Friday, November 24, 2017

The Way of the Cross


The Way of the Cross

In the Roman Catholic tradition, the meditation on the Way (or the Stations) of the Cross is often performed in a spirit of reparation for the sufferings and insults that Jesus endured during His Passion (and those continually offered to Him by the sins of men).

The object of the stations is to help the faithful to make in spirit, as it were, a pilgrimage to the chief scenes of Christ's sufferings and death, and this has become one of the most popular of Catholic devotions. It is carried out by passing from station to station, with certain prayers at each and devout meditation on the various incidents in turn. It is common, when the devotion is performed publicly, to sing a stanza of the "Stabat Mater" while passing from one station to the next.



Begin by making a Perfect Act of Contrition, then all pray:


My Lord Jesus Christ, Thou hast made this journey to die for me with love unutterable, and I have so many times unworthily abandoned Thee; but now I love Thee with my whole heart, and because I love Thee, I repent sincerely for ever having offended Thee. Pardon me, my God, and permit me to accompany Thee on this journey. Thou goest to die for love of me; I wish also, my beloved Redeemer, to die for love of Thee. My Jesus, I will live and die always united to Thee.


1st Station: Jesus is condemned to death

V. We adore thee O Christ and we praise thee (genuflect)
R. Because by thy holy cross thou hast redeemed the world (rise)


Leader: Consider how Jesus, after having been scourged and crowned with thorns was unjustly condemned by Pilate to die on the Cross.

All pray: My adorable Jesus, it was not Pilate, no, it was my sins that condemned Thee to die. I beseech Thee, by the merits of this sorrowful journey, to assist my soul in its journey towards eternity. I love Thee, Jesus my love, with my whole heart; I repent of ever having offended Thee. Never permit me to offend Thee again. Grant that I may love Thee always, and then do with me what Thou wilt.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be.

V. Lord Jesus, crucified.
R. Have mercy on us!

At the cross her station keeping,
Stood the mournful Mother weeping,
Close to Jesus to the last.

2nd Station: Jesus carries His Cross

V. We adore thee O Christ and we praise thee (genuflect)
R. Because by thy holy cross thou hast redeemed the world (rise)


Leader: Consider how Jesus, in making this journey with the Cross on His shoulders, thought of us and offered to His Father the death He was about to undergo.

All pray: My most beloved Jesus, I embrace all the tribulations Thou hast destined for me until death. I beseech Thee, by the merits of the pain Thou didst suffer in carrying Thy cross, to give me the necessary help to carry mine with perfect patience and resignation. I love Thee, Jesus my love, with my whole heart; I repent of ever having offended Thee. Never permit me to offend Thee again. Grant that I may love Thee always, and then do with me what Thou wilt.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be.

V. Lord Jesus, crucified.
R. Have mercy on us!

Through her heart, His sorrow sharing,
All His bitter anguish bearing,
Now at length the sword has passed.

3rd Station: Jesus falls the first time

V. We adore thee O Christ and we praise thee (genuflect)
R. Because by thy holy cross thou hast redeemed the world (rise)


Leader: 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.

All pray: My beloved Jesus, it is not the weight of the cross, but of my sins, which has made Thee suffer so much pain. Ah, by the merits of this first fall, deliver me from the misfortune of falling into mortal sin. I love Thee, Jesus my love, with my whole heart; I repent of ever having offended Thee. Never permit me to offend Thee again. Grant that I may love Thee always, and then do with me what Thou wilt.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be.

V. Lord Jesus, crucified.
R. Have mercy on us!

Oh, how sad and sore distressed
Was that Mother highly blessed
Of the sole-begotten One!
4th Station: Jesus meets His sorrowful mother

V. We adore thee O Christ and we praise thee (genuflect)
R. Because by thy holy cross thou hast redeemed the world (rise)


Leader: 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.

All pray: My most loving Jesus, by the sorrow Thou didst experience in this meeting, grant me the grace of a truly devoted love for Thy most holy Mother. And thou, my Queen, who wast overwhelmed with sorrow, obtain for me by thy intercession a continual and tender remembrance of the Passion of thy Son. I love Thee, Jesus my love, with my whole heart; I repent of ever having offended Thee. Never permit me to offend Thee again. Grant that I may love Thee always, and then do with me what Thou wilt.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be.

V. Lord Jesus, crucified.
R. Have mercy on us!

Christ above in torment hangs,
She beneath beholds the pangs
Of her dying, glorious Son.
5th Station: Simon helps Jesus to carry the Cross

V. We adore thee O Christ and we praise thee (genuflect)
R. Because by thy holy cross thou hast redeemed the world (rise)


Leader: Consider how 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 on the Cross, constrained Simon the Cyrenian to carry the Cross behind our Lord.

