Stations of the Cross at St Augustine's

 

Station 1

We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You,
Because by Your Holy Cross, You have redeemed the world.

Scripture
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. (John 3:16)

Harshly dealt with, He bore it humbly, He never opened His mouth; like a lamb that is  led to the slaughter-house, like a sheep that is dumb before its shearers, never opening its mouth. (Isaiah 53:7)

A man can have no greater love than to lay down his life for his friends.  (John 15:13)

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

Prayer
My Jesus, it was not Pilate, it was my sins that condemned You to die. I beg You, by the merits of this sorrowful journey, to assist my soul in its journey toward eternity.

I love You, Jesus, my love above all things;  I repent with my whole heart for having offended You. Never permit me to separate myself from You again. Grant that I may love You always, and then do with me what You will.

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Station 1: Jesus is Condemned To Death
 
Station 2 We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You
Because by Your Holy Cross, You have redeemed the world.

Scripture
And yet ours were the sufferings He bore, ours were the sorrows He carried.  He was pierced through for our faults, crushed for our sins. (Isaiah 53:4-5)

"If anyone wants to be a follower of mine, let him renounce himself and take up his cross every day and follow me."
(Luke 9:23)

"Come to me all you who labour and are overburdened and I will give you rest.  Shoulder my yoke and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart; and you will find rest for your souls.  My yoke is easy, and my burden light."
(Matthew 11:28-29)

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

Prayer
My beloved Jesus, I embrace all the tribulations You have destined for me until death. I beg You, by the merits of the pain You suffered in carrying Your Cross, to give me the help to carry mine with perfect patience and resignation.
 
I love You, Jesus, my love above all things;  I repent with my whole heart for having offended You. Never permit me to separate myself from You again. Grant that I may love You always, and then do with me what You will.
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Station 2: Jesus Receives the Cross
 
Station 3 We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You
Because by Your Holy Cross, You have redeemed the world.

Scripture
He has broken my teeth with gravel, he has given me ashes for food.  My soul is shut out from peace, I have forgotten happiness. (Lamentations 3:16-17)

We had all gone astray like sheep, each taking his own way; But Yahweh burdened Him with the sins of all of us. (Isaiah 53:6)
Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world. (John 1:29)

Meditation
Consider this first fall of Jesus under His Cross. His flesh was torn by the scourges, His head was crowed 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 He fell several times in His journey.

Prayer
My beloved Jesus, it is not the weight of the Cross, but my sins, which have made You suffer so much pain. By the merits of this first fall, deliver me from the misfortune of falling into mortal sin.

 I love You, Jesus, my love above all things;  I repent with my whole heart for having offended You. Never permit me to separate myself from You again. Grant that I may love You always, and then do with me what You will.
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Station 3: Jesus Falls the First Time
 
Station 4 We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You
Because by Your Holy Cross, You have redeemed the world.

Scripture
"Did you not know that I must be busy with my Father's affairs?" (Luke 2:49)

All you who pass this way, look and see: is there any sorrow like the sorrow that afflicts me. (Lamentations 1:12)

"So it is with you: you are sad now, but I shall see you again, and your hearts will be full of joy, and that joy no one shall take from you." (John 16:22)

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 You experienced in this meeting, grant me the grace of a truly devoted love for Your most holy Mother. And you, my Queen, who was overwhelmed with sorrow, obtain for me by your intercession a continual remembrance of the Passion of your Son.

I love You, Jesus, my love above all things;  I repent with my whole heart for having offended You. Never permit me to separate myself from You again. Grant that I may love You always, and then do with me what You will.
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Station 4: Jesus Meets His Blessed Mother
 
Station 5 We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You
Because by Your Holy Cross, You have redeemed the world.

Scripture
"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." (Matthew 25:40)

You should carry each other's troubles and fulfil the law of Christ. (Galatians 6:2)

"I tell you most solemnly, no servant is greater than his master, no messenger is greater than the one who sent him."
(John 13:16)

Meditation
Consider how the Jews, seeing that at each step Jesus was on the point of expiring, and fearing that He would die on the way, when they wished Him to die the shameful death of the Cross, constrained Simon of Cyrene to carry the Cross behind our Lord.

