The Stations of the Cross

The Stations of the Cross were invented by the Blessed Virgin Mary herself (Click/Expand)
[The Stations of the Cross] was an idea of the wonderful Heart of Mary, ever Virgin. Yes, it was the most holy Virgin who first thought of this pious devotion of the Way of the Cross. She herself practised it and handed it down to her faithful servants. It is what she said herself to St. Bridget. “Know, my daughter,” she told her, “that during all the time I lived after the Ascension of my Divine Son, I visited every day those holy places where He suffered, where He died, and where He showed forth His mercies.”

Now, I ask you, as good Christians, does not this one motive, this knowledge that the Way of the Cross was invented, not by any one Saint or another, but by the august Mother of God–does not this motive alone, I ask, suffice to win your hearts and enkindle your fervor? Can you not take a resolution to practise it as often as possible, seeing that the Blessed Virgin practised it every day?…The faithful of the early Church knew this treasure well, and appreciated it. Moved by the example of the Blessed Virgin, who daily practised the exercise of the Way of the Cross, they showed such zeal in visiting night and day the holy stations of Jerusalem that they excited the wrath of the pagans. – The Life of St. Leonard of Port Maurice
Flowers of the Passion, by Saint Paul of the Cross

The Army-Navy Hymnal, 1941

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O Sacred Head Surrounded
Saint Bernard of Clairvaux,
1090-1153.
Translated by Sir Henry Williams Baker,
1821-1877.
Passion Chorale (1601),
Hans Leo Hassler 1564-1612
Harmonization by J.S. Bach,
1685-1750.
1. O sacred Head surrounded
By crown of piercing thorn!
O bleeding Head, so wounded,
Reviled and put to scorn!
Death’s pallid hue comes o’er Thee,
The glow of life decays,
Yet angel hosts adore Thee,
And tremble as they gaze.
2. I see Thy strength and vigor
All fading in the strife,
And death with cruel rigor,
Bereaving Thee of life;
O agony and dying!
O love to sinners free!
Jesus, all grace supplying,
O turn Thy face on me.
3. In this, Thy bitter passion,
Good Shepherd, think of me
With Thy most sweet compassion,
Unworthy though I be:
Beneath Thy cross abiding
For ever would I rest,
In Thy dear love confiding,
And with Thy presence blest.


(Prayers and Devotions as Composed by St. Alphonsus Liguori, about 1761.)

All Prayers to be said aloud by the entire congregation.

Preparatory Prayer

(To be said kneeling before the Altar)

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 accompany Thee on this journey. * Thou goest 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. *


1. The First Station

JESUS IS CONDEMNED, TO DEATH

(Genuflect)

Priest: We adore Thee, O Christ, and we bless Thee.

People: Because by Thy Holy Cross Thou hast redeemed the world.

(500 days, Leo XIII, March 4, I882.)

(Stand)

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

(Kneel)

1. Jesus is Condemned to Death

People: 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 separate myself from Thee again.* Grant that I may love Thee always; * and then do with me what Thou wilt. *

1. Jesus is Condemned to Death

(Say) Our Father-Hail Mary-Glory be to the Father, or

Jesus, for Thee I live, * Jesus, for Thee I die. *
Jesus, I am Thine in life and in death. Amen.

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2. The Second Station

JESUS IS MADE TO BEAR HIS CROSS

(Genuflect)

Priest: We adore Thee, O Christ, and we bless Thee.

People: Because by Thy Holy Cross Thou hast redeemed the world.

Priest: 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.

(Kneel)

2. Jesus is Made to Bear His Cross

People: My most beloved Jesus, * I embrace all the tribulations Thou hast 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 separate myself from Thee again. * Grant that I may love Thee always; * and then do with me what Thou wilt.*

2. Jesus is Made to Bear His Cross

(Say) Our Father-Hail Mary-Glory be to the Father, or

Jesus, for Thee I live, * Jesus, for Thee I die. *
Jesus, I am Thine in life and in death. Amen.

