XII STATION - JESUS DIES ON THE CROSS We worship you oh Christ and we bless you. Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world. (genuflection) Reading: And when the sixth hour had come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour. And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, "E'lo-I, E'lo-I, la'ma sa-bach-tha'ni?" which means, "My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?" And some of the bystanders hearing it said, "Behold, he is calling Eli'jah." And one ran and, filling a sponge full of vinegar, put it on a reed and gave it to him to drink, saying, "Wait let us see whether Eli'jah will come to take him down." (Mark 15:33-36). Then Jesus crying with a loud voice, said, "Father, into your hands I commit my spirit! And having said this he breathed his last." (Luke 23:46) And the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. And when the centurion, who stood facing him, saw that he thus breathed his last he said, "Truly this man was the Son of God!" (Mark 15:38-39). But God shows his love for us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we are now justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. (Rm. 5:8- 9). A moment of prayer, kneeling. All stand: Let us pray. Merciful Father, Christ your Son has known death for us; grant us we implore you, the forgiveness of sins, instill in us your Holy Spirit so that we can participate in your own life. He who lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen. Song: O Jesus, my love. XII ESTACIÓN - JESÚS MUERE EN LA CRUZ Te adoramos oh Cristo y te bendecimos. Porque por tu santa cruz redimiste al mundo. (genuflexión) Lectura: Al mediodía, se oscureció toda la tierra hasta las tres de la tarde; y a esa hora, Jesús exclamó en alta voz: «Eloi, Eloi, lamá sabactani», que significa: «Dios mío, Dios mío, ¿por qué me has abandonado?». Algunos de los que se encontraban allí, al oírlo, dijeron: «Está llamando a Elías». Uno corrió a mojar una esponja en vinagre y, poniéndola en la punta de una caña le dio de beber, diciendo: «Vamos a ver si Elías viene a bajarlo».(Marcos 15:33-36). Jesús, con un grito, exclamó: «Padre, en tus manos encomiendo mi espíritu». Y diciendo esto, expiró. (Lucas 23:46) El velo del Templo se rasgó en dos, de arriba abajo. Al verlo expirar así, el centurión que estaba frente a él, exclamó: «¡Verdaderamente, este hombre era Hijo de Dios!». (Marcos15:38-39). Pero la prueba de que Dios nos ama es que Cristo murió por nosotros cuando todavía éramos pecadores. Y ahora que estamos justificados por su sangre, con mayor razón seremos librados por él de la ira de Dios. (Rm. 5:8-9) Un momento de oración, arrodillado. Todos están de pie: Oremos Padre misericordioso, Cristo tu Hijo ha conocido la muerte por nosotros; concédenos que te imploremos, el perdón de los pecados, inculca en nosotros tu Espíritu Santo para que podamos participar en tu propia vida. Que vive y reina por los siglos de los siglos. Amén. Canción: Oh Jesús, mi amor
XIII STATION - JESUS IS TAKEN DOWN FROM THE CROSS AND HANDED OVER TO HIS MOTHER We worship you oh Christ and we bless you. Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world. (genuflection) Reading: But standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother, and his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Clo'pas, and Mary Mag'da-lene. Since it was the day of Preparation, in order to prevent the bodies from remaining on the cross on the sabbath (for that sabbath was a high day), the Jews asked Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away. So the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first, and of the other who had been crucified with him; but when they came to Jesus and saw that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. But one of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear, and at once there came out blood and water. (John 19:25.31-34). And when evening had come, since it was the day of Preparation, that is, the day before the sabbath, Joseph of Ari-ma-the'a, a respected member of the council, who was also himself looking for the kingdom of God, took courage and went to Pilate, and asked for the body of Jesus. And Pilate wondered if he were already dead; and summoning the centurion, he asked him whether he was already dead. And when he learned from the centurion that he was dead, he granted the body to Joseph. And he brought a linen shroud, and taking him down, wrapped him in the linen shroud. (Mark 15 :42-46a). Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith. (Heb 12:1-2a) A moment of prayer, kneeling. All stand: Let us pray. God, you have wanted that Mary be present at the cross of your Son participating in his suffering; through her intercession forgive us our sins and grant that we may come to take part with Christ in his kingdom. He who lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen. Song: Stabat Mater.