The Preparation - Jesus prays in the Garden of Gethsemane
We adore thee, O Christ, and we bless thee. Because by thy holy cross thou hast redeemed the world.
He knelt down and prayed saying: "Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me; nevertheless not my will but thine be done." And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him. And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was, as it were, great drops of blood falling down to the earth.
O God, whose only begotten Son for our sake did suffer agony in the garden and was betrayed and forsaken by sinful men; give us grace and courage to yield our wayward hearts to the accomplishment of thy righteous will and the greater glory of thy holy Name in joyful gratitude for the saving love of Christ our Lord. Amen.
Holy God, Holy and Mighty, Holy Immortal One, Have mercy upon us.
At the cross her station keeping,
Stood the mournful mother weeping,
Where he hung the dying Lord.
Next: The First Station: Jesus is condemned to death
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