STATIONS OF THE CROSSOpening Prayer:Minister:God of power and mercy,in love you sent your Sonthat we might be cleansed of sinand live with you forever.Bless us as we gather to reflecton his suffering and deaththat we may learn from his examplethe way we should go.We ask this through that same Christ, our Lord.All:Amen.Closing Prayer:Minister:Lord Jesus Christ,your passion and death is the sacrifice that unites earth and heavenand reconciles all people to you.May we who have faithfully reflected on these mysteriesfollow in your steps and so come to share your glory in heavenwhere you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spiritone God, for ever and ever.All:Amen.In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.O most merciful Jesus, with a contrite heart and penitent spirit, I bow down in profound humility before Thy divinemajesty. I adore Thee as my supreme Lord and Master; I believe in Thee, I hope in Thee, I love Thee above all things. Iam heartily sorry for having offended Thee, my Supreme and Only Good. I resolve to amend my life, and although I amunworthy to obtain mercy, yet the sight of Thy holy cross, on which Thou didst die, inspires me with hope andconsolation. I will, therefore, meditate on Thy sufferings, and visit the stations of Thy Passion in company with Thysorrowful Mother and my guardian angel, with the intention of promoting Thy honor and saving my soul.I desire to gain all the indulgences granted for this holy exercise for myself and for the Poor Souls in Purgatory. Omerciful Redeemer, who has said, "And I, if I be lifted from earth, will draw all things to Myself," draw my heart and mylove to Thee, that I may perform this devotion as perfectly as possible, and that I may live and die in union with Thee.Amen.First StationWe adore Thee, O Christ, and we praise Thee, Because by Thy holy cross Thou hast redeemed the world. Jesus, most innocent, who neither did nor could commit a sin, was condemned to death, and moreover, to the mostignominious death of the cross. To remain a friend of Caesar, Pilate delivered Him into the hands of His enemies. Afearful crime-to condemn Innocence to death, and to offend God in order not to displease men!
O innocent Jesus, having sinned, I am guilty of eternal death, but Thou willingly dost accept the unjust sentence of death,that I might live. For whom, then, shall I henceforth live, if not for Thee my Lord? Should I desire to please men, I couldnot be Thy servant. Let me, therefore, rather displease men and all the world, than not please Thee, O Jesus.Our Father… Hail, Mary… Glory be …Lord Jesus, crucified, Have mercy on us!Second StationWe adore Thee, O Christ, and we praise Thee, Because by Thy holy cross Thou hast redeemed the world. When our divine Savior beheld the cross, He most willingly stretched out His bleeding arms, lovingly embraced it, andtenderly kissed it, and placing it on His bruised shoulders, He, although almost exhausted, joyfully carried it.O my Jesus, I cannot be Thy friend and follower, if I refuse to carry the cross. O dearly beloved cross! I embrace thee, Ikiss thee, I joyfully accept thee from the hands of my God. Far be it from me to glory in anything, save in the cross of myLord and Redeemer. By it the world shall be crucified to me and I to the world, that I may be Thine forever.Our Father… Hail, Mary… Glory be …Lord Jesus, crucified, Have mercy on us!Third StationWe adore Thee, O Christ, and we praise Thee, Because by Thy holy cross Thou hast redeemed the world.Our dear Savior, carrying the cross, was so weakened by its heavy weight as to fall exhausted to the ground. Our sins andmisdeeds were the heavy burden which oppressed Him; the cross was to Him light and sweet, but our sins were gallingand insupportable.O my Jesus, Thou didst bear my burden and the heavy weight of my sins. Should I, then, not bear in union with Thee, myeasy burden of suffering and accept the sweet yoke of Thy commandments? I therefore willingly accept it. I will take upmy cross and follow TheeOur Father… Hail, Mary… Glory be …Lord Jesus, crucified, Have mercy on us!Fourth StationWe adore Thee, O Christ, and we praise Thee, Because by Thy holy cross Thou hast redeemed the world. How painful and how sad it must have been for Mary, the sorrowful Mother, to behold her beloved Son, laden with theburden of the cross! What unspeakable pangs her most tender heart experienced! How earnestly did she desire to die inplace of Jesus, or at least with Him! Implore this sorrowful Mother that she assists you in the hour of your death.O Jesus, O Mary, I am the cause of the great and manifold pains which pierce your loving hearts! Oh, that also my heartwould feel and experience at least some of your sufferings! O Mother of Sorrows, let me participate in the sufferingswhich thou and Thy Son endured for me, and let me experience thy sorrow, that afflicted with thee, I may enjoy thyassistance in the hour of my death.Our Father… Hail, Mary… Glory be …Lord Jesus, crucified, Have mercy on us!
