The Tenth Station:
Jesus is stripped of his garments
We adore you, O Christ and we bless you:
Because by your holy cross, you have redeemed the world
When they came to a place called Golgotha (which means the place of a skull), they offered him wine to drink, mingled with gall; but when he tasted it, he would not drink it. And they divided his garments among them by casting lots. This was to fulfill the scripture which says, “They divided my garments among them; they cast lots for my clothing.”
Jesus has come to the place where he will die. The first thing the soldiers do is to strip him of his clothes - a final effort to take his humanity away from him. He no longer even has power over his own dignity. Here at Berkshire Medical Center, people come to seek help at times of great weakness. Many of our friends, family, and neighbors here are scared and afraid. Some will be healed and return home; others will receive diagnoses that will frighten them. All of the people here, the patients and staff, are all in need of our prayers. Let us take a few moments to pray for the patients here that their health may be restored and their dignity affirmed. Let us pray for all who care for them.
A prayer for the patients and staff
Lord Jesus Christ, by your patience in suffering you hallowed earthly pain: Be near to your children in their time of weakness and pain; sustain them by your grace, that their strength and courage may not fail; heal them according to your will; and help them always to believe that what happens here is of little account if you hold us in your love; Be near to the nurses, doctors, and staff of this place, that they may use their skill with diligence and care, and they may honor the dignity of all your children; through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Prayer at the Tenth Station
V. They gave me gall to eat:
R. And when I was thirsty they gave me vinegar to drink.
Let us pray:
Lord God, whose blessed Son our Savior gave his body to be whipped and his face to be spit upon: Give us grace to accept joyfully the sufferings of the present time, confident of the glory that shall be revealed; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.