Seven new ways to pray the Stations of the Cross

El Greco's "Christ Carrying the Cross" (1578)
El Greco’s “Christ Carrying the Cross” (1578)

You may be praying the Stations of the Cross at your local parish, which is a beautiful practice. Generally speaking, parishes use the traditional Stations, with prayers by the incomparable St. Alphonsus Liguori.

Not yet praying the Stations of the Cross? Overwhelmed by the traditional method? We’re all different; one way of meditation may not be best for everyone. I invite you to find a method of meditation upon Christ’s Passion that helps you grow closer to Him.

1. Experience the Stations (Video)
Spirit Juice Studios has created a video meditation, about 45 minutes long, meant to help us understand Christ’s Passion on an experiential level. What was he thinking? How can the stations apply to our lives? For the first time, the entire “Experience the Stations” video is available online; view it here.

2. Divine Mercy Way of the Cross
The Servants of the Pierced Hearts of Jesus and Mary, a new religious order founded to serve the New Evangelization, offers a Way of the Cross based on St. Faustina’s diary. Each Station offers relevant revelations to Faustina by Our Lord, with Faustina’s reflection, and a prayer.

3. Scriptural Stations of the Cross
In 1991, Pope John Paul II developed Stations of the Cross based on the Scriptural account of Our Lord’s Passion, which vary slightly from the traditional Stations that developed in the early days of the Church among Holy Land pilgrims. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops offers this Scriptural version here.

4. Stations of the Cross MP3 (Audio)
Pray along with Greg and Jennifer Willits, based on John Paul II’s Scriptural Stations. Download it here.

5. Short Way of the Cross
Have only a few minutes but want to pray the Stations? The Franciscan Friars use a very short version while on their missions. I happily practiced some penance and typed it for you, below.

6. Stations of the Cross with Meditations by Saints (eBooks)
John Henry Newman: Pray along with one of the most beloved converts of the 19th century. Includes prayers, descriptions of each Station, and spiritual meditations. Obtain this free in eBook or plain ol’ HTML format, from SQPN.
Francis of Assisi: Meditate with the saint whose spiritual sons now care for the holy sites. Obtain this free in eBook or plain ol’ HTML format, from SQPN.

7. Laudate (iOS App)
Need a visual aid? Download the free Catholic app, “Laudate” from the iTunes store for your iOS (Apple) device. Not only will you find the Stations of the Cross, but tons of other Catholic content, like the Rosary, Liturgy of the Hours, Catechism, basic prayers, and more.

Do you have a unique way of praying the Stations of the Cross? Please share!


Short Way of the Cross

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 First 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 Sepulcher
When I receive Thee into my heart in Holy Communion, O Jesus, make it a fit abiding place for thy adorable Body. Amen.

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2 comments

  1. Fantastic article – The Stations are one of my favorite devotions, and it’s wonderful to see lots of resources out there that help folks experience this integral part of our faith. I thought I might add a few more, for folks who would like to add to this lovely collection.

    America Needs Fatima has a lovely version of The Stations available for those looking for another free option – they’ll send both the booklet and the Audio CD to you.

    My personal favorite version of The Stations is one of the two my parish uses – “Walk with Me the Way of the Cross.” It’s sold by Pauline Press, and it’s the most powerful Stations…

  2. Turn the fourth decade of the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Holy Rosary into a short Way of the Cross meditation:
    With the Our Father, see Jesus being condemned.
    With the Hail Mary at the 1st Station, Jesus is accepting His Cross.
    With the 2nd Hail Mary at the 2nd Station, Jesus falls the first time…..etc.
    Three additional Hail Mary’s must be said after Jesus is nailed upon the Cross—one each for His dying, being taken down, and being sealed in the tomb. Then end with a Glory Be and perhaps the Fatima prayer. If you use this idea during recitation of the Rosary, the 4th Decade will end at Jesus being crucified, followed by the 5th-Decade meditation upon His death.
    Also, Twenty-Third Publications offers some very unique and inspiring Stations booklets for purchase (nominal amt).

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