Fifth StationWe adore Thee, O Christ, and we praise Thee, Because by Thy holy cross Thou hast redeemed the world.Simon of Cyrene was compelled to help Jesus carry His own cross, and Jesus accepted his assistance. How willinglywould He also permit you to carry the cross: He calls, but you hear Him not; He invites you, but you decline. What areproach, to bear the cross reluctantly!O Jesus! Whosoever does not take take up his cross and follow Thee, is not worthy of Thee. Behold, I join Thee in theWay of Thy Cross; I will be Thy assistant, following Thy bloody footsteps, that I may come to Thee in eternal life.Our Father… Hail, Mary… Glory be …Lord Jesus, crucified, Have mercy on us!Sixth StationWe adore Thee, O Christ, and we praise Thee, Because by Thy holy cross Thou hast redeemed the world.Veronica, impelled by devotion and compassion, presents her veil to Jesus to wipe His disfigured face. And Jesus imprintson it His holy countenance: a great recompense for so small a service. What return to you make to your Savior for Hisgreat and manifold benefits?Most merciful Jesus! What return shall I make for all the benefits Thou hast bestowed upon me? Behold I consecratemyself entirely to Thy service. I offer and consecrate to Thee my heart: imprint on it Thy sacred image, never again to beeffaced by sin.Our Father… Hail, Mary… Glory be …Lord Jesus, crucified, Have mercy on us!Seventh StationWe adore Thee, O Christ, and we praise Thee, Because by Thy holy cross Thou hast redeemed the world.The suffering Jesus, under the weight of His cross, again falls to the ground; but the cruel executioners do not permit Himto rest a moment. Pushing and striking Him, they urge Him onward. It is the frequent repetition of our sins which oppressJesus. Witnessing this, how can I continue to sin?O Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me! Offer me Thy helping hand, and aid me, that I may not fall again into myformer sins. From this very moment, I will earnestly strive to reform: nevermore will I sin! Thou, O sole support of theweak, by Thy grace, without which I can do nothing, strengthen me to carry out faithfully this my resolution.Our Father… Hail, Mary… Glory be …Lord Jesus, crucified, Have mercy on us!Eighth StationWe adore Thee, O Christ, and we praise Thee, Because by Thy holy cross Thou hast redeemed the world.These devoted women, moved by compassion, weep over the suffering Savior. But He turns to them, saying: "Weep notfor Me, Who am innocent, but weep for yourselves and for your children." Weep thou also, for there is nothing morepleasing to Our Lord and nothing more profitable for thyself, than tears shed from contrition for thy sins.
