Stations of the Cross

Stations of the Cross is “Prayer,” not a reenactment of the crucifixion. Stations of the Cross is not an intellectual exercise. Stations of the Cross is a journey, a Walk with God; an opportunity to walk side-by-side, step-for-step with Jesus Christ. Stations of the Cross is another opportunity for Communion with God, to create in us a closer loving, deeper relationship with God and one another.



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Stations of the Cross

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From the earliest of days, followers of Jesus told the story of his passion, death and resurrection. When pilgrims came to see Jerusalem, they would visit these sites and the stories would be retold; this became part of the pilgrimage visit. Stations of the Cross is our opportunity to with Jesus at Gethsemane, witness the arrest of Jesus and the denial of the disciples. We will go from Calaphas to Pontius Pilate. We will walk through the streets of Jerusalem, we will witness the scourging of Christ, and we will suffer at the Crucifixion, and agonize at the Death of Christ.

Fortunately for us we can have complete hope that suffering and death have no complete hold on us. We share in eternal life through Christ. Jesus is the one who knows our suffering and the death that we all must face; and when this time comes we will fall into His loving hands full of Love and Grace.

Stations of the Cross is a series of prayers, which can be done at any time; one or all of the stations, may be experienced at one time. Stations of the Cross is a time to give back, to give thanks to God for all our blessings, to be truly grateful for what we have.

Travel mercies for your journey. Your destination is a closer and deeper relationship with God.



The First Station:

Jesus is condemned to die.

Dear Lord,

As your journey begins, I pray to walk closely with you, Lord. Because of your obedience to the father, your following God’s will, by your holy cross you have redeemed the world. I pray Lord to be your good and faithful servant, and to follow you.

We have left the upper room. The disciples have fallen asleep at Gethsemane, Thirty pieces of silver have changed hands. Jesus is betrayed with a single kiss. Jesus is arrested. The cock crows….

Dear Jesus you were arrested like a thief in the night; you were brought before Calaphas and stood before Pilate:

“Are you the king of the Jews?” - “Yes, if you say,” Jesus replied. Pilate washes his hands of this whole dirty affair, but his guilt remains forever with him.

Over 2000 years have passed Lord, and the world still has You on trial. Even today Lord you are persecuted. Silent Jesus, give us the strength we need face the ridicule of the world. Help us to be steadfast in our love and obedience to you Lord when we are suffering and all seems lost.

We pray this in Your name.

Amen



The Second Station:

Jesus Carries His Cross.

Dear Lord,

The painful journey has just begun, I pray Lord to share this with you: your crown of thorns. You were made to carry the cross on which you will be crucified. Yet you were carrying our crosses; “our sins of the world.” Yes Lord Jesus, you are truly carrying the “weight of the world” on your shoulders. This heavy burden you carry, lovingly – for us. By your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

You walked down a path of human misery and suffering for us, Dear Lord. Such a loving and living sacrifice; the shepherd who lay down his life for his sheep.

Every step you took was painful, Lord. The Father’s will was hard on you; so why should I complain when the Lord’s will is hard on me?

Help me Lord, to pick up my cross daily and follow you. Give me the strength Lord, to follow you, as you followed the Father. We pray this in Your name.

Amen



The Third Station:

Jesus Falls the First Time.

Dear Lord,

Your journey Lord is underway, take me with you. Christ you have fallen! The weight of the cross the “weight of the world” is humanly unbearable. Jesus you fell beneath the crushing weight of the cross to show me compassion for when I fall.

Lord, you were roughly pulled up from the dirt and made to continue. Your love for us gave You strength to rise from Your fall. Help to pick us up Lord when we fall. When we fail and fall short of the kingdom of God, be with us, be by our side, reach out your loving hand and give us Your guidance and strength. And Lord remind us to be God’s servant, to reach out to others in need. Help us to bestow the same gift of love you have given us to others.

The gift’s you have given us of love and grace are beyond our comprehension. By your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

We pray this in Your name.

Amen



The Fourth Station:

Jesus Meets His Mother.

Dear Lord,

With great sorrow we continue the journey. When Jesus was dragged through the streets, bleeding, carrying the rugged cross, Jesus saw His mother. I imagine that at that moment when their eyes touched that time must have stood still; this brief encounter must have been like an eternity.

Mary’s heart was pierced; Mother Mary was heartbroken. The hardest of all sorrows is the death of a child; this Mary had to endure. Such injustice! Such suffering! What a human tragedy!

