STATIONS OF THE CROSS
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:
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
12. They will never be able to separate themselves
from Me, for I will give them the grace never to commit a mortal
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.