Stations of the Cross

In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen. 

Jesus came with his disciples to a country place called Gethsemani, and he said to them, "Sit down here, while I go over yonder and pray." Then he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and he began to be saddened and exceedingly troubled. He said to them, ‘My soul is sad, even unto death.   Wait here and watch with me." He went forward a little, and faIling prostrate he prayed, saying, ‘Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass away from me; yet not as I will but as you will.’’ (Matthew 26: 36-39)


1st Station
Jesus is condemned to death  

We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You, because by Your Holy Cross, You have redeemed the world.

Again the high priest began to ask him, and said to him, "Are you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed One?"  And Jesus said to him, "I am. And you shall see the Son of Man coming with the clouds of heaven."  But the high priest tore his garments and said, "What further need have we of witnesses?  You have heard the blasphemy.  What do you think?"  And they all condemned him as liable to death. (Mark 14:61-64)


2nd Station
Jesus takes up His Cross

We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You, because by Your Holy Cross, You have redeemed the world.

And Pilate said to the Jews, "Behold, you king!" But they cried out, "Away with him! Away with him! Crucify him!" Pilate said to them, "Shall I crucify your king?" The chief priests answered, "We have no king but Caesar." Then he handed him over to them to be crucified. And so they took Jesus and lead him away, bearing the cross for himself. (John 19:14-17)


3rd Station
Jesus falls the first time

We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You, because by Your Holy Cross, You have redeemed the world.

If the world hates you, know that I has hated me before you. If you were of the world, the world would love what is its own. Because you are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. Remember the world the I have spoken to you. : No servant is greater than his master. If they have persecuted me, they will persecute you also. (John 15:18-20)


4th Station
Jesus meets His Holy Mother

We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You, because by Your Holy Cross, You have redeemed the world.

Now there were standing by the cross of Jesus his mother and his mother’s sister. Mary of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus, therefore, saw his mother and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he said to his mother, "Woman, behold your son." Then he said to the disciple, "Behold, your mother." And from that hour the disciple took her into his home. (John 19:25-27)


5th Station
Simon the Cyrene helps Jesus to carry the Cross

We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You, because by Your Holy Cross, You have redeemed the world.

And when they had mocked Jesus, they took the purple cloak off and put his own clothes on him, and they led him out to be crucified. Then they forced a certain passer-by, Simon of Cyrene, coming from the country, to take up his cross. They brought Jesus toe the place called Golgotha, a name meaning ‘the place of the skull’. (Mark 15:20-22)


6th Station
Veronica wipes the Face of Jesus

We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You, because by Your Holy Cross, You have redeemed the world.

"Lord, when did we see you hungry, and feed you; or thirsty, and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger, and take you in; or naked, and clothe you? Or when did we see you sick, or in prison, and come to you?" And answering the king will say to them, "Amen, I say to you, as long as you did it for one of these, the least of my brethren, you did it for me. (Mt. 25:37-40)


7th Station
Jesus falls the second time

We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You, because by Your Holy Cross, You have redeemed the world.

It was our weaknesses that he carried, our sufferings that he endured, while we thought of him as stricken, as one struck by God and afflicted. But he was pierced for our offenses, and crushed for our sins; upon him was the punishment that makes us whole, by his stripes we were healed. We had all gone astray like sheep, each following his own way; but the Lord laid upon him the guilt of us all. (Is. 53:4-6)


8th Station
Jesus comforts the women of Jerusalem

We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You, because by Your Holy Cross, You have redeemed the world.

There was following Jesus a great crowd of people, and among them were some women who were bewailing and lamenting him. Jesus turning to them said, "Daughters of Jerusalem, do now weep for me, but weep for yourselves and your children." (Luke 23:27-28)

9th Station
Jesus falls the third time

We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You, because by Your Holy Cross, You have redeemed the world.

I lie prostrate in the dust; give me life according to your word. I declared my ways, and you answered me; teach me you commands. Make me understand the way of your precepts, and I will meditate on your wondrous deeds. My soul weeps for sorrow; strengthen me with your words. (Ps 118:25-28)


10th Station
Jesus is stripped of His garments

We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You, because by Your Holy Cross, You have redeemed the world.

They gave Jesus wine to drink mixed with gall; but when he had tasted it, he would not drink. Then after they had crucified him, they divided his clothes, casting lots, to fulfill what was spoken through the prophets, "They divided my clothes among them, and upon my garments they cast lots." (Mt. 27:34-35)


11th Station
Jesus is nailed to the Cross

We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You, because by Your Holy Cross, You have redeemed the world.

When they came to Golgotha, the place called the Skull, they crucified Jesus and the robbers, one on his right and the other on his left. And Jesus said, "Father, forgive them for they do not know what they are doing." (Lk. 23:33-34, Jn. 19:18)


12th Station
Jesus dies on the Cross

We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You, because by Your Holy Cross, You have redeemed the world.

It was now about the sixth hour, and there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour. And the sun was darkened, and the curtain of the temple was torn in the middle. Jesus cried out with a loud voice and said, "It is finished. Father, into your hands I commend my spirit." Then, bowing his head, he died. (Lk. 23:44-46, Jn. 19:30b)


13th Station
Jesus is taken down from the Cross

We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You, because by Your Holy Cross, You have redeemed the world.

When the soldiers came to Jesus, they saw that he was already dead so that they did not break his legs, but one of them opened his side with a lance, and immediately there came blood and water. Joseph of Arimathea, because he was a disciple of the Jesus (though a secret one for fear of the Jews), besought Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus. And Pilate gave permission. (Jn. 9:33-34, 38a)


14th Station
Jesus is laid in the tomb

We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You, because by Your Holy Cross, You have redeemed the world.

Joseph of Arimathea took the body of Jesus, and wrapping it in a clean linen cloth he laid it in his new tomb, which he had hewn out of rock. Then he rolled a large stone against the entrance of the tomb and departed. (Mt. 27:59-60)

 

Since the Passion of Jesus is meaningless unless the Resurrecting is kept in mind, we continue to pray with the "fifteenth station".

The Resurrection of Jesus

When the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome, brought spices that they might go and anoint Jesus. Very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had just risen, they came to the tomb. They were saying to one another, "Who will roll the stone back from the entrance of the tomb for us?", for it was very large. But looking up they saw that the stone had been rolled back, and upon entering the tomb they were amazed to see a young man sitting at he right side and clothed in a white robe. He said to them, "Do not be terrified. You are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen, he is not here. Behold the place where they laid him." (Mk. 16:1-16)

In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen. 

 

The Stations of the Cross are a 14-step Catholic devotion that commemorates Jesus Christ's last day on Earth as a man. The 14 devotions, or stations, focus on specific events of His last day, beginning with His condemnation. The stations are commonly used as a mini pilgrimage as the individual moves from station to station. At each station, the individual recalls and meditates on a specific event from Christ's last day. Specific prayers are recited, then the individual moves to the next station until all 14 are complete.

The Stations of the Cross are commonly found in churches as a series of 14 small icons or images. They can also appear in church yards arranged along paths. The stations are most commonly prayed during Lent on Wednesdays and Fridays, and especially on Good Friday, the day of the year upon which the events actually occurred.

These stations were created for Holy Cross.

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