APOSTLESHIP OF THE CROSS

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Stations of the Cross

Preparatory Prayer

O Jesus, we come to join You on the way to Calvary. Through the intercession of your sorrowful Mother, help us understand the immense love with which You accepted death on the Cross. You have repaired the outrage done to the glory of your Father and to the redemption of the human family. May the meditation on your passion and death help us to become more like You in accordance to Your Will.

Repeat at the beginning of each Station:

V. We adore you, O Christ, and we praise You.
R. Because by your Holy Cross You have redeemed
the world.

I. Jesus is condemned to death

"Yes, God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not be lost but may have eternal life". Jn 3:16

O Jesus, you received the unjust sentence with peace and calmness because You knew that by dying on the Cross, You would obtain the glory of the Father and our salvation. Grant that we might be as generous as You were, accepting with love all the trials of our lives for the salvation of all.

Mary, our Mother, bless us. As we remember your Son's passion, may we join Him with a fervent desire of imitating Him.

Repeat at the end of each Station:

V. O sweet Mother font of love.
R. Touch my spirit from above, make my heart with yours accord.

II. Jesus bears his Cross

"If anyone wants to be a follower of mine, let him renounce himself and take up his Cross every day and follow me" Lk 9:23

Jesus receives the Cross with Joy and Love. He thinks of his Father and embraces the Cross to fulfill the Divine will. Jesus, forgive our lack of faith and love with which we have received the crosses given to us. May we rejoice in presenting to you our struggles and difficulties.

Mary, pray for us that we may always carry the Cross with the same spirit as your Son.

III. Jesus falls the first time

"We had all gone astray like sheep, each taking his own way, and Yahweh burdened him with the sins of all of us". Is 53:6

Weakened by loss of blood in the scourging and unable to continue because of the weight of the Cross, Jesus falls, exhausted.

Let us consider that the weight of the Cross represents our sins which caused Jesus' fall. Lord, we promise to avoid in our lives, not only sin, but any willful fault.

Mary, help us with through your intercession fulfill this promise we have made.

IV. Jesus meets his mother

"All you who pass this way, look and see: is any sorrow like the sorrow that afflicts me?" Lam 1:12

Jesus, because of the immense suffering You experienced in the encounter with your Mother grant us the grace that we may console her every day of our lives, joining her solitude remembering your sufferings.

Mary, obtain for us the grace of consoling Him with pure love, especially in the mystery of His passion and death.

V. Simon of Cyrene helps Jesus carry his Cross

"I tell you solemnly, in so far as you did this to one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did it to me". Mt 25:40

Jesus, our Savior, we don't want to carry the Cross by force as Simon; we accept all the crosses that You have prepared for us until the last moment of our lives, and we promise to work with all our strength, helping You in the great task of saving the world.

Mary, obtain for us the grace of loving the Cross.

VI. Veronica wipes the face of Jesus

"To have seen me is to have seen the Father". Jn 14:9

Engrave, O Jesus your image in our souls so that we may never forget the painful steps of your passion.

Mary, impress in our souls the image of your Son.

VII. Jesus falls the second time

"Come to me, all you who labor and are overburdened, and I will give you rest". Mt 11:28

Jesus, we deplore the countless falls of our lives. You offered for us the humiliations and the pains You suffered on the way to Calvary. Do not permit us to sin again and help us, by Your passion and death, to avoid infidelity and inconstancy in our lives.

Mary, intercede for us that we may obtain these graces.

VIII. Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem

"Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me, weep rather for yourselves and for your children. Lk 23:28

Jesus, your goodness to the women who accompanied You moves us. Grant us, Lord, that like You, we may know how to forget ourselves, to console those who suffer, and to give them strength.

Mary, be our comforter in our time of sorrow.

IX. Jesus falls a third time

"Everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and the man who humbles himself will be exalted". Lk 14:11

Jesus has fallen on the ground beneath the weight of the Cross. Your love for us gives You new strength to raise again. Your heart burns with love for the salvation of the world.

Mary, intercede for us that we may be faithful to our vocation: to love and to deny ourselves.

X. Jesus is stripped of his garments

"None of you can be my disciple unless he gives up all his possessions". Lk 14:33

Jesus, You want to expiate our lack of modesty. We want to weep for our sins and love the virtue of purity.

Mary, Queen of purity, grant that we may cultivate those virtues that blossomed in your heart.

XI. Jesus is nailed to the Cross

"I have come from Heaven not to do my own will, but to do the will of the one who sent me". Jn 6:38

O Jesus, it is not enough to strip ourselves, but to unite ourselves closer to You, nailing ourselves with You on the Cross, receiving all the crosses You send us as a sign of Your love.

Mary, grant us to share your suffering as Jesus is nailed to the Cross.

XII. Jesus dies on the Cross

"He became as men are; and being as all men are, he was humbler yet, even to accepting death, death on a Cross" Phil 2:7-8

We surrender before this manifestation of Your love. You, the innocent one taking the place of us the guilty ones, grant that we might love You in life and in death as we remain united with You.

Mary, as you were at the foot of the Cross, help us to endure our cross as Jesus did.

XIII. Jesus is taken down from the Cross

"Was it not ordained that the Christ should suffer and so enter into his glory"? Lk 24:26

Sorrowful Mother, You contemplated with indescribable pain His pierced hands and open side. At that moment, You offered your pain for the sins of all. We pray that we might always accompany you in your solitude, and with you plead before our heavenly Father.

XIV. Jesus is placed in the tomb

"Unless a grain of wheat falls on the ground and dies, it remains only a single grain, but if it dies, it yields a rich harvest". Jn 12:24

Mary, prepare our hearts so that when we receive the body of Christ we might have light, strength and life. May we be united with you in the later years during your solitude.

Let us pray: Eternal and loving Father, we have finished accompanying Jesus on the Way of the Cross. Grant that through the intercession of the Virgin Mary we may always remember Jesus' Passion, Death and Resurrection. We want to be true disciples of Jesus crucified under the direction of the Holy Spirit.

We will meditate on the sufferings of Jesus and Mary on earth. Please, enkindle in us the desire to be with them eternally in Heaven.  Amen.

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