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Ways of the Cross

 

The object of the Stations is to help the faithful to make a spiritual pilgrimage of prayer, through meditating upon the chief scenes of Christ's sufferings and death. It has become one of the most popular devotions for Roman Catholics, and is often performed in a spirit of reparation for the sufferings and insults that Jesus endured during His Passion.

In his encyclical letter, Miserentissimus Redemptor, on reparations, Pope Pius XI called Acts of Reparation to Jesus Christ a duty for Catholics and referred to them as "some sort of compensation to be rendered for the injury" with respect to the sufferings of Jesus. Pope John Paul II referred to Acts of Reparation as the "unceasing effort to stand beside the endless crosses on which the Son of God continues to be crucified".

Cf.: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Way_of_the_cross

Index

bullet Stations of the Cross (for vocations, by the USCCB)

Alternative Stations of the Cross in the internet

bullet http://www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/devotionals/stations-of-the-cross/scriptural-stations-of-the-cross.cfm
bullet http://www.stagnescathedral.org/Prayers/Stations%20of%20the%20Cross/Church/Introduction.html
bullet http://www.catholic.org/prayers/station.php
bullet http://www.fisheaters.com/stations.html
bullet2013: Way of the cross at the Colosseum, Rome: http://www.vatican.va/news_services/liturgy/2013/documents/ns_lit_doc_20130329_via-crucis_en.html

 

Stations of the Cross (for vocations, by the USCCB) / Relief

The following text is taken from: http://www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/devotionals/stations-of-the-cross/ > Stations of the Cross for Vocations.
 

PREPARATORY PRAYER

ALL: Gracious God, Each of us is called to discipleship with Your Son Jesus through the sacrament of Baptism. We are sent to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus, to share the good News of Godís saving love. Hear our prayer as we ponder the redemptive vocation of Jesus who continues to call men and women to walk in His way, renewing His Church and caring for His people. We give You thanks for the mystery of every vocation and we pray for all who have answered Your call. Send forth Your Holy Spirit upon the faithful and enkindle in them the fire of Your love, drawing many young men and women to dedicate themselves with an undivided heart to the love of Christ and His Kingdom. Amen.

THE FIRST STATION : PILATE CONDEMNS JESUS TO DIE

V: We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You.
(Genuflect)
R: Because, by Your holy cross, You have redeemed the world.

(Rise)
V: Consider how Jesus Christ, after being scourged and crowned with thorns, was unjustly condemned by Pilate to die on the cross. (Kneel)
R: Jesus, we ask that You call young men and women today to publicly accept Your invitation to follow You in spite of what others may think or say. Give to them a passion for reaching out through Your love to the needs of Your brothers and sisters.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be...

THE SECOND STATION : JESUS ACCEPTS HIS CROSS

V: We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You.
(Genuflect)
R: Because, by Your holy cross, You have redeemed the world.

(Rise)
V: Consider Jesus as He walked this road with the cross on His shoulders, thinking of us, and offering to His Father in our behalf, the death He was about to suffer.
(Kneel)
R: Jesus, help those You call to see in the cross the symbol of union with You. Give to them the zeal and talent to minister to those who are burdened with pain, sorrow, confusion and alienation. Let them see that in the cross is life.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be...

THE THIRD STATION : JESUS FALLS THE FIRST TIME

V: We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You.
(Genuflect)
R: Because, by Your holy cross, You have redeemed the world.

(Rise)
V: Consider the first fall of Jesus. Loss of blood from the scourging and crowing with thorns had so weakened Him that He could hardly walk; and yet He had to carry that great load upon His shoulders. As the soldiers struck Him cruelly, He fell several times under the heavy cross.
(Kneel)
R: Jesus, let those You call know that they do not have to be perfect. Let them be open to Your transforming grace that can accomplish more than anyone could imagine. Give to those who respond to Your call to the priesthood and consecrated life, a deep trust that You will complete what You have begun in them.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be...

THE FOURTH STATION : JESUS MEETS HIS AFFLICTED MOTHER

V: We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You.
(Genuflect)
R: Because, by Your holy cross, You have redeemed the world.

