Way of the Cross 


 The Stations of the Cross, composed by Saint Alphonsus Liguori: a shorter version

   My Catholic Life 

 Way of the Cross 


 opening prayer


My Lord, Jesus Christ, You have made this journey to die for me with unspeakable love; and I have so many times ungratefully abandoned You.

But now I love You with all my heart; and, because I love You, I am sincerely sorry for ever having offended You. Pardon me, my God, and permit me to accompany You on this journey.

 Meditation Prayers 

Before Each Meditation:
 ~ I adore you, Lord Jesus, and I praise you. Because by your holy cross, you have redeemed the world.

After Each Meditation:
 ~ Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come; thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.
 ~ Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your 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 condemned to death

I adore you...


Consider how Jesus Christ, after being scourged and crowned with thorns, was unjustly condemned by Pilate to die on the cross.

My adorable Jesus, it was not Pilate; no, it was my sins that condemned You to die.


Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be

Jesus accepts His cross

I adore you...


Consider Jesus as He walked this road with the cross on His shoulders, thinking of us, and offering to His Father in our behalf, the death He was about to suffer.

My most beloved Jesus, I embrace all the sufferings You have destined for me until death. I beg You, by all You suffered in carrying Your cross, to help me carry mine with Your perfect peace and resignation.


Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be

Jesus falls the first time

I adore you...


Consider the first fall of Jesus. Loss of blood from the scourging and crowing with thorns had so weakened Him that He could hardly walk; and yet He had to carry that great load upon His shoulders. As the soldiers struck Him cruelly, He fell several times under the heavy cross.

My beloved Jesus, it was not the weight of the cross but the weight of my sins which made You suffer so much. By the merits of this first fall, save me from falling into mortal sin.


Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be

Jesus meets His Mother

I adore you...


Consider how the Son met his Mother on His way to Calvary. Jesus and Mary gazed at each other and their looks became as so many arrows to wound those hearts which loved each other so tenderly.

My most loving Jesus, by the pain You suffered in this meeting grant me the grace of being truly devoted to Your most holy Mother. And You, my Queen, who was overwhelmed with sorrow, obtain for me by Your prayers a tender and a lasting remembrance of the passion of Your divine Son.


Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be

Simon helps carry the Cross

I adore you...


Consider how weak and weary Jesus was. At each step He was at the point of expiring. Fearing that He would die on the way when they wished Him to die the infamous death of the cross, they forced Simon of Cyrene to help carry the cross after Our Lord.

My beloved Jesus I will not refuse the cross as Simon did: I accept it and embrace it. I accept in particular the death that is destined for me with all the pains that may accompany it.


Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be

Veronica offers her veil

I adore you...


Consider the compassion of the holy woman, Veronica. Seeing Jesus in such distress, His face bathed in sweat and blood, she presented her veil. Jesus wiped His face, and left the his sacred image.

My beloved Jesus, Your face was beautiful before You began this journey; but, now, is disfigured with wounds and blood. Alas, my soul also was once beautiful when it received Your grace in Baptism; but I have since disfigured it with my sins. You alone, my Redeemer, can restore it to its former beauty.


Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be

Jesus falls the second time

I adore you...


Consider how the second fall of Jesus under His cross renews the pain in all the wounds of the head and members of our afflicted Lord.

My most gentle Jesus, how many times You have forgiven me; and how many times I have fallen again and begun again to offend You! Give me the grace to persevere in Your love until death. Grant, that in all my temptations, I may always have recourse to You.


Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be

Jesus speaks to the women

I adore you...


Consider how the women wept with compassion seeing Jesus so distressed and dripping with blood as he walked along. Jesus said to them, "Weep not so much for me, but rather for Your children".

My Jesus, laden with sorrows, I weep for the sins which I have committed against You because of the punishment I deserve for them; and, still more, because of the displeasure they have caused You who have loved me with an infinite love. It is Your love, more than the fear of hell, which makes me weep for my sins.


Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be

Jesus falls the third time

I adore you...


Consider how Jesus Christ fell for the third time. He was extremely weak and the cruelty of His executioners was excessive; they tried to hasten His steps though He hardly had strength to move.

My outraged Jesus, by the weakness You suffered in going to Calvary, give me enough strength to overcome all human respect and all my evil passions which have led me to despise Your friendship.


Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be

Jesus, His garments stripped

I adore you...


Consider how Jesus was violently stripped of His clothes by His executioners. The inner garments adhered to his lacerated flesh and the soldiers tore them off so roughly that the skin came with them. Have pity for your Savior so cruelly treated and tell Him.

My innocent Jesus, by the torment You suffered in being stripped of Your garments, help me to strip myself of all attachment for the things of earth that I may place all my love in You who are so worthy of my love.


Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be

Jesus nailed to the Cross

I adore you...


Consider Jesus, thrown down upon the cross, He stretched out His arms and offered to His eternal Father the sacrifice of His life for our salvation. They nailed His hands and feet, and then, raising the cross, left Him to die in anguish.

My despised Jesus, nail my heart to the cross that it may always remain there to love You and never leave You again.


Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be

Jesus dies on the Cross

I adore you...


Consider how Your Jesus, after three hours of agony on the cross, is finally overwhelmed with suffering and, abandoning Himself to the weight of His body, bows His head and dies.

My dying Jesus, I devoutly kiss the cross on which You would die for love of me. I deserve, because of my sins, to die a terrible death; but Your death is my hope. By the merits of Your death, give me the grace to die embracing Your feet and burning with love of You. I yield my soul into Your hands.


Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be

Jesus taken down from the Cross

I adore you...


Consider how, after Our Lord had died, He was taken down from the cross by two of His disciples, Joseph and Nicodemus, and placed in the arms of His afflicted Mother. She received Him with unutterable tenderness and pressed Him close to her bosom.

O Mother of Sorrows, for the love of Your Son, accept me as Your servant and pray to Him for me, And You, my Redeemer, since you have died for me, allow me to love You, for I desire only You and nothing more.


Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be

Jesus is placed in the tomb

I adore you...


Consider how the disciples carried the body of Jesus to its burial, while His holy Mother went with them and arranged it in the sepulcher with her own hands. They then closed the tomb and all departed.

Oh, my buried Jesus, I kiss the stone that closes You in. But You gloriously did rise again on the third day. I beg You by Your resurrection that I may be raised gloriously on the last day, to be united with You in heaven, to praise You and love You forever.


Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be

 Way of the Cross 


 closing prayer


Prayer to Jesus Christ Crucified


My good and dear Jesus, I kneel before You, asking You most earnestly to engrave upon my heart a deep and lively faith, hope, and charity, with true repentance for my sins, and a firm resolve to make amends. As I reflect upon Your five wounds, and dwell upon them with deep compassion and grief, I recall, good Jesus, the words the Prophet David spoke long ago concerning Yourself: "They pierced My hands and My feet; they have numbered all My bones." Amen

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