Historic St. Mary's Church • Way of the Cross Part 1



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Historic St. Mary’s Church
Lancaster, PA
Stations of the Cross devotional

the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit the first station Jesus is condemned to death we adore you O Christ and we praise you because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world again the high priest began to ask him and said to him are you the Christ the Son of the Blessed One and Jesus said to him I am and you shall see the Son of man sitting at the right hand of the power and coming with the clouds of heaven but the high priest tore his garments and said what further need have we of witnesses who have heard the blasphemy what do you think and they all condemned him as liable to death the kings of the earth rise up and the princes conspired together against the Lord and against his anointed I will proclaim the decree of the Lord the Lord said to me you are my son this day I have begotten you ask of me and I will give you the nations for an inheritance and the ends of the earth for your possession let us pray Oh powerful an eternal God for proclaiming the truth your son Jesus Christ is condemned to death by crucifixion stir up your love in our hearts so that we might be ever faithful to all that you have told us and fear nothing more than the loss of your friendship through sin now they're crass has Jesus for it has become for a school sharing their jeweled cross a victory the second station Jesus carries his cross we adore you O Christ and we praise you because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world Pilate said to the Jews behold your king but they cried out away with him away with him crucify him Pilate said to them shall I crucify your king the chief priests answered we have no king but Caesar then he handed him over to them to be crucified and so they took Jesus and led him away bearing the cross for himself who would believe what we have heard to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed he grew up like a sapling before him like a shoot from the parched earth there was in him no stately bearing to make us look at him no appearance that would attract us to him he was rejected and avoided by men a man of suffering accustomed to infirmity one of those from whom men turn away and we held him in no esteem let us pray father in heaven your son Jesus Christ still carries his cross in his persecuted brothers and sisters throughout the world make us feel the needs of all persons so that we might as readily help them as we would help Jesus himself we can Pratt it cursed and father his home bad bruised and swollen Jesus tripped and layin hey the third station Jesus Falls the first time we adore you O Christ and we praise you because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world if the world hates you know that has hated me before you if you were of the world the world would love what is its own because you're not of the world but I have chosen you out of the world therefore the world hates you remember the word that I have spoken to you no servant is greater than his master if they have persecuted me they will persecute you also why are your clothes red and your garments like those of the winepress sir the winepress I have trodden alone and of my people there was no one with me I tried them in my anger and trampled them down in my wrath their blood spurted on my garments and I stained all my clothes I looked about but there was no one to help I was appalled that there was no one to lend support so my own arm brought about the victory let us pray Oh God to free us from sin and weakness your son Jesus Christ embraced his fearful passion and crucifixion strengthen us in our baptismal resolutions by which we renounce sin and Satan so that through the passion of his this life sufferings we might rise to new life of joyful service free of all selfishness g a Smith is grieving mother she made the Lord our brother now the sword her heart has pierced the fourth station jesus meets his afflicted mother we adore you O Christ and we praise you because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world now there were standing by the cross of Jesus his mother and his mother's sister mary of Cleophas and Mary Magdalene when Jesus therefore saw his mother and the disciple standing by whom he loved he said to his mother woman behold your son then he said to the disciple behold your mother and from that hour the disciple took her into his home to what can I compare you Oh daughter Jerusalem what example can I show you for your comfort version daughter Sion for great as the sea is your distress who can heal you let us pray o blessed Lord at your passion of sort of sorrow pierced the loving heart of your mother as simian had foretold great that we who look back on her sorrows with compassion might receive the healing fruits of your sufferings Simon stabbed in hesitation not for seeing his bread station cartoon bear their class of crazed the fifth station Simon of Cyrene helps Jesus to carry his cross we adore you O Christ and we praise you because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world and when they had mocked Jesus they took the purple cloak off and put his own clothes on him and they led him out to be crucified then they forced a certain passerby her Simon of Cyrene coming from the country to take up his cross they brought Jesus to the place called Golgotha a name meaning the place of the skull with a loud voice I cry out to the Lord with a loud voice I beseech the Lord my complaint I pour out before him before him I lay bare my distress when my spirit is faint within me you know my path in the way along which I walk they have hit a trap for me I looked to the right to see but there is no one who pays me he'd I have lost all means of escape there is no one who cares for my life let us pray Lord Jesus Christ help us to see in the sufferings and shortcomings of our lives as share in your cross strengthen and console us in the belief that we bear all things in union with you who have taken upon yourself even our guilt raised the trembling came there were none but she would flout the Roman moved by love B and her fear the sixth station Veronica wipes the face of Jesus we adore you O Christ and we praise you because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world Lord when did we see you hungry and feed you or thirsty and give you drink and when did we see you a stranger and take you in or naked and clothe you or when did we see you sick or in prison and come to you and answering the king he will say to them amen I say to you as long as you did it for one of these the least of my brethren you did it for me a faithful friend it's a sturdy shelter he who finds one finds a treasure a faithful friend is beyond price know some can balance his worth a faithful friend is a life-saving remedy such as he who fears God finds for he who fears God behaves accordingly and his friend will be like himself let us pray Almighty and ever loving God we feel your love and understanding in the consolation and support we received from one another give us we beg you the courage and dedication to sacrifice and suffer with those who are in need the least of your people press straight and st crumpled flattened body same pot all our brothers pouring scorn the 7th station Jesus falls the second time we adore you O Christ and we praise you because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world it was our weaknesses that he carried our sufferings that he endured what we thought of him is stricken as one struck by God and afflicted but he was pierced for our offences crushed for our sins upon him was the punishment that makes us whole by His stripes we were healed we had all gone astray like sheep each following his own way but the Lord laid upon him the guild of us all though he was harshly treated he submitted an open not his mouth like a lamb led to the slaughter or a sheep before the shears he was silent and uttered no cry when he was cut off from the land of the living and smitten for the sin of his people a grave was assigned him among the wicked and a burial place with evildoers though he had done no wrong nor spoken any falsehood let us pray Lord Jesus Christ you shared in our weaknesses and accepted our guild grant us the favor of rejoicing over our human weaknesses so that in all we do your strength dwelling in us may be shown to all others may our sympathy for Jesus turn to the zoo here I need maybe see Christ first and then the aid station jesus meets the women of Jerusalem we adore you O Christ and we praise you because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world there was following Jesus a great crowd of people and among them were some women who were be wailing and lamenting him Jesus turning to them said daughters of jerusalem do not weep for me but weep for yourselves and for your children