Station. Jesus is condemned to death.
Consider how Jesus,
after having been scourged and crowned with thorns, was unjustly condemned by Pilate to die
on the Cross. - 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.
Station. Jesus takes up his Cross.
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. - 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.
Station. Jesus falls the first time.
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. - 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
Station. Jesus meets his Mother.
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. - 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.
Station. Simon of Cyrene helps Jesus to carry his Cross.
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. - My most sweet 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 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
Station. Veronica wipes the face of Jesus.
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. - My most 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, O Jesus.
Station. Jesus falls the second time.
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. - My most gentle Jesus, how
many times Thou hast 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.
Station. Jesus consoles the women of Jerusalem.
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 your children. - 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.
Station. Jesus falls the third time.
third fall of Jesus Christ. His weakness was extreme, and the cruelty of His
executioners was excessive, who tried to hasten His steps when He had scarcely
strength to move. - 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.
Station. Jesus is stripped of his garments.
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: 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.
Station. Jesus is nailed to the Cross.
Jesus, after being thrown on the Cross extended His hands, and offered to His
Eternal Father the sacrifice of His death for our salvation. These barbarians
fastened Him with nails, and then, raising the Cross, allowed Him to die with
anguish on this infamous gibbet. - 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.
Station. Jesus dies on the Cross.
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. - 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.
Station. Jesus is taken down from the Cross.
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. - 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.
Station. Jesus is laid in the tomb.
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. - Oh, 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.