All pray: My most sweet Jesus, I will not refuse the cross as the Cyrenian did; I accept it, I embrace it. I accept in particular the death that Thou hast destined for me, with all the pains that may accompany it. I unite it to Thy death; I offer it to Thee. Thou hast died for love of me! I will die for love of Thee, and to please Thee. Help me by Thy grace. I love Thee, Jesus my love, with my whole heart; I repent of ever having offended Thee. Never permit me to offend Thee again. Grant that I may love Thee always, and then do with me what Thou wilt.
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be.

V. Lord Jesus, crucified.
R. Have mercy on us!

Is there one who would not weep
Whelmed in miseries so deep
Christ‘s dear Mother to behold?
6th Station: Veronica wipes the face of Jesus

V. We adore thee O Christ and we praise thee (genuflect)
R. Because by thy holy cross thou hast redeemed the world (rise)


Leader: Consider how 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.

All pray: My most beloved Jesus, Thy face was beautiful before, but in this journey it has lost all its beauty, and wounds and blood have disfigured it. Alas! my soul also was once beautiful when it received Thy grace in Baptism, but I have disfigured it since by my sins. Thou alone, my Redeemer, canst restore it to its former beauty. Do this by Thy Passion, O Jesus. I love Thee, Jesus my love, with my whole heart; I repent of ever having offended Thee. Never permit me to offend Thee again. Grant that I may love Thee always, and then do with me what Thou wilt.
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be.

V. Lord Jesus, crucified.
R. Have mercy on us!

Can the human heart refrain
From partaking in her pain,
In that Mother‘s pain untold?
7th Station: Jesus falls the second time

V. We adore thee O Christ and we praise thee (genuflect)
R. Because by thy holy cross thou hast redeemed the world (rise)


Leader: Consider the second fall of Jesus under the Cross, a fall which renews the pain of all the wounds of the head and members of our afflicted Lord.

All pray: My most gentle Jesus, how many times Thou hast pardoned me, and how many times have I fallen again and begun again to offend Thee! Oh, by the merits of this new fall, give me the necessary helps to persevere in Thy grace until death. Grant that in all temptations which assail me I may always commend myself to Thee. I love Thee, Jesus my love, with my whole heart; I repent of ever having offended Thee. Never permit me to offend Thee again. Grant that I may love Thee always, and then do with me what Thou wilt.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be.

V. Lord Jesus, crucified.
R. Have mercy on us!

Bruised, derided, cursed, defiled,
She beheld her tender Child,
All with bloody scourges rent.
8th Station: The women weep over Jesus

V. We adore thee O Christ and we praise thee (genuflect)
R. Because by thy holy cross thou hast redeemed the world (rise)


Leader: Consider how those women wept with compassion at seeing Jesus in such a pitiable state, streaming with blood as He walked along. But Jesus said to them: “Weep not for me but for your children.”

All pray: My Jesus, laden with sorrows, I weep for the offences that I have committed against Thee because of the pains which they have deserved, and still more because of the displeasure which they have caused Thee, who hast loved me so much. It is Thy love, more than the fear of hell, which causes me to weep for my sins. I love Thee, Jesus my love, with my whole heart; I repent of ever having offended Thee. Never permit me to offend Thee again. Grant that I may love Thee always, and then do with me what Thou wilt.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be

V. Lord Jesus, crucified.
R. Have mercy on us!

For the sins of His own nation
Saw Him hang in desolation
Till His spirit forth He sent.
9th Station: Jesus falls the third time

V. We adore thee O Christ and we praise thee (genuflect)
R. Because by thy holy cross thou hast redeemed the world (rise)


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

All pray: Ah, my outraged Jesus, by the merits of the weakness that Thou didst suffer in going to Calvary, give me strength sufficient to conquer all human respect and all my wicked passions, which have led me to despise Thy friendship. I love Thee, Jesus my love, with my whole heart; I repent of ever having offended Thee. Never permit me to offend Thee again. Grant that I may love Thee always, and then do with me what Thou wilt.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be.

V. Lord Jesus, crucified.
R. Have mercy on us!

O thou Mother! fount of love,
Touch my spirit from above.
Make my heart with thine accord.

10th Station: Jesus is stripped of His garments

V. We adore thee O Christ and we praise thee (genuflect)
R. Because by thy holy cross thou hast redeemed the world (rise)


Leader: 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.

All pray: My innocent Jesus, by the merits of the torment which Thou hast felt, help me to strip myself of all affection to things of earth in order that I may place all my love in Thee, who art so worthy of my love. I love Thee, Jesus my love, with my whole heart; I repent of ever having offended Thee. Never permit me to offend Thee again. Grant that I may love Thee always, and then do with me what Thou wilt.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be.

