Jesus on the cross said, “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.” When Jesus saw his mother, and the disciple whom he loved standing near, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold your son!” Then he said to the disciple, “Behold your mother!” And when Jesus had received the vinegar, he said, “It is finished!” And then, crying with a loud voice, he said, “Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.” And he bowed his head, and handed over his spirit.

Desecration of the four Elements: Earth, Air, Fire, & Water

“The earth dries up and withers, the world languishes and withers; the heavens languish together with the earth. The earth lies polluted under its inhabitants; for they have transgressed laws, violated the statutes, broken the everlasting covenant.” Isaiah 24:4-5

In our hands is the fate of Mother Earth’s purity and welfare. How do we pollute you, Mother Earth? Let us count the ways:

For the desertification of farmland, Lord, have mercy!
For acid rain, oil spills, chemical dumps, Christ, have mercy!
For depletion of the ozone layer, Lord, have mercy!
For radioactive pollution: Chernobyl, Three Mile Island, Christ, have mercy!
For pollution of lakes, rivers, oceans, with our own Tennessee mountains being stripped by coal mining, Lord, have mercy!

Let us Pray:

O God, who for our redemption gave your only-begotten Child to the death of the cross, and by that Child’s glorious resurrection delivered us from the power of our enemy: Grant us so to die daily to the destruction of our air, water, fire and earth, that we may evermore live in the purity of creation and the joy of resurrection; through Jesus Christ who lives and reigns now and forever. Amen.

Kyrie eleison
Christe eleison
Kyrie eleison

Lord have mercy
Christ have mercy
Lord have mercy

The eighth station: The body of Jesus is placed in the arms of his mother.

(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