Stations of the Cross

The Way of the Cross

Stations of the Cross or Way of the Cross is a series of artistic scenes, representations depicting Christ Carrying the Cross to his crucifixion, The Passion of Jesus Christ.

These devotions and meditations can be done at any time, but is most commonly done during the Season of Lent, especially on Good Friday and on Fridays during Lent.

Participating in the Way of the Cross means entering into the mystery and communion experienced by our Lord, accepting the will of the Father for us all, until we are able to see, beyond the suffering and death, the life without end that bursts forth from the empty tomb.

Let us Begin. Start with the opening below and then the numbers above are links to all the Stations of the Cross and their content.

Sign of the Cross: In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Opening Scripture Reading: The Son of Man is destined to suffer grievously, to be rejected and to be raised up on the third day. If anyone wants to be a follower of mine, let him renounce himself and take up his cross every day and follow me. For anyone who wants to save his life will lose it; but anyone who loses his life for my sake, that man will save it. Luke 9, 22-24

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, help me to be open to your closeness and presence as I begin my journey to Calvary with you. Help me to find in your Passion and Death the strength to take up my cross and follow you.

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Jesus is Condemned to Death:

 

Before Each Meditation:

  • I adore you, Lord Jesus, and I praise you. Because by your holy cross, you have redeemed the world.

 

The Meditation:

As God's own people, we have Christ as our head. He delivered himself up for our sins. In accepting a cruel death, He won for us the right to eternal bliss with God our Father.

 

After Each Meditation:

  • 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. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.
  • Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.
  • Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

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Jesus Takes His Cross:

 

Before Each Meditation:

  • I adore you, Lord Jesus, and I praise you. Because by your holy cross, you have redeemed the world.

 

The Meditation:

As the redeemed of the Lord, we are called to walk in the footsteps of the humble, cross-bearing Christ. Each of us has his daily cross to bear to be worthy to share our Savior's glory

 

After Each Meditation:

  • 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. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.
  • Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.
  • Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

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The First Fall:

 

Before Each Meditation:

  • I adore you, Lord Jesus, and I praise you. Because by your holy cross, you have redeemed the world.

 

The Meditation:

The only safe way to the promised land is the way of the cross. As pilgrims here, we retrace the same path Christ trod for our salvation. Through trial and affliction, we go forward with eyes affixed on our heavenly goal.

 

After Each Meditation:

  • 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. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.
  • Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.
  • Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

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Jesus Meets His Mother:

 

Before Each Meditation:

  • I adore you, Lord Jesus, and I praise you. Because by your holy cross, you have redeemed the world.

 

The Meditation:

The Mother of Jesus cares for all the redeemed who still journey on this earth. Her spiritual maternity will last until we are all safe in heaven. She helps us on our sorrowful way to keep our gaze focused on our true home.

 

After Each Meditation:

  • 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. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.
  • Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.
  • Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

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Simon of Cyrene Helps Jesus:

 

Before Each Meditation:

  • I adore you, Lord Jesus, and I praise you. Because by your holy cross, you have redeemed the world.

 

The Meditation:

Love of God and of neighbor marks the true disciple of Christ. When God was a very close neighbor, Simon of Cyrene hesitated. He had to be compelled to help our Redeemer carry His cross.

 

After Each Meditation:

  • 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. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.
  • Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.
  • Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

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Veronica Wipes Jesus' Face:

 

Before Each Meditation:

  • I adore you, Lord Jesus, and I praise you. Because by your holy cross, you have redeemed the world.

 

The Meditation:

As God's chosen one we are to show mercy and compassion with our dealings with others. It is our mission to comfort the sorrowing, to put new heart into the disheartened and to raise the spirits of those we meet.

 

After Each Meditation:

  • 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. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.
  • Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.
  • Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

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Jesus Falls Again:

 

Before Each Meditation:

  • I adore you, Lord Jesus, and I praise you. Because by your holy cross, you have redeemed the world.

 

The Meditation:

As God's own people, we continue our search for a future and abiding city. The road is long and rugged, not always easy to follow. When we fall we must rise again like our Savior on the way to Calvary.

 

After Each Meditation:

  • 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. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.
  • Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.
  • Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

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Jesus speaks to the Women:

 

Before Each Meditation:

  • I adore you, Lord Jesus, and I praise you. Because by your holy cross, you have redeemed the world.

