Eleventh Station: Jesus is nailed to the Cross
A reading from the Gospel according to Luke
Two others also, who were criminals, were led away to be put to death with him. When they came to the place that is called The Skull, they crucified Jesus there with the criminals, one on his right and one on his left. (Luke 23:32-33)
A reflection from Romanos (6th century)
O Heaven, be struck with horror; Earth be plunged into chaos; do not dare, Sun, to behold your Master on the cross, hanging there of his own will. Let Rock be shattered, for the Rock of life is now wounded by nails. In fact, let all Creation shudder and groan at the passion of the Creator.
Adam alone exults. *
Holy God, Holy and mighty, Holy immortal one, have mercy upon us.
* For many centuries it was a teaching of the Church that Jesus’ death redeemed Adam and Eve’s sin of disobedience and turning from God, by eating the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden.