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 The Stations of the Cross: Eighth through Fourteenth

 


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Images of Stations eighth through fourteenth can be found below.  Please use the prayers written by St. Alphonsus Liguori, that we have included here, in order to reflect on and pray the Stations.

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The Eighth Station:

Jesus Speaks to the Women of Jerusalem


We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You, Because, by Your holy cross, You have redeemed the world.

Consider how the women wept with compassion seeing Jesus so distressed and dripping with blood as he walked along. Jesus said to them, ``Weep not so much for me, but rather for Your children.''

My Jesus, laden with sorrows, / I weep for the sins which I have committed against You / because of the punishment I deserve for them; / and, still more, because of the displeasure they have caused You / who have loved me with an infinite love. / It is Your love, more than the fear of hell, / which makes me weep for my sins. / My Jesus, I love You more than myself; / I am sorry that I have offended You. / Never allow me to offend You again. / Grant that I may love You always; and then do with me as You will.

(Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be)

O sweet Mother! Fount of Love,
Touch my spirit from above
Make my heart with yours accord.

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The Ninth Station:

Jesus falls the third time


We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You, Because, by Your holy cross, You have redeemed the world.

Consider how Jesus Christ fell for the third time. He was extremely weak and the cruelty of His executioners was excessive; they tried to hasten His steps though He hardly had strength to move.

My outraged Jesus, / by the weakness You suffered in going to Calvary, / give me enough strength to overcome all human respect / and all my evil passions which have led me to despise Your friendship. / I love You, Jesus my Love, with all my heart; / I am sorry for ever having offended You. / Never permit me to offend You again. / Grant that I may love You always; and then do with me as You will.

(Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be)

Make me feel as You have felt
Make my soul to glow and melt
With the love of Christ, my Lord.

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The Tenth Station:

Jesus is Stripped of his Garments


We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You, Because, by Your holy cross, You have redeemed the world.

Consider how Jesus was violently stripped of His clothes by His executioners. The inner garments adhered to his lacerated flesh and the soldiers tore them off so roughly that the skin came with them. Have pity for your Savior so cruelly treated and tell Him:

My innocent Jesus, / by the torment You suffered in being stripped of Your garments, / help me to strip myself of all attachment for the things of earth / that I may place all my love in You who are so worthy of my love. / I love You, O Jesus, with all my heart; / I am sorry for ever having offended You. / Never let me offend You again. / Grant that I may love You always; and then do with me as You will.

(Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be)

Holy Mother, pierce me through
In my heart each wound renew
Of my Savior crucified.

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The Eleventh Station:

Jesus is nailed to the Cross


We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You, Because, by Your holy cross, You have redeemed the world.

Consider Jesus, thrown down upon the cross, He stretched out His arms and offered to His eternal Father the sacrifice of His life for our salvation. They nailed His hands and feet, and then, raising the cross, left Him to die in anguish.

My despised Jesus, / nail my heart to the cross / that it may always remain there to love You and never leave You again. / I love You more than myself; / I am sorry for ever having offended You. / Never permit me to offend You again. / Grant that I may love You always; and then do with me as You will.

(Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be)

Let me share with you His pain,
Who for all our sins was slain,
Who for me in torments died.

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The Twelfth Station:

Jesus Dies on the Cross


We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You, Because, by Your holy cross, You have redeemed the world.

Consider how Your Jesus, after three hours of agony on the cross, is finally overwhelmed with suffering and, abandoning Himself to the weight of His body, bows His head and dies.

My dying Jesus, / I devoutly kiss the cross on which You would die for love of me. / I deserve, because of my sins, to die a terrible death; / but Your death is my hope. / By the merits of Your death, / give me the grace to die embracing Your feet and burning with love of You. / I yield my soul into Your hands. / I love You with my whole heart. / I am sorry that I have offended You. / Never let me offend You again. / Grant that I may love You always; and then do with me as You will.

(Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be)

Let me mingle tears with thee
Mourning Him who mourned for me,
All the days that I may live.

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The Thirteenth Station:

Jesus is taken from the Cross


We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You, Because, by Your holy cross, You have redeemed the world.

Consider how, after Our Lord had died, He was taken down from the cross by two of His disciples, Joseph and Nicodemus, and placed in the arms of His afflicted Mother. She received Him with unutterable tenderness and pressed Him close to her bosom.

O Mother of Sorrows, / for the love of Your Son, / accept me as Your servant and pray to Him for me, / And You, my Redeemer, since you have died for me, / allow me to love You, / for I desire only You and nothing more. / I love You, Jesus my Love, / and I am sorry that I have offended You. / Never let me offend You again. / Grant that I may love You always; and then do with me as You will.

(Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be)

By the cross with you to stay
There with you to weep and pray
Is all I ask of you to give.

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The Fourteenth Station:

Jesus Is Laid in the Tomb


We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You, Because, by Your holy cross, You have redeemed the world.

Consider how the disciples carried the body of Jesus to its burial, while His holy Mother went with them and arranged it in the sepulcher with her own hands. They then closed the tomb and all departed.

Oh, my buried Jesus, / I kiss the stone that closes You in. / But You gloriously did rise again on the third day. / I beg You by Your resurrection that I may be raised gloriously on the last day, / to be united with You in heaven, to praise You and love You forever. / I love You, Jesus, and I repent of ever having offended You. / Grant that I may love You always; and then do with me as You will.

(Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be)

Virgin of all virgins blest!
Listen to my fond request:
Let me share your grief divine.

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Prayer to Jesus Christ Crucified

My good and dear Jesus,
I kneel before You,
asking You most earnestly
to engrave upon my heart
a deep and lively faith, hope, and charity,
with true repentance for my sins,
and a firm resolve to make amends.
As I reflect upon Your five wounds,
and dwell upon them
with deep compassion and grief,
I recall, good Jesus,
the words the Prophet David spoke
long ago concerning Yourself:
``They pierced My hands and My feet;
they have numbered all My bones.''


 

It is not easy for us to imagine the true horror of Jesus' experience as he endured the suffering of his passion and death; his death on the cross was more brutal than anything we might experience in our own lives.   As Christians, we know that the death of Jesus is not the end of this story, but was in fact the beginning.  As we complete our meditation on the Stations of the Cross, we look forward to the joy we will experience at Easter.  On that day, we celebrate Jesus' victory over sin and death; we celebrate with great joy the Resurrection of our Lord, and with great hope, we believe that someday we too will share in its glory!

 


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