Stations of the Cross 7 & 8

Station Seven – Jesus takes up the cross

READ Mark 15: 20
20 After mocking him, they stripped him of the purple cloak and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him out to crucify him.

PONDER What’s significant about the cross to you today and how is that different than what someone might have thought about the cross at the time Jesus carried it?

PRAY As Jesus experienced the depths of hate and injustice for our sake, so may we now turn away from all forms of slander, slurs and insults, which injure again the Body of Christ.

Station Eight – Simon of Cyrene helps Jesus to carry his cross

READ – Luke 23: 26
26 As they led him away, they seized a man, Simon of Cyrene, who was coming from the country, and they laid the cross on him, and made him carry it behind Jesus.

PONDER What would it be like to find yourself in the middle of this scene? What would you be thinking as you followed Jesus?

PRAY O Lord, give us strength to bear whatever is our cross, knowing you are right here with us.

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