“Surely it is not I, Lord?”

He said in reply,
“He who has dipped his hand into the dish with me
is the one who will betray me.
The Son of Man indeed goes, as it is written of him,
but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed.
It would be better for that man if he had never been born.”
Then Judas, his betrayer, said in reply,
“Surely it is not I, Rabbi?”
He answered, “You have said so.”

The Eleventh Station – Jesus is Nailed to the Cross

V.  We adore Thee O Christ, and we praise Thee.

R.  Because by Thy Holy Cross, Thou has redeemed the world.

Stripped of His garments, Jesus is violently thrown down on the Cross.  His hands and His feet are nailed to it in the most cruel way.  Jesus remains silent, because it so pleases His heavenly Father.  He suffers patiently, because He suffers for you.  How do you act in suffering and trials?  How fretful and impatient, how full of complaints are you!

O Jesus, meek and patient Lamb, I renounce forever my impatience.  Crucify, O Lord, my flesh, with its evil desires and vices.  Punish and afflict me in this life, but spare me in the next.  I resign myself altogether to Thy holy will.  May it be done in all things.

Our Father…; Hail Mary…; Glory be to the Father…

V.  Lord Jesus, Crucified.

R.  Have mercy on us.

Sung…Let me share with Thee His pain; Who for all my sins was slain; Who for me in torment died.

Do something great for our Lord today – take some time praying about the forgiveness of your sins.  It wasn’t just Judas who put Christ on that Cross – it was also my sins, and yours, that put Christ on that Cross.  But we don’t have to suffer the same fate as Judas because Christ died to forgive us of all our sins.  He would have forgiven Judas had Judas asked for it.  He will forgive all of us who ask for His forgiveness to.  Do that, ask for that forgiveness and share the joy of His resurrection on Sunday.  Also, please join us for Tenebrae tonight at 7 PM; it can be accessed by following St. Mary Magdalen on Instagram at stmmchurchmass.

God’s will, not mine, be done.

Be not afraid; just have faith.

Jesus, I trust in You.

He must increase; I must decrease.

Lord, if You wish, You can make me clean.

But you man of God chose righteousness, devotion, faith, love, patience and gentleness.  Compete well for the faith.

Eternal God, in Whom mercy is endless and the treasury of compassion – inexhaustible, look kindly upon us and increase Your mercy in us so that in difficult moments we may not despair nor become despondent but with great confidence submit ourselves to Your holy will, which is Love and Mercy itself.

 

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