Via Dolorosa


Stations of the Cross


The Stations of the Cross is a popular devotion among Catholics. It is especially popular during the season of Lent. We pray these stations in order to walk with Jesus on his way to Calvary.

The beginnings of this devotion can be traced back to the Middle Ages and was called the Way of the Cross. Later, it became known as the Stations of the Cross, marking the way of Jesus’ path to the Cross.

In 1991, Pope John Paul II prayed a new version of the Way of the Cross, that is called the Biblical Way. It follows the more ancient practice. Pope Benedict XVI continues to use this version as well.

I have listed here both versions. My favorite version is the Biblical Way. I like how it follows the events leading to the crucifixion. I have included the scripture verses here that I found at the USCCB website.

Also included here are links to other versions of the traditional Stations of the Cross that can be done online. The Creighton University and Pray-as-You-Go Stations of the Cross include an audio version.

Traditional Stations of the Cross
1. Jesus is condemned.
2. Jesus takes up his cross.
3. Jesus falls.
4. Jesus meets his mother.
5. Simon of Cyrene helps Jesus.
6. Veronica wipes Jesus’ face.
7. Jesus falls again.
8. Jesus meets the weeping women.
9. Jesus falls a third time.
10. Jesus is stripped.
11. Jesus is crucified.
12. Jesus dies.
13. Jesus is taken down from the cross.
14. Jesus is buried.

Biblical Way of the Cross
1. Jesus prays in the garden
2. Jesus is betrayed and arrested.
3. Jesus is condemned by the Sanhedrin.
4. Peter denies knowing Jesus.
5. Jesus is condemned by Pilate.
6. Jesus is scourged and crowned with thorns.
7. Jesus takes up his cross.
8. Simon of Cyrene helps Jesus.
9. Jesus meets the weeping women.
10. Jesus is crucified.
11. Jesus promises paradise to the crucified thief.
12. Jesus cares for his mother.
13. Jesus dies.
14. Jesus is buried.



Biblical Way of the Cross


First Station: Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you.
Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

Then Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to his disciples, "Sit here while I go over there and pray." He took along Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to feel sorrow and distress. Then he said to them, "My soul is sorrowful even to death. Remain here and keep watch with me." He advanced a little and fell prostrate in prayer, saying, "My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me; yet, not as I will, but as you will." When he returned to his disciples he found them asleep. He said to Peter, "So you could not keep watch with me for one hour? Watch and pray that you may not undergo the test. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak." Matthew 25:36-41

Lord Jesus, help us walk in your steps.
Prayer.

Second Station: Jesus, Betrayed by Judas, is Arrested

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you.
Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

Then, while [Jesus] was still speaking, Judas, one of the Twelve, arrived, accompanied by a crowd with swords and clubs, who had come from the chief priests, the scribes, and the elders. His betrayer had arranged a signal with them, saying, "the man I shall kiss is the one; arrest him and lead him away securely." He came and immediately went over to him and said, "Rabbi." And he kissed him. At this they laid hands on him and arrested him. Mark 14: 43-46

Lord Jesus, help us walk in your steps.
Prayer.

Third Station: Jesus is Condemned by the Sanhedrin

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you.
Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

When day came the council of elders of the people met, both chief priests and scribes, and they brought him before their Sanhedrin. They said, "If you are the Messiah, tell us," but he replied to them, "If I tell you, you will not believe, and if I question, you will not respond. But from this time on the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand of the power of God." They all asked, "Are you then the Son of God?" He replied to them, "You say that I am." Then they said, "What further need have we for testimony? We have heard it from his own mouth." Luke 22: 66-71

Lord Jesus, help us walk in your steps.
Prayer.

Fourth Station: Jesus is Denied by Peter

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you.
Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

Now Peter was sitting outside in the courtyard. One of the maids came over to him and said, "You too were with Jesus the Galilean." But he denied it in front of everyone, saying, "I do not know what you are talking about!" As he went out to the gate, another girl saw him and said to those who were there, "This man was with Jesus the Nazorean." Again he denied it with an oath, "I do not know the man!" A little later the bystanders came over and said to Peter, "Surely you too are one of them; even your speech gives you away." At that he began to curse and to swear, "I do not know the man." And immediately a cock crowed. Then Peter remembered the word that Jesus had spoken: "Before the cock crows you will deny me three times." He went out and began to weep bitterly. Matthew 26: 69-75

Lord Jesus, help us walk in your steps.
Prayer.

