Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Lent | Stations of the Cross, Station IV

Jesus meets His sorrowful mother

LEADER: We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you.
PEOPLE: Because by your holy cross, you have redeemed the world.
LEADER: Jesus and Mary meet and suffer with one another. There wasn't anything Mary could do to save her son. Like a parent beside the hospital bed of a sick child, / Mary had to stand by helplessly and watch her son's agony. Even when we cannot free others from their burdens, / like Mary we can support and console them by our presence and prayer.
PEOPLE: Lord Jesus, / let me be compassionate to the sick, / the depressed, / the confused, / even when I do not understand their sickness and pain.
LEADER: Lord Jesus Crucified,
PEOPLE: Have mercy on us!

She who knew her heart in sorrow,
Would be pierced, here bravely follows
In her Son’s distress and pain.