The Twelfth Station:
Jesus dies on the Cross
We adore you, O Christ and we bless you:
Because by your holy cross, you have redeemed the world
When Jesus saw his mother, and the disciple whom he loved standing near, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold your son!” Then he said to the disciple, “Behold your mother!” And when Jesus had received the vinegar, he said, “It is finished!” And then, crying with a loud voice, he said, “Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.” And he bowed his head, and handed over his spirit.
Jesus, the Son of God, proves that he will stand with us no matter what in this moment. Just like us, Jesus is mortal and he dies on the cross. It's hard to imagine that there isn't a sense of regret and sadness when he speaks to his mother for the last time. In that last and final moment, Jesus is alone.
The Twelfth Station is here at the Meditation Meadow. At this station, you are invited to take some time to be alone. If the weather permits, you can walk the meadow. Take this time to reflect on the fullness of Jesus' humanity and the way example he gives to each of us. Let us take time to simply be alone with God.
A prayer of self-dedication
Almighty and eternal God, so draw our hearts to thee, so guide our minds, so fill our imaginations, so control our
wills, that we may be wholly thine, utterly dedicated unto thee; and then use us, we pray thee, as thou wilt, and always
to thy glory and the welfare of thy people; through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.
Prayer at the Twelfth Station
V. Christ for us became obedient unto death:
R. Even death on a cross.
Let us pray:
O God, who for our redemption gave your only-begotten Son to the death of the cross, and by his glorious resurrection delivered us from the power of our enemy: Grant us so to die daily to sin, that we may evermore live with him in the joy of his resurrection; who lives and reigns now and for ever. Amen.