Stations of the Cross

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Stations of the Cross or Way of the Cross:

Stations of the Cross or Way of the Cross Copyrighted material that appears in this article is included under the provisions of the Fair Use Clause of the National Copyright Act, which allows limited reproduction of copyrighted materials for educational and religious use when no financial charge is made for viewing.

Purpose:

Purpose The object of the Stations is to help the faithful to make in spirit, as it were, a pilgrimage to the chief scenes of Christ’s sufferings and death. The Stations are carried out by passing from Station to Station, with certain prayers at each and devout meditation on the various incidences in turn. The Stations constitute a miniature pilgrimage to the holy places at Jerusalem.

History:

History The Stations or Way of the Cross have been a tradition in Jerusalem since the days of Constantine (313 AD). The Stations of the Cross began because of the wars preventing European Christian pilgrims from visiting the Holy Land. Tradition affirms that the Blessed Virgin used to visit daily the scenes of Christ's Passion.

Opening Prayer:

Opening Prayer Mary, my Mother, you were the first to live the Way of the Cross. You felt every pain and every humiliation. You were unafraid of the ridicule heaped upon you by the crowds. Your eyes were ever on Jesus and His Pain. Is that the secret of your miraculous strength? How did your loving heart bear such a burden? As you watched Him stumble and fall, were you tortured by the memory of all the yesterdays, His birth, His hidden life and His ministry?

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You were so desirous of everyone loving Him. What a heartache it was to see so many hate Him - hate with a devilish fury. Take my hand as I make this Way of the Cross. Inspire me with those thoughts that will make me realize how much He loves me. Give me the ability to apply each station to my daily life and to remember my neighbor's needs.

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Obtain for me the grace to understand the mystery, the wisdom, and the Divine love as I go from scene to scene. Grant that my heart, like yours, may be pierced through by the sight of His sorrow and misery and that I may be determine never to offend Him again. What a price He paid to cover my sins, to open the gates of heaven for me and to fill my soul with His own Spirit. Sweet Mother, let us travel this way together and grant that the love in my poor heart may give you some slight consolation. Amen.

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We adore You, O Christ, and we bless You. Because by your holy cross You redeemed the world. Behold the Lord, arrested because of envy and falsely condemned because of fear. Jesus is accused of stirring up a revolt. Ironically, this description befits Barabbas, who is released instead of Christ. Humbly the Son of God accepts what His Father has permitted, in order that all that had been foretold of Him would come to pass. Friends, let us reject envy, greed, and the desire for any other gain that is not meant for us. God knows our needs and those of our neighbor. [Let us PAUSE] Then an Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be First Station Jesus is condemned to death

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We adore You, O Christ, and we bless You. Because by your holy cross You have redeemed the world. Recognizing the way set before Him, the way of the cross, there is no demand by the Anointed One for His rights. Instead, He picks up the cross and begins His journey. Hidden but recognized by Jesus in all of this is God's will. He is dedicated to it. Jesus knows that human life is limited in many ways, and He accepts it from His Father with love. Our lives are really very simple, but its meaning deep. Through the grace of God we can fulfill our everyday work and through this, glorify our Creator. [Let us PAUSE] Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be Second Station Jesus carries his cross

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We adore You, O Christ, and we bless You. Because by your holy cross You have redeemed the world. Weakened by the ill treatment of the soldiers, the humiliation of the jeering crowd, and the sheer weight of the cross, Jesus collapses in the street. He gets up and resolutely continues His way. Detachment is necessary to free us from all worldliness and anxiety. Self-denial frees us to follow God. The Lord Himself has given us an example. Sisters and Brothers, we should put aside everything that does not help us to follow the call of God. [PAUSE] Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be Third Station Jesus falls the first time

Fourth Station Jesus meets his mother:

Fourth Station Jesus meets his mother The most intense trial of her life must have weakened her. But now, seeing His face, she sees more than only His pain. She detects His resolve, His utter fearlessness. She is strengthened by it. Courage is required to persevere in faithfulness to God. It is not willpower of our own. Amid trials and temptations to "take it easy" we need to cling to Him. [PAUSE] Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be We adore You, O Christ, and we bless You. Because by your holy cross You have redeemed the world. Jesus was not the only one who suffered the cross that day. Mary, His mother was there and shared it in her way.

