Circle of Prayer - The Stations of the Cross
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Short Way of the Cross, used by the Franciscan Fathers on their Missions

Every Catholic Church has a set of stations and for anyone who would like to say this most beautiful of prayers in a Church there is a short formula that can be used. The main purpose of the Stations of the Cross is to focus on the suffering and death of Christ for each and every one of us. He took our sin on Him with every lash, every thorn, every indignity, every pound weight of that cross, every nail that was hammered into Him and the final piercing with the lance. The prayer below is said before each station with a genuflection. Then the reflection on the station, followed by one Our Father, one Hail Mary and one Glory be to the Father.


We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You. 
Because by Your Holy Cross You have redeemed the world.
I
Jesus is Condemmed to Death

Jesus Condemmed to Death

O Jesus! so meek and uncomplaining, teach me resignation in trials.

II
Jesus Carries His Cross

Jesus Carries His Cross

My Jesus, this cross should be mine, not Thine; 
my sins crucified Thee.

III
Our Lord Falls the First Time

Our Lord Falls the First Time

O Jesus! by the first fall, never  let me fall 
into mortal sin.

We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You. 
Because by Your Holy Cross You have redeemed the world.
IV
Jesus Meets His Blessed Mother

Jesus Meets His Mother

O Jesus! may no human tie, however dear, 
keep me from following 
the road of the Cross.

V
Simon of Cyrene Helps to Carry the Cross
Simon of Cyrene Helps to Carry the Cross

Simon unwillingly 
assisted Thee; 
may I, with patience, 
suffer all for Thee

VI
Veronica Wipes the Face of Jesus

Veronica Wipes the Face of Jesus

O Jesus! Thou didst imprint Thy Sacred features upon 
Veronica's veil; stamp them also indelibly upon my heart.

We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You. 
Because by Your Holy Cross You have redeemed the world.
VII
Jesus Falls the Second Time

Jesus Falls the Second Time

By the second fall, 
preserve me, 
dear Lord, 
from relapse into sin.

VIII
Jesus Consoles the Women of Jerusalem
Jesus Consoles the Women of Jerusalem

My greatest consolation would be to hear Thee say: "Many sins are forgiven thee, because thou hast loved much."

IX
Jesus Falls the Third Time

Jesus Fall the Third Time

O Jesus! When weary 
upon life's long journey,
be Thou my strength and perseverance.

We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You. 
Because by Your Holy Cross You have redeemed the world.
X
Jesus is Stripped of His Garments

Jesus is Stripped of His Garments

My soul has been robbed of its robe of innocence; clothe me, dear Jesus, 
with the garb of 
penance and contrition.

XI
Jesus is Nailed to the Cross

Jesus is Nailed to the Cross

Thou didst forgive Thy enemies;my God, teach me to forgive injuries 
and FORGET them.

XII
Jesus Dies on the Cross

Jesus Dies on the Cross

Thou art dying, my Jesus, but thy Sacred Heart still throbs with love for Thy sinful children.

We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You. 
Because by Your Holy Cross You have redeemed the world.
XIII
Jesus is Taken Down from the Cross
Jesus is Taken Down from the Cross

Receive me into Thy arms, 
O Sorrowful Mother; and 
obtain for me perfect 
contrition for my sins.

Leonardo da Vinci's Pieta

Michelangelo's Pieta

XIV
Jesus is Laid in the Sepulchre

Jesus is Laid in the Sepulchre

When I receive Thee into my heart in Holy Communion, 
O Jesus, make it a fit abiding place for Thy adorable Body.

We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You. 
Because by Your Holy Cross You have redeemed the world.

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