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his cross. His flesh was torn by the scourges, his head crowned with thorns, and he had lost a great quantity of blood. He was so weakened he could scarcely walk, and yet he had to carry this great load upon his shoulders. The soldiers struck him rudely, and thus he fell several times.

My Jesus, it is the weight, not of the cross, but of my sins, which has made thee suffer so much pain. Ah, by the merits of this first fall, deliver me from the misfortune of falling into mortal sin. I love thee, O my Jesus; I repent with my whole heart of having offended thee. Never permit me to separate myself from thee again. Grant that I may love thee always; and then do with me what thou wilt.

Our Father. Hail Mary. Glory be to the Father, &c.

O Jesus! who for love of ine, &c.

Or as above,

Holy Mother, pierce me through, &c.

FOURTH STATION.

Jesus meets his afflicted Mother. V. We adore thee, O Christ, and praise thee.

R. Because by thy holy cross thou hast redeemed the world.

Consider the meeting of the Son and the Mother, which took place on this journey. Their looks became like so many arrows to wound those hearts which loved each other so tenderly.

My sweet Jesus, by the sorrow thou didst experience in this meeting, grant me the grace of a truly devoted love for thy most holy Mother. And thou, my Queen, who wast overwhelmed with sorrow, obtain for me, by thine intercession, a continual and tender remembrance of the passion of thy Son. I love thee, Jesus, my love, above all things: I repent of ever having offended thee. Never permit me to separate myself from thee again. Grant that I may love thee always; and then do with me what thou wilt.

Our Father. Hail Mary. Glory be to the Father, &c.

O Jesus! who for love of me, &c.

Or as above,

Holy Mother, pierce me through, &c.

FIFTH STATION.

The Cyrenean helps Jesus to carry his Cross.

V. We adore thee, O Christ, and praise thee.

R. Because by thy holy cross thou hast redeemed the world.

Consider how the Jews, seeing that at each step Jesus was on the point of expiring, and fearing he would die on the way, whereas they wished him to die the ignominious death of the cross, constrained Simon the Cyrenean to carry the cross behind our Lord.

My most beloved Jesus, by thy grace I will not refuse to carry the cross; I accept it, I embrace it. I accept in particular the death thou hast destined for me, with all the pains which may accompany it; I unite it to thy death, I offer it to thee. Thou hast died for love of me; I will die for love of thee. Help me by thy grace. I love thee, Jesus, my love, above all things: I repent with my whole heart of having offended thee. Never permit me to separate myself from thee again. Grant that I may love thee always; and then do with me what thou wilt.

Our Father. Hail Mary. Glory be to the Father, &c.

O Jesus! who for love of me, &c.

Or as above,

Holy Mother, pierce me through, &c.

SIXTH STATION.

Veronica wipes the face of Jesus. V. We adore thee, O Christ, and praise thee.

R. Because by thy holy cross thou hast redeemed the world.

Consider how the holy woman named Veronica, seeing Jesus so ill-used, and his face bathed in sweat and blood, presented him with a towel, with which he wiped his adorable face, leaving on it the impression of his holy countenance.

My most beloved Jesus! Thy face was beautiful before, but in this journey it has lost all its beauty, and wounds and blood have disfigured it. Alas! my soul also was once beautiful, when it received thy grace in baptism: but I have disfigured it since by my sins; thou alone, my Redeemer, canst restore it to its former beauty. Do this by thy passion, O Jesus! I repent with my whole heart of having offended thee. Never permit me to separate myself from thee again. Grant that I may love thee always; and then do with me what thou wilt.

Our Father. Hail Mary. Glory be to the Father, &c.

O Jesus who for love of me, &c.

Or as above,

Holy Mother, pierce me through, &c.

SEVENTH STATION.

Jesus falls the second time.

V. We adore thee, O Christ, and praise thee.

R. Because by thy holy cross thou hast redeemed the world.

Consider the second fall of Jesus under the cross; a fall which renews the pain of all the wounds of his head and members.

My most sweet Jesus, how many times hast thou pardoned me, and how many times have I fallen again, and begun again to offend thee. Oh! by the merits of this second fall, give me the necessary helps to persevere in thy grace until death. Grant that in all temptations which assail me I may always commend myself to thee. I love thee, Jesus, my love, above all things; I repent with my whole heart of having offended thee. Never permit me to separate myself from thee again. Grant that I may love thee always; and then do with me what thou wilt.

Our Father. Hail Mary. Glory be to the Father, &c.

O Jesus! who for love of me, &c.

Or as above,

Holy Mother, pierce me through, &c.

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