+ Fourth Sorrowful Mystery: The Carrying of the Cross

+ Fourth Sorrowful Mystery: The Carrying of the Cross

Begin with the Our Father.
Read each verse, then say the Hail Mary.
At the end, say the Glory Be.

Optionally, finish with the Fatima Prayer below.

1 Then Pilate handed him over to be crucified.

2. They took him away, and, carrying the cross by himself, he went out to what is called the Place of the Skull (in Hebrew, “Golgotha”).

3 As they led him away, they seized a man from Cyrene named Simon, who was returning from the country.

4 They put the cross on his back and forced him to carry it behind Jesus.

5 A large number of people followed Jesus, among them many women who were mourning and lamenting over him.

6 He turned to them and said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me. Weep rather for yourselves and for your children.”

7 There were also two others, both criminals, who were led away to be executed with him.

8 Jesus said: “Anyone who wishes to follow me must deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow me.”

9 And: “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”

10 Reflect on how he endured such great hostility from sinners, so that you may not grow weary and lose heart.

The Fatima Prayer: O My Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of Hell, lead all souls to Heaven, especially those in most need of your mercy.

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See the full image:

The Carrying of the Cross / Georg Lang / St Boniface’s German church, London

References: Matthew 11:29-30; 27:26; Luke 9:23; 23:26-28,32; John 19:16; Hebrews 12:3

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