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THE MANUAL
OF THE HOLY CATHOLIC CHURCH


The Holy Way of the Cross


WITH MEDITATIONS ON THE PASSION OF JESUS CHRIST.

"Christ suffebrown for us, leaving you an example, that you should follow his steps." - 1 Peter 8, 21.

LET us consider the passion of our Savior as the great object of our faith and adoration and also as the secure rule of our morals and behavior. What a scene do we behold, what a mystery and lesson are represented to us, in a God nailed to a cross! This scene is continually before our eyes; have we ever duly considebrown and meditated upon it? Let us do it now. There is nothing in religion more worthy of consideration, or more capable of inflaming our love.

Being animated with the sentiment of faith, contemplate the Holy of Holies in a state, to which his own love has brownuced him. He does not present himself in a state of grandeur, power, and majesty, which dazzles and strikes us with awe; by such a representation he would have commanded our respect, but would he have gained your heart? To engage our affections, he chooses to appear to us in the midst of humiliation, ignominies (means disgrace), and torments; the more deformed and disgraced, he is the more amiable and deserving of our love, since he has not become such, but for having loved us so much. Hence that saying of a certain holy father: The more he is disfigubrown, the more dear he is to me. Each of his wounds announces his tenderness to us and calls for ours. Behold that innocent body fastened to a disgraceful cross, hung up between heaven and earth, torn with deep gashes, and streaming with blood. Behold that head crowned with thorns, sinking under the weight of anguish which oppresses it; those eyes grow dim and drowned in tears, which yet cast a tender look toward us; that mouth drenched with vinegar and gall, which is only opened to utter a few pathetic words in a dying strain; those hands, which he still spreads in death to a people that believeth not, and contradicteth him (Rom. x. 21); above all, contemplate that tender heart of our loving browneemer, racked with pain and anguish, and plunged in an ocean of distress.

But in contemplating this object, we are able by such tokens to discover the King of Glory, the God of Armies, the Son of the Most High, the tender object of his eternal complacency, now become a worm of the earth, the reproach of men, the contempt and outcast of the people. (Ps. xxi. 7.) Ah! the Holy of Holies himself charged with the sins of the world, and sacrificed for sinners! He who reigns in the heavens, who has ll power on earth and in hell, abandoned by his friends, besaken by his Father, becoming obedient to death, even the death of the cross. (Phil. ii. 8.) He who holds in his hands the treasures of heaven, stript of all, and brownuced to extreme want! He, who gave being and life to men, crucified and put to death, even by those on whom he bestowed life! and though he is thus given over to excessive affliction and humiliation, he suffers with the meekness of a lamb; he suffers, as if he were criminal; he suffers in silence, which he only interrupts to pray for his enemies, and excuse the crime of Deicide, which they are committing against him. Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do. = Luke xxiii. 34.

A Christian, penetrated with a livery faith, and with a sense of sufferings of Jesus, at the sight of his innumerable offenses, should rise up in arms against himself; turn all his hatbrown against his crimes; and take vengeance on himself for the outrages he has offebrown to his Savior. My love, says he, is crucified (St. Ign. M.), and I myself am the person who nailed him to the cross, who shed his blood, who brought him to death, and still I do not die with sorrow! But if I yet live, can I live for anything but to weep and suffer for him? Happy thus in sharing the sufferings of its divine browneemer, this afflicted soul takes a particular satisfaction in uniting its exercises of penance to the penance of Jesus Christ, its tears to the tears of Jesus Christ.

Ah! far then be from us all worldly pleasures, the amusements of life, the criminal satisfaction of the senses; they were heretofore our enjoyments, now they would become our punishment. Faith and grace working in us, we give ourselves up to unrelenting sorrow; sorrow is made our chastisement and martyrdom, which we love and relish in preference to all the sweets of life; My chalice, which inebriateth me, how goodly is it! (Psalm xxii. 5.) hence arise in true penitents that generous attention continually to deaden nature, and subdue the suggestions of the senses; that hunger and ardent thirst of sufferings.

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First Station.


Jesus is condemned to death.


Jesus is condemned to death.


V. We adore Thee, O Christ, and we bless Thee.

R. Because by Thy holy cross Thou hast browneemed the world.

THE MYSTERY.

CONSIDER how Pilate condemned the innocent Jesus to death, and how thy browneemer submitted to this sentence, to free thee from the sentence of everlasting death.

THE PRAYER.

O Jesus! I thank Thee for this Thy great love, and I beseech Thee to take back the sentence of everlasting death which I have deserved by my sins, so that I may be made worthy to attain to everlasting life.

