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Good Friday | Stations of the Cross, Stations XI and XII

Jesus is nailed to the cross

LEADER: We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you.
PEOPLE: Because by your holy cross, you have redeemed the world.
LEADER: The pain bolts through the body of Jesus /as nails are driven into his hands and feet. His reward for announcing the good news of the kingdom of God /was crucifixion as a criminal. It was a convenient way to get rid of him / and his challenge to goodness.
PEOPLE: If we want, / Jesus, / we can shut you out of our lives. We can ignore your call to love. As individuals or as a community / we can pretend not to hear your invitation/ to take up our cross and follow you / in the way of generous self-giving.
LEADER: Lord Jesus Crucified,
PEOPLE: Have mercy on us!

HYMN:
Hands which heal and bless and feed us,
Feet to which the kingdom leads us,
Now are pierced in brutal steel.

Jesus dies on the cross

LEADER: We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you.
PEOPLE: Because by your holy cross, you have redeemed the world.
LEADER: Writhing in agony on the cross,/ Jesus pleaded, / "Father, / forgive them; / they do not know what they are doing." Turning to the thief he declared, / "This day you shall be with me in paradise." In pain Jesus cried out, / "My God, / my God, / why have you forsaken me?" Then he said, / "Father, into your hands I commend my spirit,"/ and gave himself up to death.
PEOPLE: Nothing was too much for Jesus to do for us. Love knows no half- measures. Lord Jesus, help us to trust our loving Father and to be good to others / despite what is done to us.
LEADER: Lord Jesus Crucified,
PEOPLE: Have mercy on us!

HYMN:
There between the earth and heaven,
Death appears, in triumph, proven:
Jesus draws his dying breath.