THE THIRTEENTH STATION
JESUS IS TAKEN DOWN FROM THE CROSS
† We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You because, by Your holy cross, You have redeemed the world.
There is no time for lamenting nor is there time for delay.
I tell you that not only did I carry the wooden cross that led Me to Glory, but, most importantly, I also carried the invisible but permanent Cross that was formed by the crosses of your sins.
As for all your sufferings, they are the object of My sorrows.
I suffered not only to give you Redemption, but also for what you should suffer today.
Look at the love that unites Me to you; in it have the confirmation of My Holy Will.
Unite yourselves to Me, observing how I acted among limitless bitterness.
I have taken as a symbol a piece of wood, a cross.
I have carried it with great love, for the good of all.
I have suffered real affliction so that everyone could be joyful with Me.
But today, how many believe in the One who truly loved you and loves you?
Contemplate Me in the image of the Christ who cries and bleeds.
There and in this way the world has Me.
† Jesus, most obedient, meek and humble of heart, have mercy on us.