The First Station:
Jesus is condemned
We adore you, O Christ and we bless you:
Because by your holy cross, you have redeemed the world
As soon as it was morning, the chief priests, with the elders and scribes, and the whole council, held a consultation; and they bound Jesus and led him away and delivered him to Pilate. And they all condemned him and said, “He deserves to die.” When Pilate heard these words, he brought Jesus out and he sat down on the judgment seat at a place called the Pavement, but in the Hebrew, Gabbatha. Then he handed Jesus over to them to be crucified.
Just like so many people in America today, Jesus found himself before a judge. He was totally dependent on the system of justice. Here at the beginning of his final journey, there was still time for human mercy. Our first station in this pilgrimage is at the Lenox Library. This building was once the courthouse, the place where people came for justice and mercy. We know that humans are fallible and human justice is not always God's justice. Here at the beginning of our journey with Christ, let us pray for justice and mercy in our society (take a few moments for reflection and prayer).
A prayer for justice in our society
Almighty God, whose Son stood before the seat of Pilate: we humbly pray that you would bless the courts of justice, the police, and all officers of the law in all this land; give them the spirit of wisdom and understanding, that they may discern the truth, and impartially administer the law in the fear of you alone; through him who will come to be our Judge, your Son our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.
Prayer at the First Station
V. God did not spare his own Son:
R. But delivered him up for us all.
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.