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Preparatory Prayer

Most merciful Lord, with a contrite heart and penitent spirit I bow down before Your divine Majesty. I adore You as my supreme Lord and Master. I believe in You, I hope in You, I love You above all things. I am heartily sorry for having offended You, my only and supreme God. I firmly resolve to amend my life; and although I am unworthy to obtain mercy, yet looking upon Your holy Cross I am filled with peace and consolation. I will, therefore, meditate on Your sufferings, and visit the Stations in company with Your sorrowful Mother and my holy Guardian Angel, to promote Your honour and to save my soul. I desire to gain all indulgences granted to this holy exercise for the souls in Purgatory.

O Loving Jesus, inflame my cold heart with Your love, that I may perform this devotion as perfectly as possible, and that I may live and die in union with You. Amen.

At the Cross her station keeping
Stood the mournful mother weeping
Close to Jesus to the last

[Song uses this melody]

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First Station – Jesus is Condemned to Death

V. We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You
R. Because by Your holy Cross, you have redeemed the world

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Jesus, the most innocent of beings, is condemned to death; yes, to the shameful death of the cross. In order to remain a friend of Caesar, Pilate delivers Jesus into the hands of His enemies. O fearful crime, to condemn Innocence to death and to displease God in order to please men.

O innocent Jesus, I have sinned and I am guilty of eternal death; but that I may Live, You gladly accept the unjust sentence of death. For whom then shall I henceforth live if not for You, my Lord? If I desire to please men, I cannot be Your servant. Let me, therefore, rather displease the whole world than not please You, O Jesus!

Our Father.. Hail Mary.. Glory be..

V. Lord Jesus, crucified
R. Have mercy on us

Through her heart, His sorrow sharing
All His bitter anguish bearing
Now at length the sword had passed

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Second Station – Jesus Carries His Cross

V. We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You
R. Because by Your holy Cross, you have redeemed the world

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When our divine Redeemer beheld the Cross, He most willingly reached out to it with His bleeding arms. He embraced it lovingly, kissed it tenderly, took it on His bruised shoulders and, exhausted as He was, He carried it joyfully.

O my Jesus, I cannot be Your friend and follower if I refuse to carry my cross. O beloved cross, I embrace You, I kiss You, I joyfully accept You from the hand of my God. Far be it from me to glory in anything save in the Cross of my Lord and Redeemer. By it the world shall be crucified to me, and I to the world, that I may be Yours forever.

Our Father.. Hail Mary.. Glory be..

V. Lord Jesus, crucified
R. Have mercy on us

O, how sad and sore distressed
Was that Mother, highly blest
Of the sole begotten One!

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Third Station – Jesus Falls the First Time

V. We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You
R. Because by Your holy Cross, you have redeemed the world

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Carrying the Cross, our dear Saviour was so weakened with its heavy weight that He fell exhausted to the ground. The Cross was light and sweet to Him, but our sins made it so heavy and hard to carry.

Beloved Jesus, You carried the burden and the heavy weight of my sins. Should I then not bear in union with You my light burden of suffering and accept the sweet yoke of Your commandments? Your yoke is sweet and Your burden is light. I willingly accept it. I will take up my cross and follow You.

Our Father.. Hail Mary.. Glory be..

V. Lord Jesus, crucified
R. Have mercy on us

Christ above in torment hangs
She beneath beholds the pangs
Of her dying glorious Son

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Fourth Station – Jesus Meets His Blessed Mother

V. We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You
R. Because by Your holy Cross, you have redeemed the world

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How sad and how painful must it have been for Mary to behold her beloved Son laden with the Cross, covered with wounds and blood, and driven through the streets by savage executioners! What unspeakable pangs her most tender heart must have experienced! How earnestly did she desire to die instead of Jesus, or at least with Him!

O Jesus, O Mary, I am the cause of the pains that pierced your hearts. Would that my heart might experience some of your sufferings. O Mother, let me share in your sufferings and those of your Son, that I may obtain the grace of a happy death.

Our Father.. Hail Mary.. Glory be..

V. Lord Jesus, crucified
R. Have mercy on us

Is there one who would not weep
Whelmed in miseries so deep
Christ’s dear Mother to behold?

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Fifth Station – Simon of Cyrene Helps Jesus Carry His Cross

V. We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You
R. Because by Your holy Cross, you have redeemed the world

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Simon of Cyrene was forced to help our exhausted Saviour carry His Cross. How pleased would Jesus have been, had Simon offered his services of his own accord. However, Simon was not invited by Christ as you are. He says: “Take up your cross and follow Me.” Nevertheless you recoil, and carry it grudgingly.