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3. The Third Station

JESUS FALLS THE FIRST TIME UNDER HIS CROSS

(Genuflect)

Priest: We adore Thee, O Christ, and we bless Thee.

People: Because by Thy Holy Cross Thou hast redeemed the world.

(Stand)

Priest: Consider this first fall of Jesus under His Cross. His flesh was torn by the scourges, His Head crowned with thorns, and 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.

(Kneel)

3. Jesus Falls for the First Time under His Cross

People: My beloved Jesus, * it is not the weight of the Cross, but my sins, * which have 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. *

3. Jesus Falls for the First Time under His Cross

(Say) Our Father-Hail Mary-Glory be to the Father, or

Jesus, for Thee I live, * Jesus, for Thee I die. *
Jesus, I am Thine in life and in death. Amen.

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4. The Fourth Station

JESUS MEETS HIS AFFLICTED MOTHER

(Genuflect)

Priest: We adore Thee, O Christ, and we bless Thee.

People: Because by Thy Holy Cross Thou hast redeemed the world.

(Stand) Priest: 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 tenderly.

(Kneel)

4. Jesus Meets His Afflicted Mother

People: My most loving Jesus, * by the sorrow 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 ever 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. *

4. Jesus Meets His Afflicted Mother

(Say) Our Father-Hail Mary-Glory be to the Father, or

Jesus, for Thee I live, * Jesus, for Thee I die. *
Jesus, I am Thine in life and in death. Amen.

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5. The Fifth Station

THE CYRENEAN HELPS JESUS TO CARRY HIS CROSS

(Genuflect)

Priest: We adore Thee, O Christ, and we bless Thee.

People: Because by Thy Holy Cross Thou hast redeemed the world.

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

(Kneel)

5. The Cyrenean Helps Jesus
to Carry His Cross

People: My most sweet Jesus,* I will not refuse the Cross, as the Cyrenean did. * I accept it, I embrace it. * I accept in particular the death Thou hast destined for me, * with all the pains that 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.


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“Lord, teach me to be generous;
Teach me to serve you as you deserve;
To give and not to count the cost;
To fight and not to heed the wounds;
To toil, and not to seek for rest;
To labor, and not to ask for reward –
except to know that I am doing your will.” ― St. Ignatius of Loyola

 

I love Thee, Jesus my Love; * I repent of ever 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. *

5. The Cyrenean Helps Jesus
to Carry His Cross

(Say) Our Father-Hail Mary-Glory be to the Father, or

Jesus, for Thee I live, * Jesus, for Thee I die. *
Jesus, I am Thine in life and in death. Amen.

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6. The Sixth Station

VERONICA WIPES THE FACE OF JESUS

(Genuflect)

Priest: We adore Thee, O Christ, and we bless Thee.

People : Because by Thy Holy Cross Thou hast redeemed the world.

Priest : 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.

(Kneel)

6. Veronica Wipes the Face of Jesus

People: My beloved 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; * and then do with me what Thou wilt. *

(Say) Our Father-Hail Mary-Glory be to the Father, or

6. Veronica Wipes the Face of Jesus

Jesus, for Thee I live, * Jesus, for Thee I die. *
Jesus, I am Thine in life and in death. Amen.

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O Face, Divine of Jesus,
in ages long ago,
Prophets and Sages prayed that Thou,
on earth its light would show.
O Holy Face, I cry to Thee,
Like them that I Thy beams may see,
O Holy Face I cry to Thee.
O suff’ring Face of Jesus,
bleeding, soiled and torn,
Thy temples and Thy brow transpierced with
many a cruel thorn.
Most Holy Face, I cry to Thee,
offer Thy wounds to God for me,
Most Holy Face I cry to Thee.
O dying Face of Jesus, on
that redeeming tree,
Crying aloud, “ah! why My God, hast
Thou abandoned Me?”
Most Holy Face, I cry to Thee,
plead by Thine agony for me,
Most Holy Face I cry to Thee.
O Glorious Face of Jesus, if
after I have died,
My soul but in Thy likeness make,
I shall be satisfied.
Most Holy Face, I cry to thee,
more like Thee ever make Thou me,
Most Holy Face I cry to Thee.

