following stations of the cross
are based on those celebrated
by Pope John Paul II on Good Friday
1991. They are presented here
as an alternative to the traditional
stations1 and as a way of reflecting
more deeply on the Scriptural
accounts of Christ's passion.
presiding minister may be a priest,
deacon, or layperson. This minister
prays the opening and closing
prayers, leads the acclamation,
announces the stations, and says
the prayer that concludes each
station. One or more readers may
read the Scriptural reflections.
A period of silence should be
observed between the Scripture
reading and the prayer.
crossbearer accompanied by two
candlebearers may stand in front
of each station as it is announced.
As the cross- and candlebearers
move between the stations, all
may sing a verse of the Stabat
Mater (At the Cross Her Station
Keeping - traditional) or an appropriate
antiphon, such as Parce Domine
(traditional, various settings)
or Crucem Tuam (Berthier, GIA),
We adore you, O Christ, and we
Because by your holy cross you
have redeemed the world.
Lord Jesus, help us walk in your
God of power and mercy,
in love your sent your Son
that we might be cleansed of sin
and live with you forever.
Bless us as we gather to reflect
on his suffering and death
that we may learn from his example
the way we should go.
ask this through that same Christ,
Station: Jesus in the Garden of
Then Jesus came with them to a
place called Gethsemane, and he
said to his disciples, "Sit
here while I go over there and
pray." He took along Peter
and the two sons of Zebedee, and
began to feel sorrow and distress.
Then he said to them, "My
soul is sorrowful even to death.
Remain here and keep watch with
me." He advanced a little
and fell prostrate in prayer,
saying, "My Father, if it
is possible, let this cup pass
from me; yet, not as I will, but
as you will." When he returned
to his disciples he found them
asleep. He said to Peter, "So
you could not keep watch with
me for one hour? Watch and pray
that you may not undergo the test.
The spirit is willing, but the
flesh is weak."
Lord, grant us your strength and
that we may seek to follow your
will in all things
Station: Jesus, Betrayed by Judas,
Then, while [Jesus] was still
speaking, Judas, one of the Twelve,
arrived, accompanied by a crowd
with swords and clubs, who had
come from the chief priests, the
scribes, and the elders. His betrayer
had arranged a signal with them,
saying, "the man I shall
kiss is the one; arrest him and
lead him away securely."
He came and immediately went over
to him and said, "Rabbi."
And he kissed him. At this they
laid hands on him and arrested
Mark 14: 43-46
Lord, grant us the courage of
that our lives may faithfully
reflect the good news you bring.
Station: Jesus is Condemned by
When day came the council
of elders of the people met, both
chief priests and scribes, and
they brought him before their
Sanhedrin. They said, "If
you are the Messiah, tell us,"
but he replied to them, "If
I tell you, you will not believe,
and if I question, you will not
respond. But from this time on
the Son of Man will be seated
at the right hand of the power
of God." They all asked,
"Are you then the Son of
God?" He replied to them,
"You say that I am."
Then they said, "What further
need have we for testimony? We
have heard it from his own mouth."
Luke 22: 66-71
Lord, grant us your sense of righteousness
that we may never cease to work
to bring about the justice of
the kingdom that you promised.
Station: Jesus is Denied by Peter
Now Peter was sitting outside
in the courtyard. One of the maids
came over to him and said, "You
too were with Jesus the Galilean."
But he denied it in front of everyone,
saying, "I do not know what
you are talking about!" As
he went out to the gate, another
girl saw him and said to those
who were there, "This man
was with Jesus the Nazorean."
Again he denied it with an oath,
"I do not know the man!"
A little later the bystanders
came over and said to Peter, "Surely
you too are one of them; even
your speech gives you away."
At that he began to curse and
to swear, "I do not know
the man." And immediately
a cock crowed. Then Peter remembered
the word that Jesus had spoken:
"Before the cock crows you
will deny me three times."
He went out and began to weep
Matthew 26: 69-75
Lord, grant us the gift of honesty
that we may not fear to speak
the truth even when difficult.
Station: Jesus is Judged by Pilate
The chief priests with
the elders and the scribes, that
is, the whole Sanhedrin, held
a council. They bound Jesus, led
him away, and handed him over
to Pilate. Pilate questioned him,
"Are you the king of the
Jews?" He said to him in
reply, "You say so."
The chief priests accused him
of many things. Again Pilate questioned
him, "Have you no answer?
See how many things they accuse
you of." Jesus gave him no
further answer, so that Pilate
was amazed.... Pilate, wishing
to satisfy the crowd, released
Barrabas... [and] handed [Jesus]
over to be crucified.
Mark 15: 1-5, 15
Lord, grant us discernment that
we may see as you see, not as
the world sees.
