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THE HOLY WAY OF THE CROSS
(With meditations of the Passion of Jesus Christ).


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 redeemed the world.

THE MYSTERY.

Consider how Pilate condemned the innocent Jesus to death, and how thy Redeemer 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.

Say the following 3 prayers...

Our Father...

Hail Mary...

Glory Be...

Jesus Christ Crucified, have mercy on us!

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 redeemed 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.

Say the following 3 prayers...

Our Father...

Hail Mary...

Glory Be...

Jesus Christ Crucified, have mercy on us!

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 redeemed 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.

Say the following 3 prayers...

Our Father...

Hail Mary...

Glory Be...

Jesus Christ Crucified, have mercy on us!

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 redeemed 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.

Say the following 3 prayers...

Our Father...

Hail Mary...

Glory Be...

Jesus Christ Crucified, have mercy on us!

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 redeemed 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.

Say the following 3 prayers...

Our Father...

Hail Mary...

Glory Be...

Jesus Christ Crucified, have mercy on us!

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 redeemed 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 sacred 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.

Say the following 3 prayers...

Our Father...

Hail Mary...

Glory Be...

Jesus Christ Crucified, have mercy on us!

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 redeemed 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.

Say the following 3 prayers...

Our Father...

Hail Mary...

Glory Be...

Jesus Christ Crucified, have mercy on us!

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 redeemed 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.

Say the following 3 prayers...

Our Father...

Hail Mary...

Glory Be...

Jesus Christ Crucified, have mercy on us!

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 redeemed 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.

Say the following 3 prayers...

Our Father...

Hail Mary...

Glory Be...

Jesus Christ Crucified, have mercy on us!

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 redeemed the world.

THE MYSTERY.

Consider the shame Jesus endured 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.

Say the following 3 prayers...

Our Father...

Hail Mary...

Glory Be...

Jesus Christ Crucified, have mercy on us!

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 redeemed the world.

THE MYSTERY.

Consider the dreadful sufferings Jesus endured, when the Jews stretched his bleeding body on the cross, and fastened it thereon with nails through His sacred 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.

Say the following 3 prayers...

Our Father...

Hail Mary...

Glory Be...

Jesus Christ Crucified, have mercy on us!

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 redeemed 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.

Say the following 3 prayers...

Our Father...

Hail Mary...

Glory Be...

Jesus Christ Crucified, have mercy on us!

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 redeemed 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, covered 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.

Say the following 3 prayers...

Our Father...

Hail Mary...

Glory Be...

Jesus Christ Crucified, have mercy on us!

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 redeemed the world.

THE MYSTERY.

Consider how the most sacred body of Jesus was laid, with the greatest reverence, in the new grave prepared for it.

THE PRAYER.

O Jesus! I thank Thee for all Thou hast suffered in order to redeem 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.

Say the following 3 prayers...

Our Father...

Hail Mary...

Glory Be...

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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