We adore you, O Christ, and we praise
Because by your holy cross you have
redeemed the world.
While Jesus was
still speaking a crowd came, led by the man named Judas, one of
the Twelve. He approached
embrace him. Jesus said to him, “Judas, would you betray the Son
of Man with a kiss?”
But to those
who had come out against him – the chief priests, the chiefs of
the temple guard, and the
Jesus said, “Am I a criminal that you come out after me armed
with swords and clubs?
When I was with
you day after day in the temple you never raised a hand against
But this is
your hour – the triumph of darkness!” They led him away under
arrest and brought him to the house
of the high
priest, while Peter followed at a distance.
Father in heaven, because they were
afraid of his power and message, they came armed to arrest
The disciples, fearful that they too
would be arrested, abandoned Jesus and fled into the darkness.
Armed with hatred,
prejudice and suspicion, we
often reject those who are different from us because of their
color, nationality or opinions.
Our lack of acceptance and
understanding betrays Jesus and his command to love, while our
fears imprison us and
each other. Dispel the darkness
from our eyes that we may recognize your presence in the people
We ask this in the name of Jesus.
Jesus, crucified and risen,
have mercy on us.
Station 4 ~ Jesus
is Brought Before the Sanhedrin