The First Station of the Cross,
Jesus is condemned to Death
by Saint Francis of Assisi
V. We adore
Thee, O Christ, and we praise Thee,
by Thy holy cross Thou hast redeemed the world.
Jesus, most innocent, who neither did nor could
commit a sin, was condemned to death, and moreover, to the most ignominious
death of the cross. To remain a friend of Caesar, Pilate delivered Him into the
hands of His enemies. A fearful crime to condemn Innocence to death, and
to offend God in order not to displease men!
O innocent Jesus, having sinned, I am guilty of
eternal death, but Thou willingly dost accept the unjust sentence of death,
that I might live. For whom, then, shall I henceforth live, if not for Thee, my
Lord? Should I desire to please men, I could not be Thy servant. Let me,
therefore, rather displease men and all the world, than not please Thee, O
Who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy name.
come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.
this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who
trespass against us, and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
full of grace, the Lord is with Thee.
Thou amongst women and blessed is the fruit of Thy womb, Jesus.
Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen
Glory be to
the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost,
As it was
in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
Jesus is condemned to death
mercy on us!
cross, Her station keeping,
stood the mournful Mother weeping,
close to Jesus
to the last.