(Rise)
V: Consider how the Son met His Mother on His way t o Calvary. Jesus and Mary gazed at each other and their looks became as so many arrows to wound those hearts which loved each other so tenderly.
(Kneel)
R: Jesus, instill in young men and women the desire to come to know Your Mother and find in their prayerful reflection of the scriptures, a woman of faith, hope and love whose vocation is an example for all. Help parents to promote and support vocations among their children, families and church communities.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be...

THE FIFTH STATION : SIMON HELPS JESUS CARRY THE CROSS

V: We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You.
(Genuflect)
R: Because, by Your holy cross, You have redeemed the world.

(Rise)
V: Consider how weak and weary Jesus was. At each step He was at the point of expiring. Fearing that He would die on the way when they wished Him to die the infamous death of the cross, they forced Simon of Cyrene to help carry the cross after Our Lord.
(Kneel)
R: Jesus, send forth your grace upon those you call to church leadership. Help them to accept and affirm othersí gifts in the building of community, in proclaiming the message and in reaching out in service.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be...

THE SIXTH STATION : VERONICA OFFERS HER VEIL TO JESUS

V: We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You.
(Genuflect)
R: Because, by Your holy cross, You have redeemed the world.

(Rise)
V: Consider the compassion of the holy woman, Veronica. Seeing Jesus in such distress, His face bathed in sweat and blood, she presented Him with her veil. Jesus wiped His face, and left upon the cloth the image of His sacred countenance.
(Kneel)
R: Jesus, call forth numerous men and women to see Your face on all whom they meet. Help Your servants to truly understand that whatever good is done to the least of Your brothers and sisters is done to You.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be...

T HE SEVENTH STATION : JESUS FALLS THE SECOND TIME

V: We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You.
(Genuflect)
R: Because, by Your holy cross, You have redeemed the world.

(Rise)
V: Consider how the second fall of Jesus under His cross renews the pain in all the wounds of the head and members of our afflicted Lord.
(Kneel)
R: Jesus, teach those You call to the priesthood an d consecrated life to accept their own and othersí limitations, relying on Godís merciful grace. Help them in these times of darkness to reach out especially to those whom the world calls "fallen" ó persons who are addicted, imprisoned, poor, aged, of ill health.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be...

T HE EIGHTH STATION : JESUS SPEAKS TO THE WOMEN

V: We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You.
(Genuflect)
R: Because, by Your holy cross, You have redeemed the world.

(Rise)
V: Consider how the women wept with compassion seeing Jesus so distressed and dripping with blood as He walked along. Jesus said to them, "Weep not so much for Me, but rather for Your children.''
(Kneel)
R: Jesus, remove any prejudices or biases from all whom You call to walk with You as priests or in the consecrated life. Let those who follow You see that all Godís people are created equal, male and female, regardless of race or culture, and that our heavenly Father has no favorites. Let their words and example speak of Christís justice, peace and joy.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be...

THE NINTH STATION : JESUS FALLS THE THIRD TIME

V: We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You.
(Genuflect)
R: Because, by Your holy cross, You have redeemed the world.

(Rise)
V: Consider how Jesus Christ fell for the third time. He was extremely weak and the cruelty of His executioners was excessive; they tried to hasten His steps though He hardly had strength to move.
(Kneel)
R: Jesus, help those You call to know that all vocations are grace-filled; that priests, sisters, brothers, deacons, consecrated men and women, married and single are all favored by God. Instill in them the understanding that nothing can separate them from the love of God who is actively present in good times and in bad.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be...

THE TENTH STATION : JESUS IS STRIPPED OF HIS GARMENTS

V: We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You.
(Genuflect)
R: Because, by Your holy cross, You have redeemed the world.

(Rise)
V: Consider how Jesus was violently stripped of His clothes by His executioners. The inner garments adhered to his lacerated flesh and the soldiers tore them off so roughly that the skin came with them. Have pity for your Savior so cruelly treated.
(Kneel)
R: Jesus, grant that all those being called to the priesthood and consecrated life will clothe themselves with sincere compassion, humility, kindness, gentleness and patience, forgiveness and thankfulness ... and over all these virtues, let them put on love. May they understand that their vocation discernment is their deepest response to You r love.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be...

