The Seventh Station:
Jesus falls a second time
We adore you, O Christ and we bless you:
Because by your holy cross, you have redeemed the world
Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth. For the transgression of my people was he stricken.
Once again, Jesus stumbles on the way. These falls show Jesus' humanity so completely. Even though he is dedicated to this path, his body lets him down. Just like every one of us, Jesus stumbles and shows his weakness. He is easy to mock, easy to forget. Here at Hillcrest Commons, some of our neighbors come to recover from their illness. For others, this will be their last home. Our full humanity is on display here. There is a strong temptation in our society to want to forget the people that live here. At this seventh station, let us take a few moments to pray for those who live here and for those who care for them.
A prayer for those often hidden from view
Almighty and most merciful God, we remember before you all poor and neglected persons whom it would be easy for us to forget: the homeless and the destitute, the old and the sick, and all who have none to care for them. Help us to heal those who are broken in body or spirit, and to turn their sorrow into joy. Grant this, Father, for the love of your Son, who for our sake became poor, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Prayer at the Seventh Station
V. But as for me, I am a worm and no man:
R. Scorned by all and despised by the people.
Let us pray:
Almighty and everliving God, in your tender love for the human race you sent your Son our Savior Jesus Christ to take upon him our nature, and to suffer death upon the cross, giving us the example of his great humility: Mercifully grant that we may walk in the way of his suffering, and also share in his resurrection; who lives and reigns for ever and ever.