Stations of the Cross

Stations of the Cross

Traditional Station to be performed by the pilgrim

1. Visit to the Blessed Sacrament in any of the Chapels
2. Stations of the Cross- These should be performed outside, near the Shrine or on the Knock Shrine Calvary weather permitting. In wet weather they may be performed in the Church of the Apparition or in the Basilica.


1. Jesus is Condemned to Death

V.(Genuflecting) We adore you, O Christ, and praise you. R. Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

“All we like sheep have gone astray; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.” (Is 52. 6) Pilate passes the death sentence on Jesus even though he knows he is guiltless. He washes his hands saying: “I am innocent of this righteous man’s blood”, and then condemns to death the Judge of all mankind. (short pause)

Jesus, it was not Pilate alone, but my sins and the sins of all that condemned you to die. I am sorry for the contribution that my sins have made to your sufferings and death. I love you Jesus, my love above all things; I repent with my whole heart of having offended you. Never allow me to separate myself from you again. Grant that I may love you always, and then do with me what you will.

2. Jesus Takes up his Cross

V. (Genuflecting) We adore you, O Christ, and praise you.R. Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

“And he went out, bearing his own cross to the place which is called Calvary” (Jn. 19: 17) Jesus receives the cross upon which he is to die. He does so willingly, even gladly, because it is through this cross that he is to redeem and save the whole world. (short pause)

Jesus help me take up my cross and follow you. That cross may be for me ill-health, financial difficulties or having to suffer from the defects of others. Help me to accept my cross and carry it with you so that my feet may be then surely set on the road to salvation.I love you Jesus, my love above all things; I repent with my whole heart of having offended you. Never allow me to separate myself from you again. Grant that I may love you always, and thendo with me what you will.

3. Jesus Falls the First Time

V. (Genuflecting) We adore you, O Christ, and praise you. R. Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

“Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken,smitten by God and afflicted.” (Is. 53.4)Our Lord is not just weak on the way to Calvary. He is in fact a dying man. He has beenbeaten almost to death and crowned with thorns. He now falls the first time under theweight of his heavy cross.

(short pause)
it was not the weight of the cross alone but of my sins which caused you to fall.Help me never to fall into serious sin but to watch and pray so that I may be delivered from the power of the evil one. I love you Jesus, my love above all things; I repent with my whole heart of having offended you. Never allow me to separate myself from you again. Grant that I may love you always, and then do with me what you will.

4. Jesus meets his Mother

V. (Genuflecting) We adore you, O Christ, and praise you. R. Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

“Behold, this child is set for the fall and the rising of many in Israel and for a sign that is spoken against, that thoughts out of many hearts may be revealed.” (Lk. 2, 34, 35) Here is the saddest meeting ever to take place. Because Mary loves her Son so much,her suffering is all the greater. The prophecy of Simeon is now fulfilled; “and a sword will pierce through your own soul too.” Lk. 2, 35. (short pause)

Mary, my mother, it was prophesied that Jesus was to be a sign that would be rejected. If I have ever rejected him in any way I now confess my sorrow. Grant me grace to repent of my sins, and to be truly reconciled to the love of your Son. I love you Jesus, my love above all things; I repent with my whole heart of having offended you. Never allow me to separate myself from you again. Grant that I may love you always, and then do with me what you will.

5. Simon of Cyrene Helps Jeasus to Carry his Cross 

V. (Genuflecting) We adore you, O Christ, and praise you.R. Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

“They came upon a man of Cyrene, Simon by name; this man they compelled to carryhis cross.” (Mt.28, 32) Our Lord’s executioners, afraid that he may die on the way, whereas they wish to see him die on the cross, force Simon of Cyrene to help Jesus carry his cross. (short pause) Jesus, your apostle Paul has said: “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.” (Gal. 6, 2.) Grant that I may always try to bear with the faults of others. May I do all in my power to ease the burden of those who carry the cross after you. Let my

sharing in their burdens be the fulfilling of your law. I love you Jesus, my love above all things; I repent with my whole heart of having offended you. Never allow me to separate myself from you again. Grant that I may love you always, and then do with me what you will.

6. Veronica Wipes the Face of Jesus

V. (Genuflecting) We adore you, O Christ, and praise you. R. Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

“By this all men will know that you are my disciples, If you have love for one another.” (Jn. 13. 35) The woman named Veronica takes pity on Our Lord, seeing his sufferings and his face covered with blood and dust. She wipes that sacred face with a towel and an imprint of his countenance is left upon it(short pause).

Jesus, help me to love and serve you in loving and serving the poor, the hungry, the sick and the distressed. Let me remember your words: “As you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me.” Matt. 25. 40 I love you Jesus, my love above all things; I repent with my whole heart of having offended you. Never allow me to separate myself from you again. Grant that I may love you always, and then do with me what you will.

7. Jesus Falls the Second time 

V. (Genuflecting) We adore you, O Christ, and praise you. R. Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

“All you who pass by the way, look and see if there is any sorrow like my sorrow.” (Lam. 1. 12) Jesus is now weaker, and even though he tries to stagger along, his strength fails him and he falls to the ground a second time.(short pause)

Jesus, if I should fall beneath the cross of suffering or of sorrow, give me the courage to rise again and to follow bravely after you. I love you Jesus, my love above all things; I repent with my whole heart of having offended you. Never allow me to separate myself from you again. Grant that I may love you always, and then do with me what you will.

