A Short Way of the Cross

First Station

Jesus is Condemned to Death

We adore You, O Christ, and we bless You.
Because by Your holy cross You have redeemed the world.
O Jesus: So meek and uncomplaining,
teach me resignation in trials.
Lord Jesus, help us walk in Your steps.


Second Station

Jesus Carries His Cross

We adore You, O Christ, and we bless You.
Because by Your holy cross You have redeemed the world.
My Jesus! This Cross should be mine, not Thine!
My sins crucified Thee.
Lord Jesus, help us walk in Your steps.


Third Station

Our Lord Falls the First Time

We adore You, O Christ, and we bless You.
Because by Your holy cross You have redeemed the world.
O Jesus! By this first fall, never let me fall into mortal sin.
Lord Jesus, help us walk in Your steps.


Fourth Station

Jesus Meets His Mother

We adore You, O Christ, and we bless You.
Because by Your holy cross You have redeemed the world.
O Jesus! May no human tie, however dear,
keep me from following the road of the Cross.
Lord Jesus, help us walk in Your steps.


Fifth Station

Simon, the Cyrenean,
Helps Jesus Carry His Cross

We adore You, O Christ, and we bless You.
Because by Your holy cross You have redeemed the world.
Simon unwillingly assisted Thee;
may I with patience suffer all for Thee.
Lord Jesus, help us walk in Your steps.


Sixth Station

Veronica Wipes the Face of Jesus

We adore You, O Christ, and we bless You.
Because by Your holy cross You have redeemed the world.
O Jesus! Thou didst imprint Thy sacred features upon
Veronica’s veil; stamp them also indelibly upon my heart.
Lord Jesus, help us walk in Your steps.


Seventh Station

The Second Fall of Jesus

We adore You, O Christ, and we bless You.
Because by Your holy cross You have redeemed the world.
By Thy second fall, preserve me,
dear Lord, from relapse into sin.
Lord Jesus, help us walk in Your steps.


Eighth Station

Jesus Consoles the Women of Jerusalem

We adore You, O Christ, and we bless You.
Because by Your holy cross You have redeemed the world.
My greatest consolation would be to hear Thee say:
“Many sins are forgiven thee, because thou hast loved much.”
Lord Jesus, help us walk in Your steps.


Ninth Station

Third fall of Jesus

We adore You, O Christ, and we bless You.
Because by Your holy cross You have redeemed the world.
O Jesus! When I am weary upon life’s long journey,
be Thou my strength and my perseverance.
Lord Jesus, help us walk in Your steps.


Tenth Station

Jesus is Stripped of His Garments

We adore You, O Christ, and we bless You.
Because by Your holy cross You have redeemed the world.
My soul has been robbed of its robe of innocence;
clothe me, dear Jesus, with the garb of penance and contrition.
Lord Jesus, help us walk in Your steps.


Eleventh Station

Jesus is Nailed to the Cross

We adore You, O Christ, and we bless You.
Because by Your holy cross You have redeemed the world.
Thou didst forgive Thy enemies;
my God, teach me to forgive injuries and forget them.
Lord Jesus, help us walk in Your steps.


Twelfth Station

Jesus Dies on the Cross

We adore You, O Christ, and we bless You.
Because by Your holy cross You have redeemed the world.
Thou art dying, my Jesus, but Thy Sacred Heart
still throbs with love for Thy sinful children.
Lord Jesus, help us walk in Your steps.


Thirteenth Station

Jesus is Taken Down from the Cross

We adore You, O Christ, and we bless You.
Because by Your holy cross You have redeemed the world.
Receive me into thy arms, O Sorrowful Mother,
and obtain for me perfect contrition for my sins.
Lord Jesus, help us walk in Your steps.


Fourteenth Station

Jesus is Laid in the Tomb

We adore You, O Christ, and we bless You.
Because by Your holy cross You have redeemed the world.
When I receive Thee into my heart in Holy Communion,
O Jesus, make it a fit abiding place for Thy adorable Body.
Lord Jesus, help us walk in Your steps.

Amen.


Prayers highlighted in bold in the Short Way of the Cross as used by The Franciscan Fathers on their Missions. The accompanying prayers are from traditional Stations of the Cross.

Solemnity of Saint Joseph

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The Holy Family, by Rafael Flores, 1857

Prayer to Saint Joseph
By Pope Leo XIII

To thee do we cry in our tribulations,
O Blessed Saint Joseph,
as we confidently invoke your patronage,
after that of your most holy spouse,
the Blessed Virgin Mary.

By that sacred bond of devotion
which linked you to the Immaculate Virgin, Mother of God,
and for the fatherly love you lavished on the child Jesus,
we beg you to cast a glance on those heavenly gifts
which the Divine Redeemer has obtained for all mankind
through His Precious Blood
and through your power and mercy,
help us in our needs.

O holy protector of the holy family,
protect us children of the Lord Jesus Christ;
keep far from us the errors and evils
which corrupt the world;
assist us from Heaven in our struggles
against the powers of darkness.
And as you once protected the Divine Child
from the cruel edict of Herod,
now defend the church
and keep it safe from all dangers and threats;
spread over all of us your holy patronage
so that by following your example
and aided by your spiritual guidance,
we may all aspire to a virtuous life,
look to a holy death and secure for ourselves
the blessing of eternal happiness in Heaven.

Amen.

Saint Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick

Prayer for the Faithful
By St. Patrick

May the Strength of God guide us.
May the Power of God preserve us.
May the Wisdom of God instruct us.
May the Hand of God protect us.
May the Way of God direct us.
May the Shield of God defend us.
May the Angels of God guard us.
– Against the snares of the evil one.

May Christ be with us!
May Christ be before us!
May Christ be in us,
Christ be over all!

May Thy Grace, Lord, Always be ours,
This day, O Lord, and forevermore.

Amen.