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MEDITATIONS BY HIS HOLINESS POPE JOHN PAUL II

THE NINTH STATION

Jesus falls the third time.

V. Adoramus te Christe, et benedicimus tibi.
R.
Quia per sanctam crucem tuam redemisti mundum.

From the Book of Lamentations. 3:27-32

It is good for a man that he bear
the yoke in his youth.
Let him sit alone in silence
when he has laid it on him;
let him put his mouth in the dust,
there may yet be hope;
let him give his cheek to the smiter
and be filled with insults.
For the Lord will not
cast off for ever,
but, though he cause grief, he will
have compassion according to the abundance of
his steadfast love.

 

 

MEDITATION

"He humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even death on a Cross" (Phil 2:8). Every station along this Way is a milestone of that obedience and self-emptying. We appreciate the scale of that self-emptying when we begin to ponder the words of the Prophet : "The Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all... All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all" (Is 53:6).
We can appreciate the extent of that self-emptying when we see Jesus falling for the third time under the Cross. We can appreciate it when we meditate on who it is falling, who it is lying in the dusty road under the Cross, at the feet of a hostile crowd that spares him no insult or humiliation...
Who is it who has fallen? Who is Jesus Christ? "Though he was in the form of God, he did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form he humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even death on a Cross" (Phil 2:6-8).


ACCLAMATION

Jesus Christ,
You tasted the bitterness of the earth
in order to turn our cries of pain into a song of joy.
R.
Christe, eleison

Christ Jesus,
you were humbled in the flesh
in order to ennoble all creation.
R.
Christe, eleison.

All:

Pater noster, qui es in caelis:
sanctificetur nomen tuum;
adveniat regnum tuum;
fiat voluntas tua, sicut in caelo, et in terra.
Panem nostrum cotidianum da nobis hodie;
et dimitte nobis debita nostra,
sicut et nos dimittimus debitoribus nostris;
et ne nos inducas in tentationem;
sed libera nos a malo.

Eia Mater, fons amoris,
me sentire vim doloris
fac, ut tecum lugeam.

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