Meditations On The Way Of The Cross

We adore You, o Christ, and we bles You, because by your holy Cross you have redeemed the world

Station 1: Jesus Receives The Sentence Of Death

Station 1

Luke 23: 1-2

Then the whole assembly of them arose and brought him before Pilate. They brought charges against him, saying,”We found this man misleading our people; he opposes the payment of taxes to Caesar and maintains that he is the Messiah, a king”

Luke 23:24

With loud shouts, however, they persisted in calling for his crucifixion, and their voices prevailed. The verdict of Pilate was that their demand should be granted.

Our Father… Glory Be… Hail Mary

Jesus Christ crucified, have mercy on us.

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We adore You, o Christ, and we bles You, because by your holy Cross you have redeemed the world

Station 2: Jesus Accepts The Cross

Station 2

Matthew 27: 27-31

Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus inside the praetorium and gathered the whole cohort  around him. They stripped off his clothes and threw a scarlet military cloak about him. Weaving a crown of thorns, they placed it on his head, and a reed in his right hand.

And kneeling before him, they mocked him, saying “Hail King of the Jews!”. They spat upon him and took the reed and kept striking him on the head. And when they had mocked him, they stripped him of the cloak, dressed him in his own clothes, and led hum off to crucify him.

Our Father… Glory Be… Hail Mary

Jesus Christ crucified, have mercy on us.

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We adore You, o Christ, and we bles You, because by your holy Cross you have redeemed the world

Station 3: Jesus Falls TheFirst Time

Station 3

Isaiah 53: 4 – 7

Yet it was our infirmities that he bore, our sufferings that he endured. While we thought of him as stricken, as one smitten by God and afflicted. But he was pierced for our offenses, crushed for our sins. Upon him was the chastisement that makes us whole, by his stripes we were healed.

We had all gone astray like sheep, each following his own way; But the lord laid upon him the guilt of us all. Though he was harshly treated, he submitted and opened not his mouth. Like a lamb led to the slaughter or a sheep before the shearers, he was silent and opened not his mouth.

Our Father… Glory Be… Hail Mary

Jesus Christ crucified, have mercy on us.

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We adore You, o Christ, and we bles You, because by your holy Cross you have redeemed the world

Station 4: Jesus Meets Mary, His Mother

Station 4

Isaiah 66: 10

Rejoice with Jerusalem and be glad because of her, all you who love her: Exult, exult with her, all you who were mourning over her!

Isaiah 12:14

For thus says the lord: Lo, I will spread prosperity over her like a river, and te wealth of the nations like an overflowing torrent. As nurslings, you shall be carried in her arms, and fondled in her lap. As a mother comforts her son, so I will comfort you. In Jerusalem you will find your comfort. When you see this, your heart shall rejoice, and your bodies flourish like the grass. The Lord’s power shall be known to his servants, but to his enemies his wrath.

Our Father… Glory Be… Hail Mary

Jesus Christ crucified, have mercy on us.

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We adore You, o Christ, and we bles You, because by your holy Cross you have redeemed the world

Station 5: Simon Helps Jesus Carry The Cross

Station 5

Luke 23:26

As they led him away they took hold of a certain Simon, a Cyrenian, who was coming in from the country, and after laying the cross on him, they made him carry it behind Jesus.

Mark 15:21

They pressed into service a passer-by, Simon, a Cyrenian, who was coming in from the country, the father of Alexander and Rufas, to carry his cross.

Our Father… Glory Be… Hail Mary

Jesus Christ crucified, have mercy on us.

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We adore You, o Christ, and we bles You, because by your holy Cross you have redeemed the world

Station 6: Veronica Cleanses Jesus’ Face

Station 6

Sirach 6:14-17

A faithful friend is a sturdy shelter; he who finds one finds a treasure. A faithful friend is beyond price, no sum can balance his worth.

A faithful friend is a life-saving remedy, such as he wo fears God finds. For he who fears God behaves accordingly, and his friend will be like himself.

Our Father… Glory Be… Hail Mary

Jesus Christ crucified, have mercy on us.