Prayer
My beloved Jesus, I will not refuse the Cross, I accept it, I embrace it. I accept in particular the death You have destined for me; with all the pains that may accompany it; I unite it to Your death, I offer it to You. You have died for love of me; I will die for love of You. Help me by Your grace.

I love You, Jesus, my love above all things;  I repent with my whole heart for having offended You. Never permit me to separate myself from You again. Grant that I may love You always, and then do with me what You will.
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Station 5: The Cross is Laid on Simon of Cyrene
 
Station 6 We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You
Because by Your Holy Cross, You have redeemed the world.

Scripture
So disfigured did He look that that He seemed no longer human.  (Isaiah 52:14)

"To have seen me is to have seen the Father." (John 14:9)

He spoke to us through His Son, the Son He has appointed to inherit everything and through whom He has made everything there is.  He is the radiant light of God's glory and the perfect copy of His nature. (Hebrews 1:3)

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 face, leaving on it the impression of His holy countenance.

Prayer
My beloved Jesus, Your face was beautiful before, but in this journey it has lost all its beauty, and wounds and blood have disfigured it. My soul also was once beautiful, when it received Your grace in Baptism; but I have disfigured it since by my sins; You alone, my Redeemer, can restore it to its former beauty. Do this by Your Passion.

I love You, Jesus, my love above all things;  I repent with my whole heart for having offended You. Never permit me to separate myself from You again. Grant that I may love You always, and then do with me what You will.
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Station 6: Veronica Wipes the Face of Jesus
 
Station 7 We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You
Because by Your Holy Cross, You have redeemed the world.

Scripture
I was hard pressed and was falling, but the Lord helped Me. (Psalm 118:13)

For it is not as if we had a high priest who is incapable of feeling our weaknesses with us; but we have one who has been tempted in every way that we are, though He is without sin. (Hebrews 4:15)

"Come to me, all you who labour and are overburdened, and I will give you rest." (Matthew 11:28)

Meditation
Consider the second fall of Jesus under the Cross - a fall which renews the pain of all the wounds of our afflicted Lord.

Prayer
My most gentle Jesus, how many times You have pardoned me, and how many times have I fallen again, and begun again to offend You.  By the merits of this new fall, give me the necessary help to persevere in Your grace until death. Grant that in all temptations which assault me I may always commend myself to You.

I love You, Jesus, my love above all things;  I repent with my whole heart for having offended You. Never permit me to separate myself from You again. Grant that I may love You always, and then do with me what You will.
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Station 7: Jesus Falls the Second Time
 
Station 8 We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You
Because by Your Holy Cross, You have redeemed the world.

Scripture
"Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me; weep rather for yourselves and for your children." (Luke 23:28)

"Anyone who does not remain in me is like a branch that has been thrown away -  he withers.." (John 15:6)

"Unless you repent, you will all perish" (Luke 13:3)

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: Weep not for Me, but for yourselves and for your children.

Prayer
My Jesus, laden with sorrows, I weep for the offences I have committed against You, because of the pains they have deserved, and still more because of the displeasure they have caused You, who has loved me so much. It is Your love, more than the fear of hell, which causes me to weep for my sins.

I love You, Jesus, my love above all things;  I repent with my whole heart for having offended You. Never permit me to separate myself from You again. Grant that I may love You always, and then do with me what You will.
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Station 8: The Women of Jerusalem Mourn for Jesus
 
Station 9 We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You
Because by Your Holy Cross, You have redeemed the world.

Scripture
I am like water draining away, my bones are all disjointed, my heart is like wax , melting inside me;  My palate is drier than a potsherd, and my tongue is stuck to my jaw .(Psalm 22:15-16)

In your minds you must be the same as Jesus. He emptied Himself, to assume the condition of a slave, and became as men are; and being as all men are He was humbler yet, even to accepting death, death on a cross.  (Philippians 2:5-8)

"For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and the man who humbles himself will be exalted." (Luke 14:11)

Meditation
Consider the third fall of Jesus Christ. 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
My outraged Jesus, by the merits of the weakness You suffered in going to Calvary, give me strength sufficient to conquer all human respect, and all my wicked passions, which have led me to despise Your friendship.

I love You, Jesus, my love above all things;  I repent with my whole heart for having offended You. Never permit me to separate myself from You again. Grant that I may love You always, and then do with me what You will.
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Station 9: Jesus Falls the Third Time
 
Station 10 We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You
Because by Your Holy Cross, You have redeemed the world.

