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The Stations of the Cross

by St. Alphonsus Liguori




Saint Alphonsus Ligouri lived in 18th-century Italy. He is known for many things, but perhaps his greatest contribution to the Catholic tradition came from his book “The Way of the Cross” which was written in 1761.

While detailing the last day of Jesus’ life before his crucifixion, Ligouri brought forth meditations on the fourteen stations of the Cross.

By meditating on Jesus’ last struggles, we grow closer to him. While these prayers are mostly meant to be done at a church, especially one with the paintings on the walls, they can be done from anywhere, just like how you can pray the Rosary anywhere.

Stations of the Cross


Preparatory Prayer

(to be said kneeling before the altar)

“My Lord, Jesus Christ, You have made this journey to die for me with unspeakable love and I have so many times ungratefully abandoned You. But now I love You with all my heart and, because I love You, I am sincerely sorry for ever having offended You. Pardon me, my God, and permit me to accompany You on this journey. You go to die for love of me; I want, my beloved Redeemer, to die for love of You. My Jesus, I will live and die always united to You.” Amen.


(meditate slowly as you read this next part)

At the cross her station keeping Stood the mournful Mother weeping Close to Jesus to the last

At the start of each station:

V. We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You. (Genuflect) R. Because, by Your holy cross, You have redeemed the world.

At the end of each station:

Optional (Pray an Our Father, and/or Hail Mary, and/or Glory be).

V. Have mercy on us, O Lord R. Have mercy on us.

First Station: Jesus Is Condemned to Death


Meditation:

Jesus, after having been scourged and crowned with thorns, was unjustly condemned by Pilate to die on the Cross.

Prayer:

“Jesus, it is because of my sins that You are going to die. Through the merits of Your sorrowful journey, help me in my journey to Heaven. I love You, Jesus. I repent of my sins. Help me to never sin again and to love You always and to do Your will.”

Dear Jesus, Thou dost go to die For very love of me: Ah! let me bear Thee company; I wish to die with Thee. Through her heart, His sorrow sharing All His bitter anguish bearing Now at length the sword has passed

Second Station: Jesus Is Made to Bear His Cross


Meditation:

Jesus, in making this journey with the Cross on His shoulders, thought of us, and offered for us, to His Father, the death that He was about to undergo.

Prayer:

“Jesus, I embrace all the suffering that you send to me. Through the merits of your pain in carrying Your Cross, help me to carry my cross with patience and resignation. I love you, Jesus. I repent of my sins. Help me to never sin again and to love you always and to do your will.”

Dear Jesus, Thou dost go to die For very love of me: Ah! let me bear Thee company; I wish to die with Thee. O, how sad and sore depressed Was that Mother highly blessed Of the sole Begotten One

Third Station: Jesus Falls the First Time


Meditation:

Jesus fell for the first time under His Cross. He had been scourged and had a crown of thorns on His head, and the soldiers hit Him. He was in so much pain He could barely walk, but He had to carry the heavy Cross.

Prayer:

“Jesus, the weight of my sins adds to your suffering and makes it infinitely worse. Through the merits of your first fall, deliver me from falling into mortal sin. I love you, Jesus. I repent of my sins. Help me to never sin again and to love you always and to do your will.”

Dear Jesus, Thou dost go to die For very love of me: Ah! let me bear Thee company; I wish to die with Thee. Christ above in torment hangs She beneath beholds the pangs Of her dying, glorious Son

Fourth Station: Jesus Meets His Mother


Meditation:

Jesus met His Mother Mary along His journey. They loved each other so deeply.

Prayer:

“Jesus, through the sorrow and joy you had in meeting your Mother Mary, help me to be truly devoted to her. Mary, help me to remember in my heart the suffering your Son underwent for me. I love you, Jesus. I repent of my sins. Help me to never sin again and to love you always and to do your will.”

Dear Jesus, Thou dost go to die For very love of me: Ah! let me bear Thee company; I wish to die with Thee. Is there one who would not weep, ‘whelmed in miseries so deep Christ’s dear Mother to behold.

Fifth Station: Simon Helps Jesus Carry His Cross


Meditation:

When the Jews saw how weak Jesus was, they feared He might die on the way, before He was crucified, so they forced a man named Simon the Cyrenian to carry the Cross behind our Lord.

Prayer:

“Jesus, I accept the cross you give to me, and I accept how you want me to die. I offer all my sufferings and troubles to you. I love you, Jesus. I repent of my sins. Help me to never sin again and to love you always and to do your will.”

Dear Jesus, Thou dost go to die For very love of me: Ah! let me bear Thee company; I wish to die with Thee. Can the human heart refrain From partaking in her pain In that Mother’s pain untold?

Sixth Station: Veronica Wipes the Face of Jesus


Meditation:

A woman named Veronica, seeing Jesus suffering so much, and sweat and blood dripping down His face, gave Him a towel to wipe His face. By a miracle, He left an image of His face on the towel.

Prayer:

“Jesus, your face was once clean and good to look upon, but blood and sweat disfigured it, and Veronica wiped Your face clean. My soul was once clean and beautiful when I was baptized, but sin disfigured it. Through your suffering, wipe my soul clean. I love you, Jesus. I repent of my sins. Help me to never sin again and to love You always and to do Your will.”

Dear Jesus, Thou dost go to die For very love of me: Ah! let me bear Thee company; I wish to die with Thee. Bruised, derided, cursed, defiled She beheld her tender Child All with bloody scourges rent.

Seventh Station: Jesus Falls a Second Time


Meditation:

Jesus fell the second time under the Cross. The fall renews all the pain in His body and makes His head throb.

