Lent 2023 (Penny)

Via Delorosa, Station 3*

Pondering at the Cross

In Jerusalem, we chanted between stations. Yesterday we sang and listened to the musician improvise on his recorder, including riffs of hymns and the Trisagion:

Santo Dios, Santo Poderoso, Santo Inmortal,
Ten piedad de nosotros.

In Jerusalem I read Station 3 “Jesus falls for the first time.” Yesterday, during our bilingual version of the Stations of the Cross, I read Station 3 and Station 9, “Jesus falls for the third time.”

A priest told me once that when the same phrase of the birthday blessing is read over and over to me year after year, maybe I just haven’t learned from it yet.

I wonder if Holy Week has something to do with falling for me this year? Jesus will be there already, having experienced all of humanity—the good, the bad and the ugly.

Holy God, Holy and Mighty, Holy Immortal One, Have mercy upon us.

*Photo by Stuart Meeks

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