11. Jesus is nailed to the cross
adore you, O Christ, and we bless you,
because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.
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. Then Jesus said, ‘Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.’
For her it is there is anxiety of the interview: will she be believed? For him it is the journey to sign in at the police station: will he be arrested? For all of them there is the endless fear, of the knock on the door, of the horrors of the detention centre, of being forced on to a plane, back to the place from which they have fled.
Lord, we pray for all who suffer
pain inflicted by others:
for prisoners who are unlawfully detained,
for victims of abuse,
for those deprived of basic human rights.
For all the injustice in the world,
for our failing to hear the cries of others,
for not crying out ourselves when others suffer,
Lord, have mercy.