The Stations of the Cross

The Army-Navy Hymnal, 1941
Flowers of the Passion, by Saint Paul of the Cross

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O Sacred Head Surrounded
Saint Bernard of Clairvaux,
1090-1153.
Translated by Sir Henry Williams Baker,
1821-1877.
Passion Chorale, Hans Leo Hassler (1601),
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.

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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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. *

(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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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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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, 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.


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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