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7. The Seventh Station

JESUS FALLS THE SECOND TIME

(Genuflect)

Priest: We adore Thee, O Christ, and we bless Thee.

People: Because by Thy Holy Cross Thou hast redeemed the world.

Priest: 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.

(Kneel)

7. Jesus Falls the Second Time

People: My most gentle Jesus, * how many times hast Thou pardoned me, * and how many times have I fallen again, and begun again to offend Thee! * Oh, by the merits of this new fall, * give me the necessary help 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 always; * and then do with me what Thou wilt. *

7. Jesus Falls the Second Time

(Say) Our Father-Hail Mary-Glory be to the Father, or

Jesus, for Thee I live, * Jesus, for Thee I die. *
Jesus, I am Thine in life and in death. Amen.

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8. The Eighth Station

JESUS SPEAKS TO THE DAUGHTERS OF JERUSALEM

(Genuflect)

Priest: We adore Thee, O Christ, and we bless Thee.

People: Because by Thy Holy Cross Thou hast redeemed the world.

Priest: Consider how those women wept with compassion at seeing Jesus in such a pitiful state, streaming with Blood, as He walked along. But Jesus said to them, “Weep not for Me, but for your children.”

(Kneel)

8. Jesus Speaks to the Daughters of Jerusalem

People: My Jesus, laden with sorrows, * I weep for the offences 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 always; * and then do with me what Thou wilt. *

8. Jesus Speaks to the Daughters of Jerusalem

(Say) Our Father-Hail Mary-Glory be to the Father, or

Jesus, for Thee I live, * Jesus, for Thee I die. *
Jesus, I am Thine in life and in death. Amen.

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9. The Ninth Station

JESUS FALLS THE THIRD TIME

(Genuflect)

Priest: We adore Thee, O Christ, and we bless Thee.

People: Because by Thy Holy Cross Thou hast redeemed the world.

Priest: 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.

(Kneel)

9. Jesus Falls the Third Time

People: 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 always; * and then do with me what Thou wilt. *

9. Jesus Falls the Third Time

(Say) Our Father-Hail Mary-Glory be to the Father, or

Jesus, for Thee I live, * Jesus, for Thee I die. *
Jesus, I am Thine in life and in death. Amen.

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10. The Tenth Station

JESUS IS STRIPPED OF HIS GARMENTS

(Genuflect)

Priest: We adore Thee, O Christ, and we bless Thee.

People: Because by Thy Holy Cross Thou hast redeemed the world.

Priest: 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 Savior thus cruelly treated, and say to Him:

(Kneel)

10. Jesus is Stripped of His Garments

People: 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, O 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. *

10. Jesus is Stripped

(Say) Our Father-Hail Mary-Glory be to the Father, or

Jesus, for Thee I live, * Jesus, for Thee I die. *
Jesus, I am Thine in life and in death. Amen.

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11. The Eleventh Station

JESUS IS NAILED TO THE CROSS

(Genuflect)

Priest: We adore Thee O Christ and we bless Thee.

People: Because by Thy Holy Cross Thou hast redeemed the world.

Priest: Consider how Jesus, after having been thrown on the Cross, stretched out 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, left Him to die with anguish on this infamous gibbet.

11. Jesus is Nailed to the Cross

(Kneel) People: 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 more than myself; * 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. *


