Third Station: Jesus Falls for the First Time
V: We adore You, oh Christ, and we bless You.
R: Because by Your holy Cross You have redeemed the world.
Consider, this first fall of Jesus under His cross. His flesh was torn by the scourges, His head crowned with thorns, and He had lost a great quantity of blood. He was so weakened that He could scarcely walk, and yet He had to carry this great load upon His shoulders. The soldiers struck Him rudely, and thus He fell several times in His journey.
My beloved Jesus, it is not the weight of the cross, but of my sins, which has made You suffer so much pain. Ah, by the merits of this first fall, deliver me from the misfortune of falling into mortal sin. I love You, O my Jesus, with my whole heart; I repent of having offended You. Never permit me to offend You again. Grant that I may love You always; and then do with me what You will.
All say: Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be.
Stabat Mater Stanza:
Oh, how sad and sore distressed
Was that Mother highly blessed
Of the sole-begotten One!
Holy Mother! pierce me through
In my heart each wound renew
Of my Saviour crucified
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