The Stations of the Cross

Listen to the Stations or Use as a Guided Meditation:

The Stations of the Cross – Video 1 • Video 2

The Stations of the Cross, sometimes called The Way of The Cross, is a meditative prayer based on the Passion, Death, and Resurrection of Jesus. This devotion grew out of the custom of Holy Land pilgrims who retraced the last steps of Jesus on his way to Calvary. These early Christians marked significant places along the way of Jesus so that others could follow. These places became the Stations of the Cross. In the 17th century, churches placed stations around the walls to commemorate these events.

When praying the Stations of the Cross we pause at each station remembering all that Jesus did for us, and we reflect prayerfully on the scene depicted. We can pray alone or as a group, use our own heartfelt prayers or prayers written by various people throughout the centuries. This meditation helps us to deepen our commitment to follow Jesus, to reflect on his Suffering, Death, and Resurrection and his amazing love for us all.

The Stations 15 Stations of the Cross

  1. Jesus is condemned to death on the cross.
  2. Jesus accepts his cross.
  3. Jesus falls the first time.
  4. Jesus meets his sorrowful Mother.
  5. Simon of Cyrene helps Jesus carry his cross.
  6. Veronica wipes the face of Jesus.
  7. Jesus falls the second time.
  8. Jesus meets and speaks to the women of Jerusalem.
  9. Jesus falls the third time.
  10. Jesus is stripped of his garments.
  11. Jesus is nailed to the cross.
  12. Jesus dies on the cross.
  13. Jesus is taken down from the cross.
  14. Jesus is placed in the tomb.
  15. The Resurrection of the Lord.

Video 1
22:18 Minute Video – The Stations of the Cross – Music and Text


Video 2
28:18 Minute Video – The Stations of the Cross – Narrated by Father Reed


The 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.

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