The Prayer of Jesus to the Father at the Nailing of His Hands and Feet to the Cross (Click/Expand)
669. “Eternal Father and My Lord God, to the incomprehensible Majesty of Thy infinite goodness and justice I offer My entire humanity and all that according to Thy will it has accomplished in descending from Thy bosom to assume passible and mortal flesh for the Redemption of men, My brethren. I offer Thee, Lord, with Myself, also My most loving Mother, her love, her most perfect works, her sorrows, her sufferings, her anxious and prudent solicitude in serving Me, imitating Me and accompanying Me unto death. I offer Thee the little flock of My Apostles, the holy Church and congregation of the faithful, such as it is now and as it shall be to the end of the world; and with it I offer to Thee all the mortal children of Adam. All this I place in Thy hands as the true and almighty Lord and God. As far as My wishes are concerned, I suffer and die for all, and I desire that all shall be saved, under the condition that all follow Me and profit of My Redemption. Thus may they pass from the slavery of the devil to be Thy children, My brethren and co-heirs of the grace merited by Me. Especially, O My Lord, do I offer to Thee the poor, the despised and afflicted, who are My friends and who follow Me on the way to the Cross. I desire that the just and the predestined be written in Thy eternal memory. I beseech Thee, My Father, to withhold Thy chastisement and not to raise the scourge of Thy justice over men; let them not be punished as they merit for their sins. Be Thou from now on their Father as Thou art mine. I beseech Thee also, that they may be helped to ponder upon My Death in pious affection and be enlightened from above; and I pray for those who are persecuting Me, in order that they may be converted to the truth. Above all do I ask Thee for the exaltation of Thy Ineffable and Most Holy Name.” – Blessed Mary of Agreda, The City of God

 

(Say) Our Father-Hail Mary-Glory be to the Father, or

11. Nailed to the Cross

Jesus, for Thee I live, * Jesus, for Thee I die. *
Jesus, I am Thine in life and in death. Amen.

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Sing `Oh Come and Mourn with Me Awhile` (Click/Expand)
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Oh Come and Mourn with Me Awhile
Fr. Frederick William Faber (1849) John Bacchus Dykes St. Cross (1861)
1. Oh! come and mourn with me awhile;
See, Mary calls us to her side; Oh!
come and let us mourn with her;
Jesus, our Love, is crucified!
2. Have we no tears to shed for Him,
While soldiers scoff and Jews deride?
Ah, look how patiently He hangs:
Jesus, our Love, is crucified!
3. Sev’n times He spoke, sev’n words of love,
And all three hours His silence cried
For mercy on the souls of men:
Jesus our Love, is crucified!
4 Come, take thy stand beneath the Cross,
And let the Blood from out that Side
Fall gently on thee drop by drop;
Jesus our Love, is crucified! Amen.
 


The Seven Words of Jesus Upon the Cross


(The illustration appears to signify Jesus expelling His dying breath.)

12. The Twelfth Station

JESUS DIES ON THE CROSS

(Genuflect)

Priest: We adore Thee, O Christ, and we bless Thee.

People: Because by Thy Holy Cross Thou hast redeemed the world.

Priest: Consider how 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.

(Kneel)

12. Jesus Dies on the Cross

People: O 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 yield my soul into Thy hands.

I love Thee with my whole heart; * I repent of ever having offended Thee. * Permit not that I ever offend Thee again. * Grant that I may love Thee always; * and then do with me what Thou wilt. *

12. Jesus Dies on the Cross

(Say) Our Father-Hail Mary-Glory be to the Father, or

Jesus, for Thee I live, * Jesus, for Thee I die. *
Jesus, I am Thine in life and in death. Amen.

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Sing `Thy life, O Lord, is Ebbing Fast` (Click/Expand)

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Anonymous The Sodalist’s Hymnal (1887)
1. Thy life, O Lord, is ebbing fast,
Thine eyes are growing dim at last;
How near to death Thou art!
I hear Thou heave one heavy sigh:
It is the last, the loudest cry
That broke Thy Sacred Heart,
That broke Thy Sacred Heart.
2. The scene, the dreadful scene is o’er–
The wicked men can do no more,
Thy head is on Thy breast;
The thorns, the nails Thou dost not fear,
The cruel scoff, the bitter jeer–
Thy Heart is now at rest,
Thy Heart is now at rest.
3. Thy voice, that made the demons flee,
That waked the dead and calmed the sea,
Itself in death is hushed;
But O, we have this comfort sweet,
Our foes lie prostrate at Thy feet,
The serpent’s head is crushed,
The serpent’s head is crushed.
4. Thy corpse is hanging on the tree,
While mocking crowds in impious glee
The murd’rous act applaud;
But quiv’ring earth and darkened skies,
The crumbling rocks, the dead that rise,
Proclaim Thee to be God,
Proclaim Thee to be God.
5. Yes, Jesus, bruised and marked with blood,
And fastened to the dripping wood,
To me Thou art the same,
As throned on Thabor’s shining mount,
Or in the heav’ns, of bliss the Fount,
In glory and in shame,
In glory and in shame.
6. O, may Thy last, Thy piercing cry,
The Blood that pleaded loud on high,
For me be not in vain!
O, make me treat the world as dross,
And glory only in the Cross,
On which Thou wouldst be slain,
On which Thou wouldst be slain!
Amen.

