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The 14 Stations of the Cross

Opening Prayer
Merciful Father, as we gather here before you to
reflect on your suffering, death, and resurrection
and as we express our sorrow for our sins, we
humbly ask you to be with us on each station of
your journey. Help us to fully understand and be
grateful for the gift of your salvation you brought as
your gift through Jesus passion, death, and
resurrection. And may grant us also the grace to
realize through your Son, Jesus, how much you love
us. Amen.
ENTRANCE SONG:
Were you there when they crucified my
Lord?
Were you there when they crucified my
Lord?
Oh sometimes it causes me
To tremble, tremble, tremble.
When you there when they crucified my
Lord?
THE FIRST STATION:
Jesus institute the Eucharist.
L: We adore you oh Christ and we praise you.
A: For by your Holy Cross you have redeemed
the world.
Scriptural Reading: 1 Cor. 23-26
For I received from the Lord what I also
handed on to you that the Lord Jesus that night he
was handed over, took bread, and, after he had
given thanks, broke it and said, This is my body
that is for you. Do this in remembrance of me. In
the same way also the cup, after supper, saying,
This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this,
as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me. For
as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup. You
proclaim the death of the Lord until he comes.
(Pause)
PRAYER: Lord Jesus, how great your love for us.
You remain the Eucharist to be for us the food and
drink of eternal life. Forgive us Lord, for the times
we have failed to recognize your presence in the
Eucharist and in every person and appreciate your
gift of self to us. Amen.
L: Jesus crucified,
A: Have mercy on us.
SONG: Were you there when they sent Him to
His death.
Were you there when they sent Him to
his death.
Oh sometimes it causes me
To tremble, tremble, tremble.
When you there when they sent Him to his
death.
THE SECOND STATION:
Jesus prays in Gethsemani.
L: We adore you oh Christ and we praise you.

A: For by your Holy Cross you have redeemed the


world.
Scriptural Reading: Lk. 22: 39-45
Then going out he went, as was his custom,
to the Mount of Olives, and the disciples followed
him. When he arrived at the place, he said to them,
Pray that you may not undergo the test. After
withdrawing about a stones throw from them
kneeling, he prayed, saying, Father, if you are
willing, take this cup away from me; still, not my
will but yours be done. [And to strengthen him an
angel from heaven appeared on him. He was such in
agony and prayed so fervently that this sweat
became like drops of blood falling from the ground.
PRAYER: Lord Jesus, how lonely it is when not
one of your disciples found the strength to keep you
company in your agony. With your compassionate
heart, we pray for the loneliness of those who have
no friends, no family, no home, no hope and future.
In the depression and despair may you be their
strength and hope. Amen.
L: Jesus crucified,
A: Have mercy on us.
SONG: Were you there when He took the heavy
cross? (2x)
Oh sometimes it causes me
To tremble, tremble, tremble.
Were you there when He took the heavy
cross?
THE THIRD STATION:
Jesus before the Sanhedrin.
L: We adore you oh Christ and we praise you.
A: For by your Holy Cross you have redeemed the
world.
Scriptural Reading: Mk. 14:60-64: 15:1
The high priest rose before the assembly and
questioned Jesus, saying, Have you no answer?
What are these men testifying against you? but he
was silent and answered nothing. Again the high
priest asks him and said to him, Are you the
Messiah, the son of the Blessed One? Then Jesus
answered, I am; and you will see the Son of Man
seated at the right hand of the Power and coming
with the clouds of heaven.
At the high priest tore His garments and
said, What further need have witnesses? You have
heard the blasphemy. What do you think? they all
condemned him as deserving to die.
PRAYER: Lord Jesus, you are the judge of all, yet
you accepted to be judged by the biased Sanhedrin
and high priests. Thousands of injustice still
happens these days. Help us to become just and not
to be contributed to the suffering of the weak, the
defenseless and the voiceless of society in whom
you continue to live and suffer. Amen.
L: Jesus crucified,
A: Have mercy on us.

