JESUS ACCEPTS HIS CROSS
We adore Thee, O Lord Jesus Christ, and bless Thee.
R. Because by Thy holy Cross Thou hast redeemed the world.
IMAGE FROM THE MOVIE: "The Passion of the Christ"
The Carriage of the Cross
WHEN Pilate left the tribunal a portion of the soldiers followed him, and were drawn up in files before the palace; a few accompanying the criminals. Eight-and-twenty armed Pharisees came to the forum on horseback, in order to accompany Jesus to the place of execution, and among these were the six enemies of Jesus, who had assisted in arresting him in the Garden of Olives. The archers led Jesus into the middle of the court, the slaves threw down the cross at his feet, and the two arms were forthwith tied on to the centre piece. Jesus knelt down by its side, encircled it with his sacred arms, and kissed it three times, addressing, at the same time, a most touching prayer of thanksgiving to his Heavenly Father for that work of redemption which he had begun. It was the custom among pagans for the priest to embrace a new altar, and Jesus in like manner embraced his cross, that august altar on which the bloody and expiatory sacrifice was about to be offered. The archers soon made him rise, and then kneel down again, and almost without any assistance, place the heavy cross on his right shoulder, supporting its great weight with his right hand. I saw angels come to his assistance, otherwise he would have been unable even to raise it from the ground. Whilst he was on his knees, and still praying, the executioners put the arms of the crosses, which were a little curved and not as yet fastened to the centre pieces, on the backs of the two thieves, and tied their hands tightly to them. The middle parts of the crosses were carried by slaves, as the transverse pieces were not to be fastened to them until just before the time of execution. The trumpet sounded to announce the departure of Pilates horsemen, and one of the Pharisees belonging to the escort came up to Jesus, who was still kneeling, and said, Rise, we have had a sufficiency of thy fine speeches; rise and set off. They pulled him roughly up, for he was totally unable to rise without assistance, and he then felt upon his shoulders the weight of that cross which we must carry after him, according to his true and holy command to follow him. Thus began that triumphant march of the King of Kings, a march so ignominious on earth, and so glorious in heaven.
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be.
V. Lord Jesus, taking up thy cross.
R. Have mercy on us.
NEXT STATION: STATION THREE
|STATIONS OF THE CROSS INDEX|
|STATION ONE||JESUS IS CONDEMNED TO DEATH|
|STATION TWO||JESUS ACCEPTS HIS CROSS|
|STATION THREE||JESUS FALLS FOR THE FIRST TIME|
|STATION FOUR||JESUS MEETS HIS SORROWFUL MOTHER|
|STATION FIVE||SIMON OF CYRENE HELPS JESUS CARRY THE CROSS|
|STATION SIX||VERONICA WIPES THE BLOODY FACE OF JESUS|
|STATION SEVEN||JESUS FALLS FOR THE SECOND TIME|
|STATION EIGHT||JESUS SPEAKS TO THE WOMEN OF JERUSALEM|
|STATION NINE||JESUS FALLS FOR THE THIRD TIME|
|STATION TEN||JESUS IS STRIPPED OF HIS GARMENTS|
|STATION ELEVEN||JESUS IS NAILED TO THE CROSS|
|STATION TWELVE||JESUS DIES ON THE CROSS|
|STATION THIRTEEN||JESUS IS TAKEN DOWN FROM THE CROSS|
|STATION FOURTEEN||JESUS IS LAID IN THE TOMB|