O Jesus, Who shall give to my eyes a torrent of tears, that day and night I may weep for my sins? I beseech Thee, throughThy bitter and bloody tears, to move my heart by Thy divine grace, so that from my eyes tears may flow abundantly, andthat I may weep all my days over Thy sufferings, and still more over their cause, my sins.Our Father… Hail, Mary… Glory be …Lord Jesus, crucified, Have mercy on us!Ninth StationWe adore Thee, O Christ, and we praise Thee, Because by Thy holy cross Thou hast redeemed the world.Jesus, arriving exhausted at the foot of Calvary, falls for the third time to the ground. His love for us, however, is notdiminished, not extinguished. What a fearfully oppressive burden our sins must be to cause Jesus to fall so often! Had He,however, not taken them upon Himself, they would have plunged us into the abyss of Hell.Most merciful Jesus, I return Thee infinite tanks for not permitting me to continue in sin and to fall, as I have so oftendeserved, into the depths of Hell. Enkindle in me an earnest desire of amendment; let me never again relapse, butvouchsafe me the grace to persevere in penance to the end of my life.Our Father… Hail, Mary… Glory be …Lord Jesus, crucified, Have mercy on us!Tenth StationWe adore Thee, O Christ, and we praise Thee, Because by Thy holy cross Thou hast redeemed the world.When Our Savior had arrived on Calvary, He was cruelly despoiled of His garments. How painful this must have beenbecause they adhered to His wounded and torn body, and with them parts of His bloody skin were removed! All thewounds of Jesus were renewed. Jesus was despoiled of His garments that He might die possessed of nothing; how happywill I also die after laying aside my former self with all evil desires and sinful inclinations!Induce me, O Jesus, to lay aside my former self and to be renewed according to Thy will and desire. I will not sparemyself, however painful this should be for me: despoiled of things temporal, of my own will, I desire to die, in order tolive for Thee forever.Our Father… Hail, Mary… Glory be …Lord Jesus, crucified, Have mercy on us!Eleventh StationWe adore Thee, O Christ, and we praise Thee, Because by Thy holy cross Thou hast redeemed the world. Jesus, being stripped of His garments, was violently thrown upon the cross and His hands and feet nailed thereto. In suchexcruciating pains He remained silent, because it pleased His heavenly Father. He suffered patiently, because He sufferedfor me. How do I act in sufferings and in troubles? How fretful and impatient, how full of complaints I am!O Jesus, gracious Lamb of God, I renounce forever my impatience. Crucify, O Lord, my flesh and its concupiscence;scourge, scathe, and punish me in this world, do but spare me in the next. I commit my destiny to Thee, resigning myselfto Thy holy will: may it be done in all things!Our Father… Hail, Mary… Glory be …Lord Jesus, crucified, Have mercy on us!
Twelfth StationWe adore Thee, O Christ, and we praise Thee, Because by Thy holy cross Thou hast redeemed the world.Behold Jesus crucified! Behold His wounds, received for love of you! His whole appearance betokens love: His head isbent to kiss you; His arms are extended to embrace you; His Heart is open to receive you. O superabundance of love,Jesus, the Son of God, dies upon the cross, that man may live and be delivered from everlasting death!O most amiable Jesus! Who will grant me that I may die for Thee! I will at least endeavor to die to the world. How must Iregard the world and its vanities, when I behold Thee hanging on the cross, covered with wounds? O Jesus, receive meinto Thy wounded Heart: I belong entirely to Thee; for Thee alone do I desire to live and to die.Our Father… Hail, Mary… Glory be …Lord Jesus, crucified, Have mercy on us!Thirteenth StationWe adore Thee, O Christ, and we praise Thee, Because by Thy holy cross Thou hast redeemed the world. Jesus did not descend from the cross but remained on it until He died. And when taken down from it, He in death as inlife, rested on the bosom of His divine Mother. Persevere in your resolutions of reform and do not part from the cross; hewho persevereth to the end shall be saved. Consider, moreover, how pure the heart should be that receives the body andblood of Christ in the Adorable Sacrament of the Altar.O Lord Jesus, Thy lifeless body, mangled and lacerated, found a worthy resting-place on the bosom of Thy virgin Mother.Have I not often compelled Thee to dwell in my heart, full of sin and impurity as it was? Create in me a new heart, that Imay worthily receive Thy most sacred body in Holy Communion, and that Thou mayest remain in me and I in Thee for alleternity.Our Father… Hail, Mary… Glory be …Lord Jesus, crucified, Have mercy on us!Fourteenth StationWe adore Thee, O Christ, and we praise Thee, Because by Thy holy cross Thou hast redeemed the world. The body of Jesus is interred in a strangers sepulcher. He who in this world had not whereupon to rest His head, wouldnot even have a grave of His own, because He was not from this world. You, who are so attached to the world, henceforthdespise it, that you may not perish with it.O Jesus, Thou hast set me apart from the world; what, then, shall I seek therein? Thou hast created me for Heaven; what,then, have I to do with the world? Depart from me, deceitful world, with thy vanities! Henceforth i will follow the Way ofthe Cross traced out for me by my Redeemer, and journey onward to my heavenly home, there to dwell forever and ever.Our Father… Hail, Mary… Glory be …Lord Jesus, crucified, Have mercy on us!Almighty and eternal God, merciful Father, who hast given to the human race Thy beloved Son as an example ofhumility, obedience, and patience, to precede us on the way of life, bearing the cross: Graciously grant us that we,inflamed by His infinite love, may take up the sweet yoke of His Gospel together with the mortification of the cross,following Him as His true disciples, so that we shall one day gloriously rise with Him and joyfully hear the final sentence:
"Come, ye blessed of My Father, and possess the kingdom which was prepared for you from the beginning," where Thoureignest with the Son and the Holy Spirit, and where we hope to reign with Thee, world without end. Amen.In The Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. AMEN.Heavenly Father,we pause from the cares and concerns of our daily livesto spend a few moments reflecting upon the eventssurrounding the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus.Send your spirit into our hearts.increase our faithand deepen our hope in the resurrection.We ask this in the name of Jesus. AmenFirst Station – The Last SupperWe adore you, O Christ, and we praise you.Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.Scripture Reading:During the meal Jesus took the bread, blessed it, broke it, and gave it to his disciples. “Take this and eat it,” he said, “thisis my body.” Then he took a cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them. “All of you must drink from it,” he said, “for this ismy blood, the blood of the covenant, to be poured out in behalf of many for the forgiveness of sins. I tell you, I will notdrink this fruit of the vine from now until the day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s reign.” (Mt 26:26-29)Prayer Response:Heavenly Father, will we ever understand all that Jesus has done for us? As he gathered with his disciples for the last timebefore he died, he washed their feet to teach us that we must serve each other. And then while at table, breaking bread andsharing the cup, Jesus offered the gift of himself to his disciples – and to us. In the midst of the problems and pains of ourlives, it is easy to forget that we must serve as Jesus did. As he gave himself to us in the Eucharist, nourish and sustain usthat we might share his life and his love with others. We ask this in the name of Jesus. AmenLord Jesus, crucified and risen,have mercy on us.Second Station – The Agony in the GardenWe adore you, O Christ, and we praise you.Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.Scripture Reading:Then going out he went, as was his custom, to the Mount of Olives, and the disciples followed him. When he arrived atthe place he said to them, "Pray that you may not undergo the test." After withdrawing about a stones throw from themand kneeling, he prayed, saying, "Father, if you are willing, take this cup away from me; still, not my will but yours bedone." (And to strengthen him an angel from heaven appeared to him. He was in such agony and he prayed so fervently
that his sweat became like drops of blood falling on the ground.) When he rose from prayer and returned to his disciples,he found them sleeping from grief. He said to them, "Why are you sleeping? Get up and pray that you may not undergothe test." (Luke 22:39-46)Prayer Response:Gracious God, while the disciples slept, Jesus, alone and in anguish, prayed for deliverance from death. You did not turn adeaf ear to his plea, but through his resurrection, made him victorious over death. Our future is often frightful and difficultto accept. We pray for deliverance from pain, from sickness, and from the loneliness that seems to separate us even fromyou. Listen to our prayers. Send your Spirit to comfort us and to help us trust in your will. We ask this in the name ofJesus. Amen. Lord Jesus, crucified and risen, have mercy on us.Third Station – Jesus Is ArrestedWe adore you, O Christ, and we praise you.Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.Scripture Reading:While Jesus was still speaking a crowd came, led by the man named Judas, one of the Twelve. He approached Jesus toembrace him. Jesus said to him, “Judas, would you betray the Son of Man with a kiss?” But to those who had come outagainst him – the chief priests, the chiefs of the temple guard, and the ancients – Jesus said, “Am I a criminal that youcome out after me armed with swords and clubs? When I was with you day after day in the temple you never raised ahand against me. But this is your hour –the triumph of darkness!” They led him away under arrest and brought him to thehouse of the high priest, while Peter followed at a distance. (Lk 22:47-48,52-54)Prayer Response:Father in heaven, because they were afraid of his power and message, they came armed to arrest Jesus. The disciples,fearful that they too would be arrested, abandoned Jesus and fled into the darkness. Armed with hatred, prejudice andsuspicion, we often reject those who are different from us because of their color, nationality or opinions. Our lack ofacceptance and understanding betrays Jesus and his command to love, while our fears imprison us and each other. Dispelthe darkness from our eyes that we may recognize your presence in the people around us. We ask this in the name ofJesus. Amen. Lord Jesus, crucified and risen, have mercy on us.Fourth Station – Jesus is Brought Before the SanhedrinWe adore you, O Christ, and we praise you.Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.Scripture Reading:
The chief priests with the whole Sanhedrin were busy soliciting testimony against Jesus that would lead to his death, butthey could not find any. Many spoke against him falsely under oath by alleging, “We heard him declare, ‘I will destroythis temple made by human hands,’ and ‘in three days I will construct another, not made by human hands,” but theirtestimony did not agree. The high priest rose to his feet before the court and began to interrogate Jesus: “Have you noanswer to what these men testify against you?” But Jesus remained silent; he made no reply. Once again the high priestinterrogated him: “Are you the Messiah, the Son of the blessed One?” Then Jesus answered: “I am; and you will see theson of Man seated at the right hand of the Power and coming with the clouds of heaven.” (Mk 14:55-62)Prayer Response:Merciful Father, the chief priests, having judged Jesus guilty, sought testimony that would lead to his death. Manytestified falsely against him. So often we judge others and like the chief priests, seek reasons to verify our judgments.Remove from our hearts the desire to stand in judgment, and banish from our minds the temptation to speak falsely aboutothers. Give us the wisdom to seek the goodness in all people. We ask this in the name of Jesus. Amen. Lord Jesus, crucified and risen,have mercy on us.Fifth Station – Peter Denies JesusWe adore you, O Christ, and we praise you.Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.Scripture Reading:While Peter was down in the courtyard, one of the servants of the high priest noticed Peter warming himself; she lookedclosely at him and said, “You too were with Jesus of Nazareth.” But he denied it saying, “I do not know what you aretalking about!” Then he went out into the gateway. At that moment a cock crowed. The servant, keeping an eye on himstarted to tell the bystanders, “This man is one of them.” Once again Peter denied it. A little later the bystanders said tohim, “You are certainly one of them! You are a Galilean, are you not?” He began to swear, “I do not know the man youare talking about!” Just then a second cockcrow was heard and Peter recalled the prediction Jesus had made to him,“Before the cock crows twice you will deny me three times.” He broke down and began to cry. (Mk 14:66-72)Prayer Response:Lord God, not wishing to abandon his teacher, Peter followed the crowd from a distance and entered the courtyard. Butout of fear that he would be arrested or called upon to testify against Jesus, Peter denied ever knowing him. How often,through our words and actions, we also deny knowing Jesus and his way of love. Fearful of not being accepted, we speakand act in ways contrary to his teaching. Give us the courage to follow Jesus no matter how difficult the journey may be.May all our words and actions proclaim our faith in him. We ask this in the name of Jesus. Amen. Lord Jesus, crucified and risen, have mercy on us.Sixth Station – Jesus is Brought Before PilateWe adore you, O Christ, and we praise you.Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.