O Jesus, my Savior! I see You now dead on this cross. You speak no more; You breathe no more; because You have life no longer, having willed to lose it to give life to our souls. You have no longer any blood; for you have shed it all, by dint of torments, to wash away our sins. In one word, You have abandoned Yourself to death through Your love for us. He has loved us, and delivered Himself for us.Ephesians 5:2. “Let us consider,” writes St. Francis de Sales, “this divine Savior stretched upon the cross, as upon His altar of honor, where He is dying of love for us; but a love more painful than that very death. Ah, why, then, do we not in spirit throw ourselves upon Him to die upon the cross with Him, Who has willed to die there for love of us? ‘I will hold Him’, we ought to say, ‘and will never let Him go. I will die with Him, and be burned up in the flames of His love. One and the same fire shall consume this divine Creator and His miserable creature. My Jesus is all mine, and I am all His. I will live and die upon his breast; neither death nor life shall ever separate him from me.'” – St. Alphonsus de Liguori, The Passion of Jesus Christ. 2. “The death of Jesus”.


13. The Thirteenth Station

JESUS IS TAKEN DOWN FROM THE CROSS

(Genuflect)

Priest: We adore Thee, O Christ, and we bless Thee.

People: Because by Thy Holy Cross Thou hast redeemed the world.

(Stand)

Priest: Consider how our Lord having expired, 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.

(Kneel)

13. Jesus is Taken down from the Cross

People: 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, my Jesus, * and I repent of ever 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. *

13. Jesus is Taken down

(Say) Our Father-Hail Mary-Glory be to the Father or

Jesus, for Thee I live, * Jesus, for Thee I die. *
Jesus, I am Thine in life and in death. Amen.

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14. The Fourteenth Station

JESUS IS PLACED IN THE SEPULCHRE

(Genuflect) Priest: We adore Thee, O Christ, and we bless Thee.

People: Because by Thy Holy Cross Thou hast redeemed the world.

(Stand)

Priest: Consider how the disciples carried the body of Jesus to bury it, accompanied by His holy Mother, who arranged it in the sepulchre with her own hands. They then closed the tomb, and all withdrew.

(Kneel)

14. Jesus is Placed in the Sepulcre

People: 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, my Jesus, * and I repent of ever having offended Thee. * Permit not that I ever offend Thee again. * Grant that I may love Thee always; * and then do with me what Thou wilt. *

14. Placed in the Sepulcre

(Say) Our Father-Hail Mary-Glory be to the Father, or

Jesus, for Thee I live, * Jesus, for Thee I die. *
Jesus, I am Thine in life and in death. Amen.

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After the Fourteenth Station:

Say five times the Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory be to the Father, in honor of the five wounds of Jesus Christ, and then one Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory be to the Father, for the intentions of the Pope.


