Tuesday of Holy Week | Stations of the Cross, Station VIII
Jesus speaks to the weeping women
LEADER: We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you.
PEOPLE: Because by your holy cross, you have redeemed the world.
LEADER: A great crowd of people followed him, / including women who beat their breasts and lamented over him. Jesus turned to them and said: / "Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me. Weep for yourselves and for your children."
PEOPLE: Jesus, / merely to feel sorry for the poor or starving / is not enough. We need your help to change our world / so that all people can live decently / and have enough to eat. We weep for our own sins of excess and selfishness / and resolve to change our lives.
LEADER: Lord Jesus Crucified,
PEOPLE: Have mercy on us!
Israel’s own daughter’s weeping,
Come to Jesus, comfort seeking
In the time of their distress.