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Via Crucix
or the Stations of the Cross

Feast: Good Friday, all Fridays

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The medal set is found in the "Chaplets" section of the website #257 for gilt (gold-tone), #224 for antique silver, or #223 for antique silver with colour pictures. #VCBK is a small pocket size booklet for the Stations.
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From early Christian times pilgrims to Jerusalem observed the custom of the retracing the path Christ followed on His way to Calvary. In the late Middle Ages, when Moslem occupation of the Holy Places made pilgrimages difficult or impossible, miniature "Ways of the Cross" were set up in churches and monasteries in Europe with the traditional "stations", or stops on the Via Dolorosa, being represented by crosses, paintings, or bas reliefs. The faithful would traverse the brief circuit outlind by these tokens and meditate on the subjects respresented.

At the end of the seventeenth century, when the devotion was fixed in its present form, the indulgences attached to an actual visit to the Holy Land were granted to those making the Way of the Cross. Persons prevented from making the Stations in a church may gain the indulgences by holding a crucifix indulgenced for the Stations and saying the Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory be to the Father, once for each Station (14 times) plus 5 more sets for the Five Holy Wounds, and then once more for the intentions of the Pope.

While no special prayers are mandatory, the following are the common standards used and the meditations are from Saint Alphonsus Ligouri.

(The Prayer Book, Catholic Press, Inc., Chicago Illinois, Copyright 1954)
The Way of the Cross, by Saint Alphonsus Ligouri
1) [on the Crucifix] Kneeling before the altar, make an ACT OF CONTRITION, and form the intention of gaining the indulgences, whether for yourself or for the holy souls in Purgatory.

2) [on the single bead after the centre medal] My Lord Jesus Christ, Thou hast made this journey to die for me with love unutterable, and I have so many times unworthily abandoned Thee; but now I love Thee with my whole heart, and because I love Thee, I repent sincerely for having ever offended Thee. Pardon me, my God, and permit me to accomany Thee on this journey. Thou go to die for love of me; I wish also, my beloved Redeemer, to die for love of Thee. My Jesus, I will live and die always united to Thee.

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*** 3a) announce the Station number, name and meditation, then pray:

V. We adore Thee, O Christ, and we bless Thee.
R. Because by Thy holy Cross Thou hast redeemed the world.

3b) Pray the Our Father once,
3c) Pray the Hail Mary once,
3d) Pray the Glory be to the Father once.***

* * * Repeat steps 3a through 3d for all 14 Stations using the appropriate medal and set of 3 beads. * * *
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(step 3a)FIRST STATION - Jesus is Condemned to Death
MEDITATION: Consider how Jesus, after having been scourged and crowned with thorns, was unjustly condemned by Pilate to die on the Cross.
[[V.erse]...&...[R.esponse] from above]
V. We adore Thee O Christ, and we bless Thee.
R. Because by Thy holy Cross, Thou hast redeemed the world.
PRAYER: My adorable Jesus, it was not Pilate; no, it was my sins that condemned Thee to die. I beseech Thee, by the merits of this sorrowful journey, to assist my soul in its journey towards eternity. I love Thee, my beloved Jesus; I love Thee more than myself; I repent with my whole heart for having offended Thee. Never permit me to seperate myself from Thee again. Grant that I may love Thee always; and then do with me what Thou wilt.
(steps 3b, 3c, and 3d)

SECOND STATION - Jesus is made to bear His Cross
MEDITATION: Consider how Jesus, in making this journey with the Cross on His shoulders, thought of us, and for us offered to His Father the death He was about to undergo.
PRAYER: My most beloved Jesus, I embrace all the tribulations Thou has destined for me until death. I beseech Thee, by the merits of the pain Thou didst suffer in carrying Thy Cross, to give me the necessary help to carry mine with perfect patience and resignation. I love Thee, Jesus my love; I repent of having offended Thee. Never permit me to seperate myself from Thee again. Grant that I may love Thee always; and then do with me what Thou wilt.

THIRD STATION - Jesus falls the first time under His cross
MEDITATION: Consider this first fall of Jesus under His cross, His flesh was torn by the scourges, His head crowned with thorns, and He had lost a great quantity of blood. He was so weakened that He could scarcely walk, and yet He had to carry this great load upon His shoulders. The soldiers struck Him rudely, and thus He fell several times in His journey.
PRAYER: My Jesus, it is not the weight of the Corss, but of my sins which has made Thee suffer so much pain. Ah, by the merits of this first fall, deliver me from the misfortune of falling into mortal sin. I love Thee, O my Jesus, with my whole heart; I repent of having offended Thee. Never permit me to offend Thee again. Grant that I may love Thee always, and then do with me what Thou wilt.

