Third Station of the Cross

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Jesus falls for the first time

When Jesus falls for the first time, what was his source of strength to get back on his feet? Prayer of course! In prayer I would have to imagine his prayer would be directed at the Father for the strength to continue with his task. I would also think that the Christ offered prayers to those who aided him on his mission, so that they too had the strength to continue with the mission given to them. As Jesus preached love your enemies, would it be wrong to assume that he offered prayers for those who persecuted and condemned him? And finally, since this sacrifice was for our salvation; indeed Jesus was praying for us!

We adore thee O Christ and bless thee, because by Thy holy cross Thou hast redeemed the world

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