SONG: Were you there when he fell beneath the


Cross (2x)
Oh sometimes it causes me
To tremble, tremble, tremble.
Were you there when he fell beneath the
cross?
THE FOURTH STATION:
Jesus is scourged and Crowned with thorns.
L: We adore you oh Christ and we praise you.
A: For by your Holy Cross you have redeemed the
world.
Scriptural Reading: Mk. 14:60-64; 15:1
The soldiers led him away inside the palace,
that is, the praetorium, and assembled the whole
cohort. They clothed him in purple and, weaving a
crown of thorns, placed it on him. They began to
salute him with, Hail! King of the Jews! and keep
striking his head with a reed and spitting upon him
in homage. And when they had mocked him, they
striped him with a purple cloak, dressed him in his
own clothes, and led him out to crucify him.
PRAYER: Lord Jesus, you suffered so much
humiliation in being abused and mocked. Yet you
endured the pain and suffering silently. We entrust
to your care those millions of exploited people
suffering silently the oppressions done by the
ruthless. Amen.
L: Jesus crucified,
A: Have mercy on us.
SONG: Were you there when she wiped His
bloody face?
Were you there when she wiped His
bloody face?
Oh sometimes it causes me
To tremble, tremble, tremble.
Were you there when she wiped His
bloody face?
THE FIFTH STATION:
Jesus Carries the cross to Calvary.
L: We adore you oh Christ and we praise you.
A: For by your Holy Cross you have redeemed the
world.
Scriptural Reading: Mt. 27:31
And when they had mocked him, they
stripped him of the cloak, dressed him in his own
clothes, and led him to crucify Him.
PRAYER: Lord Jesus, all humility you accepted the
cross as the condition for our salvation. May you
grant us the grace to remember with great devotion
all that you suffered for us and that we may perform
our daily duties and responsibilities with love.
Amen.
L: Jesus crucified,
A: Have mercy on us.

SONG: Were you there when He took the heavy


cross?
Were you there when He took the heavy
cross?
Oh sometimes it causes me
To tremble, tremble, tremble.
Were you there when He took the heavy
cross?
THE SIXTH STATION:
Jesus falls under the Weight of the cross.
L: We adore you oh Christ and we praise you.
A: For by your Holy Cross you have redeemed the
world.
Scriptural Reading: Mt. 27:31
And when they had mocked him, they
stripped him of the cloak, dressed him in his own
clothes, and led him to crucify Him.
PRAYER: Lord Jesus, deep in our hearts, we thank
you for Your love. Each step you take to carry the
heavy cross is because of our sins. Forgive us again
and grant us a compassionate heart to listen and
help our brothers and sisters who seem unable to
carry the burdens of lifes trials. Amen.
L: Jesus crucified,
A: Have mercy on us.
SONG: Were you there when he fell down once
again?
Were you there when he fell down once
again?
Oh sometimes it causes me
To tremble, tremble, tremble.
Were you there when he fell down once
again?
THE SEVENTH STATION:
Jesus is helped by Simon of Cyrene.
L: We adore you oh Christ and we praise you.
A: For by your Holy Cross you have redeemed the
world.
Scriptural Reading: Mk. 15:21
They pressed into the service a passer-by,
Simon, a Cyrenian, who is coming in from the
country, the father of Alexander and Rufus, to carry
his cross.
PRAYER: Lord Jesus, there are times in our life that
we meet people who have difficulties and cant
make it alone. Instead of helping we oftentimes
ignore them. Forgive us and give us the courage to
help shoulder one anothers crosses with love and
concern. Help us to share in Jesus pain and
discover what life can be if only every one would
help others. Amen.
L: Jesus crucified,
A: Have mercy on us.
SONG: Were you there when Simon helped Him
on? (2x)
Oh sometimes it causes me
To tremble, tremble, tremble.
Were you there when Simon helped Him on

THE EIGHTH STATION:


