The Carrying of the CrossThese meditations are taken from "The City of God", by Venerable Mary of Agreda (Spain) and are used with permission of JMJ Book Co. Necedah, Wisconsin, USA. Our Lady is alleged to have appeared to Venerable Mary daily over a period of approx. 10 years, instructing her to write the story of the lives of Jesus and Mary. A condensed version of the "City of God", which itself is 4 volumes, (over 1600 pages) is called "Divine Mysteries of the Most Holy Rosary", and costs just $6.00. One of the best books on the Rosary that I have ever read.
Pilate then decreed the sentence of Death on Jesus.
They then stripped Him of the purple mantle and clothed Him again in His own clothes. His face had been disfigured beyond recognition by the scourging, and Crown of Thorns. Only by His own garments could He now be recognised by the people.
So that He could carry the Cross, they loosened the bonds holding His hands, but not the others, since they wished to drag Him along by the loose ends of the ropes that bound His body.
Jesus looked upon the Cross with a countenance full of joy, and addressing it He said, `O Cross, beloved of My soul,come to Me, that I may be received in thy arms, and that, attached to them as on an Altar, I may be accepted by the Eternal Father, as a sacrifice of His everlasting reconciliation with the Human race.'
The executioners loaded the heavy Cross on His tender and wounded shoulders, and dragged our Saviour Jesus along with incredible cruelty and insults.
By this they made Him often fall to the ground, opening further great wounds, especially on the knees, and often the heavy Cross bumped against His head, driving the thorns further into His skull.