The Second Station:
Jesus takes up his Cross
We adore you, O Christ and we bless you:
Because by your holy cross, you have redeemed the world
Jesus went out, bearing his own cross, to the place called the place of a skull, which is called in Hebrew, Golgotha. Although he was a Son, he learned obedience through what he suffered. Like a lamb he was led to the slaughter; and like a sheep that before its shearers is mute, so he opened not his mouth. Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and riches and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and blessing.
Jesus told his disciples that we must take up our own crosses and follow him. Since the very beginnings, the Church has helped us to pick up our own burdens. We cry with each other; we support each other when we fall, and we rejoice with each other. But too often, the Church has failed in her mission. At this next station, let us take a moment to pray that we might have the strength to carry our crosses, and let us also pray for the Church that she might help us along the way.
A prayer for the Church
Gracious Father, we pray for your holy Church. Fill it with all truth, in all truth with all peace. Where it is corrupt,
purify it; where it is in error, direct it; where in any thing it is amiss, reform it. Where it is right, strengthen it; where it is in want, provide for it; where it is divided, reunite it; for the sake of Jesus Christ thy Son our Savior. Amen.
Prayer at the Second Station
V. The Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all:
R. For the transgression of my people was he stricken.
Let us pray:
Almighty God, whose most dear Son went not up to joy but first he suffered pain, and entered not into glory before he was crucified: Mercifully grant that we, walking in the way of the cross, may find it none other than the way of life and peace; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord. Amen.