Station: Jesus is Scourged and
Crowned with Thorns
Then Pilate took Jesus and had
him scourged. And the soldiers
wove a crown out of thorns and
placed it on his head, and clothed
him in a purple cloak, and they
came to him and said,"Hail,
King of the Jews!" And they
struck him repeatedly.
John 19: 1-3
Lord, grant us patience in times
that we may offer our lives as
a sacrifice of praise.
Station: Jesus Bears the Cross
When the chief priests and the
guards saw [Jesus] they cried
out, "Crucify him, crucify
him!" Pilate said to them,
"Take him yourselves and
crucify him. I find no guilt in
him." ... They cried out,
"Take him away, take him
away! Crucify him!" Pilate
said to them, "Shall I crucify
your king?" The chief priests
answered, "We have no king
but Caesar." Then he handed
him over to them to be crucified.
So they took Jesus, and carrying
the cross himself he went out
to what is called the Place of
the Skull, in Hebrew, Golgotha.
John 19: 6, 15-17
Lord, grant us strength of purpose
that we may faithfully bear our
crosses each day.
Station: Jesus is Helped by Simon
the Cyrenian to Carry the Cross
They pressed into service a passer-by,
Simon, a Cyrenian, who was coming
in from the country, the father
of Alexander and Rufus, to carry
Mark 15: 21
Lord, grant us willing spirits
that we may be your instruments
Station: Jesus Meets the Women
A large crowd of people followed
Jesus, including many women who
mourned and lamented him. Jesus
turned to them and said, "Daughters
of Jerusalem, do not weep for
me; weep instead for yourselves
and for your children, for indeed,
the days are coming when people
will say, ‘Blessed are the
barren, the wombs that never bore
and the breasts that never nursed.'
At that time, people will say
to the mountains, ‘Fall
upon us!' and to the hills, ‘Cover
us!' for if these things are done
when the wood is green what will
happen when it is dry?"
Luke 23: 27-31
Lord, grant us gentle spirits
that we may comfort those who
Station: Jesus is Crucified
When they came to the
place called the Skull, they crucified
him and the criminals there, one
on his right, the other on his
left. [Then Jesus said, "Father,
forgive them, they know not what
Luke 23: 33-34
Lord, grant us merciful hearts
that we may bring your reconciliation
and forgiveness to all.
Station: Jesus Promises His Kingdom
to the Good Thief
Now one of the criminals hanging
there reviled Jesus, saying, "Are
you not the Messiah? Save yourself
and us." The other, however,
rebuking him, said in reply, "Have
you no fear of God, for you are
subject to the same condemnation?
And indeed, we have been condemned
justly, for the sentence we received
corresponds to our crimes, but
this man has done nothing criminal."
Then he said, "Jesus, remember
me when you come into your kingdom."
He replied to him, "Amen,
I say to you, today you will be
with me in Paradise."
Luke 23: 39-43
Lord, grant us perseverance that
we may never stop seeking you.
Station: Jesus Speaks to His Mother
and the Disciple
Standing by the cross of Jesus
were his mother and his mother's
sister, Mary the wife of Clopas,
and Mary of Magdala. When Jesus
saw his mother and the disciple
there whom he loved, he said to
his mother, "Woman, behold,
your son." Then he said to
the disciple, "Behold, your
mother." And from that hour
the disciple took her into his
John 19: 25-27
Lord, grant us constancy that
we may be willing to stand by
those in need.
Station: Jesus Dies on the Cross
It was now about noon
and darkness came over the whole
land until three in the afternoon
because of an eclipse of the sun.
Then the veil of the temple was
torn down the middle. Jesus cried
out in a loud voice, "Father,
into your hands I commend my spirit";
and when he had said this he breathed
Luke 23: 44-46
Lord, grant us trust in you that
when our time on earth in ended
our spirits may come to you without
Station: Jesus is Placed in the
When it was evening, there came
a rich man from Arimathea named
Joseph, who was himself a disciple
of Jesus. He went to Pilate and
asked for the body of Jesus; then
Pilate ordered it to be handed
over. Taking the body, Joseph
wrapped it [in] clean linen and
laid it in his new tomb that he
had hewn in the rock. Then he
rolled a huge stone across the
entrance to the tomb and departed.
Matthew 27: 57-60
Lord, grant us your compassion
that we may always provide for
those in need.
Lord Jesus Christ,
your passion and death is the
sacrifice that unites earth and
and reconciles all people to you.
May we who have faithfully reflected
on these mysteries
follow in your steps and so come
to share your glory in heaven
where you live and reign with
the Father and the Holy Spirit
one God, for ever and ever.
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