Leader: We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you.
All: Because by your holy cross You have redeemed the world.
Jesus, suddenly a woman comes out of the crowd. Her name is
Veronica. You can see how she cares for you as she takes a cloth and
begins to wipe the blood and sweat from your face. She can't do
much, but she offers what little help she can.
As a child, sometimes I know someone could use a little help and
understanding. They may be picked on or teased by others, or just
sad or lonely. Sometimes I feel bad that others don't step in to
help, but I don't help either.
As an adult, I notice the needs around me. Sometimes my own family
members crave my attention, and I don't even seem to notice.
Sometimes a co-worker, friend, or family member could use help or
understanding, but I don't reach out to help lest I be criticized,
or that they demand more of me than I'd like to give.
My tender Jesus, Who willed to print Your sacred face upon the
cloth with which Veronica wiped the sweat from off Your brow, print
in my soul deep, I pray, the lasting memory of Your bitter
pains. Help me to be brave and love others who are unpopular.
Our Father.... Hail Mary.... Glory be to the Father....
Leader - Jesus Christ Crucified.
All - Have mercy on Us.
Leader - May the souls of the faithful
departed, through the mercy of God, Rest in peace.
All - Amen.