Stations of The Cross

As we pray these Stations, let us pray for all those who are suffering in the world - the poor, the vulnerable, the neglected, the abused, those who live in conditions of poverty and deprivation in our own parish and in our city and throughout the world. We pray that as we enter into the sufferings of Christ we will see Him suffering in the world around us.

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1st Station - Jesus is condemned to death

We Adore You, O Christ, and We Praise You. Because by Your Holy Cross, You Have Redeemed the World.

Consider that Jesus, after having been scourged and crowned with thorns, was unjustly condemned by Pilate to die on the cross.

Prayer

Lord, in the face of rejection or when I feel misunderstood or not accepted, keep me humble. Do not let fear take hold of me, but bolster me with your strength. Amen

Hymn

At the cross her station keeping,
stood the mournful mother weeping, 
close to Jesus at the last,

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2nd Station - Jesus is loaded with His cross.

We Adore You, O Christ, and We Praise You. Because by Your Holy Cross, You Have Redeemed the World.

Consider that Jesus, in making this journey with the cross on His shoulders, thought of us and offered for us to His Father the death that He was about to undergo.

Prayer

Lord, the crosses that come my way are really nothing compared to the cross you bore. You took the sins of the whole world on your shoulders. Strengthen my courage so that I am never ashamed of the cross but bear it proudly. Amen.

Hymn

Through her soul, of joy bereavèd,
bowed with anguish, deeply grievèd,
now at length the sword hath passed.

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3rd Station - Jesus falls the first time

We Adore You, O Christ, and We Praise You. Because by Your Holy Cross, You Have Redeemed the World.

Consider this first fall of Jesus under His cross. His flesh was torn by the scourges. His head crowned with thorns, and He had lost a great quantity of blood. He was so weakened that He could scarcely walk, and yet He had to carry this great load upon His shoulders. The soldiers struck Him rudely, and thus He fell several times in his journey.

Prayer

Lord, when I stumble and fall, help me to get up and resume walking the path of righteousness, truth, justice, and peace. Teach me the humble wisdom whose source is your eternal Father. Amen.

Hymn

O, that blessed one, grief-laden,
blessed Mother, blessed Maiden,
Mother of the all-holy One;.

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4th Station - Jesus meets His afficted Mother

We Adore You, O Christ, and We Praise You. Because by Your Holy Cross, You Have Redeemed the World.

Consider the meeting of the Son and the Mother, which took place on this journey. Jesus and Mary looked at each other, and their looks became as so many arrows to wound those hearts which loved each other so tenderly.

Prayer

Lord, how sorrowful it must have been to know that your own mother witnessed the suffering and rejection of her only son. Grant consolation to all who suffer the pain of rejection for the cause of your Father's kingdom. Amen. 

Hymn

O that silent, ceaseless mourning,
O those dim eyes, never turning
from that wondrous, suffering Son.

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5th Station - Simon helps Jesus to carry His cross

We Adore You, O Christ, and We Praise You. Because by Your Holy Cross, You Have Redeemed the World.​​​​​​​

Consider that the Jews, seeing that at each step Jesus, from weakness, was on the point of expiring, and fearing that He would die on the way, when they wished Him to die the ignominious death of the cross, constrained Simon the Cyrenian to carry the cross behind Our Lord.

Prayer

Lord, teach us to help one another in times of struggle. Curb our selfishness and broaden our outreach, especially to those most in need of your mercy. Amen.

Hymn

Who, on Christ's dear mother gazing,
in her trouble so amazing,
born of woman, would not weep?

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6th Station - Veronica offers Jesus a towel

We Adore You, O Christ, and We Praise You. Because by Your Holy Cross, You Have Redeemed the World.​​​​​​​

Consider that the holy woman named Veronica, seeing Jesus so afflicted and His face bathed in sweat and blood, presented Him with a towel, with which He wiped His adorable face, leaving on it the impression of His holy countenance.

Prayer

Lord, you taught in both word and deed that love conquers all. Move our hearts to offer love to all we meet in this life, and keep the bond of love strong in your church. Amen.

Hymn

Who, on Christ's dear Mother thinking,
such a cup of sorrow drinking,
would not share her sorrows deep?

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7th Station - Jesus falls a second time

We Adore You, O Christ, and We Praise You. Because by Your Holy Cross, You Have Redeemed the World.​​​​​​​

Consider the second fall of Jesus under the cross - a fall which renews the pains of all the wounds of the head and members of our afflicted Lord.

Prayer

Lord, you showed us by your own example that there is no shame in stumbling when the burdens of life become too great for us to bear. May we unite our suffering to yours for the glory of your Father's kingdom. Amen.

Hymn

For his people's sins, in anguish,
there she saw the victim languish,
bleed in torments, bleed and die.

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8th Station - Jesus speaks to the weeping women

We Adore You, O Christ, and We Praise You. Because by Your Holy Cross, You Have Redeemed the World.