And all of this was done for me!

I imagine that the zenith of His pain was not the 9” inch nails driven into His hands, but seeing the face, the anguish, and the tears of His mother. What a higher power there must be to encounter such injustice with love and forgiveness.

Help me Lord, not to despair; for by your holy cross you have redeemed the world. Help me Lord not to despair during trials, tribulations, test, and injustice, Help us Lord to be Your disciples of love, to love one another, to serve others, and to be instruments of Your peace, Bless us dear Lord, to be a blessing to others.

We pray this in Your name.

Amen



The Fifth Station:

Simon Helps Jesus Carry His Cross.

Dear Lord,

The weight of the cross was too heavy for even you to carry it alone on your sad journey. I pray Lord, to be there to help you with this heavy burden, which you carry for me.

Your tormentors forced Simon to carry the cross. I imagine that Simon was afraid and reluctant to be a part of this horrible shame. Forgive us Lord when we are reluctant to carry our own cross. With your help Lord, give us the strength to carry our own cross.

Dear Lord Jesus, you have passed the torch to me, you have passed the burden of the cross to me. With you Lord, by my side I will be able to carry my cross with far greater fortitude. We look to you Lord, for our courage.

Dear Lord God incarnate, You who have laid the foundations of the world, need help? You who could have called on legions angels from the heaven for Your rescue, but you did not. By your holy cross you have redeemed the world. You were not able to carry the burden alone. Even you dear Lord, where made to be dependant on others. Dear Lord, I am not capable of carrying my heavy burden, my cross without you as my constant companion, near by my side.

We pray this in Your name.

Amen



The Sixth Station:

Veronica Wipes the Face of Jesus.

Dear Lord,

You have made this journey for me, Lord. How so undeserving I am of such Grace and Unconditional Love. I feel great anguish for the sacrifice You made for me. Words are not sufficient to describe the gratitude and thankfulness, which are in my heart.

We are thankful for Your great sacrifice for us; yet at this time you are alone. Judas has betrayed you with a kiss, Your disciples have fled, Peter has denied you; three times! The crowds, which earlier chanted “hosanna” are now an angry mob chanting “crucify him, crucify him.”

Dear Lord, You are now alone and surrounded by sin, when out of the crowd came a woman. She wipes Your anguished and bloody face with her thin veil. She did what she could to wipe away your pain and in the midst of Your pain, You imprinted the image of your torn face upon her veil. How can You forget Yourself so completely and reward such a small act of kindness?

Dear Lord, help us to take courage, to reach out our hands to help others. Dear Lord, help us to always be able to see Your face.

We pray this in Your name.

Amen



The Seventh Station:

Jesus Falls the Second Time.

Dear Lord,

Oh Dear Lord, this journey is too hard! Dear Lord, Your knees have buckled; You have fallen again! Your agony has been great my Lord, and yet we are only at the middle of our journey! We look at Your agony, suffering, and pain and we know that we are never alone in our sufferings. By your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

The World judges unjustly, Lord. The World judges the poor as failures, the sick as a burden, and the aged as useless. Your weakness was Your strength. Your greatest moment was Your weakest one. Your greatest triumph was in failure. As you have said Dear Lord, “the first shall be last and the last shall be first.”

Help us Lord, not to judge other unjustly; help us not to judge others at all. Help us Lord to see the value in every man. Dear Lord, in our weakness, please, give us Your strength with a humble heart.

We pray this in Your name.

Amen



The Eighth Station:

Jesus Meets the Women of Jerusalem.

Dear Lord,

I am so grateful for this journey You have made for me. The powerful have unjustly accused You, Your own disciples have abandoned you. The cock crows a third time. Where are Your faithful?

Out of the crowd came the women of Jerusalem, and their children to comfort and to thank Jesus. They had recognized Jesus’ love and compassion for them that had crossed all social barriers. They were thankful for His kindness and for His healing.

Lord Jesus identifies with their grief and their suffering. Jesus consoled them and told them to look deeper into His Passion. For by His holy cross Jesus has redeemed the world.

We pray this in Your name.

Amen



The Ninth Station:

Jesus Falls the Third Time.

Dear Lord,

This journey is more than I can bear. Oh Dear Lord, is there any relief? You have completely poured out Your life for me! Even with the help of Simon you fall a third time! This fall is devastating, you are literally crushed beneath the weight of the cross. Your executioners push Your broken body, broken for us, up to the hill of crucifixion.

Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world. You Dear Lord, have fallen the final third time. How many times will I fall? Dear Lord, there are none of our sufferings, which you cannot empathies with. Help us Lord, to follow Your example, give us the perseverance, and courage to pick up our cross and follow you.

We pray this in Your name.

Amen



The Tenth Station:

Jesus is Stripped of His Garments.

Dear Lord,

Will this humiliating journey ever end? Beating after beating, indignation after indignation, and humiliation after humiliation; will this ever stop? Jesus is stripped naked before the crowd; stripped of any pride. Jesus is stripped naked; there is nothing held back!

Our poor defenseless Lord looks up to heaven and what does He do? He prays for the forgiveness for His persecutors, the executioners that beat and stripped Him, and these same men, which were casting His clothes for lot. Through your pain you forgive your tormentors, Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing,”

O what a Higher Power there must be to pray for those who hate and persecute you. O Dear Lord, this unmeasured unconditional love, is it beyond my comprehension?

Dear Lord, it is so hard for us to try to walk in your footsteps; to be like you – to be Christ like. Help us Dear Lord, for by your holy cross you have redeemed the world. Help us Lord, to be “loving and forgiving.” Help us to be forgiving so we may be forgiven by our Father in heaven.

We pray this in Your name.

Amen



The Eleventh Station:

Jesus is Nailed to the Cross.

Dear Lord,

The journey is horrible to behold. I pray for your pain to end. Here is man’s absolute inhumanity to man. They drive the nails through your outstretched hands and your feet. You are nailed to a tree. O my God....

Now in excruciating agony the cross is lifted and there you hang in absolute pain and suffering. How can man do such a thing to another man? It is hard for me to understand God’s love to allow such a terrible thing to happen? What! This was done for me. O’ Dear Lord, I am so undeserving.

Even nailed to a cross your outstretched arms reach out in love for us. You seem to be saying. “I love you this much.” Dear Lord, we are so unworthy. Help us to always reach out to you and to always reach out to others in love and forgiveness, even during our darkest times and our darkest moments. Help us to always remember and be grateful for your sacrificial, unconditional love for us. For by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

We pray this in Your name.

Amen



The Twelfth Station:

Jesus dies on the Cross.

Dear Lord,

We are near the journey’s end…. Here I am Lord. I stand here at the foot of cross. How bitter I weep. Mary and John and Mary Magdalene helplessly look up to you to give you solace and comfort. There are two criminals on either side of you. One criminal insults Jesus, the other criminal defends Christ and is Saved by Jesus; such is the way of the world.

Jesus surrenders his last breath: "Father, into your hands I commend my spirit." The earth quaked, the sun refused to shine, and the curtain of the temple was torn in two.

Surely this was a righteous man. Praise be to God. By your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

We pray this in Your name.

Amen



The Thirteenth Station:

Jesus Is Taken Down From The Cross.

Dear Lord,

This has been a rough journey we have traveled together. Your body is finally no longer abused. Your lifeless body lies in your Mother’s arms. Prophecy is fulfilled: Christ has Died! Jesus is now in the hands of God the Father.

You have given us the greatest love of all, the act of sacrificial love. Lord you left us with your command: “Love one another, as I have loved you.” How incomprehensible this seems to us now! How can we possess such unconditional, everlasting, love mercy, and grace?

Help us Dear Lord, to walk in your footsteps of love, faith, and obedience to the Father. We thank you for by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

We pray this in Your name.

Amen



The Fourteenth Station:

Jesus Is Laid In The Tomb.

Dear Lord, I ponder, is the journey over or has it just begun? I want to be with you, take me with you. By your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

You are laid to rest in the tomb of a stranger; you have entered in to the mystery of death. The huge stone over your tomb is the final sign of the permanence of death. But in the darkness of the tomb, you are the light, the light of my salvation. Your Resurrection is soon at hand. You have not been conquered; you have conquered death. You are my everlasting Hope, Faith, and Salvation today, tomorrow, and to eternity. Dear Lord Jesus, we have traveled down your painful path. Help us to always seek your paths – your ways. We try to walk in your footsteps, forgive us when we stumble and fall. We have shared in your birth, your ministry, your persecution, your crucifixion, and in your death. We pray Lord, for your love, mercy, and grace to share in your Resurrection.

But Easter is not over, in fact it’s just begun, for now the Resurrection by each man must be won.

All this we pray this in Your holy name.

Amen



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