The first station: Jesus is condemned (Cambodia)

1 StationPilate said to them, “Take him and crucify him; I find no case against him” (John 19:6).

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you;
Because by your Cross and precious Blood you have redeemed the world.

Option A) Cambodia
Samrong Mean Chey Canal (A4 landscape)

The walls are thin in Samrong Mean Chey. This tiny settlement, on the outskirts of Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh, is perched precariously over a sewer. The houses are pieced together from wood and corrugated metal and raised up on stilts over an open sewer.

Samol says: “Sanitation here is terrible. The community is built on top of a broken drainage canal, and rubbish is only collected once a month. Some people throw their rubbish under their homes – they don’t see the point of trying to improve living conditions.”

On societies’ scrap heap, behind the thinnest of walls, they have little to protect them from the effects of climate change, from disease, or from those who seek to profit from the land. Many were relocated here from the city when their homes were destroyed by fire. Some believe the fire was deliberate, so the land could be redeveloped. Their existence here is fragile.


“Behold your king”, says Pilate. “Away with him” the people shout.

May we bring to mind what we have done and what we have left undone; when our inactions condone selfishness and our actions condemn our neighbours; for all that we leave to waste, may we pray for forgiveness and healing .

Lord Jesus, may we never send you away. Forgive us when we condemn others. Reconcile us, through yourself, with both your people and the world in which we live. 


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