Scripture Reading:Then the entire assembly rose and led Jesus before Pilate. They started his prosecution by saying, “we found this mansubverting our nation, opposing the payment of taxes to Caesar, and calling himself the Messiah, a king.” Pilate askedhim, “Are you the king of the Jews?” He answered, “That is your term.” Pilate reported to the chief priests and thecrowds, “I do not find a case against this man.” But they insisted, “He stirs up the people by his teaching throughout thewhole of Judea, from Galilee , where he began, to this very place.” (Lk 23:1-5)Prayer Response:Father in heaven, because they feared the power of Jesus and wanted him destroyed, they took him to Pilate to becondemned to death. Innocent, Jesus stood silent, not even defending himself against their false testimony. The worldstands in judgment of your ways, O Lord. The values of our society conflict with the values Jesus taught. Strengthen ourresolve to follow you, O Lord, so that our lives may always give testimony to the faith we have in you. We ask this in thename of Jesus. Amen.Lord Jesus, crucified and risen,have mercy on us.Seventh Station – Jesus is Scourged and CrownedWe adore you, O Christ, and we praise you.Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.Scripture Reading:Pilate’s next move was to take Jesus and have him scourged. The soldiers then wove a crown of thorns and fixed it on hishead, throwing around his shoulders a cloak of royal purple. Repeatedly they came up to him and said, “All hail, king ofthe Jews” slapping his face as they did so. (Jn 19:1-3)Prayer Response:Merciful God, though guilty of no crime, Jesus was scourged and crowned with thorns. Our King was whipped andmocked. It was to free us from sin and death that Jesus suffered the cruelties of his passion. Heavenly Father, through ourbaptism you have chosen us as your people and have made us a royal nation, heirs of your kingdom. Through thesufferings of our Lord Jesus, give us the courage to face the hardships of our lives. Help us to see the effect of our sinsand grant us your forgiveness. We ask this in the name of Jesus. Amen. Lord Jesus, crucified and risen, have mercy on us.Eighth Station – Jesus is Condemned to DeathWe adore you, O Christ, and we praise you.Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.Scripture Reading:
Pilate was eager to release Jesus, but the Jews shouted, “If you free this man you are no friend of Caesar. Anyone whomakes himself a king becomes Caesar’s rival.” Pilate heard what they were saying, then brought Jesus outside and took aseat on a judge’s bench at the place called the Stone Pavement – Gabbatha in Hebrew. It was the preparation day for thePassover, and the hour was about noon. He said to the Jews, “Look at your king!” At this they shouted, “Away with him!Away with him! Crucify him” Pilate exclaimed, “What! Shall I crucify your king?” the chief priests replied, “We have noking but Caesar.” Then Pilate handed Jesus over to be crucified. (Jn 19:12-16)Prayer Response:Almighty God, Pilate was convinced of the innocence of Jesus and wanted to set him free. But bowing to the pressure ofthe crowd, he condemned Jesus to death and released Barabbas to them. Pilate was concerned not with justice but withpublic opinion. Forgive us Lord, when we bow to the pressures of others rather than follow the way of Jesus. Forgive uswhen we become more concerned with what people think of us than with what we know is right. Open our eyes and earsto the cries of those who suffer injustice because of our words, deeds or silence. We ask this in the name of Jesus. Amen. Lord Jesus, crucified and risen, have mercy on us.Ninth Station – Jesus Meets Simon and the Women of JerusalemWe adore you, O Christ, and we praise you.Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.Scripture Reading:As they led Jesus away, they laid hold of one Simon the Cyrenean who was coming in from the fields. They put a crossbeam on Simon’s shoulder for him to carry along behind Jesus. A great crowd of people followed him, including womenwho beat their breasts and lamented over him. Jesus turned to them and said: “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep forme. Weep for yourselves and for your children.” (Lk 23:26-28)Prayer Response:Heavenly Father, how heavy the cross must have been, especially for someone who had been scourged and maltreated.Not wishing to have Jesus die under the weight of his cross, the soldiers forced Simon to shoulder this burden. Father,sometimes the burdens of our lives seem to be too heavy for us to carry alone. Give us the strength and courage toshoulder our cross. And how many times do we encounter others who need assistance in carrying the burdens of theirlives? Enable us to respond eagerly to the fullest of our ability. We ask this in the name of Jesus. Amen.Lord Jesus, crucified and risen, have mercy on us.Tenth Station – Jesus is CrucifiedWe adore you, O Christ, and we praise you.Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.Scripture Reading:
When they brought Jesus to the site of Golgotha (which means “Skull Place”), they tried to give him wine drugged withmyrrh, but he would not take it. Then they crucified him and divided up his garments by rolling dice for them to see whateach should take. It was about nine in the morning when they crucified him. The inscription proclaiming his offense read,“The King of the Jews.” With him they crucified two insurgents, one at his right and one at his left. (Mk 15:22-27)Prayer Response:Merciful and mighty God, it was for our sins that Jesus was nailed to the cross. It was for our sins that Jesus endured theagonies of his passion that we might be free from the slavery of sin and eternal death. Be with us now. From the depths ofour sinfulness and hatred, rescue us. Forgive us our sins, heal our broken hearts and restore us to new life. We ask this isthe name of Jesus. Amen.Lord Jesus, crucified and risen, have mercy on us.Eleventh Station – Jesus Speaks from the CrossWe adore you, O Christ, and we praise you.Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.Scripture Reading:One of the criminals hanging in crucifixion blasphemed Jesus: “Aren’t you the Messiah? Then save yourself and us.”But the other one rebuked him: “Have you no fear of God, seeing you are under the same sentence? We deserve it, afterall. We are only paying the price for what we’ve done, but this man has done nothing wrong.” He then said, “Jesus,remember me when you enter upon your reign.” And Jesus replied, “I assure you; this day you will be with me inparadise.” (Lk 23:39-43)Prayer Response:Eternal God, in an age in which thousands of people are called upon to die in the battles of their leaders, we have a Kingwho gave his life in our battle over sin and death. And even in the midst of his pain and agony, Jesus spoke a word ofcomfort to the Good Thief, forgiving his sins and welcoming him to the Kingdom. Father, give us the strength to followthe way of Jesus. In the midst of our pains and agonies, help us continue to comfort your people, sharing with them yourforgiveness, your healing and your life. One day may we all be united with you in the Kingdom. We ask this in the nameof Jesus. Amen.Lord Jesus, crucified and risen,have mercy on us.Twelfth Station – The Heart of Jesus is PiercedWe adore you, O Christ, and we praise you.Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.Scripture Reading:When Jesus took the wine, he said, “Now it is finished.” Then he bowed his head and delivered over his spirit. Since itwas the preparation day, the Jews did not want to have the bodies left on the cross during the Sabbath, for that Sabbath
was a solemn feast day. They asked Pilate that the legs be broken and the bodies be taken away. Accordingly, the soldierscame and broke the legs of the men crucified with Jesus. When they came to Jesus and saw that he was already dead, theydid not break his legs. One of the soldiers thrust a lance into his side and immediately blood and water flowed out. (Jn19:30-34)Prayer Response:Heavenly Father, in your mercy, you did not allow Jesus to endure a long period of suffering on the cross. Weakened by asleepless night, the scourging and crowning with thorns, and the agonies of the crucifixion, Jesus bowed his head anddelivered over his spirit. To rescue us from eternal darkness and despair, Jesus gave up his life. How can we ever returnthe love Jesus has shown us? May his Sacred Heart, out of which flowed blood and water, be our continued source ofgrace and love. We ask this is the name of Jesus. Amen. Lord Jesus, crucified and risen, have mercy on us.Thirteenth Station – Jesus is BuriedWe adore you, O Christ, and we praise you.Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.Scripture Reading:There was a man named Joseph, an upright and holy member of the Sanhedrin, who had not been associated with theirplan or their action. He was from Arimathea, a Jewish town, and he looked expectantly for the reign of God. This manapproached Pilate with a request for Jesus’ body. He took it down, wrapped it in fine linen, and laid it in a tomb hewn outof rock, in which no one had yet been buried. That was the day of preparation and the Sabbath was about to begin. Thewomen who had come with him from Galilee followed along behind. They saw the tomb and how his body was buried.Then they went home to prepare spices and perfumes. They observed the Sabbath as a day of rest, in accordance with thelaw. (Lk 23:50-56)Prayer Response:Almighty God, it was a sad and lonely group who removed the body of Jesus from the cross. Abandoned by most of hisdisciples and followers, his body was laid to rest in a borrowed tomb. Father, who would have thought that anyone couldgive so completely of themself? To the foolish, his death would seem to be his destruction, but through the eyes of faith,his death and resurrection give birth to the joys of new life. Help us accept the trials and misfortunes of this life, filledwith hope in the resurrection and eternal life. We ask this in the name of Jesus. Amen.Lord Jesus, crucified and risen, have mercy on us.Fourteenth Station – The ResurrectionWe adore you, O Christ, and we praise you.Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.Scripture Reading:
When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Salome bought perfumed oils with whichthey intended to go and anoint Jesus. Very early, just after sunrise, on the first day of the week they came to the tomb.They were saying to one another, “Who will roll back the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?” When they looked,they found that the stone had been rolled back. On entering the tomb they saw a young man sitting at the right, dressed ina white robe. This frightened them thoroughly, but he reassured them: “You need not be amazed! You are looking forJesus of Nazareth, the one who was crucified. He has been raised up; he is not here. See the place where they laid him. Gonow and tell his disciples and Peter, He is going ahead of you to Galilee , where you will see him just as he told you.” (Mk16: 1-7)Prayer Response:Ever-living God, our experience tells us that you never cease to surprise us. When the women arrived at the tomb, theywere surprised to find the stone already removed. Entering the tomb, they were frightened by the presence of your angel.The mystery of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus reveals to us that in the midst of darkness you give light, in themidst of sin you give forgiveness, in the midst of wounds and division you give healing, and in the midst of death yougive life. Continue to surprise us with your presence and your touch in our lives and in our world. We ask this in the nameof Jesus. Amen. Lord Jesus, crucified and risen, have mercy on us.Scripture Reading:At the sight of Jesus, those who had entertained doubts fell down in homage, Jesus came forward and addressed them inthese words: “Full authority has been given to me both in heaven and on earth; go, therefore, and make disciples of all thenations. Baptize them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Teach them to carry out everythingI have commanded you. And know that I am with you always, until the end of the world.” (Mt 28:17-20)Prayer Response:Heavenly Father, may we who have meditated on the death and resurrection of Jesus be filled with the hope and the joy ofhis life. Confident of his presence among us and of his power to touch us, to teach us, to heal us, and to forgive us, maywe have the strength and the power to bring his love and his peace to all the people we meet. We ask this in the name ofJesus, who is our Lord forever and ever. Amen. 1. The Last Supper 2. The Garden of Gethsemane 3. Jesus Before Pilate 4. The Scourging and The Crowning with Thorns 5. The Receiving of The Cross 6. The Fall 7. Simon of Cyrene Helps Jesus 8. The Women of Jerusalem 9. The Stripping of His Garments
10. The Good Thief11. Mary and John Below The Cross12. The Death of Jesus13. The Laying in The Tomb14. The Resurrection