Sixth Station: A woman wipes the face of Jesus
A Reading from the Gospel according to Matthew
Whoever welcomes you welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. Whoever welcomes a prophet in the name of a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward; and whoever welcomes a righteous person in the name of a righteous person will receive the reward of the righteous; and whoever gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones in the name of a disciple—truly I tell you, none of these will lose their reward. (Matthew 10:40-42)
A Celtic Benediction
Glorious Lord, I give you greeting!
Let the church and chancel praise you,
Let the plain and the hillside praise you,
Let the dark and the daylight praise you.
Let life everlasting praise you,
Let the birds and honeybees praise you,
Let the shorn stems and the shoots praise you.
Let the male and the female praise you,
Let the seven days and the stars praise you,
Let the air and the ether praise you,
Let the books and the letters praise you,
Let the fish in the swift streams praise you,
Let the thought and the action praise you,
Let the sand-grains and the earth-clods praise you,
Let all the good that’s performed praise you.
And I shall praise you, Lord of glory:
Glorious Lord, I give you greeting.
Holy God, Holy and mighty, Holy immortal one, have mercy upon us.
Artist’s Statement, Deborah Sproule