Stations of the Cross

The stations commemorate the stops along the Via Dolorosa (Latin: way of sorrow), Jesus' journey of about a mile from Pilate's court, the praetorium, to Calvary and the tomb. Legend has it that Mary often retraced the sorrowful way her son made on Good Friday.

Below you will find photographs of the mosaic Stations of the Cross in the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist. You may click on the thumbnail picture to see a larger view of the mosaic for meditation. To return to the prepared text, hit the return arrow in your browser.

Opening Prayer

Almighty and eternal Father,
accept our prayer of thanksgiving for your Beloved Son,
our Saviour and Lord.

As we recall his Sacred Passion
send the Spirit of Christ into our hearts,
we beg You,
so that whether we pray or work we might do all
in union with Christ our Redeemer.
Amen.

First Station
Pilate condemns Jesus

We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you.

Because by your Holy Cross, you have redeemed the world.

Again the high priest began to ask him, and he said to him, "Are you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed One?" And Jesus said to him, "I am. And you shall see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Power and coming with the clouds of heaven." But the high priest tore his garments and said, "What further need have we of witnesses? You have heard the blasphemy. What do you think?" And they all condemned him as liable to death. (Mark 14:61-64)

Second Station
Jesus carries his cross

We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you.

Because by your Holy Cross, you have redeemed the world.

And Pilate said to the Jews, "Behold, your king!" But they cried out, "Away with him! Away with him! Crucify him!" Pilate said to them, "Shall I crucify your king?" The chief priests answered "We have no king but Caesar." Then he anded him over to them to be crucified. And so they took Jesus and led him away, bearing the cross for himself. (John 19:14-17)

Third Station
Jesus falls the first time

We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you.

Because by your Holy Cross, you have redeemed the world.

If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before you. If you were of the world, the world would love what is its own. Because you are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I have spoken to ou: No servant is greater than his master. If they have persecuted me, they will persecute you also. (John 15:18-20)

Fourth Station
Jesus meets his afflicted mother

We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you.

Because by your Holy Cross, you have redeemed the world.

Now there were standing by the cross of Jesus his mother and his mother's sisters, Mary of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus, therefore, saw his mother and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he said to his mother, "Woman, behold, your son." Then he said to the disciple, "Behold, your mother." And from that hour the disciple took her into his home. (John 19:25-27)

Fifth Station
Simon of Cyrene helps Jesus to carry his Cross

We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you.

Because by your Holy Cross, you have redeemed the world.

And when they had mocked Jesus, they took the purpole cloak off and put his own clothes on him, and they led him out to be crucified. Then they forced a certain passer-by, Simon of Cyrene, coming from the country, to take up his cross. They brought Jesus to the place called Golgotha, a neame meaning 'the place of the skull'. (Mark 15:20-22)

Sixth Station
Veronica wipes the face of Jesus

We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you.

Because by your Holy Cross, you have redeemed the world.

"Lord, when did we see you hungry, and feed you; or thirsty, and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger, and take you in; or naked, and clothe you? Or when did we see you sick, or in prison, and come to you?" And answering the king will say to them, "Amen, I say to you, as long as you did it for one of these, the least of my brethren, you did it for me." (Matthew 25:37-40)

Seventh Station
Jesus falls the second time

We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you.

Because by your Holy Cross, you have redeemed the world.

It was our weaknesses that he carried, our sufferings that he endured, while we thought of him as stricken, as one struck by God and afflicted. But he was pierced for our offenses, crushed for our sins; upon him was the punishment that makes us whole, by his stripes we were healed. We had all gone astray like sheep, each following his own way; but the Lord laid upon him the guilt of us all. (Isaiah 53:4-6)

Eighth Station
Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem

We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you.

Because by your Holy Cross, you have redeemed the world.

There was following Jesus a great crowd of people, and among them were some women who were bewailing and lamenting him. Jesus turning to them said, "Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children." (Luke 23:27-28)

Ninth Station
Jesus falls a third time

We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you.

Because by your Holy Cross, you have redeemed the world.

I lie prostrate in the dust; give me life according to your word. I declared my ways, and you answered me; teach me your commands. Make me understand the way of your precepts, and I will meditate on your wondrous deeds. My soul weeps for sorrow; strengthen me with your words. (Psalm 118:25-28)

Tenth Station
Jesus is stripped of his clothes

We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you.

Because by your Holy Cross, you have redeemed the world.

They gave Jesus wine to drink mixed with gall; but when he had tasted it, he would not drink. Then after they had crucified him, they divided his clothes, casting lots, to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet, "They divided my clothes among them, and upon my garments they cast lots." (Matthew 27:34-35)

Eleventh Station
Jesus is nailed to the Cross

We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you.

Because by your Holy Cross, you have redeemed the world.

When they came to Golgotha, the place called the Skull, they crucified Jesus and the robbers, one on his right and the other on his left. And Jesus said, "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing." (Luke 23:33-34; John 19:18)

Twelfth Station
Jesus dies on the Cross

We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you.

Because by your Holy Cross, you have redeemed the world.

It was now about the sixth hour, and there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour. And the sun was darkened, and the curtain of the temple was torn in the middle. Jesus cried out with a loud voice and said, "It is finished. Father, into your hands I commend my spirit." Then, bowing his head, he died. (Luke 23:44-46; John 19:30b)

Thirteenth Station
The body of Jesus is taken down from the Cross

We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you.

Because by your Holy Cross, you have redeemed the world.

When the soldiers came to jesus, they saw that he was already dead so they did not break his legs, but one of them opened his side with a lance, and immediately there came out blood and water. Joseph of Arimathea, because he was a disciple of Jesus (although a secret one for fear of the Jews), besought Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus. And Pilate gave permission. (John 19:33-34, 38a)

Fourteenth Station
Jesus is Laid in the Tomb

We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you.

Because by your Holy Cross, you have redeemed the world.

Joseph of Arimathea took the body of Jesus, and wrapping it in a clean linen cloth he laid it in his new tomb, which he had hewn out of rock. Then he rolled a large stone against the engrance of the tomb and departed. (Matthew 27:59-60)

Closing
The Resurrection of Jesus

We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you.

Because by your Holy Cross, you have redeemed the world.

When the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome, bought spices that they might god and anoint Jesus. Very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had just risen, they came to the tomb. They were saying to one another, "Who will roll the stone back from the entrance of the tomb for us?", for it was very large. But looking up they saw that the stone had been rolled back, and upon entering the tomb they were amazed to see a young man sitting at the right side and clothed in a white robe. He said to them, "Do not be terrified. You are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen, he is not here. Behold the lace where they laid him." (Mark 16:1-6)

Closing Prayer

God our Father,
during our lifetime,
each of us make a personal journey on the way of the cross.
Renew within us the grace of baptism
so that we may choose to follow your son.
Enliven within us the grace of confirmation
so that, as your people,
made new by the Spirit,
we may become modern-day witness of your death and resurrection.

Amen.


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