Way of the Cross

The Way of Cross is a way of prayer. I walk, in spirit, with Jesus on his journey to Cavalry and meditate on his suffering and death. Each  meditation can be a personal meeting with Jesus and a new discovery of his presence in my life. Each meditation can be deeply personal by recalling specific persons, places and experiences in my own life.

The Stations of the Cross below are accompanied by a suggested meditation, those can be replaced by other meditations, prayers or readings.

The Sign of the Cross

In the name of the Father, and the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Opening Scripture Reading

The Son of Man is destined to suffer grievously, to be rejected, and to be raised up on the third day. If anyone wants to be a follower of mine, let him renounce himself and take up his cross every day and follow me. For anyone who wants to save his life will lose it; but anyone who loses his life for my sake, that man will save it. (Luke 9, 22-24)

Opening Prayer

Lord Jesus, help me to be open to your closeness and presence as I begin this journey to Calvary with you. Help me to find in your Passion and Death the strength to take up my cross and follow you.

Before each meditation

(kneel) I adore you, Lord Jesus, and I praise you. Because by your holy cross, you have redeemed the world.

After each meditation

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women, and blessed if the fruit of yours womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and the hour of our death. Amen.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Stations of the cross and meditations

Pilate condemns Jesus to die
1. Pilate condemns Jesus to die Meditation: Lord Jesus, often I judge others and fail to be understanding or loving. Help me to see the people in my life through your eyes, not the eyes of a Pontius Pilate.
Jesus accepts his cross
2. Jesus accepts His Cross Meditation: Lord Jesus, you embraced your cross to redeem the world. Help me to embrace the crosses in my life – the hardships, struggles, disappointments, pain. Only by recognizing my own weakness, can I discover your strength.
Jesus falls the first time
3. Jesus falls the first time Meditation: Lord Jesus, you know how often I fall trying to follow you. Yet you are always there to lift me up. Help me always to trust in your loving care for me.
Jesus meets his mother
4. Jesus meets His Mother Meditation: Lord Jesus, your mother Mary’s grief was surpassed by her love for you. So often you come to me in others and their love gives me new life. Help me to see how often you love me through the people in my life.
Simon helps carry the cross
5. Simon helps carry the Cross Meditation: Lord Jesus, sometimes I am indifferent to the needs of others in my life. I even neglect those whom I love. Help me to see that loving others is the surest way to find you in my life.
Veronica wipes the face of Jesus
6. Veronica wiped the face of Jesus Meditation: Lord Jesus, at times I am afraid to reach out to others. I do nothing when I should act, I say nothing when I should speak out. Give me a deeper and more courageous faith. Help me to trust that you are with me.
Jesus falls the second time
7. Jesus falls the second time Meditation: Lord Jesus, failure and disappointment sometimes lead me to despair. I hide behind my pride and self-pity, withdrawing from you and others. Give me the hope I need and help me never to be afraid to begin again.
Jesus speaks to the women
8. Jesus speaks to the women Meditation: Lord Jesus, your great compassion for other overwhelms me. I feel petty and selfish when I think of you and the way you love. Help me to pour out my love, that you might fill me with your love.
Jesus falls the third time
9. Jesus falls the third time Meditation: Lord Jesus, your failing strength makes me see how helpless I am. Without you, I can do nothing. Help me to rely on your strength, to see how much I need you.
Jesus is stripped of his garments
10. Jesus is stripped of his garments Meditation: Lord Jesus, seeing you so cruelly humiliated makes me realize how I cling to my accomplishments, my possessions, my way. Help me to let go of those things in my life that prevent me from growing closer to you and others.
Jesus is nailed to the cross
11. Jesus is nailed to the Cross Meditation: Lord Jesus, I can never doubt your great love for me when I see you crucified. Help me to see your cross as the great sign of your love for me.
Jesus dies on the cross
12. Jesus dies on the Cross Meditation: Lord Jesus, your broken and lifeless body calls me to deeper faith. You chose death, even death on the cross. Help me to see my crosses as ways of loving you.
Jesus is taken from the cross
13. Jesus is taken from the Cross Meditation: Lord Jesus, seeing your body taken from the cross reminds me how fearful I am of letting go of my own life. I am frightened when I think of being unimportant, useless, helpless. Help me to place my life in your hands.
Jesus is laid in the tomb
14. Jesus is laid in the tomb Meditation: Lord Jesus, when I see the great stone sealing your tomb, I feel alone and abandoned. Even though you sometimes seem distant or absent in my life, help me always to believe in your closeness and loving presence.

Closure Scripture Reading

On the first day of the week, at the first sign of dawn, they went to the tomb with the spices they had prepared. They found that the stone had been rolled away from the tomb, but on entering they discovered that the body of the Lord Jesus was not there. As they stood there not knowing what to think, two men in brilliant clothes suddenly appeared at their side. Terrified, the women lowered their eyes. But the two men said to them, “Why look among the dead for someone who is alive? He is not here; he has risen. Remember what he told you when he was in Galilee: that the Son of Man had to be handed over into the power of sinful men and be crucified, and rise again on the third day?” And they remembered his words. (Luke 24, 1-8)

Closing Prayer

Lord Jesus, help me to walk with you each day of my life, even to Cavalry. The sorrow and joy, the pain and healings, the failures and triumphs of my life are truly small deaths and resurrections that lead me to closeness with you. Give me the faith and trust I need to walk with you always. Amen.

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