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)
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
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)
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.