Prayer:

“Jesus, so many times you have forgiven me, and so many times I have sinned again. Through the merits of your second fall, help me and preserve me in your grace until I die. Help me to call on you every time I am tempted. I love you, Jesus. I repent of my sins. Help me to never sin again and to love you always and to do your will.”

Dear Jesus, Thou dost go to die For very love of me: Ah! let me bear Thee company; I wish to die with Thee. For the sins of His own nation Saw Him hang in desolation Till His spirit forth He sent.

Eighth Station: Jesus Meets the Women of Jerusalem


Meditation:

These women wept with compassion at seeing Jesus walking to His death. But Jesus said to them, “Weep not for me but for your children.”

Prayer:

“Jesus, I am sorry for all my sins, because of the pain and sadness they cause you, who loves me so much. I love you, Jesus. I repent of my sins. Help me to never sin again and to love you always and to do your will.”

Dear Jesus, Thou dost go to die For very love of me: Ah! let me bear Thee company; I wish to die with Thee. O sweet Mother! Fount of Love, Touch my spirit from above Make my heart with yours accord

Ninth Station: Jesus Falls the Third Time


Meditation:

Jesus fell for the third time. He was so weak and the soldiers pushed Him to walk faster, but He could barely move.

Prayer:

“Jesus, by my weakness in temptation, you are going to Calvary. Give me strength to conquer temptation. I love you, Jesus. I repent of my sins. Help me to never sin again and to love you always and to do your will.”

Dear Jesus, Thou dost go to die For very love of me: Ah! let me bear Thee company; I wish to die with Thee. Make me feel as You have felt Make my soul to glow and melt With the love of Christ, my Lord.

Tenth Station: Jesus Is Stripped of His Garments


Meditation:

The soldiers snatched Jesus’ robe off Him.

Prayer:

“Jesus, help me to strip my soul of bad habits so I can give all my love to you, who are so worthy of all my love. I love you, Jesus. I repent of my sins. Help me to never sin again and to love you always and to do your will.”

Dear Jesus, Thou dost go to die For very love of me: Ah! let me bear Thee company; I wish to die with Thee. Holy Mother, pierce me through In my heart each wound renew Of my Savior crucified.

Eleventh Station: Jesus Is Nailed to the Cross


Meditation:

Jesus was thrown down onto the Cross. He stretched out His arms and offered His life to the Father for our salvation. The soldiers nailed Him to the Cross and pushed the Cross to stand up.

Prayer:

“Jesus, keep my heart. Keep me always close to you. I love you, Jesus. I repent of my sins. Help me to never sin again and to love You always and to do Your will.”

Dear Jesus, Thou dost go to die For very love of me: Ah! let me bear Thee company; I wish to die with Thee. Let me share with you His pain, Who for all our sins was slain, Who for me in torments died.

Twelfth Station: Jesus Dies on the Cross


Meditation:

After suffering for three hours on the Cross, Jesus gave up His life to the Father and died.

Prayer:

“Jesus, through my sins, I deserve to be punished, but your death is my hope. Through the merits of your death, give me the grace that when I die, I will die as you want me to. I entrust my soul into your hands. I love you, Jesus. I repent of my sins. Help me to never sin again and to love you always and to do your will.”

Dear Jesus, Thou dost go to die For very love of me: Ah! let me bear Thee company; I wish to die with Thee. Let me mingle tears with thee Mourning Him who mourned for me, All the days that I may live.

Thirteenth Station: Jesus Is Taken Down from the Cross


Meditation:

Two of Jesus’ disciples took Jesus down from the Cross and Mary His Mother held Him close to her heart.

Prayer:

“Mary, sorrowful Mother, pray to your Son for me. Jesus, you have died because you love me. Help me to love you always. I love you, Jesus. I repent of my sins. Help me to never sin again and to love you always and to do your will.”

Dear Jesus, Thou dost go to die For very love of me: Ah! let me bear Thee company; I wish to die with Thee. By the cross with you to stay There with you to weep and pray Is all I ask of you to give.

Fourteenth Station: Jesus Is Laid in His Tomb


Meditation:

The two disciples and Mary laid Jesus in a tomb.

Prayer:

“Jesus, You rose on the third day. Through your Resurrection, make me rise glorious on the last day, to be always with you in Heaven, praising and loving you. I love you, Jesus. I repent of my sins. Help me to never sin again and to love you always and to do your will.”

Dear Jesus, Thou dost go to die For very love of me: Ah! let me bear Thee company; I wish to die with Thee. Virgin of all virgins blest! Listen to my fond request:

Let me share your grief divine.



Closing Prayer


Say an Our Father, a Hail Mary, and a Glory Be, five times in honor of the Passion of Jesus, and once more for the intention of the Holy Father.


Pray:

My good and dear Jesus, I kneel before You, asking You most earnestly to engrave upon my heart a deep and lively faith, hope, and charity, with true repentance for my sins, and a firm resolve to make amends.
As I reflect upon Your five wounds, and dwell upon them with deep compassion and grief, I recall, good Jesus, the words the Prophet David spoke long ago concerning Yourself: “They pierced My hands and My feet; they have numbered all My bones.’’ Amen.

“The faithful who, after receiving Communion, recite this prayer before a picture of Christ Crucified may gain a plenary indulgence on any Friday in Lent and a partial indulgence on other days of the year, with the addition of prayers for the Holy Father’s intention.” Enchiridion Indulgentiarum, no. 22

Closing Meditation:

God has loved us from all eternity. Before we existed, before He created us, before He created the world, He loved each of us already. From all eternity, God loves us.

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