Stations of the Cross

The Parish Church of All Saints, Perry Street

 

Stations of the Cross

 

 

For Anglo Catholics throughout the world, the Stations of the Cross are synonymous with Lent, Holy Week and, especially, Good Friday. This devotion is also known as the "Way of the Cross", the "Via Crucis", and the "Via Dolorosa." It commemorates 14 key events on day of Christ's crucifixion. The majority concern His final walk through the streets of Jerusalem, carrying the Cross.

 

The Stations originated in medieval Europe when wars prevented Christian pilgrims from visiting the Holy Land. European artists created works depicting scenes of Christ's journey to Calvary. The faithful installed these sculptures or paintings at intervals along a procession route, inside the parish church or outdoors. Performing the devotion meant walking the entire route, stopping to pray at each "station."


Today, images of the Stations are on display in almost all Anglo Catholic churches. They serve mainly as a focus for Lenten worship services.

 

 

The Gathering

 

+ In the name of the Father,

and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.   Amen.

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May God our strength and salvation, be with you all

and also with you.

 

Jesus said, ‘If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will save it.’                                         Luke 9:23-24


We walk with Christ on the Way of the Cross.

 

As we meditate on his sufferings, so we remember that it is our pain that he bears.   As we journey to Calvary, so we remember that his death is our death.

 

So let us now enter into the mystery of Our Lord’s suffering and death that we might know forgiveness sin and life everlasting.

 

Almighty Father, look with mercy on this your family for which our Lord Jesus Christ    was content to be betrayed and given up into the hands of the wicked and to suffer death on a cross; who is alive and glorified with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.   Amen.

 

At the cross her station keeping,
stood the mournful mother weeping,
close to Jesus at the last.

 

1     Jesus is condemned to death

 

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you,

because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

 

‘Why? What crime has he committed?’ asked Pilate.  But the crowd shouted all the louder, ‘Crucify him!’ When Pilate saw that he was getting nowhere,  but that instead an uproar was starting, he took water and washed his hands in front of the crowd. ‘I am innocent of this man’s blood,’ he said.   ‘It is your responsibility!’    All the people answered, ‘His blood is on us and on our children.   Then he released Barabbas to them.   But he had Jesus flogged, and handed him over to be crucified.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Matthew 27:23-26

 

It was the decision of the high priests that Jesus was guilty of blasphemy and deserved to die.   They could not or would not see God in him.   Though Pilate was disquieted and made to wonder greatly by the King standing before him,

he bowed to the popular will and signed the death warrant.   Of all who have caused the innocent to suffer through the whole of history, Pilate is surely one of the most infamous.  

 

Let us offer this station for all who hold power or administer justice, and for those who have long since washed their hands of the needy and innocent; for ourselves too that we might seek justice, love mercy and walk humbly with you our God.

 

I love you Jesus, my love above all things, and I repent with my whole heart of having offended you.   Never permit me to separate myself from you again, grant that I may love you always, and then do with me what you will.

 

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come; thy will be done; on earth as it is in heaven.   Give us this day our daily bread.   And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.  And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.   Amen.

 

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee.  Blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.   Holy Mary, mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death.  

 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.   Amen.

 

Have mercy on us O Lord.

Have mercy on us.

 

+ May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God,  

Rest in Peace.   Amen.

 

 

Through her soul, of joy bereavèd,
bowed with anguish, deeply grievèd,
now at length the sword hath passed.

 

 

2   Jesus receives his Cross

 

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you,

because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

 

Pilate brought Jesus out and sat down on the judge’s seat at a place known as the Stone Pavement (which in Aramaic is Gabbatha).   It was the day of Preparation of the Passover; it was about noon.  “Here is your king,” Pilate said to the Jews.  But they shouted, “Take him away! Take him away! Crucify him!”  “Shall I crucify your king?” Pilate asked.  “We have no king but Caesar,” the chief priests answered.  Finally Pilate handed him over to them to be crucified.  So the soldiers took charge of Jesus.  Carrying his own cross, he went out to the place of the Skull.                                                                                              John 19:13-17

 

Yet in the humility he has received from Mary, the cross is as heavy and as cruel as for any man.   He can hardly stand under the weight of it, his body weakened by the scourging and the thorns and the slapping of the soldiers, and perhaps most of all, by the disappointment of betrayal.