O Jesus, whosoever does not take up his cross and follow You is not worthy of You. Behold, I cheerfully join You on the way of the cross. I desire to carry it with all patience until death, that I may prove worthy of You.

Our Father.. Hail Mary.. Glory be..

V. Lord Jesus, crucified
R. Have mercy on us

Can the human heart refrain
From partaking in her pain
In that Mother’s pain untold?

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Sixth Station – Veronica Wipes the Face of Jesus

V. We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You
R. Because by Your holy Cross, you have redeemed the world

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Moved by compassion, Veronica presents her veil to Jesus to wipe His disfigured face. He imprints on it His holy countenance and returns it to her as a recompense. Shall Christ reward you in like manner? Then you too must do Him a service. But you do a service to Christ every time you perform a work of mercy towards your neighbour, for He says: “What you have done to the least of My brethren, you have done to Me.”

Dearest Jesus, what return shall I make to You for all Your benefits? Behold, I consecrate myself entirely to Your service. My whole heart I give to You; stamp on it Your holy image, that I may never forget You.

Our Father.. Hail Mary.. Glory be..

V. Lord Jesus, crucified
R. Have mercy on us

Bruised, derided, cursed, defiled
She beheld her tender Child
All with bloody scourges rent

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Seventh Station – Jesus Falls the Second Time

V. We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You
R. Because by Your holy Cross, you have redeemed the world

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Overwhelmed by the weight of the Cross, Jesus falls again to the ground. But the cruel executioners do not permit Him to rest a moment. With thrusts and blows they urge Him onward. With what cruelty Jesus is treated and trampled underfoot! Remember, compassionate soul, that your sins caused Jesus this painful fall.

Have mercy on me, O Jesus, and help me never to fall into my former sins. From this moment I will strive sincerely never to sin again. But You, O Jesus, strengthen me with Your grace, that I may faithfully carry out my resolution.

Our Father.. Hail Mary.. Glory be..

V. Lord Jesus, crucified
R. Have mercy on us

For the sins of His own nation
Saw Him hang in desolation
Till His spirit forth He sent

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Eighth Station – Jesus Speaks to the Women of Jerusalem

V. We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You
R. Because by Your holy Cross, you have redeemed the world

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Moved by compassion, these devoted women weep over our suffering Saviour, but He turns to them and says: “Weep not for Me, but weep for yourselves and your children. Weep for your sins and those of your children; for they are the cause of My suffering.” You also must weep over your sins, for there is nothing more pleasing to our Lord and more useful to yourself than the tears you shed out of contrition for your sins.

O Jesus, who will give my eyes a torrent of tears, that I may day and night weep over my sins? I beseech You by Your bitter and bloody tears to move my heart so that tears may flow in abundance from my eyes, and that I may weep over Your sufferings and over my sins until death.

Our Father.. Hail Mary.. Glory be..

V. Lord Jesus, crucified
R. Have mercy on us

O thou Mother: font of love
Touch my spirit from above
Make my heart with thine accord

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Ninth Station – Jesus Falls the Third Time

V. We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You
R. Because by Your holy Cross, you have redeemed the world

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Exhausted at the foot of Calvary, Jesus falls for the third time to the ground. How painfully must have been reopened all the wounds of His tender body by these repeated falls. And how enormous must my sins be, to cause Jesus to fall so painfully. Had not Jesus taken my sins upon Himself, they would have plunged me into the abyss of Hell.

Most merciful Jesus, I return You a thousand thanks for not permitting me to die in my sins and fall into the abyss of Hell, as I have deserved so often. Enkindle in me a sincere desire to amend my life. Let me never again fall into sin, but grant me the grace of final perseverance.

Our Father.. Hail Mary.. Glory be..

V. Lord Jesus, crucified
R. Have mercy on us

Make me feel as thou has felt
Make my soul to glow and melt
With the love of Christ my Lord

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Tenth Station – Jesus is Stripped of His Garments

V. We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You
R. Because by Your holy Cross, you have redeemed the world

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Arriving on Calvary, Jesus was cruelly deprived of His garments.  How painful the stripping must have been, because the garments adhered to His mangled body, so that in removing them parts of the flesh were torn away.  Jesus is deprived of His garments that He may die possessed of nothing.  How happy shall not I die after laying aside my evil habits and tendencies!

Help me, O Jesus, to amend my life. * Let it be renewed according to Thy will and desire. * However painful the correction may be to me, * I will not spare myself. * With the assistance of Thy grace, * I will refrain from all sinful pleasure and vain amusement, * that I may die happy and live forever.

