Stations of the Cross

At Each Station

We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you.
Because, by your holy cross You have redeemed the world.

I love you Jesus, my love above all things; I repent with my whole heart of having offended you. Never permit me to separate myself from you again. Grant that I may love you always, and then do with me what you will.

Our Father…, Hail Mary… , Glory be to the Father…

O Jesus who for love of Me, Did bear thy cross to Calvary,
In thy sweet mercy grant to me
To suffer and to die with thee, To suffer and to die with thee.

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FIRST STATION

Pilate and Jesus are two very different kinds of men. The man Pilate is a symbol of pride, the wealth and the power of the Roman Empire. The man Jesus is the true man, another humanity, a divine humanity. When Pilate condemns love, he makes the choice we sometimes make by refusing to follow a way of life open to God.

At the cross her station keeping,
stood the mournful mother weeping,
close to Jesus to the last.

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SECOND STATION

The Cross is something we often see as a burden, something heavy, painful, unwanted. Jesus did not come to glorify suffering but by taking up his cross he shows us how precious we are in the sight of God. There is no limit to his love for us which teaches us that we can turn each cross into a victory of love just like Jesus.

Through her heart, his sorrow sharing
all his bitter anguish bearing,
now at length the sword has pass’d

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THIRD STATION

Jesus came as a human being sharing all the limitations and weaknesses of human nature. His falling to the ground reminds us of our weaknesses. His getting up again reminds us that only love can enable us to overcome our wrong-doing and help us begin again.

Oh, how sad and sore distress’d
was that Mother highly blest,
of her sole-begotten One.

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FOURTH STATION

A mother meets her Son—both in agony, both in indescribable heartache. In this man, Jesus, and in this woman, Mary, there is spoken a ‘YES’ to the Father, a ‘YES’ to love, to that divine desire to restore human relationships within the heart of love itself.

Christ above in torment hangs;
she beneath beholds the pangs
of her dying glorious Son.

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FIFTH STATION

Simon of Cyrene was hauled from the crowd and forces to help. Jesus needed Simon, the Cross was heavy and he was getting weaker. We encounter those who suffer but do not want to do anything that might make us unpopular. Let us be like Simon and help others with their crosses.

Is here one who would not weep,
whelm’d in miseries so deep,
Christ’s dear Mother to behold.

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SIXTH STATION

A woman sees the Holy Face disfigured. She wipes that face. This simple act leaves her with the imprint of the face of Jesus on her towel. In fact, the Saviour leaves his imprint on every single act of charity as on Veronica’s towel. Let us be like Veronica and respond to those who suffer.

Can the human heart refrain
from partaking in the pain,
in that mother’s pain untold?

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SEVENTH STATION

Jesus falls again. We fall again and again because of infidelity or hardness of heart. God does not leave us crushed by our burdens and our sin but he saves us.

Bruised, derided, cursed, defiled,
she beheld her tender child,
all is bloody scourges rent.

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EIGHTH STATION

Jesus reminds us that it is not enough to have pity on those who suffer and are subject to injustice. We have to act, to commit ourselves to changing what needs to be changed in our lives and in our society.

For the sins of his own nation,
saw him die in desolation,
till his spirit forth he sent.

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NINTH STATION

Every station along this way of the cross is a mile-stone of obedience and self-deprivation. When we see Jesus failing the third time we appreciate how much he loved us.

O thou mother! Fount of love!
Touch my spirit from above,
make my heart with thine accord.

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TENTH STATION

When Jesus is stripped at Golgotha, not just is he stripped of his clothes, but also of his dignity, his respect, and his rights. He is also stripped of his life by the Romans. He was naked and vulnerable before the people.

Make me feel as thou has felt;
make my soul to glow and melt
with the love of Christ my Lord.

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ELEVENTH STATION

We are surrounded by many people ‘nailed’ as it were to a bed of sickness, to a wheelchair, to pain, to suffering. It is this reality that Jesus shares as he remains nailed to the Cross. It is this suffering, this reality that Jesus wished to transform with his love. It is this suffering that He calls us also to care for and fill with his love by giving hope and giving our time, by sharing with those in need. Only love can give heart to our wounded brothers and sisters.

Holy Mother, pierce me through,
in my heart each wound renew
of my saviour crucified.

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TWELFTH STATION

While pinned immobile to the cross, Jesus cried out ‘I am thirsty’. They gave him vinegar, sour wine, wine pressed form the vintage of our toil, a symbol of the bitter taste of our sinfulness.

Let me share with thee his pain
who for all my sins was slain,
who for me in torments died.

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THIRTEENTH STATION

The friends of Jesus acted out of love and they also acted out of haste in order to bury Jesus before the Feast of Passover. The Jews wanted no reminders of the Cross. But the Cross remains throughout history as a sign of God’s love for us. Jesus, taken down from the cross, is again in the arms of his mother as he was in the stable of Bethlehem and at Nazareth.

Let me mingle tears with thee,
mourning him who mourn’d for me
all the days that I might live.

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FOURTEENTH STATION

From the moment when man, because of sin, was banished from the tree of life, the earth became a burial ground. In one of the innumerable tombs scattered all over the continents of this planet of ours, the Son of God, the man Jesus Christ conquered death with death. Jesus lies in the ground dead, yet now the earth is pregnant with eternal life.

By the Cross with thee to stay,
there with thee to weep and pray,
is all I ask of you to give.

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