 

We offer this station for all who are bearing heavy burdens, and those who are weakened by wounds inflicted by others; and for ourselves that we may be given strength to bear our own cross. 

 

I love you Jesus, my love above all things, and I repent with my whole heart of having offended you.   Never permit me to separate myself from you again, grant that I may love you always, and then do with me what you will.

 

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come; thy will be done; on earth as it is in heaven.   Give us this day our daily bread.   And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.  And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.   Amen.

 

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee.  Blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.   Holy Mary, mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death.  

 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.   Amen.

 

Have mercy on us O Lord.

Have mercy on us.

 

+ May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God,  

Rest in Peace.   Amen.

 

 

O, that blessed one, grief-laden,
blessed Mother, blessed Maiden,
Mother of the all-holy One;

 

 

3   Jesus falls for the first time

 

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you,

because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

 

‘Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.   Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.’                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Matthew 11:28-30

 

It is his love for us that he gave him the weakness to fall and the strength to rise up and continue his journey.   It is his purpose, and he must persevere so he might right our wrongs.   By the grace of God’s forgiveness we can be given the encouragement to rise up when we fall; our strength is the fruit of his weakness. 

 

We offer this station for those who have lapsed from the sacraments, and in penitence for those times we may have caused others to fall from grace.

 

I love you Jesus, my love above all things, and I repent with my whole heart of having offended you.   Never permit me to separate myself from you again, grant that I may love you always, and then do with me what you will.

 

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come; thy will be done; on earth as it is in heaven.   Give us this day our daily bread.   And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.  And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.   Amen.

 

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee.  Blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.   Holy Mary, mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death.  

 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.   Amen.

 

Have mercy on us O Lord.

Have mercy on us.

 

+ May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God,  

Rest in Peace.   Amen.

 

 

O that silent, ceaseless mourning,
O those dim eyes, never turning
from that wondrous, suffering Son.

 

 

4   Jesus meets his Blesséd Mother

 

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you,

because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

 

Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene.  When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing near by, he said to her, ‘Woman, here is your son,’ and to the disciple, ‘Here is your mother.’ From that time on, this disciple took her into his home.                                                                  John 19:25-27

 

It is when we encounter the sufferings of others, especially of those whom we love, that our faith will be tested.   But if, at those moments of confusion, we ask her prayers, we know at least she understands.   Mary will help us discover the hope that gives us the strength to persevere.

 

We offer this station for the work of the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham, especially it’s ministry to the needy and hurting, and in thanksgiving for all who care for us.

 

I love you Jesus, my love above all things, and I repent with my whole heart of having offended you.   Never permit me to separate myself from you again, grant that I may love you always, and then do with me what you will.

 

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come; thy will be done; on earth as it is in heaven.   Give us this day our daily bread.   And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.  And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.   Amen.

 

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee.  Blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.   Holy Mary, mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death.  

 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.   Amen.

 

Have mercy on us O Lord.

Have mercy on us.

 

+ May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God,  

Rest in Peace.   Amen.

 

 

Who, on Christ's dear mother gazing,
in her trouble so amazing,
born of woman, would not weep?

 

 

5   Simon of Cyrene bears his Cross
 

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you,

because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

 

A certain man from Cyrene, Simon, the father of Alexander and Rufus, was passing by on his way in from the country, and they forced him to carry the cross.                                                                                                                                                           Mark 15: 21

 

 

To draw close to Jesus is to be changed.   Let us give thanks for those who drew us to him in the hope that we would find faith.   Simon is drawn by one who had no care for the Saviour, but grace is at work.   We have freely chosen to be near him even as we share in this devotion.   May closeness to him bring about change to us.

 

We offer this station for all who this way, and for all voluntary aid workers who work in supporting others in distress, in this land and throughout the world.

 

I love you Jesus, my love above all things, and I repent with my whole heart of having offended you.   Never permit me to separate myself from you again, grant that I may love you always, and then do with me what you will.

 

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come; thy will be done; on earth as it is in heaven.   Give us this day our daily bread.   And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.  And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.   Amen.

 

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee.  Blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.   Holy Mary, mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death.  

 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.   Amen.

 

Have mercy on us O Lord.

Have mercy on us.

 

+ May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God,  

Rest in Peace.   Amen.

 

 

Who, on Christ's dear Mother thinking,
such a cup of sorrow drinking,
would not share her sorrows deep?

