The Sixth Station:
A woman wipes the face of Jesus
We adore you, O Christ and we bless you:
Because by your holy cross, you have redeemed the world
We have seen him without beauty or majesty, with no looks to attract our eyes. He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces, he was despised, and we esteemed him not. His appearance was so marred, beyond human semblance, and his form beyond that of the children of men. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that made us whole, and with his stripes we are healed.
At this point in Jesus' final journey, he is tired and sweaty, dirty from the dust of the road. A woman in the crowd reaches out in compassion to wipe his face. He is vulnerable, and she responds with kindness. Here at South Congregational Church, people from around Pittsfield come to get food for themselves and for their families. They are vulnerable just as Jesus was. Here at South, their neighbors try to give them the food they need for their bodies and the dignity they need for their souls.
A prayer in times of conflict
O God, you have bound us together in a common life. Help us, in the midst of our struggles for justice and truth, to confront one another without hatred or bitterness, and to work together with mutual forbearance and respect; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Prayer at the Sixth Station
V. Restore us, O Lord God of hosts:
R. Show the light of your countenance, and we shall be saved.
Let us pray:
O God, who before the passion of your only-begotten Son revealed his glory upon the holy mountain: Grant to us that we, beholding by faith the light of his countenance, may be strengthened to bear our cross, and be changed into his likeness from glory to glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Christ. Amen.