Short Way Of The Cross


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As used by the Franciscan Fathers on their Missions

First Station : Jesus Condemned to Death
O Jesus! so meek and uncomplaining, teach me resignation in trials.

Second Station : Jesus Carries His Cross
My Jesus, this Cross should be mine, not Thine; my sins crucified Thee.

Third Station : Jesus Falls the First Time
O Jesus! by this first fall, never let me fall into mortal sin.

Fourth Station : Jesus Meets His Mother
O Jesus! may no human tie, however dear, keep me from following the road of the Cross.

Fifth Station : Simon the Cyrenean Helps Carry the Cross
Simon unwillingly assisted Thee; may I with patience suffer all for Thee.

Sixth Station : Veronica Wipes the Face of Jesus
O Jesus! Thou did imprint Thy sacred features upon Veronica's veil; stamp them also indelibly upon my heart.

Seventh Station : The Second Fall of Jesus
By Thy second fall, preserve me, dear Lord, from relapse into sin.

Eighth Station : Jesus Consoles the Women of Jerusalem
My greatest consolation would be to hear Thee say: "Many sins are forgiven thee, because thou has loved much".

Ninth Station : Third Fall of Jesus
O Jesus! when weary upon life's long journey, be Thou my strength and my perseverance.

Tenth Station : Jesus Stripped of His Garments
My soul has been robbed of its robe of innocence; clothe me, dear Jesus, with the garb of penance and contrition.

Eleventh Station : Jesus Nailed to the Cross
Thou did forgive Thy enemies; my God, teach me to forgive injuries and forget them.

Twelfth Station : Jesus Dies on the Cross
Thou art dying, my Jesus, but Thy Sacred Heart still throbs with love for Thy sinful children.

Thirteenth Station : Jesus Taken Down from the Cross
Receive me into thy arms, O Sorrowful Mother; and obtain for me perfect contrition for my sins.

Fourteenth Station : Jesus Laid in the Sepulcher
When I receive Thee into my heart in Holy Communion, O Jesus, make it a fit abiding place for Thy adorable Body. Amen.