THE FOURTEENTH STATION
Jesus is laid in the tomb
Jesus’ body was placed in a borrowed garden tomb. There it would await the hour of the glorious
resurrection. We await his glorious resurrection and we rejoice that Jesus has taken the punishment for our sins and has redeemed us.
Jesus, who was born of the Virgin’s womb.
In death was placed in a dark borrowed tomb.
A stone was rolled in front of the entrance and all went away.
There the body was to wait until the resurrection day.
Jesus, your body was placed in the grave.
You freely gave of yourself to redeem and to save.
When our days are ended, take us from this world of strife.
Bring us to your Kingdom and share with you, eternal life.
Jesus, you who came into this world born of the Virgin’s womb.
Was laid to rest in a borrowed garden tomb.
I praise you for what you have done for me.
I await your holy resurrection, Thank you. You have set me free.
THE THIRTHTEENTH STATION
Jesus is laid in the arms of his Blessed Mother
Jesus had died and the crowds departed. The disciple and the holy women remained. The holy women comforted Mary in her grief. A sword has been driven into her heart as she witnessed
her Son’s death. Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathea removed the body from the cross and laid it in Mary’s arms. Mary held her son and gazed upon his face.
The crowds left Calvary and the disciple and the women remain.
They looked upon Jesus. Their hearts were filled with pain.
Mary stood at the foot of the cross and gazed upon her son.
A sword pierced her heart after she saw all that had been done.
Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathea took Jesus down from the cross.
They placed the body in Mary’s arms and she grieved her loss.
With Blessed Mary, we grieve at her loss.
She held the body of her Son after he had been taken down from the cross.
Lord, give us compassion to mourn with those who suffer loss.
Strengthen us by the power of your holy cross.
Jesus, at the cross, only the disciple and women would remain.
They watched you suffer and endure great pain.
Mary held you in her gentle arms. Her heart was in agony.
She held the One who gave of himself to set me free.
THE TWELFTH STATION
Jesus dies on the cross
Jesus hung on the cross for three hours. The nails had been driven into his hands and his feet.
His body was drenched with sweat and blood, and the crowds taunted him. Jesus showed
grace and compassion to his Mother as she watched. He placed her into the care of the
disciple who he loved. With his work accomplished, he bowed his head and gave up his
Jesus hung on the cross with nails driven into each hand.
Many people watched as darkness covered the land.
His body battered and beaten was drenched with blood.
A spear was driven into his side and gushed forth a healing flood.
Jesus, we embrace your cross where you suffered death.
On the cross, you forgave your murderers with your dying breath.
Let us place our confidence in you and behold your face.
Keep us in your love and support us by your grace.
Jesus, you died, giving up your spirit with your dying breath.
With your work done, you bowed your head in death.
The Father accepted the sacrifice you made to redeem me,
You paid sin’s price. You have set me free.
THE ELEVENTH STATION
Jesus is nailed to the cross
The cross was laid upon the ground and Jesus’ arms were stretched across the beams. Jesus
offered himself to his heavenly Father as the sacrifice for the sins of the world. The
executioners drove the nails into his hands, with each blow, he suffered bitter pain. As the
blows were struck, blood gushed out. He bore the pain, we have the peace.
The cross is laid on the ground. Jesus is prepared for the sacrifice.
He is about to be slain as the payment for sin’s price.
His arms were stretched across the beam, nails driven into each hand.
Jesus offered himself to the Father on behalf of sinful man.
Jesus nailed to the cross, fasten our hearts there as well.
Save us from sins and from the powers of hell.
Let us remember that on the cross, you endured bitter pain.
For your sacrifice, we bless your name.
Jesus, stripped and nailed hands and feet to the tree.
With each blow from the nails came blood and agony.
You stretched out your arms to embrace me.
Giving of yourself to set me free.
THE NINTH STATION
Jesus falls a third time
Jesus continued towards Calvary, but he fell a third time. The soldiers showed no mercy and pushed him on. Jesus did not resist nor complain. He went like a lamb to the slaughter. Jesus
went on to fulfill the work of redemption.
Jesus arrived at Calvary but still the cross was too great.
His strength gave way and a third time, he fell under its weight.
The soldiers showed no mercy and dragged him up the hill.
Jesus went on, ready to obey his Father’s will.
Jesus, we entreat you by the merits of the painful fall.
Pardon our many offenses and have mercy on us all.
May your suffering move our hearts to sincere repentance?
Bless you for taking our verdict and the sentence.
Jesus, you struggled on, falling under the cross again.
You bore on your holy shoulders the weight of sin.
Jesus, you did not complain as you suffered bitter agony.
