7. Jesus carries the cross


A Reading

After mocking him, they stripped him of the purple cloak and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him out to crucify him.


(Mark 15.20)

A Prayer

Lord Jesus, you carried the cross through the rough streets of Jerusalem:

be with those who are loaded with burdens beyond their strength.

You bore the weight of our sins when you carried the cross:

help us to realize the extent and the cost of your love for us.

To you, Jesus, bearing a cross not your own,

be honour and glory with the Father and the Holy Spirit,

now and for ever.