Jesus Falls the First Time Under His Cross
V. We adore Thee, O Christ, and we praise
R. Because by Thy holy cross Thou hast redeemed the world.
Consider this first fall of Jesus under
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 that 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
in His journey.
My beloved Jesus, it is not the weight 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, with my whole heart; I repent
of having offended Thee. Never permit me to offend Thee again. Grant that
I may love Thee always; and then do with me what Thou wilt.
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be to
|Quae moerebat, et dolebat,
Pia Mater, dum videbat
Nati poenas inclyti.
|Christ above in torment hangs,
She beneath beholds the pangs
Of her dying, glorious Son.