Stations of the Cross

with meditations by St. Alphonsus Liguori
illustrated with the Stations in the Church of SS Gregory & Augustine


Preparatory Prayer
(to be said kneeling before the altar)
ALL: My Lord, Jesus Christ, / Thous hast made this journey to die for me with unspeakable love; / and I have so many times ungratefully abandoned Thee. / But now I love Thee with all my heart; / and, because I love Thee, I am sincerely sorry for ever having offended Thee. / Pardon me, my God, and permit me to accompany Thee on this journey. / Thou goest to die for love of me; / I desire, my beloved Redeemer, to die for love of Thee. / My Jesus, I will live and die always united to Thee.
At the cross her station keeping
Stood the mournful Mother weeping
Clo
s
e to Jesus to the last


IMG_0599The First Station:
Pilate Condemns Jesus to Die
V: We adore Thee, O Christ, and we bless Thee. (Genuflect)
R: Because by Thy Holy Cross Thou hast 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: My adorable Jesus, / it was not Pilate; / no, it was my sins that condemned Thee to die. / I beseech Thee, by the merits of this sorrowful journey, / to assist my soul on its journey to eternity./ I love Thee, beloved Jesus; / I love Thee more than I love myself. / With all my heart I repent of ever having offended Thee. / Grant that I may love Thee always; and then do with what Thou wilt.
(Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be.)
Through her heart, His sorrow sharing
All H
is bitter anguish bearing
Now at length the sword has passed


 


IMG_0598The Second Station: 
Jesus Accepts His Cross
V: We adore Thee, O Christ, and we bless Thee. (Genuflect)
R: Because by Thy Holy Cross Thou hast 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: My most beloved Jesus, / I embrace all the sufferings Thou hast destined for me until death. / I beg Thee, by all Thee suffered in carrying Thyr Cross, / to help me carry mine with Thy perfect peace and resignation. / I love Thee, Jesus, my love; / I repent of ever having offended Thee. / Never let me separate myself from Thee again. / Grant that I may love Thee always; and then do with what Thou wilt.
(Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be.)
O, how sad and sore depressed
Was that Mother highly blessed
Of th
e sole Begotten One


 


IMG_0597The Third Station:
Jesus Falls the First Time
V: We adore Thee, O Christ, and we bless Thee. (Genuflect)
R: Because by Thy Holy Cross Thou hast 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: My beloved Jesus, / it was not the weight of the cross / but the weight of my sins which made Thee suffer so much. / By the merits of this first fall, / save me from falling into mortal sin. / I love Thee, O my Jesus, with all my heart; / I am sorry that I have offended Thee. / May I never offend Thee again. / Grant that I may love Thee always; and then do with what Thou wilt.
(Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be.)
Christ above in torment hangs
She beneath beholds the pangs
Of her dying, glorious Son


IMG_0596

The Fourth Station:
Jesus Meets His Afflicted Mother
V: We adore Thee, O Christ, and we bless Thee. (Genuflect)
R: Because by Thy Holy Cross Thou hast redeemed the world. (Rise)
V: Consider how the Son met his Mother on His way to 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: My most loving Jesus, / by the pain Thee suffered in this meeting / grant me the grace of being truly devoted to Thy most holy Mother. / And Thee, my Queen, who was overwhelmed with sorrow, / obtain for me by Thy prayers / a tender and a lasting remembrance of the passion of Thy divine Son. / I love Thee, Jesus, my Love, above all things. / I repent of ever having offended Thee. / Never allow me to offend Thee again. / Grant that I may love Thee always; and then do with what Thou wilt.
(Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be.)
Is there one who would not weep,
'whelmed in miseries so deep
Christ's dear Mother to behold.


IMG_0595The Fifth Station: 
Simon Helps Jesus Carry the Cross
V: We adore Thee, O Christ, and we bless Thee. (Genuflect)
R: Because by Thy Holy Cross Thou hast 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: My beloved Jesus / I will not refuse the cross as Simon did: / I accept it and embrace it. / I accept in particular the death that is destined for me / with all the pains that may accompany it. / I unite it to Thy death / and I offer it to Thee. / Thou hast died for love of me; / I will die for love of Thee and to please Thee. / Help me by Thy grace. / I love Thee, Jesus, my Love; / I repent of ever having offended Thee. / Never let me offend Thee again. / Grant that I may love Thee always; and then do with what Thou wilt.
(Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be.)
Can the human heart refrain 
From partaking in her pain 
In that Mother's pain untold?


IMG_0594The Sixth Station: 
Veronica Offers Her Veil to Jesus
V: We adore Thee, O Christ, and we bless Thee. (Genuflect)
R: Because by Thy Holy Cross Thou hast 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: My beloved Jesus, / Thy face was beautiful before Thee began this journey; / but, now, it no longer appears beautiful / and is disfigured with wounds and blood. / Alas, my soul also was once beautiful / when it received Thy grace in Baptism; / but I have since disfigured it with my sins. / Thou alone, my Redeemer, can restore it to its former beauty. / Do this by the merits of Thy passion; and then do with what Thou wilt.
(Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be.)
Bruised, derided, cursed, defiled
She beheld her tender Child
All with bloody scourges rent.


IMG_0593The Seventh Station:
Jesus Falls the Second Time
V: We adore Thee, O Christ, and we bless Thee. (Genuflect)
R: Because by Thy Holy Cross Thou hast 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: My most gentle Jesus, / how many times Thee have forgiven me; / and how many times I have fallen again and begun again to offend Thee! / By the merits of this second fall, / give me the grace to persevere in Thy love until death. / Grant, that in all my temptations, I may always have recourse to Thee. / I love Thee, Jesus, my Love with all my heart; / I am sorry that I have offended Thee. / Never let me offend Thee again. / Grant that I may love Thee always; and then do with what Thou wilt.
(Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be.)
For the sins of His own nation 
Saw Him hang in desolation
Till His spirit forth He sent.


