Stations of the Cross

(click here for a YouTube video that will lead you through the stations)

The Gathering

In the name of the Father,
and of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit.

Amen.

Jesus told his disciples, ‘If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it.’

Matthew 16.24,25

Once we were far off, but now in union with Christ Jesus we have been brought near through the shedding of Christ’s blood, for he is our peace.

Ephesians 2.13,14

Let us pray.

A brief moment of silence follows.

Almighty and everlasting God,
who in your tender love towards the human race
sent your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ
to take upon him our flesh
and to suffer death upon the cross:
grant that we may follow the example of his patience and humility,
and also be made partakers of his resurrection;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

Holy God,

holy and strong,

holy and immortal,

have mercy upon us.

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you.

Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

First Station: Jesus is condemned to death

Pilate said to them, “Then what should I do with Jesus who is called the Messiah?” All of them said, “Let him be crucified!”Then he asked, “Why, what evil has he done?” But they shouted all the more, “Let him be crucified!” So he released Barabbas for them; and after flogging Jesus, he handed him over to be crucified.

Matthew 27.22-23, 26

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Lord Jesus, you were innocent, yet you consented to suffer for me. I am guilty: bring me to hate my sins and accept your forgiveness.

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, have mercy upon me, a sinner.

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you.

Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

Second Station: Jesus Takes up his Cross

Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the governor’s headquarters, and they gathered the whole cohort around him. They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him, and after twisting some thorns into a crown, they put it on his head. They put a reed in his right hand and knelt before him and mocked him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!”They spat on him, and took the reed and struck him on the head. After mocking him, they stripped him of the robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him away to crucify him.

Matthew 27.27-31

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Jesus, grant me strength to face the trials of my calling as a Christian, and be ready to take up my cross and follow you.

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, have mercy upon me, a sinner.

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you.

Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

Third Station: Jesus falls for the First Time

Surely he has born our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that made us whole, and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.

Isaiah 53.4-6

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Jesus, you bore the weight of my sins on the cross; release me from that burden, that I may not stumble.

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, have mercy upon me, a sinner.

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you.

Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

Fourth Station: Jesus Meets his Mother

Simon blessed them and said to Mary his mother: “Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is spoken against (and a sword will pierce through your own soul also), that thoughts out of many hearts may be revealed”. And his mother kept all these things in her heart.

Luke 2.34-35, 51

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Jesus, when you met your mother you recognized the anguish of her heart; may we be ready to love without restraint, even when the sword pierces our own heart also.

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, have mercy upon me, a sinner.

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you.

Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

Fifth Station: The Cross is Laid on Simon of Cyrene

As they went out, they came upon a man of Cyrene, Simon by name; this man they compelled to carry his cross. Jesus told his disciples, “If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.

Matthew 27.32, 16.24

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Jesus, you accepted the help of a stranger in bearing your cross; may I be ready to accept the help other willingly offer me.

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, have mercy upon me, a sinner.

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you.

Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

Sixth Station: Veronica Wipes the Face of Jesus

He had no form or comeliness that we should look at him, and no beauty that we should desire him. He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

Isaiah 53.2-3

You have said, “Seek my face”. My heart says to you, “Your face, Lord, do I seek”. Hide not your face from me. Turn not your servant away in anger, you who have been my help. Cast me not off , forsake me not, O God of my salvation.

Psalm 27.8-9

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Lord Jesus, you left the imprint of your sorrows on Veronica’s cloth; imprint your love upon my heart, that one day I may see you face to face.

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, have mercy upon me, a sinner.

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you.

Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

Seventh Station: Jesus Falls a Second Time

I am the man who has seen affliction under the rod of his wrath; he has driven and brought me into darkness without any light. H e has blocked my way with hewn stones, he has made my paths crooked. H e has made my teeth grind on gravel, and made me cower in ashes.

Lamentations 3.1-2, 9, 16

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Jesus, falling under the weight of the world’s sin, help me to lift you up, so that you may draw all your children to yourself.

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, have mercy upon me, a sinner.

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you.

Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

Eighth Station: The Women of Jerusalem Weep

A large crowd of people followed Jesus, including many women who mourned and lamented him.Jesus turning to them said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children. For behold, the days are coming when they will say, ‘Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that never bore, and the breasts that never gave suck!’Then they will begin to say to the mountains, ‘Fall on us’; and to the hills, ‘Cover us’. For if they do this when the wood is green, what will happen when it is dry?

