The Fifth Station: Pilate judges Jesus

Location: Beachy Head

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 (15:1–5,15)
And as soon as it was morning the chief priests, with the elders and scribes, and the whole council held a consultation; and they bound Jesus and led him away and delivered him to Pilate. And Pilate asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” And he answered him, “You have said so.” And the chief priests accused him of many things. And Pilate again asked him, “Have you no answer to make? See how many charges they bring against you.” But Jesus made no further answer, so that Pilate wondered. So Pilate, wishing to satisfy the crowd, released for them Barabbas; and having scourged Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified.


Persuaded by the chief priests, Pilate yielded to their demands to avoid civil unrest. Representative of the mightiest military power on Earth at that time, Pilate is himself being judged, from the powerless, vulnerable one who stands before him.

Let us pray:
Heavenly Father, as I carry the wounds of my earthly existence, help me to carry the weight of those times when I have sinned: sins that were mine, but I know will be forgiven by you. 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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