The Stations of the Cross are an ancient meditation that follows Jesus last steps from Maundy Thursday evening through his burial on Good Friday evening. There are many traditions about how they were first created, how they were first shared and prayed, and what prayers and readings there should be. We share a version crafted by Pope Saint John Paul II during our Wednesday Lenten prayer. This version is a more traditional version with 14 stations. Several of them have been controversial through the ages as they are not found in the Passion narratives. We will contemplate them in this version since they are related to several stories that are found in the Passion narratives.
You are invited to just listen and meditate on Jesus’ last journey to the tomb, or you can participate with the words in bold below.
Lord Jesus, remember us in your kingdom and teach us to pray:
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, one earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgives us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours, now and forever. Amen.
We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you.
By your holy cross you have redeemed the world.
Holy God, Holy and Mighty, Holy and Immortal,
have mercy on us.
Wounded Christ, for the sake of your merciful Passion,
have mercy on us and on the whole world.