As we prepare to embark on the journey of the Stations of the Cross, let us enter into a time of deep reflection and contemplation. This ancient practice invites us into the heart of Jesus’ passion, allowing us to walk alongside Him in His moments of suffering, sacrifice, and profound love for humanity. Each station offers a mirror to our own lives, reflecting back the struggles, burdens, and moments of grace we encounter on our own spiritual journeys.

Opening Prayer

In this sacred pilgrimage, we are called not merely to observe but to participate—to feel the weight of the cross, to touch the depth of Jesus’ agony, and to embrace the love that led Him to Calvary. As we move from station to station, let us open our hearts to the transformative power of this narrative, allowing it to challenge us, comfort us, and ultimately draw us closer to the heart of God.

With each step, may we find the courage to confront our own weaknesses, the strength to bear our crosses, and the hope that comes from knowing we do not walk alone. Jesus’ journey to the cross is a testament to the boundless love of God, a love that endures suffering and death to bring about new life.

As we begin this contemplative walk, let us pray for the grace to enter fully into the story of Jesus’ passion, to see with the eyes of faith, and to be moved by the Spirit. May this journey deepen our understanding of the sacrifice Jesus made for each of us and inspire us to live our lives in a way that reflects His love and mercy to the world.

Let us walk this path with reverence, mindful of the love that guides us, the pain that teaches us, and the hope that sustains us. Together, let us journey through the Stations of the Cross, drawing near to the heart of Jesus, who suffered and died out of love for us all.

Opening Prayer

Leader: Let us pray,

Lord Jesus, as we walk this path with you, help us to really understand the depth of your love and the sacrifice you made. Teach us to see how your journey to the cross changes our lives.

Act of Contrition

You: Jesus, I’m really sorry for the times I’ve messed up and not lived the way you taught us. Forgive me for turning away from your love and help me to carry my own challenges with the grace and strength you showed.

As we prepare to embark on the journey of the Stations of the Cross, let us enter into a time of deep reflection and contemplation. This ancient practice invites us into the heart of Jesus’ passion, allowing us to walk alongside Him in His moments of suffering, sacrifice, and profound love for humanity. Each station offers a mirror to our own lives, reflecting back the struggles, burdens, and moments of grace we encounter on our own spiritual journeys.

In this sacred pilgrimage, we are called not merely to observe but to participate—to feel the weight of the cross, to touch the depth of Jesus’ agony, and to embrace the love that led Him to Calvary. As we move from station to station, let us open our hearts to the transformative power of this narrative, allowing it to challenge us, comfort us, and ultimately draw us closer to the heart of God.

With each step, may we find the courage to confront our own weaknesses, the strength to bear our crosses, and the hope that comes from knowing we do not walk alone. Jesus’ journey to the cross is a testament to the boundless love of God, a love that endures suffering and death to bring about new life.

As we begin this contemplative walk, let us pray for the grace to enter fully into the story of Jesus’ passion, to see with the eyes of faith, and to be moved by the Spirit. May this journey deepen our understanding of the sacrifice Jesus made for each of us and inspire us to live our lives in a way that reflects His love and mercy to the world.

Let us walk this path with reverence, mindful of the love that guides us, the pain that teaches us, and the hope that sustains us. Together, let us journey through the Stations of the Cross, drawing near to the heart of Jesus, who suffered and died out of love for us all.

Station I – Jesus is Condemned to Death

Leader: We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you.

All: Because by your holy cross, you have redeemed the world.

You: It’s really tough to see you being condemned, Lord. How do you stay so calm?

Jesus: I’m at peace because I’m doing what my Father wants, knowing that through this, I’m bringing salvation to everyone. This peace is yours too, in every challenge you face.

All Sing: Behold the wood of the Cross

Behold, behold the wood of the Cross on which is hung our salvation. O come let us adore.


Station II – Jesus Carries His Cross

Leader: We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you.

All: Because by your holy cross, you have redeemed the world.

You: That cross looks incredibly heavy, Lord. Why do you have to carry it?

Jesus: I carry this cross out of love for you and everyone. Each step is a step toward setting people free. Remember, I’m with you in your own struggles too.

All Sing: Behold the wood of the Cross

Behold, behold the wood of the Cross on which is hung our salvation. O come let us adore.


Station III – Jesus Falls the First Time

Leader: We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you.

All: Because by your holy cross, you have redeemed the world.

You: Watching you fall is heartbreaking, Lord. How do you keep going?

Jesus: It’s my love for all people that picks me up. Every fall and rise is a part of your journey too. When you stumble, remember, I’m there to help you up.

All Sing: Behold the wood of the Cross

Behold, behold the wood of the Cross on which is hung our salvation. O come let us adore.


Station IV – Jesus Meets His Mother

Leader: We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you.

All: Because by your holy cross, you have redeemed the world.

You: Seeing Mary’s pain is really moving. How does her sorrow impact you?

Jesus: Her love and faith give me strength. Our shared pain shows the power of love and faith to get you through tough times.

