Stations Of The Cross

I

Jesus is Condemned to Death

       We adore Thee, O Christ, and we bless Thee. Because by Thy Holy Cross Thou hast redeemed the world.

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

       My Jesus, it was not Pilate; no, it was my sins that condemned Thee to die. I beg of Thee, by the merits of this sorrowful journey, to assist my soul in its journey towards eternity. I love Thee, my Jesus; I love Thee more than myself; I am sorry for having offended Thee. Never let me stray from Thee again. Grant that I may always love Thee and do Thy will. Amen.

       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 among 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.




II

Jesus is Made to Bear His Cross

       We adore Thee, O Christ, and we bless Thee. Because by Thy Holy Cross Thou hast redeemed the world.

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

       My Jesus, I embrace all the trials Thou hast willed for me until death. I beg of Thee, by the merits of the pain in which Thou didst suffer in carrying Thy Cross, to give me the graces and strength necessary to carry mine with perfect patience and resignation. I love Thee, my Jesus; I love Thee more than myself; I am sorry for having offended Thee. Never let me stray from Thee again. Grant that I may always love Thee and do Thy will. Amen.

       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 among 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.




III

Jesus Falls the First Time under His Cross

       We adore Thee, O Christ, and we bless Thee. Because by Thy Holy Cross Thou hast redeemed the world.

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

       My 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 ever falling into grave sin. I love Thee, my Jesus; I love Thee more than myself; I am sorry for having offended Thee. Never let me stray from Thee again. Grant that I may always love Thee and do Thy will. Amen.

       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 among 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.




IV

Jesus Meets His Afflicted Mother

       We adore Thee, O Christ, and we bless Thee. Because by Thy Holy Cross Thou hast redeemed the world.

       Consider the meeting of the Jesus and His Mother, Mary, which took place on this journey. Jesus and Mary looked at each other, and their looks became as arrows piercing each other's hearts, which loved each other so tenderly.

       My most loving Jesus, by the sorrow that 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 was so overwhelmed with sorrow, obtain for me by thy intercession a most loving and tender remembrance of the Passion of thy Son, Jesus. I love Thee, my Jesus; I love Thee more than myself; I am sorry for having offended Thee. Never let me stray from Thee again. Grant that I may always love Thee and do Thy will. Amen.

       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 among 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.




V

Simon Helps Jesus to Carry His Cross

       We adore Thee, O Christ, and we bless Thee. Because by Thy Holy Cross Thou hast redeemed the world.

       Consider how the Jews, seeing that at each step Jesus was weakening and was at the point of expiring. They feared that He would die before He was crucified. So they forced Simon to carry the Cross behind Our Lord.

       My Jesus, I will not refuse the Cross as Simon did; I accept it, I embrace it. I accept in particular the death Thou has chosen for me, with all the pains which 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, my Jesus; I love Thee more than myself; I am sorry for having offended Thee. Never let me stray from Thee again. Grant that I may always love Thee and do Thy will. Amen.

       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 among 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.




VI

Veronica Wipes the Face of Jesus

       We adore Thee, O Christ, and we bless Thee. Because by Thy Holy Cross Thou hast redeemed the world.

       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.

       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 by my sins. Thou alone, my Redeemer, canst restore it to its former beauty. Do this by Thy Passion; and grant that I may be cleansed by Thy Precious Blood.

       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 among 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.




VII

Jesus Falls the Second Time

       We adore Thee, O Christ, and we bless Thee. Because by Thy Holy Cross Thou hast redeemed the world.

       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.

       My most gentle Jesus, how many times Thou hast pardoned me, and how many times I have fallen again, and begun again to offend Thee! Oh, by the merits of this new fall, give me the necessary grace to persevere until death. Grant that in all temptations which gather against me that I may always commend myself to Thee. I love Thee, my Jesus; I love Thee more than myself; I am sorry for having offended Thee. Never let me stray from Thee again. Grant that I may always love Thee and do Thy will. Amen.

       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 among 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.




VIII

Jesus Speaks to the Women of Jerusalem

       We adore Thee, O Christ, and we bless Thee. Because by Thy Holy Cross Thou hast redeemed the world.