THE ELEVENTH STATION : JESUS IS NAILED TO THE CROSS

V: We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You.
(Genuflect)
R: Because, by Your holy cross, You have redeemed the world.

(Rise)
V: Consider Jesus, thrown down upon the cross, He stretched out His arms and offered to His eternal Father the sacrifice of His life for our salvation. They nailed His hands and feet, and then, raising the cross, left Him to die in anguish.
(Kneel)
R: Jesus, instill in youth today a deep desire to make a difference in the world no matter what the cost. Let the courageous example of modern martyrs inspire them t o meet all challenges with faith, hope and love. Fill them with Your presence and the grace to respond to the call to "go out to all the world."

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be...

THE TWELFTH STATION : JESUS DIES UPON THE CROSS

V: We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You.
(Genuflect)
R: Because, by Your holy cross, You have redeemed the world.

(Rise)
V: Consider how Jesus, after three hours of agony on the cross, is finally overwhelmed with suffering and, abandoning Himself to the weight of His body, bows His head and dies.
(Kneel)
R: Jesus, give to all who are considering their vocation a deep love of the Eucharist, the Most Holy Sacrament of Your passion, death and resurrection. Let them find in the Mass a daily renewal of Your invitation to live their lives through You, with You, and in You, giving glory and honor to God our Father.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be...

THE THIRTEENTH STATION : JESUS IS TAKEN DOWN FROM THE CROSS

V: We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You.
(Genuflect)
R: Because, by Your holy cross, You have redeemed the world.

(Rise)
V: Consider how, after Our Lord had died, He was taken down from the cross by two of His disciples, Joseph and Nicodemus, and placed in the arms of His afflicted Mother. She received Him with unutterable tenderness and pressed Him close to her bosom.
(Kneel)
R: Jesus, touch the minds, hearts and spirits of those You call to serve the people of God. Fill them with the assurance of our Blessed Motherís love and care for them, especially as they grow to embrace their vocations. Enable them to respond to Your call to bring Your redeeming presence to a world grieving, fearful and hungry for Your Truth through prayer and service.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be...

THE FOURTEENTH STATION : JESUS IS PLACED IN THE SEPULCHER

V: We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You.
(Genuflect)
R: Because, by Your holy cross, You have redeemed the world.

(Rise)
V: Consider how the disciples carried the body of Jesus to its burial, while His holy Mother went with them and arranged it in the sepulcher with her own hands. They then closed the tomb and all departed.
(Kneel)
R: We thank you, Jesus, for the infinite power of Your death and resurrection which brought salvation and healing to the world. We thank You for all whom You have called to follow You in the past 2000 years, men and women formally dedicating their lives to the building up of Your Church. We pray for all seminarians and novices information. Let all young men and women today reflect on the lives of t he saints, and let them come to meet and know priests, religious, and lay ministers in our times who continue to respond to Christís call, "Come, follow me."

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be...

PRAYER TO JESUS CHRIST CRUCIFIED

My good and dear Jesus, I kneel before You, asking You most earnestly to engrave upon my heart a deep and lively faith, hope, and charity, with true repentance for my sins, and a firm resolve to make amends. As I reflect upon Your five wounds, and dwell upon them with deep compassion and grief, I recall, good Jesus, the words the Prophet David spoke long ago concerning Yourself: "They pierced My hands and My feet; they have numbered all My bones."

Indulgences
The faithful who, after receiving Communion, recite this prayer before a picture of Christ Crucified m ay gain a plenary indulgence on any Friday in Lent and a partial indulgence on other days of the year, with the addition of prayers for the Holy Father's intention. (Enchiridion Indulgentiarum, no . 22)
A Plenary indulgence is grated to the faithful who make the pious exercise of the Way of the Cross. Those who are impeded can gain the same indulgence if they spend at least one half an hour in pious reading and meditation on the Passion and Death of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Enchiridion Indulgentiarum, no. 63)

Source: http://www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/devotionals/stations-of-the-cross/. Photos: © AV, taken in Moresnet, Belgium.

Last update of this page: 26.03.2013