We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you.
Because by your holy Cross you have redeemed the world.
Reading: Lk 23: 27-31
A large crowd of people followed Jesus, including many women who mourned and lamented him. Jesus turned to them and said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me; weep instead for yourselves and for your children, for indeed, the days are coming when people will say, ‘Blessed are the barren, the wombs that never bore and the breasts that never nursed.’ At that time people will say to the mountains, ‘Fall upon us!’ and to the hills, ‘Cover us!’ for if these things are done when the wood is green what will happen when it is dry?”
Those women were really sincere in their sorrow at seeing you so afflicted.
They knew your goodness, Lord.
They knew your innocence.
But you directed their attention and tears to SIN in all its forms,
as the deeper cause of your suffering,
and to the terrible punishment
which unrepentance brings down on all.
Grant us a new heart, O Lord.
Grant that our tears may be accompanied by the sincere resolve
to eliminate the cause of all tears: our offenses against your love.
Our Father… Hail Mary… Glory…