 

The Meditation:

The theater of our earthly pilgrimage is sometimes a valley of tears. The daughters of Jerusalem weeping for our Savior were reminded, that they had reason to weep for themselves and for their children.

 

After Each Meditation:

  • 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. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.
  • Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.
  • Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

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The Third Fall:

 

Before Each Meditation:

  • I adore you, Lord Jesus, and I praise you. Because by your holy cross, you have redeemed the world.

 

The Meditation:

Jesus stumbled a third time in the dust, yet won a name that is above all names. But the hour of shame had to precede His hour of glory. So it must be for all of us, His people he has redeemed.

 

After Each Meditation:

  • 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. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.
  • Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.
  • Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

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Jesus is Stripped of his Clothing:

 

Before Each Meditation:

  • I adore you, Lord Jesus, and I praise you. Because by your holy cross, you have redeemed the world.

 

The Meditation:

The moment of the stripping reminds us of the expulsion from Paradise: God’s splendor has fallen away from man, who now stands naked and exposed, unclad and ashamed. And so Jesus once more takes on the condition of fallen man. Stripped of his garments, he reminds us that we have all lost the "first garment” that is God’s splendor.

 

After Each Meditation:

  • 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. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.
  • Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.
  • Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

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Jesus is Nailed to the Cross:

 

Before Each Meditation:

  • I adore you, Lord Jesus, and I praise you. Because by your holy cross, you have redeemed the world.

 

The Meditation:

They crucified Him, mocked His dignity and deprived Him of physical freedom. Thus He acquired for us our heritage, the dignity and freedom of the sons of God.

 

After Each Meditation:

  • 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. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.
  • Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.
  • Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

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Jesus Dies on the Cross:

 

Before Each Meditation:

  • I adore you, Lord Jesus, and I praise you. Because by your holy cross, you have redeemed the world.

 

The Meditation:

He was holy innocent, undefiled. He knew nothing of sin, but came to blot out the sins of the world. He proved His love by laying down His life for us.;

 

After Each Meditation:

  • 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. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.
  • Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.
  • Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

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Jesus is Taken Down from the Cross:

 

Before Each Meditation:

  • I adore you, Lord Jesus, and I praise you. Because by your holy cross, you have redeemed the world.

 

The Meditation:

At the end of our earthly journey, we like the blessed Redeemer, are taken down from the cross of this life. United with Him in the likeness of His death, we shall be so in the likeness of His resurrection.

 

After Each Meditation:

  • 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. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.
  • Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.
  • Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

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Jesus is Laid in His Tomb:

 

Before Each Meditation:

  • I adore you, Lord Jesus, and I praise you. Because by your holy cross, you have redeemed the world.

 

The Meditation:

In God's plan each of us becomes acquainted with suffering until death finally closes our eyes. But the grave will not hold us captives forever. In God's hour we shall rise, nevermore to die.

 

After Each Meditation:

  • 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. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.
  • Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.
  • Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

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Stations of the Cross:

Closing Scripture Reading:

On the first day of the week, at the first sign of dawn, they went to the tomb with the spices they had prepared. They found that the stone had been rolled away from the tomb, but upon entering they discovered that the body of the Lord Jesus was not there. As they stood there not knowing what to think, two men in brilliant clothes suddenly appeared at their side. Terrified, the women lowered their eyes. But the two men said to them "Why look among the dead for someone who is alive? He is not here. Remember what he told you when he was still in Galilee: that the Son of Man had to be handed over into the power of sinful men and be crucified, and rise again on the third day?" And they remembered his words. Luke 24, 1-8

God, our heavenly Father, we raise our minds and hearts to You in praise and thanksgiving. Though weak and sinful, we wish to follow Your only Son, our Lord Jesus, on the way of the cross. May your Holy Spirit help us use our Savior's strength effectively in our place in life.

Lord Jesus help me walk with you each day of my life, even to Calvary. The sorrow and joy, the pain and healings, the failures and triumphs of my life are truly small deaths and resurrections that lead me to closeness with you. Give me the faith and trust I need to walk with you always. Amen

We ask the special aid of our Blessed Lady, ever Virgin and Mother, in following Christ and in making His way of the cross our way of life. Amen.

 

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