You obeyed the Father and from sin’s power, set me free.
THE EIGHTH STATION
THE WOMEN MOURN FOR JESUS
The holy women of Jerusalem mourned at the sight of Jesus. They saw how much he had
suffered. Are we moved to tears when we learn of the suffering of others? May we be
touched by the suffering of others and offer to them Christ’s compassion.
At the sight of Jesus’ suffering, holy women mourned for him
Jesus spoke words of warning and comfort to them.
He warned of Jerusalem’s destruction and told them to weep for the city.
Jesus knew that one day, Jerusalem would suffer tragedy.
Jesus, we mourn for you and for ourselves. We mourn over sin.
We remember all you endured to bring its hold over us to an end.
Teach us not to neglect you. Let us cling to your grace.
May we remember that you suffered and died in our place.
Jesus, the women of Jerusalem mourned as they beheld your plight.
With great sorrow, they wept and mourned in your sight.
I mourned for you as you made your way to the tree.
My heart was moved by what you endured to set me free.
THE SEVENTH STATION
Jesus falls a second time
The pain of the wounds and the loss drained Jesus’ strength. This caused him to again fall.
Ponder the burden that he carried for us. He willingly took this burden so that we would not fall to the powers of the devil and sin.
He suffered to redeem us from the powers of hell.
The burden of the cross was great, and he fell once again.
He carried on his shoulders the full weight of sin.
Jesus falling under the weight of the cross again.
Savior, you took upon yourself the punishment for sin.
May we grieve how often we have stumbled because of sin.
Raise us up. Restore us, and make us whole again.
Jesus, you continued, but you fell again.
Still, you pressed on, ready to make full payment for sin.
How I grieve because of sin. Lord have mercy!
Through your suffering, you came to set me free.
THE SIXTH STATION
Veronica wipes the face of Jesus
Jesus continued his way to Cavalry in great pain and suffering. There was a woman named
Veronica who saw his suffering and his bloody face. She was moved with compassion, taking a cloth, she wiped the blood from his face. On the cloth, there was the image of the holy face of Jesus. When we see others in need of comfort, may we be moved with compassion and mercy and offer them comfort. May the image of Jesus always be imprinted on our hearts.
Jesus’ body ached and his face was covered with the sweat of death.
He labored on and he was weak and almost out of breath.
A woman filled with compassion took a cloth and wiped his face.
The sacred image that remained on the cloth was the Savior’s face.
Jesus, may you show compassion in our times of suffering and pain.
We look to you for mercy, and in faith, we call on your name.
Kindle on our minds the image of your most holy face.
Renew and transform us by the power of your wonderful grace.
Jesus, compassionate Veronica wiped the blood from your face.
The cloth that she used bore the image of your holy face.
Wipe the stain of sin from me.
Imprint your image on my heart, and by grace, set me free.
THE FIFTH STATION
The cross is laid upon Simon of Cyrene
The Roman soldiers seized Simon of Cyrene and forced him to carry Jesus’ cross. May we learn to help others to bear their crosses and to walk with them along the journey.
As Jesus carried the cross, he could bear it no longer.
The Romans seized Simon, whose shoulders were stronger.
Simon walked beside Jesus to the place where Jesus would die.
He watched as Jesus was nailed to the cross and lifted high.
Jesus, grant us strength to bear our crosses, and your grace proclaim.
Through all struggles, let us always bless your holy name.
May we bear with faith the sufferings that come our way.
As we bear our crosses, give us renewed strength each day.
Jesus, the burden of the cross was great. You could bear it no longer.
The Romans placed the cross on Simon because his shoulders were stronger.
The burdens of my sins are too great for me.
You have taken my burden and now I’ve been set free.
THE FOURTH STATION
Jesus is met by his Blessed Mother
Jesus carrying his cross, was weak from his fall. He was met by his Mother along the way. Her heart was pierced by the sword of suffering. Jesus spoke gentle words of comfort to her. When our hearts have been pierced by suffering, he speaks words of comfort to us.
Jesus, still burdened by the cross and the fall along the way.
Is met by his Blessed Mother on that sorrowful day.
What a meeting that must have been.
Jesus comforted his Mother as he bore the burden for sin.
Jesus! By your compassion towards your Mother, have mercy on us.
By your holy wounds, heal, restore and forgive us.
Speak words of comfort and give us deliverance from sin.
Blessed Savior, make us whole again.
Jesus, you were met by your Blessed Mother along the way.
With Blessed Mary, I weep for you on that sorrowful day.
Sorrow tore at her heart, and sorrow for sin tears within me.
I know that out of compassion, you suffered to set me free.