The Way of the Cross

Opening Prayer:  Act of Contrition — O my God, my Redeemer, behold me here at Thy feet. From the bottom of my heart I am sorry for all my sins, because by them I have offended Thee, Who art infinitely good. I will die rather than offend thee again.

Before each meditation, recite the following:  “I adore you, Lord Jesus, and I praise you.  Because by your holy cross, you have redeemed the world.”

1.  Jesus is condemned to deathChrist, help us to lead a better life and to seek your will.

2Jesus bears His crossLord, we join you in your journey of suffering.

3.  Jesus falls for the first timeChrist, help us who fall into sinful ways; teach us to rise with you.

4Jesus meets His motherLord, we implore your mother to console us who mourn.

5Jesus is helped by SimonChrist, help us as we try to do your work in our world.

6.  Veronica wipes His faceLord, help us as we help others.

7Jesus falls the second timeChrist, teach us the healing power of penance.

8Jesus speaks to the womenLord, help us to comfort those who have no one to help them.

9Jesus falls a third timeChrist, teach us the joy of obedience.

10. Jesus is stripped of his garmentsLord, help us to model your life of holiness.

11. Jesus is nailed to the crossChrist, draw us closer to you from this day forward.

12. Jesus dies on the CrossLord, we pray that you will be with us at our hour of death.

13. He is taken from the crossChrist, open our hearts to the beauty of your love for us.

14. His is laid in the tombLord, help us to walk in your ways all the days of our lives.