Stations of the Cross

Around the College Chapel there are the 14 pictures of the Stations of the Cross. This prayer recalls the suffering and death of Jesus. It is the prayer that is used in Lent and Holy Week, but is used by pilgrims all the year round. This prayer brings great comfort to those people who carry a heavy burdens in their lives.

These prayers are short and encourage us to be pilgrims and people of faith. We move from station to station – picture to picture as we make this prayer.

This prayer can be shared by everyone. One person could announce each Station by saying, for example, “The first station, Jesus is condemned to death”. And up to 13 other people could read the prayer that corresponds to the Station.

+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

The first station, Jesus is condemned to death

The courage to remain silent when judged and condemned by those who should know better.
 

The second station, Jesus receives his cross...

The courage to accept the cross in our lives, with our hands and in our heart.

 

The third station, Jesus falls for the first time...

The courage to accept our own weaknesses and the failings in others.

 

The fourth station, Jesus meets his Mother...

The courage to support and love those who suffers.

 

The fifth station, Simon helps Jesus carry the cross...

The courage to reach out to others, courage to shoulder responsibility and courage to share in suffering, courage to let go of resentment when seized and put upon.

 

The sixth station, Veronica wipes the face of Jesus...

The courage to seek God’s face, courage to discard our many masks, courage to witness our love for Jesus, courage to seek Jesus in others.

 

The seventh station, Jesus falls for the second time...

The courage to hold on to the cross, courage to believe in God’s strength, courage to start again.

 

The eighth station, Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem...

The courage to speak and accept the truth, to be honest with others and ourselves, courage to weep and repent for our sins.

 

The ninth station, Jesus falls for the third time...

The courage to endure, courage to continue with suffering, courage to keep on walking.

 

The tenth station, Jesus is stripped of his garments...

The courage to be revealed, courage to stand silent in suffering, to forgive those who abuse, and those who value your possessions more than your life.

 

The eleventh station, Jesus is nailed to the cross...

The courage to endure pain, courage to forgive those who inflict pain.

 

The twelfth station, Jesus dies on the cross...

The courage to trust God at all times.

 

The thirteenth station, Jesus is taken down from the cross...

The courage to grieve, courage to weep, courage to forgive, courage to continue to love, to have courage when times are tough.

 

The fourteenth station, Jesus is laid in the tomb...

The courage to do God’s will and to care for those we know at home and at College.

 

+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.