Our Father.. Hail Mary.. Glory be..

V. Lord Jesus, crucified
R. Have mercy on us

Holy Mother, pierce me through
In my heart each wound renew
Of my Saviour crucified

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Eleventh Station – Jesus is Nailed to the Cross

V. We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You
R. Because by Your holy Cross, you have redeemed the world

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Stripped of His garments, Jesus is violently thrown down on the Cross. His hands and His feet are nailed to it in the most cruel way. Jesus remains silent, because it so pleases His heavenly Father. He suffers patiently, because He suffers for you. How do you act in sufferings and trials? How fretful and impatient, how full of complaints are you!

O Jesus, meek and patient Lamb, I renounce forever my impatience. Crucify, O Lord, my flesh, with its evil desires and vices. Punish and afflict me in this life, but spare me in the next. I resign myself altogether to Your holy will. May it be done in all things.

Our Father.. Hail Mary.. Glory be..

V. Lord Jesus, crucified
R. Have mercy on us

Let me share with Thee His pain
Who for all my sins was slain
Who for me in torment died

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Twelfth Station – Jesus Dies on the Cross

V. We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You
R. Because by Your holy Cross, you have redeemed the world

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Behold Jesus crucified! Behold His wounds received for love of you! His whole appearance betokens love. His head is bent to kiss you. His arms are extended to embrace you. His heart is open to receive you. Oh what love! Jesus dies on the Cross to preserve you from eternal death.

Most lovable Jesus, who will grant that I may die for love of You? I will endeavour to die to the world and its vanities when I behold You on the Cross covered with wounds and crowned with thorns. Merciful Jesus, take me into Your wounded heart, that I may despise all perishable things, to live and die for You alone.

Our Father.. Hail Mary.. Glory be..

V. Lord Jesus, crucified
R. Have mercy on us

Let me mingle tears with thee
Mourning Him who mourned for me
All the days that I may live

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Thirteenth Station – Jesus is Taken Down from the Cross

V. We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You
R. Because by Your holy Cross, you have redeemed the world

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Jesus did not descend from the Cross, but remained on it until His death. When taken down, He rested on the bosom of His beloved Mother as He had so often done in life. Persevere in your good resolutions and do not flee from the cross, for he who perseveres till the end shall be saved. Consider, moreover, how pure the heart should be that receives the body and blood of Jesus Christ in the adorable Sacrament of the Altar.

O Lord Jesus crucified! I most earnestly entreat You: Help me do what is right and let me not be separated from Your Cross, for on it I desire to live and to die. Create in me, O Lord, a clean heart, that I may worthily receive You in Holy Communion, and that You may remain in me, and I in You, for all eternity.

Our Father.. Hail Mary.. Glory be..

V. Lord Jesus, crucified
R. Have mercy on us

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

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Fourteenth Station – Jesus is Laid in the Tomb

V. We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You
R. Because by Your holy Cross, you have redeemed the world

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The body of Jesus is laid in a stranger’s tomb. He Who in this world had not whereon to rest His head, would have no grave of His own after death. You whose heart is still attached to this world, despise it that you may not perish with it.

O Jesus, You have singled me out from the world, what then shall I seek in it? You have created me for Heaven, what then shall I desire upon earth? Depart from me, deceitful world, with your vanities!  Henceforth I will walk the way of the Cross traced out for me by my Redeemer, and journey onward to my heavenly home where my rest and my joy shall be forever.

Our Father.. Hail Mary.. Glory be..

V. Lord Jesus, crucified
R. Have mercy on us

Virgin of all virgins best
Listen to my fond request
Let me share thy grief divine

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Divine Praises

Blessed be God
Blessed be His Holy Name
Blessed be Jesus Christ, true God and true man
Blessed be the Name of Jesus
Blessed be His Most Sacred Heart
Blessed be His Most Precious Blood
Blessed be Jesus in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar
Blessed be the Holy Spirit, the Paraclete
Blessed be the great Mother of God, Mary most holy
Blessed be her holy and Immaculate Conception
Blessed be her glorious Assumption
Blessed be the name of Mary, Virgin and Mother
Blessed be St. Joseph, her most chaste spouse
Blessed be God in His Angels and in His Saints

Taken almost entirely, pictures included, from Our Lady’s Warriors.

The Joyful Mysteries
The Luminous Mysteries
The Sorrowful Mysteries
The Glorious Mysteries
The Stations of the Cross

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