All Sing: Behold the wood of the Cross

Behold, behold the wood of the Cross on which is hung our salvation. O come let us adore.


Station V Simon of Cyrene Helps Jesus Carry the Cross

Leader: We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you.

All: Because by your holy cross, you have redeemed the world.

You: Simon stepping in to help share your burden is inspiring. Does his help make it easier?

Jesus: His help reminds us that we’re meant to help each other out. When we share each other’s burdens, we’re sharing in the power of love.

All Sing: Behold the wood of the Cross

Behold, behold the wood of the Cross on which is hung our salvation. O come let us adore.


Station VI – Veronica Wipes the Face of Jesus

Leader: We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you.

All: Because by your holy cross, you have redeemed the world.

You: Veronica’s simple act of kindness is really touching. What does that mean to you?

Jesus: Her act shows that no kindness is too small and that love is at the heart of everything. Let her bravery inspire you to show love in all you do.

All Sing: Behold the wood of the Cross

Behold, behold the wood of the Cross on which is hung our salvation. O come let us adore.


Station VII – Jesus Falls the Second Time

Leader: We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you.

All: Because by your holy cross, you have redeemed the world.

You: Falling again under the weight of the cross must be so tough. How do you get back up?

Jesus: My love for everyone gives me strength. Every time I get up, it’s a message of hope. Let this give you hope when things are tough.

All Sing: Behold the wood of the Cross

Behold, behold the wood of the Cross on which is hung our salvation. O come let us adore.


Station VIII – Jesus Meets the Women of Jerusalem

Leader: We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you.

All: Because by your holy cross, you have redeemed the world.

You: The women are crying for you, but you’re the one comforting them. How can you think of others in your pain?

Jesus: Their tears remind me why I’m here – to bring love and salvation. Comforting others, even when we’re hurting, is a true act of love.

All Sing: Behold the wood of the Cross

Behold, behold the wood of the Cross on which is hung our salvation. O come let us adore.


Station 1X – Jesus Falls the Third Time

Leader: We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you.

All: Because by your holy cross, you have redeemed the world.

You: Falling for the third time must feel insurmountable. How do you find the will to continue?

Jesus: Each fall and rise teaches perseverance, driven by my love for humanity. When you’re at your lowest, remember my journey and find the strength to keep going.

All Sing: Behold the wood of the Cross

Behold, behold the wood of the Cross on which is hung our salvation. O come let us adore.


Station X – Jesus is Stripped of His Garments

Leader: We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you.

All: Because by your holy cross, you have redeemed the world.

You: Being stripped of your clothes must feel so humiliating. What are you thinking in this moment?

Jesus: This moment teaches humility and shows that our true value isn’t in what we have but in the love we share. Remember, it’s love that defines us, not our possessions.

All Sing: Behold the wood of the Cross

Behold, behold the wood of the Cross on which is hung our salvation. O come let us adore.


Station X1 – Jesus is Nailed to the Cross

Leader: We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you.

All: Because by your holy cross, you have redeemed the world.

You: The nails, the pain… How do you handle such agony?

Jesus: This pain is a sacrifice made out of love, to set everyone free. Whenever you’re suffering, know you’re not alone. I’ve been there, and I’m with you.

All Sing: Behold the wood of the Cross

Behold, behold the wood of the Cross on which is hung our salvation. O come let us adore.


Station XII – Jesus Dies on the Cross

Leader: We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you.

All: Because by your holy cross, you have redeemed the world.

You: Your last breath is so profound, Lord. What’s the takeaway from your sacrifice?

Jesus: My death isn’t the end but a new beginning. It’s the ultimate show of my love and a promise of eternal life. When you’re feeling lost, look to the cross and find hope.

All Sing: Behold the wood of the Cross

Behold, behold the wood of the Cross on which is hung our salvation. O come let us adore.


Station XIII – Jesus is Taken Down from the Cross

Leader: We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you.

All: Because by your holy cross, you have redeemed the world.

You: Now that you’re in Mary’s arms, what comfort does this bring?

Jesus: This moment is a reminder of the peace that comes from surrendering to God’s will. Let it reassure you that in your most challenging times, you’re never alone.

All Sing: Behold the wood of the Cross

Behold, behold the wood of the Cross on which is hung our salvation. O come let us adore.


Station IVX – Jesus is Laid in the Tomb

Leader: We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you.

All: Because by your holy cross, you have redeemed the world.

You: Laying you in the tomb feels like such a final act. How can we find hope here?

Jesus: This tomb is not the end but a pause before the glory of the resurrection. It’s a promise that no darkness is too deep for God’s light. In your darkest moments, remember that resurrection is coming.

All Sing: Behold the wood of the Cross

Behold, behold the wood of the Cross on which is hung our salvation. O come let us adore.


Closing Prayer

You: Jesus, walking this path with you has opened my eyes to the depth of your love and sacrifice. Help me to carry my crosses with the strength and grace you’ve shown and to share your love with everyone I meet. Amen.