 

 

6   Veronica wipes the face of Jesus
 

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you,

because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

 

‘The King will reply, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”           Matthew 25:40

 

An unplanned impulse of love and Veronica was never to be the same again.   The face of Jesus was printed upon her cloth and on her life.   The consequences of our unselfconscious love toward Jesus may be unforeseen, even dangerous but will always bear fruit.

 

We offer this station for all who care for the sick, and that we may reflect the face of Christ by what we say and do.

 

I love you Jesus, my love above all things, and I repent with my whole heart of having offended you.   Never permit me to separate myself from you again, grant that I may love you always, and then do with me what you will.

 

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come; thy will be done; on earth as it is in heaven.   Give us this day our daily bread.   And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.  And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.   Amen.

 

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee.  Blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.   Holy Mary, mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death.  

 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.   Amen.

 

Have mercy on us O Lord.

Have mercy on us.

 

+ May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God,  

Rest in Peace.   Amen.

 

 

For his people's sins, in anguish,
there she saw the victim languish,
bleed in torments, bleed and die.

 

 

7   Jesus falls the second time

 

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you,

because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

 

For we do not have a high priest who is unable to feel sympathy for our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are – yet he did not sin.                                      Hebrews 4:15

 

How easy it is to get used to our sins; to excuse ourselves, even to love our sins more than we love Jesus.   A little self-indulgence here, a small unfaithfulness there, a word spoken to wound or belittle, and we don’t even notice.   When we fall, he reaches down to raise us up, longing to hear our resentence so we may experience the benefits of his passion.

 

We offer this station for those who do not yet recognise their sins; for those who do not know where to look for forgiveness and that we may have a contrite heart.

 

I love you Jesus, my love above all things, and I repent with my whole heart of having offended you.   Never permit me to separate myself from you again, grant that I may love you always, and then do with me what you will.

 

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come; thy will be done; on earth as it is in heaven.   Give us this day our daily bread.   And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.  And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.   Amen.

 

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee.  Blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.   Holy Mary, mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death.  

 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.   Amen.

 

Have mercy on us O Lord.

Have mercy on us.

 

+ May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God,  

Rest in Peace.   Amen.

 

 

Saw the Lord's anointed taken,
saw her Child in death forsaken,
heard his last expiring cry.

 

 

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 number of people followed him, including women who mourned and wailed for him. Jesus turned and said to them, ‘Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me; weep for yourselves and for your children.   For the time will come when you will say, “Blessed are the childless women, the wombs that never bore and the breasts that never nursed!”   Then ‘“they will say to the mountains, ‘Fall on us!’ and to the hills, ‘Cover us!’”   For if people do these things when the tree is green, what will happen when it is dry?’                                                                                                                                                                               Luke 23: 27-31

 

The women weep for Our Lord, but he seems more concerned for them and for those who will come after them.   There is so much to weep for in this world, but for what should we weep?   What matters most to us, and to Him?

 

We offer this station for all victims of violence and warfare, and for those who are weeping even today for those who they love.

 

I love you Jesus, my love above all things, and I repent with my whole heart of having offended you.   Never permit me to separate myself from you again, grant that I may love you always, and then do with me what you will.

 

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come; thy will be done; on earth as it is in heaven.   Give us this day our daily bread.   And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.  And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.   Amen.

 

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee.  Blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.   Holy Mary, mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death.  

 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.   Amen.

 

Have mercy on us O Lord.

Have mercy on us.

 

+ May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God,  

Rest in Peace.   Amen.

 

 

In the passion of my Maker,
be my sinful soul partaker,
may I bear with her my part;

 

 

9   Jesus falls the third time
 

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you,

because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

 

You are those who have stood by me in my trials.  And I confer on you a kingdom, just as my Father conferred one on me, so that you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom and sit on thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.   ‘Simon, Satan has asked to sift all of you as wheat.  But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail.  And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.’      Luke 22: 28-32

Endurance is a virtue in short supply in a world seeking immediate gratification.  Those of us who by God’s grace have been given even a small measure of faith have been offered a vision of life worthy of our perseverance.  Let us look to him.

 

We offer this station for all who today are tempted to give up on the faith, that the Lord may put new heart into them and revive their drooping spirit.

