Jesus went out, bearing his own cross, to the place called the place of a skull, which is called In Hebrew, Golgotha. Although he was a Son, he learned obedience through what he suffered. Like a lamb he was led to the slaughter; and like a sheep that before its shearers is mute, so he opened not his mouth. Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and riches and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and blessing.

Disconnection from the Web of Creation

While Jesus carried his own cross on his way to death, we often remove ourselves from the web of life affected by our destructive ways.

“Once again, I learn the central ecological truth: that all things big and small are members one of another in the biospheric web. Now that I know, I feel implicated in a great wrong… ambushed by distressing news… involved in sins of self-indulgence.”
-Theodore Roszak, The Voice of Earth

“Whatever befalls the earth
befalls the children of the earth.
[Human beings] did not weave the web of life.
[We are] merely a strand in it
Whatever [we do] to the web,
[We do to ourselves].”
-Chief Seattle, 1854

Let us Pray:

Loving God, whose beloved Child, in willingly enduring agony and the shame of the cross, redeems creation: give us courage to extend our compassion and commitment to all creatures suffering and dying, who share our home, and to take up our cross and follow the Christ, who lives and reigns with you for ever and ever, Amen.

Kyrie eleison
Christe eleison
Kyrie eleison

Lord have mercy
Christ have mercy
Lord have mercy

The third station: The cross is laid on Simon of Cyrene.

(All station artwork was produced by members of the Vanderbilt Divinity community from found and reclaimed objects.  Liturgy adapted from St. Brendan the Navigator Episcopal Church, Stonington, Maine, 1993. The original version of this liturgy can be found at earthministry.org)