The Eighth Station:
Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem
We adore you, O Christ and we bless you:
Because by your holy cross, you have redeemed the world
There followed after Jesus a great multitude of the people, and among them were women who bewailed and lamented him. But Jesus turning to them said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children.”
Jesus disciples had abandoned him at his time of need. But he was not alone. The women of Jerusalem, the people who had come to hear him preach the Good News of the love of God, met him on the road. They offered him words of comfort and words of encouragement. In Pittsfield, women who are victims of domestic violence can get help at the Elizabeth Freeman Center. These women are often scared and vulnerable, so the Center keeps its location discrete to protect the anonymity of the women in need. This station is in the parking lot at the Big Y in Pittsfield, but our prayer at this station is for the women of Berkshire County, and especially for the victims of domestic violence, for those still trapped in abusive relationships, and for those who are seeking help for themselves and for their children. We pray also for the work of the Elizabeth Freeman Center and for all who care for victims of domestic violence.
A prayer for the victims of domestic violence
Have compassion upon all who have suffered the injustice, humiliation, and pain of abuse and domestic violence; In the midst of their pain, give them courage to seek the help they deserve. May your perfect love drive out fear and anxiety. Give grace, sensitivity and wisdom to all who will minister and care for the victims and survivors of abuse. Strengthen those who have been hurt of your love for them. In all things, we ask that your name be glorified and that we – your people – do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly before you; through Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.
Prayer at the Eighth Station
V. Those who sowed with tears:
R. Will reap with songs of joy.
Let us pray:
Teach us, O Lord, to mourn the sins of which we are guilty, and to repent and forsake them; that, by your pardoning grace, the results of our iniquities may not be visited upon our children and our children’s children; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.