 

I love you Jesus, my love above all things, and I repent with my whole heart of having offended you.   Never permit me to separate myself from you again, grant that I may love you always, and then do with me what you will.

 

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come; thy will be done; on earth as it is in heaven.   Give us this day our daily bread.   And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.  And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.   Amen.

 

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee.  Blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.   Holy Mary, mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death.  

 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.   Amen.

 

Have mercy on us O Lord.

Have mercy on us.

 

+ May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God,  

Rest in Peace.   Amen.

 

 

Of his passion bear the token,
in a spirit bowed and broken
bear his death within my heart.

 

 

10   Jesus is stripped of his garments
 

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you,

because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

 

When the soldiers crucified Jesus, they took his clothes, dividing them into four shares, one for each of them, with the undergarment remaining. This garment was seamless, woven in one piece from top to bottom.   ‘Let’s not tear it,’ they said to one another.   ‘Let’s decide by lot who will get it.’   This happened that the scripture might be fulfilled that said, ‘They divided my clothes among them and cast lots for my garment.’    So this is what the soldiers did.   John 19: 23-24

Jesus never had much more than the clothes he stood up in, but even these are taken from him.   By comparison we all have so much.   We have wants and needs.   In the end we shall have to let go of both but if we have faith we shall be fully clothed, clothed with Christ.  

 

We offer this station for the poor, the homeless and the vulnerable and that we may give them practical help and support, and so find Christ in them.

 

I love you Jesus, my love above all things, and I repent with my whole heart of having offended you.   Never permit me to separate myself from you again, grant that I may love you always, and then do with me what you will.

 

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come; thy will be done; on earth as it is in heaven.   Give us this day our daily bread.   And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.  And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.   Amen.

 

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee.  Blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.   Holy Mary, mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death.  

 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.   Amen.

 

Have mercy on us O Lord.

Have mercy on us.

 

+ May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God,  

Rest in Peace.   Amen.

 

 

May his wounds both wound and heal me,
he enkindle, cleanse, and heal me,
be his cross my hope and stay.

 

 

11   Jesus is nailed to the Cross

 

 

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 there, along with the criminals. Jesus said, ‘Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.’   The people stood watching, and the rulers even sneered at him.   They said, ‘He saved others; let him save himself if he is God’s Messiah, the Chosen One.’   The soldiers also came up and mocked him.   They offered him wine vinegar and said, ‘If you are the king of the Jews, save yourself.’   There was a written notice above him, which read: this is the king of the jews.                                                                                                                                    Luke 23: 33-38

 

God always has a way of bringing good out of evil.   The Cross is the abiding sign of the power of his Grace.   There can be no real Grace in our lives without the cross.  As Jesus calls us to take up our cross and follow him, it is an invitation to us to live the life of Grace.

 

We offer this station for all whose lives are in bondage of any kind, whether through their own fraility or imposed by others.   Let us renew our penitence for hurts we have inflicted on others.

 

I love you Jesus, my love above all things, and I repent with my whole heart of having offended you.   Never permit me to separate myself from you again, grant that I may love you always, and then do with me what you will.

 

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come; thy will be done; on earth as it is in heaven.   Give us this day our daily bread.   And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.  And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.   Amen.

 

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee.  Blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.   Holy Mary, mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death.  

 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.   Amen.

 

Have mercy on us O Lord.

Have mercy on us.

 

+ May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God,  

Rest in Peace.   Amen.

 

 

May he, when the mountains quiver,
from that flame which burns for ever
shield me on the judgment day.

 

 

12   Jesus dies on the Cross

All kneel, and remain kneeling

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you,

because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

 

From noon until three in the afternoon darkness came over all the land.  About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, ‘Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?’  which means ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’).   When some of those standing there heard this, they said, ‘He’s calling Elijah.’     Immediately one of them ran and got a sponge. He filled it with wine vinegar, put it on a staff, and offered it to Jesus to drink.    The rest said, ‘Now leave him alone.      Let’s see if Elijah comes to save him.’      And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit.        Matthew 27:45-50

 

In time death comes as a welcome release, but in this cross we find our true hope for in this end, this finished-ness is our beginning.   ew heart is given to humanity.  The Spirit is given over, and the work of the Church will soon begin.    On this Cross love hangs.   Sins are forgiven.   Knowing this, we renew our commitment to cling to the Cross.

 

We offer this station for our own intentions.

