Via Crucis

1° STATION

Jesus in the Garden

of Gethsemane

V. We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you.

R. Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

And they went to a place which was called Gethsemane; and Jesus said to his disciples, "Sit here, while I pray". And he took with him Peter and James and John, and began to be greatly distressed and troubled. And he said to them, "My soul is very sorrowful, even to death; remain here, and watch". And going a little farther, he fell on the ground and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him. And he said, "Abba, Father, to you all things are possible; remove this cup from me; yet not what I will, but what you will". (Mark 14: 32-36)

PRAYER

The words of the Psalm come to mind: "Awake, Lord, why do you sleep? Awake! Do not cast us off for ever! Why do you hide your face, why do you forget our affliction and oppression? For we lie prostrate in the dust, our body cleaves to the ground. Rise up, come to our help!" (Ps 43: 24-26).

No, Lord! You did not have recourse to this Psalm in Gethsemane, but you said: "Your will be done!".

You could have summoned twelve legions of angels, but you did not. Lord, suffering makes us afraid. We are tempted once again to grasp at easy means of success. Help us not to be afraid of fear, help us to trust in you

Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory.

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