V. Lord Jesus, crucified.
R. Have mercy on us!

Make me feel as thou hast felt;
Make my soul to glow and melt
With the love of Christ, my Lord.

11th Station: Jesus is nailed to the Cross

V. We adore thee O Christ and we praise thee (genuflect)
R. Because by thy holy cross thou hast redeemed the world (rise)


Leader: Consider how Jesus, after being thrown on the Cross, extended His hands and offered to His eternal Father the sacrifice of His death for our salvation. These barbarians fastened Him with nails, then raising the Cross, allowed Him to die in anguish.

All pray: My Jesus, loaded with contempt, nail my heart to Thy feet that it may ever remain there to love Thee and never quit Thee again. I love Thee, Jesus my love, with my whole heart; I repent of ever having offended Thee. Never permit me to offend Thee again. Grant that I may love Thee always, and then do with me what Thou wilt.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be.

V. Lord Jesus, crucified.
R. Have mercy on us!

Holy Mother, pierce me through!
In my heart each wound renew
Of my Savior crucified.

12th Station: Jesus dies on the Cross

V. We adore thee O Christ and we praise thee (genuflect)
R. Because by thy holy cross thou hast redeemed the world (rise)


Leader: Consider how 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.

All pray: O my dying Jesus, I kiss devoutly the cross on which Thou didst die for love of me. I have merited by my sins to die a miserable death, but Thy death is my hope. Ah, by the merits of Thy death, give me grace to die embracing Thy feet and burning with love for Thee. I commit my soul into Thy hands. I love Thee, Jesus my love, with my whole heart; I repent of ever having offended Thee. Never permit me to offend Thee again. Grant that I may love Thee always, and then do with me what Thou wilt.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be.

V. Lord Jesus, crucified.
R. Have mercy on us!

Let me share with thee His pain,
Who for all our sins was slain,
Who for me in torments died.
13th Station: Jesus is taken down from the Cross

V. We adore thee O Christ and we praise thee (genuflect)
R. Because by thy holy cross thou hast redeemed the world (rise)


Leader: Consider how, after the death of our Lord Jesus Christ, 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.

All pray: O Mother of Sorrow, for the love of Jesus thy Son, accept me for thy servant and pray to Him for me. And Thou, my Redeemer, since Thou hast died for me, permit me to love Thee; for I wish but Thee, my Jesus. I love Thee, Jesus my love, with my whole heart; I repent of ever having offended Thee. Never permit me to offend Thee again. Grant that I may love Thee always, and then do with me what Thou wilt.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be.

V. Lord Jesus, crucified.
R. Have mercy on us!

Let me mingle tears with thee,
Mourning Him who mourned for me,
All the days that I may live.
14th Station: Jesus is laid in the sepulcher

V. We adore thee O Christ and we praise thee (genuflect)
R. Because by thy holy cross thou hast redeemed the world (rise)

Leader: Consider how the disciples carried the body of Jesus to bury it, accompanied by His holy mother, who arranged it in the sepulcher with her own hands. They then closed the tomb and all withdrew.

All pray: Ah, my buried Jesus, I kiss the stone that encloses Thee. But Thou didst rise again the third day. I beseech Thee, by Thy resurrection, make my soul rise to Thee in heaven at my death and make my body rise glorious at the Last Day, that I may praise Thee and love Thee forever. I love Thee, Jesus my love, with my whole heart; I repent of ever having offended Thee. Never permit me to offend Thee again. Grant that I may love Thee always, and then do with me what Thou wilt.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be.

V. Lord Jesus, crucified.
R. Have mercy on us!

By the cross with thee to stay,
There with thee to weep and pray,
Is all I ask of thee to give.

PRAYER TO JESUS CRUCIFIED
Behold, O kind and most sweet Jesus, I cast myself on my knees in Thy sight, and with the most fervent desire of my soul I pray and beseech Thee that Thou wouldst impress upon my heart lively sentiments of faith, hope and charity, with true repentance for my sins, and a firm desire of amendment, whilst with deep affection and grief of soul I ponder within myself, and mentally contemplate Thy five precious wounds: having before my eyes that which David spoke in prophecy: "They pierced my hands and my feet; they have numbered all my bones."

Five Our Fathers, Five Hail Marys, and:

Eternal Father, we pray Thee help the souls of Thy servants, whom Thou hast redeemed with the blood of Jesus Christ.

V. Eternal rest give unto them, O Lord.
R. And let perpetual light shine upon them.
V. May they rest in peace.
R. Amen.


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