 

I love you Jesus, my love above all things, and I repent with my whole heart of having offended you.   Never permit me to separate myself from you again, grant that I may love you always, and then do with me what you will.

 

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come; thy will be done; on earth as it is in heaven.   Give us this day our daily bread.   And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.  And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.   Amen.

 

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee.  Blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.   Holy Mary, mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death.  

 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.   Amen.

 

Have mercy on us O Lord.

Have mercy on us.

 

+ May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God,  

Rest in Peace.   Amen.

 

 

Jesus, may thy cross defend me,
and thy saving death befriend me,
cherished by thy deathless grace:

 

 

13   Jesus is taken down from the Cross
 

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you,

because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

 

Later, Joseph of Arimathea asked Pilate for the body of Jesus.   Now Joseph was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly because he feared the Jewish leaders. With Pilate’s permission, he came and took the body away.   He was accompanied by Nicodemus, the man who earlier had visited Jesus at night. Nicodemus brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes.   Taking Jesus’ body, the two of them wrapped it, with the spices, in strips of linen.   This was in accordance with Jewish burial customs.   John 19: 38-40

 

We too, like Mary, can draw close to that Body and Blood in the mysterious gift of Holy Communion.   But it is not the dead Christ that we experience but the risen and living one.   Mary too will hear his words at the Last Supper spoken over and over again, repeated by the Apostles as he told them to.   As the Spirit overshadowed her so long ago, so bread and wine is overshadowed at every Mass, and he is with us.

 

We offer this station for all who mourn, and for the Church that we may be bearers of the hope is in us.

 

I love you Jesus, my love above all things, and I repent with my whole heart of having offended you.   Never permit me to separate myself from you again, grant that I may love you always, and then do with me what you will.

 

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come; thy will be done; on earth as it is in heaven.   Give us this day our daily bread.   And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.  And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.   Amen.

 

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee.  Blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.   Holy Mary, mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death.  

 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.   Amen.

 

Have mercy on us O Lord.

Have mercy on us.

 

+ May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God,  

Rest in Peace.   Amen.

 

 

When to dust my dust returneth,
grant a soul that to thee yearneth
in thy paradise a place.

 

 

14   Jesus is laid in the Tomb
 

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you,

because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

 

Joseph placed it in a tomb cut out of rock. Then he rolled a stone against the entrance of the tomb. Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joseph saw where he was laid.                                 Mark 15: 46-47

 

His heart has stopped, but the love of God is stronger than death.     In a way beyond their comprehension and ours, a new thing will soon happen, the most eventful of all events; a gift that would become the message of the Church in every generation.   But for now there is a stillness, a grave silence, a terrible silence.

 

We offer this station for all who have died and that we may be given courage to prepare for our own death.

 

I love you Jesus, my love above all things, and I repent with my whole heart of having offended you.   Never permit me to separate myself from you again, grant that I may love you always, and then do with me what you will.

 

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come; thy will be done; on earth as it is in heaven.   Give us this day our daily bread.   And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.  And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.   Amen.

 

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee.  Blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.   Holy Mary, mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death.  

 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.   Amen.

 

Have mercy on us O Lord.

Have mercy on us.

 

+ May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God,  

Rest in Peace.   Amen.

 

 

When I survey the wondrous cross
On which the Prince of glory died,
My richest gain I count but loss,
And pour contempt on all my pride.

 

Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast,
Save in the death of Christ my God!
All the vain things that charm me most,
I sacrifice them to His blood.

 

See from His head, His hands, His feet,
Sorrow and love flow mingled down!
Did e’er such love and sorrow meet,
Or thorns compose so rich a crown?

 

Were the whole realm of nature mine,
That were a present far too small;
Love so amazing, so divine,
Demands my soul, my life, my all.

 

 

The Conclusion

 

Most merciful God, who by the death and resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ delivered and saved the world:  grant that by faith in him who suffered on the cross we may triumph in the power of his victory; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.   Amen.

 

To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood, and made us a kingdom of priests to stand and serve before our God; to him who sits upon the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honour, glory and might, for ever and ever.   Amen.

 

The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

 

Let us bless the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

 

The Lord bless us, And keep us from all evil,

And bring us to everlasting life.   Amen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Based on the

Walsingham Stations of the Cross,

adapted by Martin Hill, March 2016.