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THE STATIONS OF THE CROSS

Suggested short prayers for making the Stations.
Begin by expressing sorrow for all the sins of your life and rejecting all attachment to sin. If possible, move from Station to Station.

Say before each Station:

V.  We adore Thee, Oh Christ, and we Bless Thee
R.  Because by Thy Holy Cross Thou hast redeemed the world.

Say after each Station:
1 Our Father
1 Hail Mary
1 Glory Be
And concluding prayer for the intentions of Our Holy Father, The Pope.

First Station - JESUS IS CONDEMNED TO DEATH

It was for our sins, Oh Jesus, that you were condemned to suffer. Grant that we may detest our sins and by this repentance, obtain Your Mercy and pardon.

 


Second Station - JESUS IS BURDENED WITH THE CROSS


Oh Jesus, grant us, by virtue of Your Cross, that we may accept the difficulties of our state with meekness and cheerful submission. May we always be ready to take up our cross and follow You.

Third Station - JESUS FALLS FOR THE FIRST TIME

O Jesus, it was for our sins that you bore the heavy burden of the Cross and fell under its weight. May the thought of Your sufferings make us watchful over ourselves and save us from falling into sin.



Fourth Station - JESUS MEETS HIS SORROWFUL MOTHER


O Jesus, by the compassion which you felt for Your Mother, have compassion for us and give us a share of her intercession. Our most afflicted Mother, intercede for us, that through the sufferings of Your Son, we may bear with courage the sorrows of this life.

Fifth Station - SIMON OF CYRENE HELPS JESUS TO CARRY THE CROSS

O Jesus, just as Simon relieved You of Your burden, inspire us also to console You by our prayers of reparation and love.



Sixth Station - VERONICA WIPES THE FACE OF JESUS


O Jesus, may the contemplation of Your Holy Face enkindle in our hearts a more fervent love for You, and may Your image be graven on our minds and souls until we are transformed into Your likeness.


Seventh Station - JESUS FALLS FOR A SECOND TIME

O Jesus, our repeated falls into sin have added to the burden which You carried for our redemption. As you are weakened by the weight of our sins, we are the cause of this second fall. Please give us the strength never to offend You again.

Eighth Station - JESUS SPEAKS TO THE WOMEN OF JERUSALEM

O Jesus, just as You instructed the women of Jerusalem, please instruct us in the ways of virtue and help us to escape the dreadful judgements prepared for all who reject or neglect You in this life.

Ninth Station - JESUS FALLS FOR THE THIRD TIME


O Lord Jesus, we entreat You, by the merits of this third most painful fall, to pardon our frequent relapse and our long continuance in sin. May the thought of Your sufferings grieve us and move us to make frequent acts of love and reparation.

Tenth Station - JESUS IS STRIPPED OF HIS GARMENTS


O Jesus, by the pain You suffered in having Your clothing torn from Your bleeding body, please strip us of all conceit and pride, and instruct us in the ways of humility, purity of intention and simplicity of heart.


Eleventh Station - JESUS IS NAILED TO THE CROSS

As You were nailed to the Cross, O Jesus, fasten our hearts there also, that they may be united to You until death.




Twelfth Station - JESUS DIES ON THE CROSS

O Jesus, we devoutly embrace the holy Cross whereon You loved us even unto death. We thank You for Your sacrifice, and we desire to love You as much as You love us.



Thirteenth Station - JESUS IS LAID IN THE ARMS OF HIS HOLY MOTHER

We grieve with You, O Mary, for the sorrow you experienced as you examined the wounds on the body of your dear Son. By these sacred wounds may we obtain pardon and mercy for our sins.

Fourteenth Station - JESUS IS LAID IN THE TOMB

O Jesus, some day our bodies will also be placed in a tomb. Freed from the bonds of this earth, may we be received into Heaven by You and Your Holy Mother, so that we may praise and love You for all eternity. Amen.


PROMISES TO THOSE WHO FREQUENTLY
MAKE THE STATIONS OF THE CROSS.

According to Br. Stanislaus, (1903-1927) of the Christian Schools at Bugedo, these promises were given to him by Our Lord. According to his Master of Novices, Br. Stanislaus was an especially privileged soul who received messages from Heaven.

1. I will grant everything that is asked of Me with faith when making the Way of the Cross.
2. I promise eternal life to those who from time to time pray the Way of the Cross.
3. I will follow them everywhere in life, and I will help them especially at the hour of death.
4. Even if they have more sins than blades of grass in the fields and grains of sand in the sea, all of these sins will be erased by The Way of the Cross. (This promise does not eliminate the obligation to confess all mortal sins and this before receiving Holy Communion.)
5. Those who pray the Way of the Cross often will have a special glory in Heaven.
6. I will deliver them from purgatory - indeed, if they go there at all - the first Tuesday or Friday after their death.
7. I will bless them at each Way of the Cross, and My blessing will follow them everywhere on earth and after death, in Heaven for all eternity.
8. At the hour of death I will not permit the Devil to tempt them; I will lift all power from him in order that they may repose tranquilly in My arms.
9. If they pray it with true love, I will make each one of them a living ciborium in which it will please Me to pour My grace.
10. I will fix My eyes on those who pray The Way of the Cross often; My hands will always be open to protect them.
11. As I am nailed to the Cross, so also will I always be with those who honor Me in making the Way of the Cross frequently.
12. They will never be able to separate themselves from Me, for I will give them the grace never to commit a mortal sin.
13. At the hour of death I will console them with My presence, and we will go together to Heaven. Death will be sweet to all those who have honored Me during their lives by praying the Way of the Cross.
14. My soul will be a protective shield for them and will always help them whenever they have recourse to it.