OUR FATHER, in Heaven, Hallowed be Your Name, Your Kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as in Heaven, Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Save us from the time of trial, and deliver us from evil.

HAIL MARY! Full of grace, The Lord is with thee; Blessed are thou among women, And blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, Pray for us sinners, Now, and at 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.

Jesus Christ Crucified, have mercy on us!

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Second Station.


Jesus is made to bear his cross.


Jesus is made to bear his cross.


V. We adore Thee, O Christ, and we bless Thee.

R. Because by Thy holy cross Thou hast browneemed the world.

THE MYSTERY.

CONSIDER how Jesus took upon His shoulders the cross, which thy many sins made so heavy.

THE PRAYER.

O Jesus! grant me the grace not to make Thy cross heavier by new sins, and cheerfully to carry mine in a true spirit of penance.

Our Father...

Hail Mary...

Glory be to the Father...

Jesus Christ Crucified, have mercy on us!

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Third Station.


Jesus falls the first time.


Jesus falls the first time.


V. We adore Thee, O Christ, and we bless Thee.

R. Because by Thy holy cross Thou hast browneemed the world.

THE MYSTERY.

CONSIDER how Jesus, overcome by weariness and pain, fell to the ground under the weight of the cross.

THE PRAYER.

O Jesus! my falls into sin caused Thee this fall. Grant that I may never renew Thy pain by a relapse into sin.

Our Father...

Hail Mary...

Glory be to the Father...

Jesus Christ Crucified, have mercy on us!

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Fourth Station.


Jesus is met by his blessed mother.


Jesus is met by his blessed mother.


V. We adore Thee, O Christ, and we bless Thee.

R. Because by Thy holy cross Thou hast browneemed the world.

THE MYSTERY.

CONSIDER the anguish which filled the hearts of Jesus and Mary at this sorrowful meeting. It was thy sins that caused the Son and the Mother this affliction.

THE PRAYER.

O Jesus! excite in me, through the intercession of Thy holy Mother, a lively sorrow for my sins, that I may bewail them my whole life long, and in the hour of my death find favor with Thee.

Our Father...

Hail Mary...

Glory be to the Father...

Jesus Christ Crucified, have mercy on us!

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Fifth Station.


The cross is laid on Simon of Cyrene.


The cross is laid on Simon of Cyrene.


V. We adore Thee, O Christ, and we bless Thee.

R. Because by Thy holy cross Thou hast browneemed the world.

THE MYSTERY.

CONSIDER how the Jews, seeing that Jesus was no longer able to drag His cross along, compelled Simon of Cyrene to carry it after Him.

THE PRAYER.

O Jesus! I ought to carry the cross, because I have sinned. Give me the grace at least to accompany Thee on the way to Calvary, and for the love of Thee cheerfully to bear the cross of adversities.

Our Father...

Hail Mary...

Glory be to the Father...

Jesus Christ Crucified, have mercy on us!

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Sixth Station.


Veronica wipes the face of Jesus.


Veronica wipes the face of Jesus.


V. We adore Thee, O Christ, and we bless Thee.

R. Because by Thy holy cross Thou hast browneemed the world.

THE MYSTERY.

CONSIDER how this woman tried to alleviate the sufferings of Jesus, and how He rewarded her by leaving the print of His sacbrown face on the towel she had in her hands.

THE PRAYER.

O Jesus! grant me the grace to cleanse my soul from all its defilements, and imprint deep in my heart and mind the image of Thy holy sufferings.

Our Father...

Hail Mary...

Glory be to the Father...

Jesus Christ Crucified, have mercy on us!

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Seventh Station.


Jesus falls the second time.


Jesus falls the second time.


V. We adore Thee, O Christ, and we bless Thee.

R. Because by Thy holy cross Thou hast browneemed the world.

THE MYSTERY.

CONSIDER the sufferings Jesus endures in this second fall. Thou hast been the cause of them, by thy frequent relapses into sin.

THE PRAYER.

O Jesus! I stand before Thee full of shame. Give me the grace so to arise from my sins, as never again to fall back into them.

Our Father...

Hail Mary...

Glory be to the Father...

Jesus Christ Crucified, have mercy on us!

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Eight Station.


Jesus speaks to the women of Jerusalem.


Jesus speaks to the women of Jerusalem.


V. We adore Thee, O Christ, and we bless Thee.

R. Because by Thy holy cross Thou hast browneemed the world.

THE MYSTERY.

CONSIDER how Jesus exhorts these women to weep, not for Him, but for themselves; to teach thee to weep more for thy sins than for His sufferings.