FOURTH STATION - Jesus meets His afflicted Mother
MEDITATION: Consider the meeting of the Son and the Mother, which took place on this journey. Jesus and Mary looked at each other, and their looks became as so many arrows to wound those hearts which loved each other so tenderly.
PRAYER: My most loving Jesus, by the sorrow that Thou didst experience in this meeting, grant me the grace of a truly devoted love for Thy most holy mother. And thou, my Queen, who wast overwhelmed with sorrow, obtain for me by thy intercession a continual and tender remembrance of the Passion of thy Son. I love Thee, Jesus my love; I repent of having offended Thee. Never permit me to offend Thee again. Grant that I may love Thee, and then do with me what Thou wilt.

FIFTH STATION - The Cyrenian helps Jesus to carry His cross
MEDITATION: Consider how the Jews, seeing that at each step Jesus from weakness was on the point of expiring, and fearing that He would die on the way when they wished Him to die the ignominious death of the Cross, constrained Simon the Cyrenian to carry the Cross behind Our Lord.
PRAYER: My most beloved Jesus, I will not refuse the Cross as the Cyrenian did; I accept it - I embrace it. I accept in particular the death Thou hast destined for me, with all the pains which may accompany it; I unite it to Thy death - I offer it to Thee. Thou hast died for love of me; I will die for love of Thee, and to please Thee. Help me by Thy grace. I love Thee, Jesus my love; I repent of having offended Thee. Never permit me to offend Thee again. Grant that I may love Thee; and then do with me what Thou wilt.

SIXTH STATION: Veronica wipes the face of Jesus
MEDITATION: Consider how the holy woman named Veronica, seeing Jesus so afflicted, and His face bathed in sweat and blood, presented Him with a towel with which He wiped His adorable face, leaving on it the impression of His holy countenance.
PRAYER: My most belvoed Jesus, Thy face was beautiful before, but in this journey it has lost all its beauty, and wounds and blood have disfigured it. Alas, my soul also was once beautiful, when it received Thy grace in Baptism; but I have disfigured it since by my sins. Thou alone, my Redeemer, canst restore it to its former beauty. Do this by Thy Passion. I love Thee, Jesus my love; I repent of having offended Thee. Never permit me to offend Thee again. Grant that I may love Thee; and then do with me what Thou wilt.

SEVENTH STATION: Jesus falls the second time
MEDIATION: Consider the second fall of Jesus under the Cross, a fall which renews the pain of all the wounds of the head and members of our afflicted Lord.
PRAYER: My most gentle Jesus, how many times Thou has pardoned me, and how many times I have fallen again, and begun again to offend Thee! Oh, by the merits of this new fall, give me the necessary helps to persevere in Thy grace until death. Grant that in all temptations which assail me I may always commend myself to Thee. I love Thee, Jesus my love, with my whole heart; I repent of having offended Thee. Never permit me to offend Thee again. Grant that I may love Thee; and then do with me what Thou wilt.

EIGHTH STATION: Jesus speaks to the women of Jerusalem
MEDITATION: Consider how those women wept with compassion at seeing Jesus in such a pitiable state, streaming with blood as He walked along. But Jesus said to them: "Do not weep for Me, but weep for yourselves and for your children."
PRAYER: My Jesus, laden with sorrows, I weep for the offenses I have committed against Thee, because of the pains they have deserved, and still more because of the displeasure they have caused Thee, who hast loved me so much. It is Thy love, more than the fear of hell, which causes me to weep for my sins. My Jesus, I love Thee more than myself; I repent of having offended Thee. Never permit me to offend Thee again. Grant that I may love Thee; and then do with me what Thou wilt.

NINTH STATION: Jesus falls the third time
MEDITATION: Consider the third fall of Jesus. His weakness was extreme, and the cruelty of His executioners excessive, who tried to hasten His steps when He had scarcely strength to move.
PRAYER: Ah, my outraged Jesus, by the merits of the weakness Thou didst suffer in going to Calvary, give me strength sufficient to conquer all human respect, and all my wicked passions, which have led me to despise Thy friendship. I love Thee, Jesus my love with my whole heart; I repent of having offended Thee. Never permit me to offend Thee again. Grant that I may love Thee; and then do with me what Thou wilt.