IMG_0592The Eighth Station: 
Jesus Speaks to the Women
V: We adore Thee, O Christ, and we bless Thee. (Genuflect)
R: Because by Thy Holy Cross Thou hast 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 Thy children.'' (Kneel)
R: My Jesus, laden with sorrows, / I weep for the sins which I have committed against Thee / because of the punishment I deserve for them; / and, still more, because of the displeasure they have caused Thee / who have loved me with an infinite love. / It is Thy love, more than the fear of hell, / which makes me weep for my sins. / My Jesus, I love Thee more than myself; / I am sorry that I have offended Thee. / Never allow me to offend Thee again. / Grant that I may love Thee always; and then do with what Thou wilt.
(Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be.)
O sweet Mother! Fount of Love, 
Touch my spirit from above 
Make my heart with Thys accord.


IMG_0591The Ninth Station: 
Jesus Falls the Third Time
V: We adore Thee, O Christ, and we bless Thee. (Genuflect)
R: Because by Thy Holy Cross Thou hast 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: My outraged Jesus, / by the weakness Thee suffered in going to Calvary, / give me enough strength to overcome all human respect / and all my evil passions which have led me to despise Thy friendship. / I love Thee, Jesus my Love, with all my heart; / I am sorry for ever having offended Thee. / Never permit me to offend Thee again. / Grant that I may love Thee always; and then do with what Thou wilt.
(Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be.)
Make me feel as Thee have felt
Make my soul to glow and melt
With the love of Christ, my Lord.


IMG_0590The Tenth Station: 
Jesus Is Stripped of His Garments
V: We adore Thee, O Christ, and we bless Thee. (Genuflect)
R: Because by Thy Holy Cross Thou hast 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 Thy Savior so cruelly treated and tell Him: (Kneel)
R: My innocent Jesus, / by the torment Thee suffered in being stripped of Thy garments, / help me to strip myself of all attachment for the things of earth / that I may place all my love in Thee who are so worthy of my love. / I love Thee, O Jesus, with all my heart; / I am sorry for ever having offended Thee. / Never let me offend Thee again. / Grant that I may love Thee always; and then do with what Thou wilt.
(Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be.)
Holy Mother, pierce me through
In my heart each wound renew
Of my Savior crucified.


IMG_0589The Eleventh Station:
 Jesus Is Nailed to the Cross
V: We adore Thee, O Christ, and we bless Thee. (Genuflect)
R: Because by Thy Holy Cross Thou hast 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: My despised Jesus, / nail my heart to the cross / that it may always remain there to love Thee and never leave Thee again. / I love Thee more than myself; / I am sorry for ever having offended Thee. / Never permit me to offend Thee again. / Grant that I may love Thee always; and then do with what Thou wilt.
(Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be.)
Let me share with Thee His pain,
Who for all our sins was slain,
Who for me in torments died.


IMG_0588The Twelfth Station: 
Jesus Dies Upon the Cross
V: We adore Thee, O Christ, and we bless Thee. (Genuflect)
R: Because by Thy Holy Cross Thou hast redeemed the world. (Rise)
V: Consider how Thy 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: My dying Jesus, / I devoutly kiss the cross on which Thee would die for love of me. / I deserve, because of my sins, to die a terrible death; / but Thy death is my hope. / By the merits of Thy death, / give me the grace to die embracing Thy feet and burning with love of Thee. / I yield my soul into Thy hands. / I love Thee with my whole heart. / I am sorry that I have offended Thee. / Never let me offend Thee again. / Grant that I may love Thee always; and then do with what Thou wilt.
(Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be.)
Let me mingle tears with thee
 Mourning Him who mourned for me, 
All the days that I may live.


IMG_0587The Thirteenth Station: 
Jesus Is Taken Down from the Cross
V: We adore Thee, O Christ, and we bless Thee. (Genuflect)
R: Because by Thy Holy Cross Thou hast 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: O Mother of Sorrows, / for the love of Thy Son, / accept me as Thy servant and pray to Him for me, / And Thou, my Redeemer, since Thou hast died for me, / allow me to love Thee, / for I desire only Thee and nothing more. / I love Thee, Jesus my Love, / and I am sorry that I have offended Thee. / Never let me offend Thee again. / Grant that I may love Thee always; and then do with what Thou wilt.
(Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be.)
By the cross with Thee to stay 
There with Thee to weep and pray 
Is all I ask of Thee to give.


IMG_0586The Fourteenth Station: 
Jesus Is Placed in the Sepulcher
V: We adore Thee, O Christ, and we bless Thee. (Genuflect)
R: Because by Thy Holy Cross Thou hast 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: Oh, my buried Jesus, / I kiss the stone that closes Thee in. / But Thou gloriously didst rise again on the third day. / I beg Thee by Thy resurrection that I may be raised gloriously on the last day, / to be united with Thee in heaven, to praise Thee and love Thee forever. / I love Thee, Jesus, and I repent of ever having offended Thee. / Grant that I may love Thee always; and then do with what Thou wilt.
(Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be.)
Virgin of all virgins blest! 
Listen to my fond request: 
Let me share Thy grief divine.


Prayer to Jesus Christ Crucified
My good and dear Jesus, I kneel before Thee, asking Thee 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 Thy five wounds, and dwell upon them with deep compassion and grief, I recall, good Jesus, the words the Prophet David spoke long ago concerning Thyself: "They pierced My hands and My feet; they have numbered all My bones.'' 

The faithful who, after receiving Communion, recite this prayer before a picture of Christ Crucified may 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