8. The Women of Jerusalem weep for Our Lord

V. (Genuflecting) We adore you, O Christ, and praise you.R. Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

“If they do this when the wood is green what will happen when it is dry?” (Lk. 23.31) Some women of Jerusalem, committed to helping those condemned to death, weep openly when they see Jesus. But he says to them: “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children.” (Lk. 23, 28.) In these words Jesus foretells the destruction of the city that is about to crucify him and the

cruel suffering of his own people. (short pause) In your suffering, Jesus, you did not think of yourself, but of those who were to suffer on your behalf. Help me to rid myself of excessive self-love and self-pity. I love you Jesus, my love above all things; I repent with my whole heart of having offended you. Never allow me to separate myself from you again. Grant that I may love you always, and then do with me what you will.

9. Jesus Falls the Third Time

V. (Genuflecting) We adore you, O Christ, and praise you. R. Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

“He who humbles himself will be exalted.” (Lk. 18. 14) Now growing weaker at every step, Jesus falls the third time. But he struggles to get up again, because he wants to offer himself to the Father upon the altar of the cross. (short pause)

Jesus, if I should ever fall into serious sin grant that I may not remain in that miserable state. May I, like you, rise to my feet and return to be reconciled to your loving forgiveness. I love you Jesus, my love above all things; I repent with my whole heart of having offended you. Never allow me to separate myself from you again. Grant that I may love you always, and then do with me what you will.

10. Jesus is Stripped of his Clothes

V. (Genuflecting) We adore you, O Christ, and praise you. R. Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

“They divide my garments among them, and for my raiment they cast lots.” (Ps. 21,18) To add to the shame of his crucifixion, Our Lord’s executioners strip him of his clothes. He, who was transfigured in glory is now humbled and becomes obedient unto death; even to the death of the cross. (short pause)

Jesus, fill me with a spirit of true Christian shame and modesty. Grant that I, who am made in your image and likeness and whose body is the temple of your Holy Spirit, may always have respect and reverence for my own body and the bodies of others. I love you Jesus, my love above all things; I repent with my whole heart of having offended you. Never allow me to separate myself from you again. Grant that I may love you always, and then do with me what you will.

11. Jesus is Nailed to the Cross

V. (Genuflecting) We adore you, O Christ, and praise you. R. Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

“Like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers isdumb, he opened not his mouth.” (Is. 53. 7) Jesus is stretched on the cross and big nails are driven through his hands and feet. All the main nerves in his body are set on fire with the indescribable pain. The Lamb of God is now prepared for sacrifice. (short pause)

Jesus, because you were like us in all things but sin, your body was sensitive to the slightest physical pain. When I have to suffer physical pain, help me to bear it by remembering your being nailed to the cross. I love you Jesus, my love above all things; I repent with my whole heart of having offended you. Never allow me to separate myself from you again. Grant that I may love you always, and then do with me what you will.

12. Jesus Dies on the Cross

V. (Genuflecting) We adore you, O Christ, and praise you. R. Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

“My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” (Mt. 27: 46) Darkness descends on the hill of Calvary. For three hours Jesus hangs dying on the cross in the most terrible pain. He prays for his enemies, forgives the repentant thief, and when the end comes he cries out in a loud voice: “Father, into thy hands I commit my spirit!”(kneel, short pause)

Jesus, death has not been abolished in the world, but you by your death have transformed it. May your death be for me and for all the gateway to eternal life. When my life on earth is ended, may I die in your love. Grant that you may receive my soul into your hands. I love you Jesus, my love above all things; I repent with my whole heart of having offended you. Never allow me to separate myself from you again. Grant that I may love you always, and then do with me what you will.

13. Jesus is Taken Down From the Cross

V. (Genuflecting) We adore you, O Christ, and praise you. R. Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

“He was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities. Upon him was the chastisement that made us whole.” (Is. 53. 5) The dead body of Jesus is taken down from the cross and placed in the arms of his mother Mary. She, who placed that body in the manger at Bethlehem, now sees what the sins of men have inflicted upon it. (short pause)

Mary, my Mother, you suffered with your Son in the work of our Redemption. May that Redemption bear fruit in our lives. May we, like the wheat grain that falls to the ground and dies, yield a harvest rich in works of faith and love. I love you Jesus, my love above all things; I repent with my whole heart of having offended you. Never allow me to separate myself from you again. Grant that I may love you always, and then do with me what you will.

 14. Jesus is Placed in the Tomb

V. (Genuflecting) We adore you, O Christ, and praise you. R. Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

“Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it.” (Jn. 2. 19) The body of Jesus, wrapped in a clean linen cloth with the spices of burial is laid to rest. He, the Lord of Life is placed in the Tomb of Death. (short pause)

Jesus, you suffered and died, but you rose again on the third day. You said: “I am the Resurrection and the Life.” Grant that I, having shared in your sufferings and death, may be worthy to share in the joy and the glory of your Resurrection. “Dying you destroyed our death, rising you restored our life. I love you Jesus, my love above all things; I repent with my whole heart of having offended you. Never allow me to separate myself from you again. Grant that I may love you always, and then do with me what you will.