of the Cross
The Stations, or Way of the Cross, are a traditional method of meditating
upon Christ's Suffering and Death. In the Catholic church, you will find 14
images usually hanging on the wall. It is customary before each station to pray
We Adore Thee.
We adore Thee, O Christ, and we praise Thee; Because by
Thy Holy Cross, Thou hast redeemed the world.
After each Station it is customary to say the following prayers.
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.
Glory be to the Father and the Son, and to the Holy
Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end.
Hail Mary full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed
art thou among women and blessed is the fruit Thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother
of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.
Have mercy on us Lord. Have mercy on us Lord.
Stations of the Cross
I. Jesus is condemned to death.
Pontius Pilate dares to condemn the all-holy Savior to death. No, not
Pilate; but my sins have condemned Jesus to be crucified. O Jesus, have
mercy on me and remember Thou didst choose to die that I may have eternal life.
Let me so live that when I come to die I may find Thee a most merciful Judge, an
II. Jesus takes up His Cross.
Most willingly Jesus accepts and patiently bears His Cross for my sake. Will
I refuse to bear my cross for His sake? No, my loving Redeemer, I will no longer
seek to evade my cross, but with the Help of Thy Grace I will bear it with
Christian patience and resignation and follow Thee always.
III. Jesus falls the first time.
Weakened by torments and by loss of blood, Jesus falls beneath His Cross.
Alas! More truly was He crushed to earth by the number and enormity of my sins!
Good Master, I am heartily sorry for having offended Thee. I love Thee, infinite
Goodness! Help me to hate sin as the only real evil.
IV. Jesus meets His sorrowful Mother.
Jesus, the Man of Sorrows, meets Mary, the Queen of Martyrs. Oceans of grief
deluge their Hearts as they face each other. They suffer thus for my sins. O
Jesus, O Mary, bathe my sinful soul in a sea of true sorrow for my past
offences. In all temptation I will say: `Jesus, Mary, help me!'
V. Simon of Cyrene helps Jesus carry the Cross.
Although Jesus seems about to expire, He does not need -- yet accepts -- the
help of Simon, since He wills to die on the Cross. Thus does He teach me charity
and perseverance. O Jesus, I too will carry my cross patiently to the end and
strive to lighten the cross of my fellow-men.
VI. Veronica wipes the Face of Jesus.
Jesus accepts and returns the towel to Veronica. Upon it is left the impress
of His adorable Face. Alas! My sins have disfigured Thy holy Countenance. O
Jesus, grant me efficacious sorrow that all sin may be erased from my soul and
that Thy Grace and Thy divine Image may be stamped upon it forever.
VII. Jesus falls a second time.
My feeble resolutions, my oft-repeated sins have crushed Jesus to earth a
second time. Such is the malice of habitual sin. O Jesus, grant me true
repentance. Let me die a thousand times rather than have the misfortune to fall
again into mortal sin! Help me to hate all sin.
VIII. Jesus meet the Women of Jerusalem.
The Savior teaches teh women not to weep for Him, but for their own sins and
the sins of their children. How generous is He! O Jesus, grant that I may
understand the true meaning of Thy Passion and be so inflamed with love for Thee
that I may shed tears of blood over my past transgressions.
IX. Jesus falls the third time.
Consternation fills my soul when I behold the Savior fall a third time
beneath the Cross. What is the cause? The incredible obstinacy of sinners who
refuse to amend their lives. O Jesus, grant that I may be truly converted and
suffer every evil rather than be numbered among such ungrateful sinners.
X. Jesus is stripped of His garments.
What a pitiable spectacle is this shameful stripping of Jesus! Ghastly
wounds are re-opened. Blood flows afresh. What shame would be mine if the veil
were torn from my soul and the world saw my hidden sins! O Jesus, help me to
know all my sins and confess them with deep sorrow and true humility.
XI. Jesus is nailed to the Cross.
How can I behold the Savior shamefully nailed to the Cross and seek only
comfort, wealth, and honors... and even indulge in unlawful pleasures? Jesus
Crucified, help me to esteem and practice true Christian mortification that I
may love only Thee and renounce the world, the flesh, and the Devil.
XII. Jesus dies on the Cross.
Jesus, my God, dies on the Cross for me. I have done nothing for Him. I too
must die! O my Crucified Savior, grant that I may so live in the future that I
may have no cause to fear a sudden and unprovided death. Jesus, for Thee I live.
Jesus, for Thee I die!
XIII. Jesus is taken down from the Cross.
The lifeless Body of Jesus now rests in the arms of Mary. What anguish is
hers as she thinks of the many souls for whom her Son shed His Precious Blood in
vain! What joy to know that so many are redeemed! O my Savior, preserve me from
Hell. O sweet Heart of Mary, be my salvation.
XIV. Jesus is laid in the tomb.
Like Jesus, I too must lie in the grave. But Jesus rises in triumph on the
third day. My buried Jesus, grant eternal rest to all who sleep in death. Have
mercy on me and grant me the grace to rise to a new spiritual life, that dying
to myself now, I may rise gloriously with Thee on the Last Day.
Having finished the Way of the Cross, it is commendable pray for our
Holy Father, the Pope.