CONTEMPLATING THE LORD’S SUFFERINGS – A WAY OF THE CROSS
Give yourself up contemplating, imitating, and tenderly pitying the all-holy life, sufferings and death of our Saviour Jesus Christ… Leave all that perishes and gather that which is eternal… There is no knowledge half so momentous as the knowledge of Jesus Christ and His mysteries, nothing which is of more immediate and practical use to men.
THE STATIONS OF THE CROSS
(Before each station, please pray: “We adore You, O Christ, and we bless You. Because by Your holy Cross You have redeemed the world.” After the suggested Bible reading and stated prayer, please pray for each station: “Lord, by Your Cross and Resurrection You have set us free. You are the Saviour of the world.”)
The Stations can be prayed in any Catholic church; every church has the images of the 14 Stations displayed. Alternatively, you can meditate on the Stations at home, reading the Bible passages, praying, reflecting, meditating on each Station – preferably for at least half an hour every day.
Jesus is condemned to death
Reading: Jn 19:4-16
Lord Jesus, if I have to judge, let me do so with justice, mercy and selflessness.
Jesus takes up His Cross
Reading: Mat 11:29-30
Lord Jesus, I wish to take up my cross with you daily. Help me to bear patiently whatever comes my way.
Jesus falls for the first time
Reading: Is 53:6-12
Lord Jesus, may the suffering You endured restore hope to a fallen world, bringing healing and comfort to those who suffer.
Jesus meets His Mother
Reading: Lk 2:22-35
Lord Jesus, You willed that Your Mother should be with You on Your way to Calvary: give me an undaunted spirit to face life’s trials as Mary Your Mother did.
Simon of Cyrene helps Jesus to carry His Cross
Reading: Is 52:14
Lord Jesus, give me a generous heart to accept my duties and responsibilities even when they seem too heavy to bear.
Veronica wipes the face of Jesus
Reading: Is 53:2-5
Lord Jesus, imprint on me Your virtues of compassion, kindness, love, meekness, patience and forgiveness.
Jesus falls for the second time
Reading: Heb 5:7-10
Lord Jesus, when all my efforts seem to fail, help me to trust in Your help.
The women of Jerusalem mourn for Jesus
Reading: Lk 23:27-32
Lord Jesus, You found the strength to console the women of Jerusalem despite Your own sufferings; give me strength to bring comfort to those in sorrow.
Jesus falls the third time
Reading: Rom 7:15-25
Lord Jesus, when anxiety and fear cause me to lose heart, give me support that I may walk steadily in Your way.
Jesus is stripped of his garments Reading: Jn 19:2-24 Lord Jesus, grant me the grace to detach my heart from all sinful vanities, so that I may seek only You, my supreme and eternal happiness.
Jesus is nailed to the Cross
Reading: Lk 23:33-43
Lord Jesus, help me to heal the wounds caused by hate and to witness to Your love that did not count the cost.
Jesus dies on the Cross
Reading: Lk 24:44-49
Lord Jesus, Your death brought life into the world. Grant that my life may be a source of joy to those whose paths cross mine.
Jesus is taken down from the Cross
Reading: Mt 27:55-58
Lord Jesus, help me to approach death unafraid, confident that I have tried to do Your will.
Jesus is placed in the tomb
Reading: Mk 15:42-47
Lord Jesus, give us strength to endure our daily frustrations and sufferings, and make us understand that You give meaning even to our death. Amen.