Scripture
They divide my garments among them, and for and cast lots for my clothes. (Psalm 22.19)

"None of you can be my disciple unless he gives up all his possessions."
(Luke 14.33)

Let your armour be the Lord Jesus Christ; forget about satisfying your bodies with all your cravings. (Romans 13.14)

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.

Prayer
My innocent Jesus, by the merits of the torment You have felt, help me to strip myself of all affection to things of earth, in order that I may place all my love in You, who are so worthy of my love.

I love You, Jesus, my love above all things;  I repent with my whole heart for having offended You. Never permit me to separate myself from You again. Grant that I may love You always, and then do with me what You will.
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Station 10: Jesus is Stripped of His Garments
 
Station 11 We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You
Because by Your Holy Cross, You have redeemed the world.

Scripture
I can count every one of my bones. (Psalm 22:17)

"Father forgive them; they do not know what they are doing." (Luke 23:34)

"I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will of the one who sent Me." (John 6:38)

Meditation
Consider how Jesus, having been placed 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 Your feet, that it may ever remain there, to love You, and never leave You again.

I love You, Jesus, my love above all things;  I repent with my whole heart for having offended You. Never permit me to separate myself from You again. Grant that I may love You always, and then do with me what You will.
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S
tation 11: Jesus is Nailed to the Cross
 
Station 12 We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You
Because by Your Holy Cross, You have redeemed the world.

Scripture
"And when I am lifted up from the earth, I shall draw all men to myself."  (John 12:32)

"Father, into your hands I commit my spirit." (Luke 23:46)

He and became as men are; and being as all men are He was humbler yet, even to accepting death, death on a cross.  But God raised him high.  (Philippians 2:7-9) 

Meditation
Consider how Jesus, being consumed with anguish after three hours' agony on the Cross,  abandoned Himself to the weight of His body, bowed His head, and died.

Prayer
O my dying Jesus, I kiss devoutly the Cross on which You died for love of me. I have merited by my sins to die a miserable death; but Your death is my hope. By the merits of Your death, give me grace to die, embracing Your feet, and burning with love for You. I commit my soul into Your hands.

I love You, Jesus, my love above all things;  I repent with my whole heart for having offended You. Never permit me to separate myself from You again. Grant that I may love You always, and then do with me what You will.
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Station 12: Jesus Dies upon the Cross
 
Station 13 We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You
Because by Your Holy Cross, You have redeemed the world.

Scripture
"Was it not ordained that Christ should suffer and so enter into His glory?"  (Luke 24:26)

Universal Peace for those who love your Law. (Psalm 119:165)

God's love for us was revealed when God sent into the world His only Son so that we could have life through Him. (1John 4:9-10)

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 your servant, and pray  for me. And You, my Redeemer, since You have died for me, permit me to love You; for I wish only You, and nothing more.

 I love You, Jesus, my love above all things;  I repent with my whole heart for having offended You. Never permit me to separate myself from You again. Grant that I may love You always, and then do with me what You will.
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Station 13: Jesus is Taken Down from the Cross
 
Station 14 We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You
Because by Your Holy Cross, You have redeemed the world.

Scripture
"Unless a wheat grain falls on the ground and dies, it remains only a single grain; but if it dies, it yields a rich harvest.."
(John 12:24-25)

When He died, He died once for all, to sin, so His life now is life with God; and in that way too you must consider yourselves to be dead to sin but alive for God in Christ Jesus.
(Romans 6:10-11)

He was raised to life on the third day, in accordance with the Scriptures. (1Corinthians 15:3-4)

Meditation
Consider how the disciples accompanied by His holy Mother, carried the body of Jesus to bury it; they closed the tomb, and all came sorrowfully away.

Prayer
My buried Jesus, I kiss the stone that encloses You. But You rose again the third day. I beg You, by Your resurrection, make me rise glorious with You at the last day, to be always united with You in Heaven, to praise You and love You forever.

I love You, Jesus, my love above all things;  I repent with my whole heart for having offended You. Never permit me to separate myself from You again. Grant that I may love You always, and then do with me what You will.
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tation 14: Jesus is Laid in the Tomb
 
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