Fifth Station: Jesus is Judged by Pilate

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you.
Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

The chief priests with the elders and the scribes, that is, the whole Sanhedrin, held a council. They bound Jesus, led him away, and handed him over to Pilate. Pilate questioned him, "Are you the king of the Jews?" He said to him in reply, "You say so." The chief priests accused him of many things. Again Pilate questioned him, "Have you no answer? See how many things they accuse you of." Jesus gave him no further answer, so that Pilate was amazed.... Pilate, wishing to satisfy the crowd, released Barrabas... [and] handed [Jesus] over to be crucified. Mark 15: 1-5, 15

Lord Jesus, help us walk in your steps.
Prayer.

Sixth Station: Jesus is Scourged and Crowned with Thorns

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you.
Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

Then Pilate took Jesus and had him scourged. And the soldiers wove a crown out of thorns and placed it on his head, and clothed him in a purple cloak, and they came to him and said,"Hail, King of the Jews!" And they struck him repeatedly. John 19: 1-3

Lord Jesus, help us walk in your steps.
Prayer.

Seventh Station: Jesus Bears the Cross

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you.
Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

When the chief priests and the guards saw [Jesus] they cried out, "Crucify him, crucify him!" Pilate said to them, "Take him yourselves and crucify him. I find no guilt in him." ... They cried out, "Take him away, take him away! Crucify him!" Pilate said to them, "Shall I crucify your king?" The chief priests answered, "We have no king but Caesar." Then he handed him over to them to be crucified. So they took Jesus, and carrying the cross himself he went out to what is called the Place of the Skull, in Hebrew, Golgotha.John 19: 6, 15-17

Lord Jesus, help us walk in your steps.
Prayer.

Eighth Station: Jesus is Helped by Simon the Cyrenian to Carry the Cross

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you.
Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

They pressed into service a passer-by, Simon, a Cyrenian, who was coming in from the country, the father of Alexander and Rufus, to carry his cross. Mark 15: 21

Lord Jesus, help us walk in your steps.
Prayer.

Ninth Station: Jesus Meets the Women of Jerusalem

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you.
Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

A large crowd of people followed Jesus, including many women who mourned and lamented him. Jesus turned to them and said, "Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me; weep instead for yourselves and for your children, for indeed, the days are coming when people will say, 'Blessed are the barren, the wombs that never bore and the breasts that never nursed.' At that time, people will say to the mountains, 'Fall upon us!' and to the hills, 'Cover us!' for if these things are done when the wood is green what will happen when it is dry?" Luke 23: 27-31

Lord Jesus, help us walk in your steps.
Prayer.

Tenth Station: Jesus is Crucified

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you.
Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him and the criminals there, one on his right, the other on his left. [Then Jesus said, "Father, forgive them, they know not what they do."] Luke 23: 33-34

Lord Jesus, help us walk in your steps.
Prayer.

Eleventh Station: Jesus Promises His Kingdom to the Good Thief

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you.
Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

Now one of the criminals hanging there reviled Jesus, saying, "Are you not the Messiah? Save yourself and us." The other, however, rebuking him, said in reply, "Have you no fear of God, for you are subject to the same condemnation? And indeed, we have been condemned justly, for the sentence we received corresponds to our crimes, but this man has done nothing criminal." Then he said, "Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom." He replied to him, "Amen, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise." Luke 23: 39-43

Lord Jesus, help us walk in your steps.
Prayer.

Twelfth Station: Jesus Speaks to His Mother and the Disciple

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you.
Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

Standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother and his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary of Magdala. When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple there 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

Lord Jesus, help us walk in your steps.
Prayer.

Thirteenth Station: Jesus Dies on the Cross

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you.
Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

It was now about noon and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon because of an eclipse of the sun. Then the veil of the temple was torn down the middle. Jesus cried out in a loud voice, "Father, into your hands I commend my spirit"; and when he had said this he breathed his last. Luke 23: 44-46

Lord Jesus, help us walk in your steps.
Prayer.

Fourteenth Station: Jesus is Placed in the Tomb

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you.
Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea named Joseph, who was himself a disciple of Jesus. He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus; then Pilate ordered it to be handed over. Taking the body, Joseph wrapped it [in] clean linen and laid it in his new tomb that he had hewn in the rock. Then he rolled a huge stone across the entrance to the tomb and departed. Matthew 27: 57-60

Lord Jesus, help us walk in your steps.
Prayer.

Scripture texts in this work are taken from the New American Bible with Revised New Testament © 1986, 1970 Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, Washington, D.C. and are used by permission of the copyright owner. All Rights Reserved. Permission granted to reproduce these excerpts of scripture in free distribution of these stations.



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