The First Station

Jesus is Condemned to Death

We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you

Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world

The crowd condemns an innocent man to death and Pilate, who could have reprieved Jesus, washed his hands of the affair and gave the people what they wanted. When the innocent are mistreated, what is our reaction? Do we join in out of pride or ignorance? Do we stand silently by without defending the innocent? Or, do we see Christ in the condemned and reach out to those in need?

Lord, give me the strength and clarity to defend the innocent.

I love you, Jesus, my love above all things,

And I repent with my whole heart of having offended you.

Never permit me to separate myself from you again,

Grant that I may love you always, and then do with me what you will.