The Third Station:
Jesus falls the first time
We adore you, O Christ and we bless you:
Because by your holy cross, you have redeemed the world
Christ Jesus, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped; but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, and was born in human likeness. And being found in human form he humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him, and bestowed on him the name which is above every name. Come, let us bow down, and bend the knee, and kneel before the Lord our Maker, for he is the Lord our God.
The cross Jesus carries is heavy and the ground is uneven, Stumbling was inevitable. Many of us stumble at times in our lives. And in those moments, we need help. Here at the United Methodist Church on Saturday mornings, the Lenox Food Pantry is open. People are sometimes surprised to hear that there is a food pantry in Lenox, but we have neighbors who are hungry. We try to help up those who have fallen. At this station, you are invited to take some time to pray for those who come to the food pantry and for those who work here.
A prayer for the hungry
God our Father, in the name of him who gave bread to the hungry, we remember all who, through our ignorance, folly, and sin, are condemned to live in want. Show us, who have so much, what we can do to help those who have so little;
and bless the efforts of those who work to overcome poverty and hunger, that sufficient food may be found for all; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Prayer at the Third Station
V. Surely he has borne our griefs:
R. And carried our sorrows.
Let us pray:
O God, you know us to be set in the midst of so many and great dangers, that by reason of the frailty of our nature we cannot always stand upright: Grant us such strength and protection as may support us in all dangers, and carry us through all temptations; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.