Praying the Way of the Cross

Jesus meets his mother

Station IV
Jesus meets his sorrowful mother

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


Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother: "This child is destined to be the downfall and the rise of many in Israel, a sign that will be opposed -- and you yourself shall be pierced with a sword so that the thoughts of many hearts may be laid bare."


The Sorrowful Mother seeks her Divine Son, Jesus; she meets him on the way to Calvary; she sees Him bound, crowned with thorns, with the cross on his shoulders. O Queen of Martyrs, we also have been your sorrow that, like a sharp and unrelenting sword has pierced your soul.

--Saint Paul of the Cross


O Lord Jesus Christ, grant that now and in the hour of our death we may obtain the favor of your mercy through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Your Mother, whose soul was pierced with a sword of sorrow in the hour of Your Passion, Who lives and reigns forever and ever, AMEN.

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Simon helps Jesus carry his cross


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