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Hail! Jesus, Hail!
Laudis Corona: the new Sunday school hymn book,
containing a collection of Catholic hymns,
arranged for the principal seasons and festivals of the year
.
D. & J. Sadlier, New York, 1880. P. 170.
St. Alphonsus Liguori
1696-1787.
Translated by Father Frederick W. Faber, C.O., (1849).
1814-1863.
Vincent Novello,
1781 – 1861.
1. Hail, Jesus! Hail! who for my sake
Sweet Blood from Mary’s veins didst take,
And shed it all for me;
And shed it all for me:
O blessed be my Saviour’s Blood,
My life, my light, my only good;
My life, my light, my only good,
To all eternity.
2. To endless ages let us praise
The Precious Blood whose price could raise
The world from wrath and sin;
The world from wrath and sin.
Whose streams our inward thirst appease,
And heal the sinner’s worst disease,
And heal the sinner’s worst disease,
If he but bathe therein.
3. O sweetest Blood, that can implore
Pardon of God, and heaven restore,
The heaven which sin had lost;
The heaven which sin had lost:
While Abel’s blood for vengeance pleads,
What Jesus shed still intercedes,
What Jesus shed still intercedes,
For those who wrong him most.
4. O to be sprinkled from the wells
Of Christ’s own sacred Blood, excels
Earth’s best and highest bliss,
Earth’s best and highest bliss:
The ministers of wrath divine
Hurt not the happy hearts that shine,
Hurt not the happy hearts that shine,
With those red drops of His!
5. Ah! there is joy amid the Saints,
And hell’s despairing courage faints
When this sweet song we raise,
When this sweet song we raise:
O louder then, and louder still,
Earth with one mighty chorus fill,
Earth with one mighty chorus fill,
The Precious Blood to praise!
Amen.


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Most Precious Blood of Jesus
Rev. Edward Caswall Orlando Gibbons
Song 67
1. Hail wounds which through eternal years
The love of Jesus show;
Hail wounds from whence unfailing streams
Of grace and glory flow.
2. More precious than the gems of Ind,
Than all the stars more fair;
Nor honeycomb, nor fragrant rose,
Can one with you compare.
3. Through you is opened to our souls
A refuge safe and calm,
Whither no raging enemy
Can reach to work us harm.
4. What countless stripes did Christ receive
Naked in Pilate’s hall!
From His torn flesh what streams of blood
Did all around Him fall!
5. Beneath the wine-press of God’s wrath
His Blood for us He drains;
Till for Himself, O wondrous love
No single drop remains.
6. Oh, come all ye on whom abide
The deadly stains of sin!
Come! wash in this encrimsoned tide,
And ye shall be made clean.
7.  Praise Him Who with the Father sits
Enthroned upon the skies;
Whose Blood redeems our souls from guilt,
Whose Spirit sanctifies.
Amen.




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Hail, Holy Wounds of Jesus, hail!
Salvete, Christi vulnera
Henry N. Oxenham, 1829-1888 Anonymous
1. Hail, Holy Wounds of Jesus, hail!
Sweet pledges of the saving Rood!
Whence flow the streams that never fail
The purple streams of His dear Blood.
2. Brighter than brightest stars ye show,
Than sweetest rose thy scent more rare,
No Indian gem may match thy glow,
No honey’s taste with thine compare.
3. Portals are ye to that dear Home,
Wherein our wearied souls may hide,
Whereto no angry foe can come,
The heart of Jesus Crucified.
4. What countless stripes our Jesus bore,
All naked left in Pilate’s hall,
What copious floods of purple gore
Through rents in His torn garments fall.
5. His comely brow, O shame and grief,
By the sharp, thorny crown is riven,
Through hands and feet, without relief
The cruel nails are deeply driven.
6. But when for our poor sakes He died,
A willing Priest, by love subdued,
The soldier’s spear transfixed His side
Forth flowed the water and the Blood.
7. Beneath the winepress of God’s wrath,
To save our souls from endless pains,
Still hour by hour His Blood pours forth
Till not a single drop remains.
8. Come, bathe thee in that healing flood,
All ye who mourn with sin opprest,
Thine only hope in Jesus’ Blood,
His Sacred Heart thine only rest.
9. All praise to Him, the’eternal Son,
At God’s right hand enthroned above,
Whose Blood the world’s redemption won,
Whose Spirit seals the gifts of love. Amen.
Amen.


Prayer of Commemoration of Our Lord’s Passion

To be said at Three o’clock on Fridays

I bless Thee, O Thou Lord of heaven!
Whose life for sinful man was given.
Let not Thy cross and bitter pain,
Have been for me borne all in vain.

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