross, for love of us. Contemplate the Son of God, Redeemer of the world, and how much He is suffering. O Jesus in Your sufferings I see the gravity of my sins. Lord have mercy!

--Saint Paul of the Cross


Grant we beseech You, O Almighty God, that we who fail in so many adversities through our own weakness may take heart again through the pleading of the Passion of Your only-begotten Son Who lives and reigns with You forever and ever, AMEN.


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Jesus meets his sorrowful mother


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