Consider that those women wept with compassion at seeing Jesus in so pitiable a state, streaming with blood, as He walked along. But Jesus said to them, "Weep not for Me, but for your children."

Prayer 

Lord, when your eyes met the mournful gaze of the women of Jerusalem, you redirected their heartfelt sorrow. Help us to look inward to the deep recesses of our hearts where conversion is most needed. Strengthen our resolve to build up the community of faith. Amen.

Hymn

Saw the Lord's anointed taken,
saw her Child in death forrsaken,
heard his last expiring cry.

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9th Station - Jesus falls a third time

We Adore You, O Christ, and We Praise You. Because by Your Holy Cross, You Have Redeemed the World.​​​​​​​

Consider the third fall of Jesus Christ, His weakness was extreme, and the cruelty of His executioners excessive, who tried to hasten His steps when He had scarcely strength to move.

Prayer 

Lord, we seek fervently to be your servants and to bear your message. This challenge often comes with hardships, misunderstanding, and rejection. Bolster our courage and strength no matter how many times we fall or fail. Amen.

Hymn

In the passion of my Maker,
be my sinful soul partaker,
may I bear with her my part;

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10th Station - Jesus is stripped of His garments

We Adore You, O Christ, and We Praise You. Because by Your Holy Cross, You Have Redeemed the World.

Consider the violence with which the executioners stripped Jesus. His inner garments adhered to His torn flesh, and they dragged them off so roughly that the skin came with them. Compassionate your Saviour thus cruelly treated.

Prayer 

Lord, you allowed yourself to be utterly naked before the world's eyes, entirely vulnerable and defenceless. You refused to clothe yourself in the glory that was rightfully yours. Give us the courage to be so bold and not to fear the vulnerability that comes our way. Amen.

Hymn

of his passion bear the token,
in a spirit bowed and broken
bear his death within my heart.

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11th Station - Jesus is nailed to the cross

We Adore You, O Christ, and We Praise You. Because by Your Holy Cross, You Have Redeemed the World.

Consider that Jesus, after being thrown on the cross, extended His hands, and offered to His eternal Father the sacrifice of His life for our salvation. These barbarians fastened Him with nails, and then, raising the cross, left Him to die with anguish on this infamous gibbet.

Prayer 

Lord, when you were nailed to the cross, that most dreaded symbol of defeat, you also accepted the burden of all the sins of the world. In your humiliation, the world paradoxically gained its saviour, its redeemer, its hope. Let our faith in the cross shine in all that we think and speak and do. Amen

Hymn

May his wounds both wound and heal me,
he enkindle, cleanse, and heal me,
be his cross my hope and stay.

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12th Station -  Jesus dies on the cross +

We Adore You, O Christ, and We Praise You. Because by Your Holy Cross, You Have Redeemed the World.

Consider how thy Jesus, after three hours of agony on the cross, consumed at length with anguish, abandons Himself to the weight of His body, bows His head, and dies.

Prayer 

Lord, you accepted the ultimate mystery in human experience, the darkness of death. Your willingness as Lord of the universe to embrace death like one of us is truly humbling. Teach us that the power of death is not to be feared but to be accepted. It is the doorway to a new life. Amen.

Hymn

May he, when the mountains quiver,
from that flame which burns for ever
shield me on the judgment day.

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13th Station -  Jesus is taken down from the cross

We Adore You, O Christ, and We Praise You. Because by Your Holy Cross, You Have Redeemed the World.​​​​​​​

Consider that Our Lord having expired, two of His disciples, Joseph and Nicodemus, took Him down from the cross and placed Him in the arms of His afflicted Mother, who received Him with unutterable tenderness and pressed Him to her bosom.

Prayer 

Lord, your broken, bloodied, and beaten body was placed tenderly on the lap of the mother who bore you as a sacred vessel. Your body, broken and shared for the life of the world, now resides in your people, in the church. We thank you for this Eucharistic gift and we praise you for the blood of the cross. Amen.

Hymn

Jesus, may thy cross defend me,
and thy saving death befriend me,
cherished by thy deathless grace:

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14th Station - Jesus is laid in the tomb

We Adore You, O Christ, and We Praise You. Because by Your Holy Cross, You Have Redeemed the World.

Consider that the disciples carried the body of Jesus to bury it, accompanied by His holy Mother, who arranged it in the sepulchre with her own hands. They then closed the tomb, and all withdrew.

Prayer 

Lord, you were laid in the cold and barren tomb for three days, alone, in the dark, and abandoned. We, too, have been buried with you in baptism. Let us not fear the terror of the tomb, but grant us hope in the promise of new life. Amen

Hymn

when to dust my dust returneth,
grant a soul that to thee yearneth
in thy paradise a place.

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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 thee.
Blessed art thou amongst women,
and blessed is the fruit of thy 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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