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Saturday of the Third Week of Lent | Stations of the Cross, Station III

Jesus falls for the first time

LEADER: We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you.
PEOPLE: Because by your holy cross, you have redeemed the world.
LEADER: The burden was too heavy. The cross forced Jesus down. He stumbled and fell. But he struggled to his feet and tried once more.  He did not let difficulties or pain /shake his determination. He forced himself to stand up, /painfully lifted the cross to his shoulder /and tried once more.
PEOPLE: Jesus, I fall. I fail. I will accept my weakness and try again, /
believing in the strength that you give me.
LEADER: Lord Jesus Crucified,
PEOPLE: Have mercy on us!
Stumbling under weight so crushing,
Jeering crowds up on him rushing,
Jesus falls returns to dust.