Religious

The Way of the Cross or The Station Of The Cross as used by The Augustinian Missionaries.

The way of the Cross is a devotion to the Sacred Passion in which we accompany, in spirit, our Blessed Lord in his sorrowful journey from the house of Pilate to Calvary, and recall, with sorrow and love, all that took place from the time when he was condemned to death to his being laid in the tomb. We meditate devoutly on the Passion and Death of our Lord as we move around the stations in the Church.

Often, when made publicly, the following response is said at each station as we genuflect:

V: We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you.

R: Because by your Holy Cross you have redeemed the world

The following act of contrition may be used at each station.
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.

First Station

I. Jesus is condemned to death (John 19:12-16)

Consider how Jesus after having been scourged and crowned with thorns, was unjustly condemned by Pilate to die on the Cross.

V: We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you.

R: Because by your Holy Cross you have redeemed the world.

Reflection:
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…..

Hymn:
At the cross her station keeping
Stood the mournful mother weeping
Close to Jesus to the last

Second Station

II. Jesus receives the Cross (John 19:17)

Consider how Jesus, in making this journey with the Cross on his shoulders, thought of us, and offered for us to his Father the death he was about to undergo.

V: We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you.

R: Because by your Holy Cross you have redeemed the world.

Reflection:
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….

Hymn:
Through her heart his sorrow sharing
All his bitter anguish bearing
Now at length the sword has passed

Third Station

III. Jesus falls the first time (Isaiah 50:5-7)

Consider the first fall of Jesus under his Cross. His flesh was torn by the scourges, his head was crowned with thorns; he had lost great quantity of blood. So weakened he could scarcely walk, he yet had to carry this great load upon his shoulders! The soldiers struck him rudely, and he fell several times.

V: We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you.

R: Because by your Holy Cross you have redeemed the world.

Reflection:
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….

Hymn:
Oh, how sad and sore distressed
Was that mother highly blest
Of the sole-begotten one.

Fourth Station

IV. Jesus is met by his Blessed Mother (Luke 2:34-35)

Consider this meeting of the Son and the Mother, which took place on this journey. Their looks became like so many arrows to wound those hearts which loved each other so tenderly.

V: We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you.

R: Because by your Holy Cross you have redeemed the world.

Reflection
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….

Hymn:
Christ above in torment hangs;
She beneath beholds the pangs
Of her dying glorious son.

Fifth Station

V. The Cross is laid upon Simon of Cyrene (Mark 15:21)

Consider how his cruel tormentors, seeing that Jesus was on the point of expiring, and fearing he would die on the way, whereas they wished him to die the shameful death of the Cross, constrained Simon of Cyrene to carry the Cross behind our Lord.

V: We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you.

R: Because by your Holy Cross you have redeemed the world.

Reflection:
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….

Hymn:
Is there one who would not weep
Whelm’d in miseries so deep,
Christ’s dear mother to behold

Sixth Station:

VI. Veronica wipes the face of Jesus (Isaiah 53:1-3)

Consider how the holy woman named Veronica, seeing Jesus so ill-used and bathed in sweat and blood, wiped his face with a towel, on which was left the impression on his holy countenance.

V: We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you.

R: Because by your Holy Cross you have redeemed the world.

Reflection:
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…..

Hymn:
Can the human heart refrain
From partaking in her pain,
In that mother’s pain untold?

Seventh Station

VII. Jesus falls the second time (Isaiah 53:4-6)

Consider the second fall of Jesus under the Cross; a fail which renews the pain of all wounds in his head and members.

V: We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you.

R: Because by your Holy Cross you have redeemed the world.

Reflection:
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….

Hymn:
Bruised, derided, cursed, defiled,
She beheld her tender child,
All with bloody scourges rent.

Eight Station

VIII. The women of Jerusalem mourn for our Lord (Luke 23:27-31)

Consider how these women wept with compassion at seeing Jesus in such a pitiable state, streaming with blood, as he walked along. ‘Daughters of Jerusalem, said he, ‘weep not for me, but for yourselves and for your children.

V: We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you.

R: Because by your Holy Cross you have redeemed the world.

Reflection:

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…….

Hymn:
For the sins of his own nation,
Saw him hang in desolation,
Till his spirit forth he sent.

Ninth Station

IX. Jesus falls the third time (Isaiah 53:8-10)

Consider the third fall of Jesus Christ, His weakness was extreme, and the cruelty of his executioners excessive, who tried to hasten his steps when he could scarcely move.

V: We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you.

R: Because by your Holy Cross you have redeemed the world.

Reflection:
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,,,,

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

Tenth Station

X. Jesus is stripped of his garments (John 19:23-24)

Consider the violence with which Jesus was stripped by the executioners. His inner garments adhered to his torn flesh, and they dragged them off so roughly that the skin came with them. Take pity on your Saviour thus cruelly treated.

V: We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you.

R: Because by your Holy Cross you have redeemed the world.

Reflection:
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…….

Hymn:
Make me feel as thou hast felt;
Make my soul to glow and melt
With the love of Christ my Lord.

Eleventh Station

XI. Jesus is nailed to the Cross ( John 19:18-19)

Consider how Jesus, having been placed upon the Cross, extended his hands, and offered to the Eternal Father, the sacrifice of his life for our salvation. Those barbarians fastened him with nails, and then, securing Cross, allowed him to die with anguish on this infamous gibbet.

V: We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you.

R: Because by your Holy Cross you have redeemed the world.

Reflection:
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…..

Hymn:
Holy Mother, pierce me through,
In my heart each wound renew
Of my saviour crucified.

Twelfth Station

XII. Jesus dies on the Cross (John 19:28-30)

Consider how Jesus, being consumed with anguish after, three hours’ agony on the Cross, abandoned himself to the weight of the body, bowed his head and died.

V: We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you.

R: Because by your Holy Cross you have redeemed the world.

Reflection:
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…..

Hymn:
let me share with thee his pain
Who for all my sins was slain,
Who for me in torments died.

Thirteenth Station

XIII. Jesus is taken down from the Cross (John 19:38-39)

Consider how, after our Lord has expired, two of his disciples, Joseph and Nicodemus, took him down from the Cross and placed him in the arms of his afflicted Mother, who received him with unutterable tenderness and pressed him to her bosom.

V: We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you.

R: Because by your Holy Cross you have redeemed the world.

Reflection
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….

Hymn:
Let me mingle tears with thee
Mourning him who mourned for me
All the days that I may live.

Fourteenth Station

XIV. Jesus is placed in the sepulcher (John 19:40-42)

Consider how the disciple, accompanied by his holy Mother, carried the body of Jesus to bury it. They closed the tomb, and all came sorrowfully away.

V: We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you.

R: Because by your Holy Cross you have redeemed the world.

Reflectin:
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….

Hymn:
By the cross with thee to stay,
There with thee to weep and pray,
Is all I ask of thee to give.

Source: Augustinian Missionaries Press

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