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We adore You, o Christ, and we bles You, because by your holy Cross you have redeemed the world

Station 7: Jesus Falls Again Under The Cross

Station 7

Jeremiah 1:17-19

But do you gird your loins; stand up and tell them all that I command you. Be not crushed on their account, as though I would leave you crushed before them. For it is I this day who have made you a fortified city, a pillar of iron, a wall of brass against Judah’s kings and princes, against its priests and people.

They will fight against you, but not prevail over you, for I am with you to deliver you, says the Lord.

Our Father… Glory Be… Hail Mary

Jesus Christ crucified, have mercy on us.

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We adore You, o Christ, and we bles You, because by your holy Cross you have redeemed the world

Station 8: Jesus Speaks To The Women Of Jerusalem

Station 8

Luke 23:27-28

A large crowd of people followed Jesus, including many women who mourned and lamented him.

Jesus turned to them and said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me, weep instead for yourselves and your children.

Our Father… Glory Be… Hail Mary

Jesus Christ crucified, have mercy on us.

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We adore You, o Christ, and we bles You, because by your holy Cross you have redeemed the world

Station 9: Jesus Falls A Third Time

Station 9

John 12:25-26

Whoever loves his life will lose it, and whoever hates his life in this world will preserve it for eternal life.

Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there also will my servant be. The Gather will honor whoever serves me.

Our Father… Glory Be… Hail Mary

Jesus Christ crucified, have mercy on us.

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We adore You, o Christ, and we bles You, because by your holy Cross you have redeemed the world

Station 10: Jesus Is Stripped Of His Garments

Station 10

Mark 15:22-24

they brought him to the place of Golgotha (which is translated Place of the Skull). They gave him wine drugged with myrrh, but he did not take it.

Then they crucified him and divided his garments by casting lots for them to see what each should take.

Our Father… Glory Be… Hail Mary

Jesus Christ crucified, have mercy on us.

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We adore You, o Christ, and we bles You, because by your holy Cross you have redeemed the world

Station 11: Jesus Is Crucified

Station 11

Luke 23:33-34

When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him and the crimanals there, one on his right, the other on his left.

Then Jesus said,” Father, forgive thm, they do not know what they do.” They divided his garments by casting lots.

Our Father… Glory Be… Hail Mary

Jesus Christ crucified, have mercy on us.

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We adore You, o Christ, and we bles You, because by your holy Cross you have redeemed the world

Station 12: Jesus Dies On The Cross

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Mark 15:33-37

At noon, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. And at three o’clock Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?”, which is translated, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’

Some of the bystanders who heard it said, “Look, he is calling Elijah.” One of them ran, soaked a sponge with wine, put it on a reed and gave it to him to drink saying, “Wait, let us see if Elijah comes to take him down.” Jesus gave a loud cry and breathed his last.

Our Father… Glory Be… Hail Mary

Jesus Christ crucified, have mercy on us.

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We adore You, o Christ, and we bles You, because by your holy Cross you have redeemed the world

Station 13: Jesus’ Mother And Friends Lower His Body From The Cross

Station 13

 Luke 23:50-53

Now there was a virtuous and righteous man named Joseph who, though he was a member of the council, had not consented to their plan of action. He came from the Jewish town of Arimathea and was awaiting the kingdon of God.

He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. After he had taken the body down, he wrapped it in linen cloth and laid him in a rock-hewn tomb in which no one had yet been buried.

Our Father… Glory Be… Hail Mary

Jesus Christ crucified, have mercy on us.

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We adore You, o Christ, and we bles You, because by your holy Cross you have redeemed the world

Station 14: Jesus’ Mother And Friends Lay His Body In The Tomb

Station 14

Matthew 27:59-60

Taking the body, Joseph wrapped it in clean linen and laid it in his new tomb that he had hewn in the rock.

Than he rolled a huge stone across the entrance to the tomb and departed. 

Our Father… Glory Be… Hail Mary

Jesus Christ crucified, have mercy on us.

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