3rd Station: Jesus Falls the First Time

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

I am one who knows what it is to be punished by God. He drove me deeper and deeper into darkness and beat me again and again with merciless blows. He has broken my bones. He has shut me in a prison of misery and anguish. He has forced me to live in the stagnant darkness of death. He has bound me in chains; I am a prisoner with no hope of escape (Lamentations 3:1-7)

O Jesus, who for our sins did bear the heavy burden of the cross, and fell under its weight, may the thoughts of your sufferings make us watchful over ourselves, and save us from any grievous fall into sin.

Our Father.., Hail Mary.., Glory Be..

Have mercy on us, O Lord.
Have mercy on us.

Holy Mother, pierce me through!
In my heart, each wound renew,
Of my Savior crucified.

Weakened, prodded, cursed, and fallen,
His whole body bruised and swollen,
Jesus tripped and lay in pain.

(  The Fourth Station… )

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