       Consider how those women wept at seeing Jesus in such a pitiable state, streaming with blood as He walked along. But Jesus said to them: Do not weep for Me, but weep for yourselves and for your children.

       My Jesus, laden with sorrows, I weep for the offenses I have committed against Thee, because of the pains they have deserved, and still more because of the displeasure 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, my Jesus; I love Thee more than myself; I am sorry for having offended Thee. Never let me stray from Thee again. Grant that I may always love Thee and do Thy will. Amen.

       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 among 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.




IX

Jesus Falls the Third Time

       We adore Thee, O Christ, and we bless Thee. Because by Thy Holy Cross Thou hast redeemed the world.

       Consider the third fall of Jesus. His weakness was extreme, and the cruelty of His executioners excessive, as they tried to hurry Him when He had scarcely strength to move.

       O my outraged Jesus, by the merits of the weakness Thou didst suffer on Thy way to Calvary, give me strength to conquer all human pride, and all my wicked passions, which have led me to despise Thy friendship. I love Thee, my Jesus; I love Thee more than myself; I am sorry for having offended Thee. Never let me stray from Thee again. Grant that I may always love Thee and do Thy will. Amen.

       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 among 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.




X

Jesus is Stripped of His Garments

       We adore Thee, O Christ, and we bless Thee. Because by Thy Holy Cross Thou hast redeemed the world.

       Consider the rage in which His executioners stripped Him of His clothes. His inner garments adhered to His torn flesh, and when they took the clothing off, the skin came with them. Soothe your Savior thus cruelly treated, and say to Him:

       My innocent Jesus, by the merits of the pain and grief 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, my Jesus; I love Thee more than myself; I am sorry for having offended Thee. Never let me stray from Thee again. Grant that I may always love Thee and do Thy will. Amen.

       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 among 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.




XI

Jesus is Nailed to the Cross

       We adore Thee, O Christ, and we bless Thee. Because by Thy Holy Cross Thou hast redeemed the world.

       Consider how 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, allowed Him to die with anguish.

       My Jesus, let my mind and my heart be always at the foot of the Cross so as to never forget the love Thou hast given me and the sacrifice Thou hast paid for me. I love Thee, my Jesus; I love Thee more than myself; I am sorry for having offended Thee. Never let me stray from Thee again. Grant that I may always love Thee and do Thy will. Amen.

       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 among 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.




XII

Jesus Dies on the Cross

       We adore Thee, O Christ, and we bless Thee. Because by Thy Holy Cross Thou hast redeemed the world.

       Consider how Jesus, after three hours' agony on the Cross, consumed at length with anguish, abandons Himself into His Father's hands, bows His head, and dies.

       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 with burning love only for Thee, I commit my soul into Thy hands. I love Thee, my Jesus; I love Thee more than myself; I am sorry for having offended Thee. Never let me stray from Thee again. Grant that I may always love Thee and do Thy will. Amen.

       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 among 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.




XIII

Jesus is Taken Down from the Cross

       We adore Thee, O Christ, and we bless Thee. Because by Thy Holy Cross Thou hast redeemed the world.

       Consider how, after the death of Our Lord, 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 tenderness and pressed Him to her bosom.

       O Mother of Sorrow, for the love of 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 only Thee, and nothing more. I love Thee, my Jesus; I love Thee more than myself; I am sorry for having offended Thee. Never let me stray from Thee again. Grant that I may always love Thee and do Thy will. Amen.

       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 among 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.




XIV

Jesus is Placed in the Tomb

       We adore Thee, O Christ, and we bless Thee. Because by Thy Holy Cross Thou hast redeemed the world.

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

       O, my Jesus, I kiss the stone that encloses Thee. But Thou didst rise again the third day. I beg of Thee by Thy resurrection, make me rise glorious with Thee at the last day, to be always united with Thee in heaven, to praise Thee and love Thee forever. I love Thee, my Jesus; I love Thee more than myself; I am sorry for having offended Thee. Never let me stray from Thee again. Grant that I may always love Thee and do Thy will. Amen.

       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 among 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.