The Second Station: The Betrayal and Arrest of Jesus

Location: Helen Gardens

Leader: We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you.


People: Because by your holy cross, you have redeemed the world.


Reader: A reading from the Gospel according to Mark (14:43–46)
And immediately, while he was still speaking, Judas came, one of the twelve, and with him a crowd with swords and clubs, from the chief priests and the scribes and the elders. Now the betrayer had given them a sign, saying, “The one I shall kiss is the man; seize him and lead him away safely.” And when he came, he went up to him at once, and said, “Master!” And he kissed him. And they laid hands on him and seized him.


God does not require of us the sacrifice of the body; God requires only the sacrifice of the heart and will. Jesus was betrayed by one of his most trusted disciples, opening the door to sin because of the lack of prayer, and powerlessness to fight evil. Violently taken, Jesus responds with love.

Let us pray:
Heavenly Father, as you were rejected by one who was close to you, help us to recognize the false affections of others and let us not be enticed by earthly rewards. Amen.

All stand

Leader: Lord, have mercy. People: Lord, have mercy.
Leader: Christ, have mercy. People: Christ, have mercy.
Leader: Lord, have mercy. People: Lord, have mercy.


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