you, O Christ, and we praise you.
Because by your holy cross you have
redeemed the world.
Then going out he went, as was his custom,
to the Mount of Olives, and the disciples followed him.
arrived at the place he said to them, "Pray that you may not
undergo the test."
After withdrawing about a stone's throw
from them and kneeling, he prayed, saying, "Father, if you are
willing, take this cup away from me; still, not my will but
be done." (And to strengthen him an angel from heaven appeared
to him. He was in such agony and he prayed so
that his sweat became like drops of blood falling on the
ground.) When he rose from prayer and returned to
disciples, he found them sleeping from grief.
He said to them, "Why are you sleeping?
Get up and pray that you
may not undergo the test."
Gracious God, while the disciples
slept, Jesus, alone and in anguish, prayed for deliverance from
You did not turn a deaf ear to his
plea, but through his resurrection, made him victorious over
death. Our future is
often frightful and difficult to
accept. We pray for deliverance from pain, from sickness, and
from the loneliness that
seems to separate us even from you.
Listen to our prayers. Send your Spirit to comfort us and to
help us trust in your will.
We ask this in the name of Jesus.
Jesus, crucified and risen,
have mercy on us.
Station 3 ~ Jesus