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Fifth Station Simon of Cyrene helps Jesus to carry his cross We adore You, O Christ, and we bless You. Because by your holy cross You have redeemed the world. The soldiers enlisted the help of a man to carry the heavy wood. Mercifully there was someone to help! We do not know the heart of Simon. We only know the heart of God who provided Simon to help Jesus. Fellow lovers of God, the Lord is in our midst. Let us put on the clothes of mercy, generosity, compassion, and service to others. [PAUSE] Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be

Sixth Station Veronica wipes the face of Jesus:

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. Veronica cannot bear to stand idly by and watch Jesus suffer such torture alone. Risking the jeers of the crowd and the rough treatment of the soldiers, she moves boldly forward and gently wipes Jesus’ holy face. Jesus leaves His image on the cloth in thanksgiving. Awaken in us the compassion and desire to minister to others. [PAUSE] Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be

Seventh Station Jesus falls the second time:

Seventh Station Jesus falls the second time We adore You, O Christ, and we bless You. Because by your holy cross You have redeemed the world. Falling again, Jesus heard the jeering and felt the prodding of the men trying to move Him along. He rose again to continue the work the Father had given Him to redeem us. Saving love is the gift and privilege we enjoy as Christians. The sincere love of enemies is what Christ's mission is about. [PAUSE] Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be

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Eighth Station Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem We adore You, O Christ, and we bless You. Because by your holy cross You have redeemed the world. Seeing women of Jerusalem on the way who were in great sorrow because of Him, the Lord said, "Do not weep for me but for yourselves and your children.“ Though Jesus' work was just ending, these women's work was beginning. Great diligence is required of those who wish to share in God's saving work. Though the task may be hard, the poor in spirit will be blessed if they persevere. And the reward for them and those for whom they pray is no less than the kingdom of God! [PAUSE] Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be

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Ninth Station Jesus falls a third time We adore You, O Christ, and we bless You. Because by your holy cross You have redeemed the world. Jesus, nearing the place of His execution fell yet again. Now He was at His weakest and at the threshold of Calvary. Beneath the dirt and sweat and blood that covered Him was the most incredible meekness, a meekness that could not find fault with His Father's plan. He arose again to gain the promise of the covenant. We are members of Christ's Body - the Church. Like Abraham who was promised the land, Jesus promises us: "And whoever perseveres to the end shall be saved.“ [PAUSE] Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be

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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. Now the Lord's clothes are stripped off of him. All that remains is the flesh which He took on in order to be one of us. All earthly things have been taken from Him; human power, influence, and freedom. He has no food, clothes, or emotional support. Those who stockpile worldly possessions are fools. “For the world in its present form is passing away. (1 Cor 7:31)“ [PAUSE] Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be

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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. Blood flowed profusely as Jesus is fastened to the wood that He had carried. As though big blunt nails completely driven through Him were not enough, they enlarged the pain by pulling His limbs until they were dislocated. Jesus, you forgave your enemies. My God, teach me to forgive injuries and to FORGET them. Remember Mary the sister of Lazarus as she washed the feet of Jesus with her tears. The Lord said: "I tell you, her sins, many as they are will be forgiven her because she has loved much.“ [PAUSE] Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be

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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. Pure in heart, the Lord Jesus persevered in showing all the goodness of God till His death, saying, “Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.” Then His heart was pierced by a soldier’s lance and out flowed blood and water as from a fount overflowing with mercy. In life, charity leads to continuing conversion. The purity of a person is interior, from which grace and mercy flow out to others. [PAUSE] Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be

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Thirteenth Station The body of 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. Consider how Jesus' body, after merciless treatment and final piercing was removed from the instrument of His death. The hearts of those who loved him are nearly broken in agony and wrenching emptiness. St. Paul tells us that our bodies, like His, are holy, - temples of the Holy Spirit - and that we must not defile them. Let us then resolve to renounce all selfishness, which makes us unhealthy, hurts our relationships with others and keeps us from knowing the God for whom we are made. Then we will be called peacemakers and children of God (Mt. 5:9). [PAUSE] Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be

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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. Jesus’ body is hastily prepared for burial and placed in a tomb. Jesus looked defeated. What had been gained? Even His closest friends had had their doubts. But since His life was the gift He gave, the reverse of all appearances turned out to be true. Christ continues His work through others, till the Good News reaches the very ends of the earth. Jesus, lead us through all darkness, suffering, and death. Bring us each day into the Peace of your kingdom and grant us a share in the lasting joy of your resurrection. [PAUSE] Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be

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