 
LIVES OF THE SAINTS

JULY 1
BLESSED JUNIPERO SERRA
Blessed Junipero Serra was born in Petra, Spain, on November 24, 1713. The boy became a student at the Franciscan school in Palma 

JULY 2
ST. OTTO.
St. Otto lived in the twelfth century. He was born in Swabia, present-day Bavaria. 

JULY 3
ST. THOMAS
St. Thomas was one of the twelve apostles of Jesus. His name in the Syriac language means "twin."

JULY 4
ST. ELIZABETH OF PORTUGAL
St. Elizabeth, a Spanish princess, was born in 1271. She married King Denis of Portugal at the age of twelve.

JULY 5
ST. ANTHONY MARY ZACCARIA

St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria was born in Italy in 1502. While he was still young, his father died.

JULY 6
ST. MARIA GORETTI

St. Maria Goretti was born in 1890. Her father died when she and the other five children in her family were small. At twelve, Maria was already very pretty.

JULY 7
BLESSED ROGER DICKENSON, BLESSED RALPH MILNER AND BLESSED LAWRENCE HUMPHREY

These three martyrs lived in England during the time of Church persecution by Queen Elizabeth I.

JULY 8
BLESSED EUGENE III

Blessed Eugene III was born near Pisa, Italy, in the twelfth century. He was baptized Peter.

JULY 10
ST. FELICITY AND HER SEVEN SONS.

St. Felicity was a noble Christian woman of Rome. She lived during the second century.

JULY 11
ST. BENEDICT

St. Benedict was born in 480. He was from a rich Italian family. His life was full of adventure and wonderful deeds.

JULY 12
ST. JOHN GAULBERT

St. John Gaulbert was born in Florence, Italy, at the end of the tenth century. He and his father were devastated when John's only brother, Hugh, was murdered.

JULY 13
ST. HENRY II.

St. Henry II was born in 972. He became the duke of Bavaria in 995. One night he had an unusual vision. St. Wolfgang, who had been his beloved teacher when he was a boy, appeared to him.

JULY 14
BLESSED KATERI TEKAKWITHA

Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha was born in Auriesville, New York, in 1656. Her mother was a Christian Algonquin. Her father was a non-Christian Mohawk chief.

JULY 15
ST. BONAVENTURE.

St. was born in 1221 in Tuscany, Italy, and was baptized John.

JULY 16
FEAST OF OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL

This feast was instituted by the Carmelites between 1376 and 1386 under the title "Commemoratio B. Marif Virg.

JULY 17
ST. LEO IV.

St. Leo IV lived in the ninth century. He was a Roman by birth and spent his life in that city. Leo was educated in the Benedictine monastery near St. Peter's Basilica.

JULY 18
ST. FREDERICK.

St. Frederick lived in ninth-century Utrecht, in the central part of the Netherlands. When he was ordained a priest, Bishop Ricfried put him in charge of instructing converts.

JULY 19
ST. MACRINA.

St. Macrina was the first child of St. Basil the Elder and St. Emmelia.

JULY 20
SAINT CHARBEL.

St. Charbel was born to a poor Maronite Family on May 8, 1828 in a mountain village of Biqa-Kafra, Lebanon.

JULY 21
ST. LAWRENCE OF BRINDISI.

St. Lawrence was born Caesar Rossi in Brindisi, Italy, in 1559. Brindisi was part of the Kingdom of Naples, Italy.

JULY 22
ST. MARY MAGDALENE.

St. Mary Magdalene was from Magdala near the Sea of Galilee. Some people identify her as a well-known sinner when she first saw Our Lord.

JULY 23
ST. BRIDGET OF SWEDEN.

St. Bridget was born in Sweden in 1303. From the time she was a child, she was greatly devoted to the passion of Jesus.

JULY 24
ST. BORIS AND ST. GLEB

St. Boris and St. Gleb, the brothers, were born toward the end of the tenth century.

JULY 25
ST. JAMES THE GREATER

St. James was a fisherman like his father Zebedee and his brother John.

JULY 26
ST. JOACHIM AND ST. ANNE

St. Anne and St. Joachim are the parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

JULY 27
ST. PANTALEON

St. Pantaleon came from Nicomedia, near the Black Sea, in Asia. He lived in the fourth century.

JULY 29
ST. MARTHA

St. Martha was the sister of Mary and Lazarus.

JULY 30
ST. PETER CHRYSOLOGUS

St. Peter Chrysologus was born in the small town of Imola, Italy.

JULY 31
ST. IGNATIUS OF LOYOLA

St. Ignatius, the famous founder of the Jesuits, was born in 1491.

 
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SAINT GABRIEL

St. Gabriel Prayer

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Tour of the Relics of the Passion
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REFLECTIONS

“Jesus’ Baptism”

Why did Jesus, the sinless one sent from the Father in heaven, submit himself to John’s baptism? John preached a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins (Luke 3:3). In this humble submission we see a foreshadowing of the “baptism” of Jesus bloody death upon the cross. Jesus’ baptism is the acceptance and the beginning of his mission as God’s suffering Servant (Isaiah 52:13-15; 53:1-12). He allowed himself to be numbered among sinners. Jesus submitted himself entirely to his Father’s will. Out of love he consented to this baptism of death for the remission of our sins. Do you know the joy of trust and submission to God?

 
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