18 October 2017
Stations of the Cross

 

Pray the Stations of the Cross in our Church

  

 

1.    Jesus is condemned to Death.  

We adore You o Christ and bless You, because by Your cross You have redeemed the World.     

Pilate said to them, “What am I to do with Jesus who is called Christ”?
They all said let him be crucified.
When Pilate saw that he was making no impression, that in fact a riot was immanent, he took some water,
washed his hands in front of the crowd and said, “I am innocent of this man’s blood.  It is your concern”
The People shouted back, “His blood be on us and on our children”.  Mt, 27:24

Lord for the times I have washed my hands of my responsibilities
Lord have mercy.


 


2. Jesus takes up the cross.

We adore You O Christ and bless You, because by Your cross You have redeemed the World.     

If anyone wants to be a follower of mine, Let him renounce himself and take up his cross and follow me. 
For anyone who wants to save his life will lose it:  But anyone who loses his life for my sake,
And for the sake of the gospel, will save it.  Mk. 8:34-35

For the times I have burdened others with my selfishness. 

Lord have mercy.


 

 3.    Jesus falls the first time.

We adore You O Christ and bless You, because by Your cross You have redeemed the World.     

He has laid a snare under my feet:  He has brought me down: He has left me deserted.  The Lord has put me at their mercy, I have no strength left to resist.   Lament. 1;13,14

May your rising again give me strength to rise too from my falls.  For the times I have fallen of caused others to fall.

Lord have mercy.


 

 


4. Jesus meets his mother. 
 
We adore You O Christ and bless You, because by Your cross You have redeemed the World.     

Simeon said to Mary his mother, “You see this child; He is destined for the fall and for the rising of many in Israel, destined to be a sign that is rejected – and a sword will pierce your own soul too,  so that the secret thoughts of many may be laid bare.   Lk. 2;33-35

Lord by her compassion, Your mother took part in Your work of redemption.  May we too share your agony, so that we can rejoice in Your victory.  For the times I have been indifferent to the sufferings of others

Lord have mercy.


 


 5.    Simon Cyrene helps Jesus to carry the cross.

   We adoreYou O Christ and bless You, because by Your cross You have redeemed the World.     


If anyone wants to be a follower of Mine, Let him renounce himself and take up his cross every day and follow Me.    Lk.9;23


Lord You are the creator of heaven and earth, yet You need the help of my hands to carry out Your work of mercy in the world.  For the times I have done nothing to ease the burdens of others. 

Lord have mercy


 


 6.    Veronica wipes the face of Jesus.
We adore You O Christ and bless You, because by Your cross You have redeemed the World.     

Do not fail those who weep, But share the grief of the grief – stricken.  Do not shrink from visiting the sick;  In this way you will make yourself loved.    Eccl.  7;32-3

Lord as often as I do an act of kindness to others, I do it to You.  For the times I have failed to see You in the sufferings of others. 

Lord have mercy


 

 


 7.    Jesus falls the second time.

We adore You O Christ and bless You, because by Your cross You have redeemed the World.  

I have become an object of scorn.  All who see me toss their heads.  Help be Lord my God; Save me because of Your love.  Let me know that this is Your work,  that this is Your doing, O Lord     Ps. 108;25-27

Lord help me to weep for Your sufferings and my sins.  For the times I have hardened my heart against Your grace. 

Lord have mercy


 


 8.    Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem.

We adore You O Christ and bless You, because by Your cross You have redeemed the World.     

Large numbers of people followed Him, and of women too, who mourned and lamented for Him, but Jesus turned to them and said. “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for Me; weep rather for yourselves and for your children.” 

Lord we weep for ourselves and our children. Spare us from the threat of war and destruction that hangs over the world.
For all the hatred and cruelty in the world 
Lord have mercy.


 

9. Jesus falls the third time.

We adore You O Christ and bless You, because by Your cross You have redeemed the World.     

He was insulted and did not retaliate with insults;
When He was tortured he made no threats
But He put His trust in the righteous judge. He was bearing our faults in His body on the cross, so that we might die to our faults And live for holiness;
Through His wounds you have been healed.   1Peter 2;22-24

Lord I am weak and helpless without You, but You give me strength and I will move mountains.  For the times I have lost heart and been tempted to despair. 
Lord have mercy.


 

  

10.   Jesus is stripped of his garments.

We adore You O Christ and bless You, because by Your cross You have redeemed the World. 

We brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it.  1Timothy 6;7

Lord I am too much in love with the things of this world, so worthless in comparison with the things of heaven.  For the times I have set my heart on this world rather than on You.
Lord have mercy.


 

 

11.   Jesus is nailed to the cross.

We adore You O Christ and bless You, because by Your cross You have redeemed the World.     

By His sufferings shall my servant justify many, Taking their faults on himself……
By surrendering Himself to death  And letting Himself be taken for a sinner,  While He was bearing the faults of many And praying all the time for sinners.    Isaiah 53;11-12

Give me strength when I have to suffer for Your sake.
Lord have mercy.


 


12. Jesus dies on the cross

We adore You O Christ and bless You, because by Your cross You have redeemed the World.     

Near the cross of Jesus  stood His mother…..   Seeing His mother and the disciple whom He loved standing near her, Jesus said to His mother
“Woman this is your son”.  Then to the disciple he said
“This is your mother, and from that hour the disciple took her into his home.  John 19: 25-27

Lord, on the cross You gave us Mary Your mother, to be our Mother too.  For the times I have failed in love towards Mary my mother. 
Lord have mercy.


 

 


13. Jesus is taken down from the cross.

We adore You O Christ and bless You, because by Your cross You have redeemed the World.     

Now sentence is being passed on this world. Now the Prince of this world is to be overthrown.  And when I am lifted up from the earth, I shall draw all people to myself.   John 12: 31-32

Lord Jesus Christ, You are my Saviour and my King, my Lord and my God.

Lord have mercy.


 

 

14.   Jesus is laid in the tomb

We adore You O Christ and bless You, because by Your cross You have redeemed the World.     

I think that what we suffer in this life can never be compared to the glory, As yet un revealed, which is waiting for us.        Romans 8:18
Lord remember me when You come into Your kingdom.

For the times I have forgotten the resurrection.   Lord have mercy.

 

Closing Prayer

Lord Jesus, help me to walk with You each day of my life, even to Calvery.  The sorrow and joy, the pain and healings, the failures and triumphs of my life are truly small deaths and resurrections that lead me to closeness with You. 
Give me the faith and trust to walk with You always.

Amen.