The Sixth Station: Jesus is Scourged and Crowned with Thorns

Location: Belle Tout Lighthouse

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 John (19:1–3)
Then Pilate took Jesus and scourged him. And the soldiers plaited a crown of thorns, and put it on his head, and arrayed him in a purple robe; they came up to him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” and struck him with their hands.


Ridiculed and beaten by soldiers, helpless in the eyes of his oppressors, and treated like a fool, Jesus will save them too. Like Jesus, we live in broken bodies in a world where the pain is all too evident, uncured and ungrieved. Jesus is demeaned by his torturers. Abuse and death as a result of rage and impatience, all are created out of the same callousness of the torturer.

Let us pray:
Heavenly Father, as my rock, my creator, let me take refuge with you. My pain is nothing when compared to that which was suffered by you for us. My pain is outweighed by your love for me: I give thanks that you are there in my hour of need. 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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