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Wednesday of Holy Week | Stations of the Cross, Station IX

Jesus falls a third time

LEADER: We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you.
PEOPLE: Because by your holy cross, you have redeemed the world.
LEADER: Totally exhausted, / Jesus falls to the ground for the third time.  What a terrible burden our sins must be! It took complete trust in his Father / and great power of will / for Jesus to get up once more.
PEOPLE: Lord Jesus, / following you sometimes calls for all the energy we have. But if we trust in you,/we will be made strong, / in spite of our weakness. St. Paul begged three times / that the thorn in his flesh be taken away. Jesus, you answered him as you answer us, / "My grace is enough for you."
LEADER: Lord Jesus Crucified,
PEOPLE: Have mercy on us!

Jesus weakened, bruised and feeble,
Falls again, appears unable
To complete his painful road.