Jesus meets the pious Women of Jerusalem.
L: We adore you oh Christ and we praise you.
A: For by your Holy Cross you have redeemed the
world.
Scriptural Reading: Lk. 23:27-31
A large crowd of people followed Jesus,
including many women who mourned and lamented
him. Jesus turned to them and said, Daughters of
Jerusalem, do not weep for me; weep instead for
yourselves and for your children, for indeed, the
days are coming when people when say, Blessed
are barren, the wombs that never bore and the
breasts that never nursed. At that people will say to
the mountains, Fall upon us! and to the hills,
Cover us! for if these things are done when the
wood is green what will happen if it is dry?
PRAYER: Lord Jesus, we wish we were as brave
and sincere enough like the women of Jerusalem
who follow you along the road to Calvary to
express our sorrow for your unjust treatment. And
we wish likewise, to be equally sensitive to the
sufferings of our neighbor especially the squatters,
the jobless, the homeless and all the victims of
injustice and exploitation. Amen.
L: Jesus crucified,
A: Have mercy on us.
SONG: Were you there when the women cried
for Him?
Were you there when the women cried for
Him?
Oh sometimes it causes me
To tremble, tremble, tremble.
Were you there when the women cried for
Him?
THE NINTH STATION:
Jesus is nailed to the cross.
L: We adore you oh Christ and we praise you.
A: For by your Holy Cross you have redeemed the
world.
Scriptural Reading: Lk. 23:33-35
When they came to the place called the
Skull, they crucified him and the criminals there,
one on his right, the other on his left. [Then Jesus
said, Father, forgive them, they dont know what
they do.] They divided his garments by casting
lots. The people stood by and watched: the rulers,
meanwhile, sneered at him and said, He save
others, let him save himself if he is the chosen one,
the messiah of God.
PRAYER: Lord Jesus, how painful it is when your
precious hands and feet were pierced with nails as a
hammer pounded them through your flesh into the
wood of the cross. Then finally you were lifted up
on the cross. You accepted the suffering and death
out of love for us sinners. It was love that brought
you there. Lord, grant us the grace to do our duties
and responsibilities with love even if it will cost us
pain. Amen.

L: Jesus crucified,
A: Have mercy on us.
SONG: Were you there when they stripped Him
on His robe?
Were you there when they stripped Him
on His robe?
Oh sometimes it causes me
To tremble, tremble, tremble.
Were you there when they stripped Him
on His robe?
THE TENTH STATION:
Jesus Promises Heaven to the Repentant Thief.
L: We adore you oh Christ and we praise you.
A: For by your Holy Cross you have redeemed the
world.
Scriptural Reading: Lk. 23:39-43
Now one of the criminals hanging there
reviled Jesus, saying, Are you not the Messiah?
Save yourself and us. The other however, rebuking
him, said him in reply, Have you no fear of God,
for you are the subject to the same condemnation?
And indeed we have condemned justly, for the
sentence we receives corresponds to our crimes, but
this man has done nothing criminal. Then he said,
Jesus remember me when you come into your
kingdom. He replied to him, Amen I say to you,
today you will be with me in Paradise.
PRAYER: Lord Jesus, we beg You, make us like the
repentant thief who had much faith and trust in you.
Give us the courage to humbly admit all the wrongs
we have done and forgive those who have done us
wrong but would like to be friends with us again.
May we be kind enough to welcome the again as
You were to the repentant thief. Amen.
L: Jesus crucified,
A: Have mercy on us.
SONG: Were you there when He stumbled on
His Face?
Were you there when He stumbled on His
Face?
Oh sometimes it causes me
To tremble, tremble, tremble.
Were you there when He stumbled on His
Face?
THE ELEVENTH STATION:
Jesus Entrusts Mary and John to Each Other.
L: We adore you oh Christ and we praise you.
A: For by your Holy Cross you have redeemed the
world.
Scriptural Reading: Jn. 19:25-27
Standing by the cross of Jesus were his
mother and his mothers sister, Mary the wife of
Cleopas, and Mary of Magdala. When Jesus saw his
mother and the disciple there whom he loved, he
said to his mother, Woman, behold your mother.
And from that hour the disciple took her into his
home.

