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.