The Second Station

An Interior Pilgrimage with The Interior Liturgy…

The 2nd Station of the Interior Liturgy: the Station of Trial.

temptation-of-jesusOur petition: “Lead us not into temptation.”
The sacrament of the 2nd Station is Confirmation, which strengthens us in trial, temptation and testing.


A deeper healing, a deeper union with Christ is needed – a completion of the baptismal graces. We must look within, and we must encounter the evil within. God sends trials, not to defeat us, but to strengthen and transform us. After His Baptism, Jesus went into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. Following Him, we also will be tempted and tested. The Station of Trial is for separating light from darkness in the heart that we might repent, convert and live salvation. In interior confirmation of our life in Christ, we pray, “God our strength, lead us not into temptation: let us not fall in the times of trial.”


Verse: Blessed is the man who endures trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life which God has promised to those who love him. (James 1:12)
Response: Lead us not into temptation.

Verse: Count it all joy, my brethren, when you meet various trials, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. (James 1:2-3)
ResponseLead us not into temptation.

Verse: In (His salvation) you rejoice, though now for a little while you may have to suffer various trials, so that the genuineness of your faith, more precious than gold which though perishable is tested by fire, may redound to praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. (1 Pet 1:6-7)
ResponseLead us not into temptation.

Verse: For by the sacrament of Confirmation, the baptized are more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit. Hence they are, as true witnesses of Christ, more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith by word and deed. (CCC 1285)
Response: Lead us not into temptation.


Our Father, who art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come,
Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.
Lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.

Proceed to the 3rd Station….


  1. Dear Thomas,

    Yesterday was a blessing, to ponder the 1st station, and to be grateful for the great gift of my Baptism and the life of the Trinity infused into my soul as an infant. I realize how often I neglected His presence within me, yet I also praise and thank Him for His Faithfulness to me — delivering me from evil, so many times, and continuing His sanctifying work in me to this day.

    Today, at this second station, I pray to grow in appreciation for the gift of my Confirmation which completed my Baptism, giving me additional strength to continue on the path to holiness in Him. By His grace, may I persevere in trial, and not let myself be led into temptation or sin against Him.

    Come Holy Spirit kindle in me the Fire of Your Love. Mary, my Mother to whom I owe so much in bringing Jesus to this earth and in bringing me closer to Him, pray for me and for all your children. Jesus, I trust in You!

  2. Dear Thomas,

    Pondering the 2nd station, today, I was mindful of God’s great patience with me from Baptism to Confirmation and all the years afterwards. Do many of us realize how important the graces of Baptism and Confirmation are?

    How grateful I am for God’s Grace enabling me to “see” by faith now! He guided me in the past through many trials and temptations. Even in the 3 years since taking this pilgrimage, I know God was strengthening my faith. How necessary for me to keep asking for His grace to resist evil.

    Again remembering Jesus’ words: “Behold your Mother”, I look at Mary our Mother at the foot of His Cross, I’m so grateful for the example of her faith, and for her constant prayer that her children stand strong, as she did, by God’s gifts of Supernatural Faith, Hope and Charity — especially her Faith!

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