TERCE - The Stations of the Cross

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Station 3

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

Gospel Reading - Jesus is Condemned by the Sanhedrin

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66Early the next morning at daybreak the Jewish Supreme Court assembled, including the chief priests and all the top religious authorities of the nation. Jesus was led before this Council 67-68and instructed to state whether or not he claimed to be the Messiah.

But he replied, “If I tell you, you won’t believe me or let me present my case. 69But the time is soon coming when I, the Messiah,a shall be enthroned beside Almighty God.”

70They all shouted, “Then you claim you are the Son of God?”

And he replied, “Yes, I am.”

71“What need do we have for other witnesses?” they shouted. “For we ourselves have heard him say it.”

. . . . . Luke 22:66-71
  1. Literally, “the Son of Man.”

Lord,
grant us your sense of righteousness
that we may never cease to work
to bring about the justice of the kingdom that you promised.

Station 4

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

Gospel Reading - Jesus is Denied by Peter

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69Meanwhile, as Peter was sitting in the courtyard, a girl came over and said to him, “You were with Jesus, for both of you are from Galilee.”a

70But Peter denied it loudly. “I don’t even know what you are talking about,” he angrily declared.

71Later, out by the gate, another girl noticed him and said to those standing around, “This man was with Jesus — from Nazareth.”

72Again Peter denied it, this time with an oath. “I don’t even know the man,” he said.

73But after a while the men who had been standing there came over to him and said, “We know you are one of his disciples, for we can tell by your Galileanb accent.”

74Peter began to curse and swear. “I don’t even know the man,” he said.

And immediately the cock crowed. 75Then Peter remembered what Jesus had said, “Before the cock crows, you will deny me three times.” And he went away, crying bitterly.

. . . . .Matthew 26:69-75
  1. Literally, “with Jesus the Galilean.”
  2. Implied

Lord,
grant us the gift of honesty
that we may not fear to speak the truth even when difficult.