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The statue you're seeing now is the Eight Station of the Cross, “Jesus Meets the Women of Jerusalem," presents a deeply emotional and compassionate moment in Jesus' journey to Calvary. This station depicts the encounter between Jesus and a group of women from Jerusalem who express their sorrow and compassion for Him as He continues to carry the heavy cross.


As a pilgrim standing before this Eighth Station of the Cross, "Jesus Meets the Women of Jerusalem," calls us to reflect on Jesus' compassionate interactions with the women and the profound lessons it offers for our spiritual journey. Despite His own immense pain and imminent crucifixion, Jesus consoles the women, demonstrating His boundless love and care for all who share in the burden of sorrow and pain. This powerful act redirects their focus from His agony to the deeper meaning of His sacrifice, showcasing His selfless love for humanity.


The response of Jesus to the women also challenges us to look beyond our immediate concerns and recognize the greater significance of suffering. He urges them not to weep for Him, as His physical pain is but a small part of the story. Instead, Jesus encourages them to weep for themselves and their children, understanding that the true sorrow lies in the consequences of sin and the need for genuine repentance.


This Station of the Cross invites us to undergo a genuine conversion of heart by recognizing the eternal consequences of sin and seeking forgiveness and righteousness. Jesus' profound love and sacrifice for all humanity are emphasized, reminding us that His journey to Calvary was for the redemption and salvation of the world. In response, we are called to express gratitude, humility, and a sincere desire to turn away from sin and embrace righteousness. This station encourages us to empathize with Jesus' suffering, examine our hearts, seek forgiveness, and strive to live lives pleasing to God. As pilgrims, may this encounter inspire us to grow in compassion, repentance, and a deeper understanding of the true meaning of Jesus' sacrifice for our redemption.



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

Response: Because, by Your holy cross, you have redeemed the world.


Leader: Consider how the women wept with compassion seeing Jesus so distressed and dripping with blood as he walked along. Jesus said to them, “Weep not so much for me, but rather for Your children.”

Response: My Jesus, laden with sorrows, I weep for the sins which I have committed against You because of the punishment I deserve for them; and, still more, because of the displeasure they have caused You who have loved me with an infinite love. It is Your love, more than the fear of hell, which makes me weep for my sins. My Jesus, I love You more than myself; I am sorry that I have offended You. Never allow me to offend You again. Grant that I may love You always; and then do with me as You will.

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