COMPLINE - The Stations of the Cross

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Station 11

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you.
Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

Gospel Reading - Jesus Promises His Kingdom to the Good Thief

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39 One of the criminals hanging beside him scoffed, “So you’re the Messiah, are you? Prove it by saving yourself — and us, too, while you’re at it!”

40-41But the other criminal protested. “Don’t you even fear God when you are dying? We deserve to die for our evil deeds, but this man hasn’t done one thing wrong.” 42Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your Kingdom.”

43And Jesus replied, “Today you will be with me in Paradise. This is a solemn promise.”

. . . . .Luke 23:39-43

Lord,
grant us perseverance
that we may never stop seeking you.

Station 12

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you.
Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

Gospel Reading - Jesus Speaks to His Mother and the Disciple

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25So that is what they did.

Standing near the cross were Jesus’ mother, Mary, his aunt, the wife of Cleopas, and Mary Magdalene. 26When Jesus saw his mother standing there beside me, his close friend,a he said to her, “He is your son.”

27And to meb he said, “She is your mother!” And from then on I took her into my home.

. . . . .John 19:25-27
  1. Literally, “standing by the disciple whom he loved.”
  2. Literally, “To the disciple.”

Lord,
grant us constancy
that we may be willing to stand by those in need.