O God, who in this season gives your Church the grace to imitate devoutly the Blessed Virgin Mary in contemplating the Passion of Christ, grant, we pray, through her intercession, that we may cling more firmly each day to your Only Begotten Son and come at last to the fullness of his grace. Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever. Amen
After each station is announced, the following should be prayed:
We adore You, O Christ and we praise You, because by Your Holy Cross You have redeemed the world.
It is appropriate to say an Our Father after each station.
Jesus is Condemned to Death
Pilate answered, "Do you want me to release to you the king of the Jews?" For he knew that it was out of envy that the chief priests had handed him over. But the chief priests stirred up the crowd to have him release Barabbas for them instead. Pilate again said to them in reply, "Then what do you want me t do with the man you call the king of the Jews?" They shouted again, "Crucify him." So Pilate, wishing to satisfy the crowd, released Barabbas to them and, after he had Jesus scourged, handed him over to be crucified. (Mark 15: 9-15)
Pilate said that you must die, Fear caused him to tell lie, Jesus help me tell the truth.
Jesus Takes Up His Cross
Then Jesus said to his disciples, "Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it." (Mt. 16: 24-25)
Jesus takes the heavy cross, For my sins He paid the cost, For my soul He paid the price.
Jesus Meets His Mother
Simeon had blessed them and said to Mary his mother, "Behold, this child is destined for the fall and rise of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be contradicted and you yourself a sword will pierce so that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed." (Luke 2: 34-35)
Mary struggled through the crowd, To be near her only Son, Joined in love and suffering.
Simon of Cyrene Helps Jesus Carry His Cross
I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me. Then the righteous will answer him and say, "Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? When did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? When did we see you ill or in prison and visit you?" And the king will say in reply, "Amen, say to you, whatever you did for these least brothers of mine, you did for me." (Mt. 25: 35-40)
Simon, the reluctant helper, Gave assistance to the stranger, There he met the Son of God.
Veronica Wipes the Face of Jesus
Many were amazed at him - so marred was his look beyond that of man, and his appearance beyond that of mortals... There was in him no stately bearing to make us look at him, nor appearance that would attract us to him. He was spurned and avoided by men, a man of suffering, accustomed to infirmity, One of those from whom men hide their face... (Isaiah 52: 14, 53: 2-3)
With her veil she wiped His face, Risking danger and disgrace, Fear is cast aside by love.
Jesus Falls for the Second Time
It was our infirmities that he bore, our sufferings that he endured, While we thought of him as stricken, as one smitten by God and afflicted. But he was crushed for our sins. The Lord laid upon him the guilt of us all. (Isaiah 53: 4-6)
Falling now a second time, Bleeding from this cruel climb, To the hill of Calvary.
Jesus Meets the Women of Jerusalem
A large crowd of people followed Jesus, including many women who mourned and lamented him. Jesus turned to them and said, "Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me; weep instead for yourselves and for your children. (Luke 23: 27-28)
Jesus meets the weeping women, For yourselves and for your children, For your sins today repent.
Jesus Falls for the Third Time
Even if God would decide to crush me.... Then I should still have consolation and could exult through unremitting pain, because I have not transgressed the commands of the Holy One. (Job 6:9-10)
Crowned with thorns and weak from fasting, Jesus falls amid the laughing, Where is justice in this pain?
Jesus is Stripped of His Garments
They divided his garments by casting lots. The people stood by and watched; the rulers, meanwhile, sneered at him and said, "He saved others, let him save himself if he is the chosen one, the Messiah of God." Even the soldiers jeered at him... they called out, "If you are King of the Jews, save yourself." (Luke 23: 34-37)
Clothing that His mother made Him, Carefully she must have sewn them, Greedy soldiers took them home.
Jesus is Nailed to the Cross
At the Place of the Skull, in Hebrew, Golgotha, they crucified him, and with him two others, one on either side, with Jesus in the middle. Pilate also had an inscription written and put on the cross. It read, "Jesus the Nazorean, the King of the Jews." This happened so that the scripture passage might be fulfilled..." They will look upon him whom they have pierced." (John 19: 17-19, 36-37)
Hear the nails go in His hands, See the wood accept the Man, Cross made holy by His blood.
Jesus Dies on the Cross
From noon onward, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. And about three o'clock Jesus cried out in a loud voice, "Eli, Eli, lema sabachtani?" which means, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" Then he said, "It is finished." And bowing his head, he handed over the spirit. (Kneel briefly if possible) "And behold, the veil of the sanctuary was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth quaked, rocks were split, tombs were opened, and the bodies of many saints who had fallen asleep were raised. The centurion and the men with him who were keeping watch over Jesus feared greatly when they saw the earthquake and all that was happening, and they said, "Truly, this was the Son of God." (Mt. 27: 45-54; Jn. 19:30)
Jesus, Lord you lived for us, Now we see you die for us, Teach this love to us we pray.
Jesus is Taken Down from the Cross
Now since it was preparation day, in order that the bodies might not remain on the cross on the sabbath, for the sabbath day of that week was a solemn one, the Jews asked Pilate that their legs be broken and they be taken down. But when they came to Jesus and saw that he was already dead, they did not break his legs, but one soldier thrust his lance into his side, and immediately blood and water flowed out. "Woman, behold, your son." (John 19: 31-36)
Jesus from the cross is taken, Mother Mary's arms receive Him, Teach us love's fidelity.
Jesus is Laid in the Tomb
When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea named Joseph, who was himself a disciple of Jesus. He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus; then Pilate ordered it to be handed over. Taking the body, Joseph wrapped it in clean linen and laid it in his new tomb that he had hewn in the rock. Then he rolled a huge stone across the entrance to the tomb and departed. (Mt. 27: 57-60)
In the tomb they gently laid Him, Wait for promises He made them, Jesus Christ the Son of God.
May abundant blessing, O Lord, we pray, descend upon your people who have honored the Death of your Son in the hope of their resurrection: may pardon come, comfort be given, holy faith increase, and everlasting redemption be made secure. Through Christ Our Lord. Amen.
Our Father... Hail Mary... Glory Be...