The Tenth Station – HERE Jesus is stripped of His garments

Jesus arrives at Golgotha. The soldiers take away the cross-beam from his shoulders and neck. Jesus is relieved from this weight. He stands there motionless. Everyone around him is doing his business. He just waits. They move around.  See Via Dolorosa and the Ninth Station.

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Jesus looks up and sees the two thieves already in their place. They are screaming with pain. He looks down again and, keeping his eyes fixed to the ground, awaits his turn. Suddenly the soldiers came. He knew it was his time.

Via Dolorosa, Station X
Via Dolorosa, Station X

They took off his clothes. They threw them in a heap nearby. Jesus is again humiliated. He stands there almost naked. The bloodstained body showed to all those present the bruises and the open wounds of the lashes. He started shivering. The northerly breeze was chilling his sweating body.

They had placed the cross-beam on the ground in front of him, while the soldiers were debating what to do with his garments: “Let’s not tear it,” they said to one another. “Let’s decide by lot who will get it.” (Jn 19,24) This happened that the scripture might be fulfilled which said, “They divided my garments among them and cast lots for my clothing”(Ps 22,18). So this is what the soldiers did.

And Jesus lifting up his eyes to heaven repeated the prayer: “But you, O Lord, be not far off! O my Strength, come quickly to help me!” (Ps 22,19).

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