PRAYER: Lord Jesus, thank you for giving us Mary


our mother. Through her intercession we pray for
the good health of all mothers. Help and guide us to
become loving sons and daughters to our mother as
we love Mary as our own mother.
L: Jesus crucified,
A: Have mercy on us.
SONG: Were you there when His mother saw
His face? (2x)
Oh sometimes it causes me
To tremble, tremble, tremble.
Were you there when His mother saw His
face?
THE TWELFTH STATION:
Jesus dies on the cross. (Please Kneel)
L: We adore you oh Christ and we praise you.
A: For by your Holy Cross you have redeemed the
world.
Scriptural Reading: Lk. 23:44-46
It was now about noon and darkness came
over the whole land until three in the afternoon
because of an eclipse of the sun. then the veil of the
temple was torn down the middle. Jesus cried out in
a loud voice, Father, into your hands I commend
my spirit; and when he had said this he breathed
his last.
PRAYER: Lord Jesus, You gave up your own life
that we might live forever. Indeed we are in great
sorrow for the heartlessness and injustice shown to
a just and holy man, but we thank you for having
died on the cross for our sins, showing to all the
greatness of Gods love and compassion. Amen.
L: Jesus crucified,
A: Have mercy on us.
SONG: Were you there when He died upon the
cross?
Were you there when He died upon the
cross?
Oh sometimes it causes me
To tremble, tremble, tremble.
Were you there when He died upon the
cross?
THE THIRTEENTH STATION:
Jesus is Laid in the tomb.
L: We adore you oh Christ and we praise you.
A: For by your Holy Cross you have redeemed the
world.
Scriptural Reading: Mt. 27:57-60
When it was evening, there came a rich man
from Arimathea named Joseph, who was himself a
disciple of Jesus. He went to Pilate and asked for
the body of Jesus; then Pilate ordered it to be
handed over. Taking the body, Joseph wrapped it
[in] a clean linen and laid him on the tomb that he
had hewn in the rock. Then he had rolled a huge
stone across the entrance to the tomb and departed.
PRAYER: Lord Jesus, the final journey of your life
showed me the meaning of the gift of yourself for
us. Grant us sincere repentance, so that by reflecting

on your suffering, death and resurrection, we may


be reborn into the joy of new life.
L: Jesus crucified,
A: Have mercy on us.
SONG: Were you there when they laid Him on
the tomb?
Were you there when they laid Him on
the tomb?
Oh sometimes it causes me
To tremble, tremble, tremble.
Were you there when they laid Him on
the tomb?
THE FOURTEENTH STATION:
Jesus rises from the Death.
L: We adore you oh Christ and we praise you.
A: For by your Holy Cross you have redeemed the
world.
Scriptural Reading: Mt. 28:1-6
After the Sabbath, as the first day of the
week was dawning, Mary Magdalene, and the other
Mary came to see the tomb. And behold, there was a
great earthquake; fro an angel of the Lord
descended from heaven, approached, rolled back the
stone, and sat upon it. His appearance was like
lightning and his clothing was as white as snow.
The guards were shaken with fear of him and
became like dead men. Then the angel said to the
women in reply, Do not be afraid! I know that you
are seeking Jesus the crucified. He is not here, he
has been raised just as he said. Come and see the
place where he lay.
PRAYER: Lord Jesus, your Resurrection gives us
new life and new hope. The challenge for us to live
a new life is great. Grant us the grace and courage
to live a faith knowing that we share in your
Resurrection and thus will be able to pass through
adversities and triumph over selfishness. Amen.
L: Jesus crucified,
A: Have mercy on us.
SONG: Were you there when He rises from the
death?
Were you there when He rises from the
death?
Oh sometimes it causes me
To tremble, tremble, tremble.
Were you there when He rises from the
death?
CLOSING PRAYER: Lord God, the crown of
thorns, the nails, and the crucifix speak of the pain
and agony Your Son Jesus endured on the way to
the cross. His suffering and death speak also of the
new birth and new life that comes only through pain
and death. Deep within our hearts, we are so
grateful for Your love through Jesus Christ. Grant us
sincere repentance so that we may be reborn into
the joy of the newness of life. We ask this through
Him who died, was buried and rose again for us,
Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. AMEN.