Luke 23.28-31

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As the women of Jerusalem were moved by your sufferings, though they did not know you, help us, loving Jesus, to be moved by action to the suffering of those we do not know.

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, have mercy upon me, a sinner.

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you.

Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

Ninth Station: Jesus Falls a Third Time

It is good for a man that he bear the yoke in his youth. Let him sit alone in silence when he has laid it on him; let him put his mouth in the dust – there may yet be hope; let him give his cheek to the smiter, and be filled with insults. For the Lord will not cast off for ever, but, though he cause grief, he will have compassion, according to the abundance of his steadfast love.

Lamentations 3.27-32

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Lord, as you fall into the dust from which we are made, may I never feel so unloved as to fall utterly from you.

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, have mercy upon me, a sinner.

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you.

Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

Tenth Station: Jesus is Stripped of His Garments

And when they came to a place called Golgotha (which means the place of a skull), they offered him wine to drink, mingled with gall, but when he tasted it, he would not drink it. And when they had crucified him, they divided his garments among them by casting lots; then they sat down and kept watch over him there.

Matthew 27.33-36

Pause

Strip me, Lord, of all the trappings of power and success beneath which I try to hide the naked ambition and love of self which cripples me.

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, have mercy upon me, a sinner.

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you.

Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

Eleventh Station: Jesus is Nailed to the Cross

And over his head they put the charge against him, which read, “This is Jesus the King of the Jews”. Then two robbers were crucified with him, one on the right hand and one on the left. And those who passed by derided him, wagging their heads and saying, “You who would destroy the temple and build it in three days, save yourself! If you are the Son of God, come down from the Cross”. So also the chief priests with the scribes and elders mocked him, saying, “He saved others; he cannot save himself. He is the King of Israel; let him come down now from the Cross and we will believe in him”.

Matthew 27.37-42

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Lord Jesus Christ, nailed to the cross for me; draw me into your wounds that I may be made one with you, in life and death.

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, have mercy upon me, a sinner.

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you.

Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

Twelfth Station: Jesus Dies on the Cross

Pilate also wrote a title and put it on the Cross; it read, “Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews”. Many of the Jews read this title, for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city; and it was written in Hebrew, in Latin, and in Greek.

John 19.19-20

Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land until the ninth hour. And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? ”That is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” And some of the bystanders hearing it said, “This man is calling Elijah”. And one of them at once ran and took a sponge, filled it with vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave it to him to drink. But the others said, “Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come to save him”. And Jesus cried again with a loud voice and yielded up his spirit. When the centurion and those who were with him, keeping watch over Jesus, saw the earthquake and what took place, they were filled with awe, and said, “Truly this was the Son of God!”

Matthew 27.45-50, 54

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Jesus, in dying for me you completed the work of my salvation; may I rejoice in the power of your victory, and praise you for my new life.

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, have mercy upon me, a sinner.

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you.

Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

Thirteenth Station: Jesus is Laid in his Mother’s Arms

When the centurion and those who were with him, keeping watch over Jesus, saw the earthquake and what took place, they were filled with awe, and said, “Truly this was the Son of God!” There were also many women there, looking on from afar, who had followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering to him.

Matthew 27.54-55

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Mary, mother of Christ, you held in your arms once again the Saviour of the world; pray that he may receive me into his loving arms, now and at the hour of my death.

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, have mercy upon me, a sinner.

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you.

Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

Fourteenth Station: Jesus is Buried in the Sepulchre

Joseph took the body, and wrapped it in a clean linen shroud, and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn in the rock; and he rolled a great stone to the door of the tomb, and departed. Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were there, sitting opposite the sepulchre.

Matthew 27.59-61

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Lord Jesus, as your body rested in the grave, hallowing it for my new birth, make me ready to die daily to sin and prepare me for life in all its fullness.

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, have mercy upon me, a sinner.

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you.

Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

After the stations

Let us pray for the coming of God’s kingdom
in the words our Saviour taught us.

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come; thy will be done; on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

Most merciful God,

who by the death and resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ
delivered and saved the world:
grant that by faith in him who suffered on the cross
we may triumph in the power of his victory;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

You are worthy, O Lamb, for you were slain,

and by your blood you ransomed for God
saints from every tribe and language and nation;
you have made them to be a kingdom and priests
serving our God.

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you,

because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

The Lord be with you

and with your spirit.

May God bless us,

that in us may be found love and humility,
obedience and thanksgiving,
discipline, gentleness and peace.

Amen.