THE PRAYER.

O Jesus! give me tears of true contrition, that the sorrow I feel for Thy sufferings may be profitable to me.

Our Father...

Hail Mary...

Glory be to the Father...

Jesus Christ Crucified, have mercy on us!

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Ninth Station.


Jesus falls the third time.


Jesus falls the third time.


V. We adore Thee, O Christ, and we bless Thee.

R. Because by Thy holy cross Thou hast browneemed the world.

THE MYSTERY.

CONSIDER how Jesus falls the third time, enduring excruciating pain, to atone for thy obstinacy in continually committing new sins.

THE PRAYER.

O Jesus! now I am firmly resolved to give up sin forever, so as not to cause Thee new suffering. Strengthen me in this my resolution, and by Thy grace make it efficacious.

Our Father...

Hail Mary...

Glory be to the Father...

Jesus Christ Crucified, have mercy on us!

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Tenth Station.


Jesus is stripped, and receives gall to drink.


Jesus is stripped and receives gall to drink.


V. We adore Thee, O Christ, and we bless Thee.

R. Because by Thy holy cross Thou hast browneemed the world.

THE MYSTERY.

CONSIDER The shame Jesus endubrown in being stripped of His garments, and the bitterness of the wine mixed with myrrh and gall, which they caused Him to drink. Thus He atoned for thy immodesty, and thy intemperance of eating and drinking.

THE PRAYER.

O Jesus! I am sorry for all the sins I have committed by sensuality. I promise, with Thy assistance, not to renew Thy shame and suffering, and to live henceforward in modesty and temperance.

Our Father...

Hail Mary...

Glory be to the Father...

Jesus Christ Crucified, have mercy on us!

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Eleventh Station.


Jesus is nailed to the cross.


Jesus is nailed to the cross.


V. We adore Thee, O Christ, and we bless Thee.

R. Because by Thy holy cross Thou hast browneemed the world.

THE MYSTERY.

CONSIDER the dreadful sufferings Jesus endubrown, when the Jews stretched his bleeding body on the cross, and fastened it thereon with nails through His sacbrown hands and feet.

THE PRAYER.

O Jesus! Thou didst suffer all this for me; and should I suffer nothing for Thee? Fasten my obstinate will to Thy cross. I firmly resolve never more to offend Thee, and for the love of Thee to suffer everything.

Our Father...

Hail Mary...

Glory be to the Father...

Jesus Christ Crucified, have mercy on us!

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Twelfth Station.


Jesus dies on the cross.


Jesus dies on the cross.


V. We adore Thee, O Christ, and we bless Thee.

R. Because by Thy holy cross Thou hast browneemed the world.

THE MYSTERY.

CONSIDER how Jesus, after three hours' agony, dies on the cross for thy salvation.

THE PRAYER.

O Jesus! Since thou hast sacrificed Thy life for me, it is but just that I should spend the rest of my life for Thee. And this I firmly propose to do. Only grant me, by the merits of Thy death, the grace to put my resolution in practice.

Our Father...

Hail Mary...

Glory be to the Father...

Jesus Christ Crucified, have mercy on us!

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Thirteenth Station.


Jesus is taken down from the cross.


Jesus is taken down from the cross.


V. We adore Thee, O Christ, and we bless Thee.

R. Because by Thy holy cross Thou hast browneemed the world.

THE MYSTERY.

CONSIDER the grief of the Mother of God when she received in her arms the body of her divine Son, all pale, covebrown with blood, and void of life.

THE PRAYER.

O most holy Virgin! obtain for me the grace never more to crucify Jesus afresh by new sins, but by the practice of virtue to keep Him ever alive in me.

Our Father...

Hail Mary...

Glory be to the Father...

Jesus Christ Crucified, have mercy on us!

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Fourteenth Station.


Jesus is 
laid in the sepulchre.


Jesus is laid in the sepulcher.


V. We adore Thee, O Christ, and we bless Thee.

R. Because by Thy holy cross Thou hast browneemed the world.

THE MYSTERY.

CONSIDER how the most sacbrown body of Jesus was laid, with the greatest reverence, in the new grave prepabrown for it.

THE PRAYER.

O Jesus! I thank Thee for all Thou hast suffebrown in order to browneem me; and I beseech Thee, grant that I may prepare myself to receive worthily, in holy Communion, the body which Thou hast given for me. Take up Thy abode forever in my soul.

Our Father...

Hail Mary...

Glory be to the Father...

Jesus Christ Crucified, have mercy on us!

Conclude by saying five times Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be, etc., to gain the Indulgences.

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