Wednesday, March 18, 2009

The Women's Lament


"And there followed him a great multitude of people, and of women, who bewailed and lamented him. But Jesus turning to them, said: Daughters of Jerusalem, weep not over me; but weep for yourselves, and for your children. For behold, the days shall come, wherein they will say: Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that have not borne, and the paps that have not given suck. Then shall they begin to say to the mountains: Fall upon us; and to the hills: Cover us. For if in the green wood they do these things, what shall be done in the dry?"
(Luke 23:27-31 Douay-Rheims; see Matt. 24:3-30.)

It is this event that we commemorate in the Eighth Station of the Cross.

V. We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you.
R. Because, by your Holy Cross, you have redeemed the world.

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