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For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor present things, nor future things, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:38-39)

Way Of The Cross

Last updated on March 22, 2020




Who would believe what we have heard?

To whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?

He grew up like a sapling before him, like a shoot from the parched earth;

He had no majestic bearing to catch our eye, no beauty to draw us to him.

He was spurned and avoided by men, a man of suffering, knowing pain,

like one from whom you turn your face, spurned, and we held him in no esteem.

Yet it was our pain that he bore, our sufferings he endured.

We thought of him as stricken, struck down by God and afflicted,

but he was pierced for our sins, crushed for our iniquity.

He bore the punishment that makes us whole; by his wounds, we were healed.

We had all gone astray like sheep, all following our own way;

but the Lord laid upon him the guilt of us all.

Though harshly treated he submitted,

and did not open his mouth like a lamb led to slaughter

or a sheep silent before shearers; he did not open his mouth.

Seized and condemned he was taken away.

Who would have thought any more of his destiny?

For he was cut off from the land of the living, struck for the sins of his people.

He was given a grave among the wicked, a burial place with evildoers,

though he had done no wrong, or was deceit found in his mouth.

But it was the Lord’s will to crush him with pain.

By making his life a reparation offering, he shall see his offspring,

shall lengthen his days, and the Lord’s will shall be accomplished through him.

Because of his anguish, he shall see the light, because of his knowledge,

he shall be content; my servant the just one shall justify the many,

and he shall divide the spoils with the mighty,

because he surrendered himself to death,

was counted among the transgressors,

bore the sins of many,

and interceded for the transgressors




Psalm 50

by Giandomenico Tiepolo. Paintings in San Polo Church Venice
I. Jesus is sentenced to death

Have mercy on me God in your kindness,

In your compassion blot out my offence.

O wash me more and more from my guilt

and cleanse me of my sin. (Psalm 50: 3-4)











by Giandomenico Tiepolo In San Polo Church Venice
II. Jesus carries his cross

My offences truly I know them;

my sin is always before me.

Against you, you alone, have I sinned;

what is evil in your sight I have done.













by Giandomenico Tiepolo. Painting in San Polo Church Venice
III. Jesus falls the first time

That you may be justified when you give sentence

and be without reproach when you judge

O see, in guilt I was born,

a sinner was I conceived.












by Giandomenico Tiepolo. In San Polo Church Venice
IV. Jesus meets his mother

Indeed you love truth in the heart;

then in the secret of my heart teach me wisdom

O purify me, then I shall be clean;

O wash me, I shall be whiter than snow.












by Giandomenico Tiepolo
V. Simon of Cyrene helps Jesus carry his cross

Make me hear rejoicing and gladness,

that the bones you have crushed may thrill.

From my sins turn away your face

and blot out all my guilt.












by Giandomenico Tiepolo
VI. Veronica wipes the face of Jesus

A pure heart create for me, O God,

put a steadfast spirit within me.

Do not cast me away from your presence,

nor deprive me of your holy spirit.












Station VII by Giandomenico Tiepolo
VII. Jesus fall the second time

Give me again the joy of your help;

with a spirit of fervour sustain me,

that I may teach transgressors your ways

and sinners may return to you.












Station VIII by Giandomenico Tiepolo
VIII. Jesus meets the Jerusalem women

O, rescue me God my helper,

and my tongue shall ring out your goodness.

O Lord open my lips

and my mouth shall declare your praise.














IX. Jesus falls the third time


For in sacrifice you take no delight,

burnt offering from me you would refuse,

my sacrifice, a contrite spirit.

A humbled, contrite heart you will not spurn.













X. Jesus is stripped of his garments

Psalm 129

Out of the depths, I cry to you, Lord,

Lord, hear my voice!

O Lord let your ears be attentive

to the voice of my pleading.













Jesus is nailed to the cross
XI. Jesus is nailed to the cross

If you Lord should mark our guilt.

Lord who would survive?

But with you is found forgiveness:

for this we revere you.














Jesus dies on the cross
XII. Jesus dies on the cross

My soul is waiting for the Lord,

I count on his word.

My soul is longing for the Lord

more than watchmen for daybreak.

(Let the watchman count on daybreak

and Israel on the Lord.)













Jesus is taken down from the cross
XIII. Jesus is taken down from the cross

Because with the Lord there is mercy

and fullness of redemption,

Israel indeed he will redeem

from all its iniquity.














Jesus is laid in a tomb
XIV. Jesus is laid in a tomb

Isaiah 53: 10

But it was the Lord’s will to crush him with pain.

By making his life a reparation offering,

he shall see his offspring, shall lengthen his days,

and the Lord’s will shall be accomplished through him.




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