TENTH STATION: Jesus is stripped of His garments
MEDITATION: Consider the violence with which the executioners stripped Jesus. His inner garments adhered to His torn flesh, and they dragged them off so roughly that the skin came with them. Compassionate your Saviour thus cruelly treated, and say to Him:
PRAYER: My innocent Jesus, by the merits of the torment Thou hast felt, help me to strip myself of all affection to things of earth, in order that I may place all my love in Thee, who art so worthy of my love. I love Thee, Jesus my love with my whole heart; I repent of having offended Thee. Never permit me to offend Thee again. Grant that I may love Thee; and then do with me what Thou wilt.

ELEVENTH STATION: Jesus is nailed to the Cross
MEDITATION: Consider how Jesus, after being thrown on the Cross, extended His hands and offered to His Eternal Father the sacrifice of His life for our salvation. These barbarians fastened Him with nails, and then, raising the Cross, allowed Him to die with anguish on this infamous gibbet.
PRAYER: My Jesus, loaded with contempt, nail my heart to Thy feet, that it may ever remain there, to love Thee, and never quit Thee again. I love Thee, Jesus my love with my whole heart; I repent of having offended Thee. Never permit me to offend Thee again. Grant that I may love Thee; and then do with me what Thou wilt.

TWELFTH STATION: Jesus dies on the Cross
MEDITATION: Consider how thy Jesus, after three hours' agony on the Cross, consumed at length with anguish, abandons Himself to the weight of His body, bows His head, and dies.
PRAYER: My dying Jesus, I kiss devoutly the Cross on which Thou didst die for love of me. I have merited by my sins to die a miserable death, but Thy death is my hope. Ah, by the merits of Thy death, give me grace to die, embracing Thy feet, and burning with love for Thee. I commit my soul into Thy hands. I love Thee, Jesus my love with my whole heart; I repent of having offended Thee. Never permit me to offend Thee again. Grant that I may love Thee; and then do with me what Thou wilt.

THIRTEENTH STATION: Jesus is taken down from the Cross
MEDITATION: Consider how, after the death of Our Lord, two of His disciples, Joseph and Nicodemus, took Him down from the Cross and placed Him in the arms of His afflicted mother, who received Him with unutterable tenderness and pressed Him to her bosom.
PRAYER: O Mother of Sorrow, for the love of this Son, accept me for thy servant, and pray to Him for me. And Thou, my Redeemer, since Thou hast died for me, permit me to love Thee; for I wish but Thee and nothing more. I love Thee, Jesus my love; I repent of having offended Thee. Never permit me to offend Thee again. Grant that I may love Thee; and then do with me what Thou wilt.

FOURTEENTH STATION: Jesus is placed in the Sepulcher
MEDITATION: Consider how the disciples carried the body of Jesus to bury it, accompanied by His holy mother, who arranged it in the sepulcher with her own hands. They then closed the tomb and all withdrew.
PRAYER: Ah, my buried Jesus, I kiss the stone that encloses Thee. But Thou didst rise again the third day. I beseech Thee by Thy resurrection, make me rise glorious with Thee at the last day, to be always united with Thee in heaven, to praise Thee and love Thee forever. I love Thee, and I repent of having offended Thee. Never permit me to offend Thee again. Grant that I may love Thee; and then do with me what Thou wilt.


4) [on the centre medal] Kneeling again at the altar, pray an Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory be for the Holy Father. At this point, if you have prayer these Stations within a Church that has blessed Station pictures or crosses, then you can skip to step 6.

5) [the five bead pendant] On the next five beads, pray an Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory be on each bead to honour the Holy Wounds of Jesus.

6) [on the Crucifix] Prayer to Jesus Christ Crucified:
Behold, O kind and most sweet Jesus, I cast myself on my knees in Thy sight, and with the most fervent desire of my soul, I pray and beg of Thee to impress upon my heart lively sentiments of faith, hope, and charity, with true repentance for my sins, and a firm desire of amendment, while with deep affection and grief of soul I ponder within myself and mentally contemplate Thy five most precious wounds; having before my eyes that which David spoke in prophecy: "They pierced My hands and My feet; they have numbered all My bones."

optional - Any personal prayer to express your love and thanksgiving.