A Short Way of the Cross
As used by The Franciscan Fathers on their Missions
First Station – Jesus Condemned to Death
O Jesus! so meek and uncomplaining, teach me resignation in trials
Second Station – Jesus Carries His Cross
My Jesus, This Cross should be mine, not Thine; my sins crucified Thee.
Third Station – Our Lord Falls the Fist Time
O Jesus! by this first fall, never let me fall into mortal sin
Fourth Station – Jesus Meets His Mother
O Jesus! may no human tie, however dear, keep me from following the road of the Cross.
Fifth Station – Simon the Cyrenean Helps Jesus Carry His Cross
Simon unwillingly assisted Thee; may I with patience suffer all for Thee.
Sixth Station – Veronica Wipes the Face of Jesus
O Jesus! Thou didst imprint Thy sacred features upon Veronica’s veil; stamp them also indelibly upon my heart.
Seventh Station – The Second Fall of Jesus
By Thy second fall, preserve me, dear Lord, from relapse into sin.
Eighth Station – Jesus Consoles the Women of Jerusalem
My greatest consolation would be to hear Thee say: “Many sins are forgiven thee, because thou hast loved much”.
Ninth Station – Third Fall of Jesus
O Jesus! When weary upon life’s long journey, be Thou my strength and my perseverance.
Tenth Station – Jesus Stripped of His Garments
My Soul has been robbed of its robe of innocence; Clothe me, dear Jesus, with the garb of penance and contrition.
Eleventh Station – Jesus Nailed to the Cross
Thou didst forgive Thy enemies; my God, teach me to forgive injuries and forget them.
Twelfth Station – Jesus Dies on the Cross
Thou art dying, my Jesus, but Thy Sacred Heart still throbs with love for Thy sinful children.
Thirteenth Station – Jesus Taken Down from the Cross
Receive me into thy arms, O Sorrowful Mother; and obtain for me perfect contrition for my sins.
Fourteenth Station – Jesus Laid in the Sepulchre
When I receive Thee into my heart in Holy Communion, O Jesus, make it a fit abiding place for Thy adorable Body. Amen
Before each station pray:
V: We adore Thee, O Christ, and we praise Thee;
R: Because by Thy Holy Cross, Thou hast redeemed the world.
After each Station:
1 Our Father, 1 Hail mary, 1 Glory Be,
Have mercy on us, O Lord; have mercy on us.
Courtesy: Immaculate Heart of Mary, Bangalore
Immaculate Heart of Mary Trust,
838/2 III Cross Road, K.N. Extension,Yeshwanthpur, Bangalore – 560022