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THE WAY OF THE CROSS.

CONTENTS:

INDULGENCES.
PRAYER.

I. JESUS IS CONDEMNED TO DEATH.
II. JESUS RECEIVES THE CROSS.
III. JESUS FALLS THE FIRST TIME UNDER THE WEIGHT OF THE CROSS.
IV. JESUS IS MET BY HIS BLESSED MOTHER.
V. THE CROSS IS LAYED UPON SIMON OF CYRENE..
VI.VERONICA WIPES THE FACE OF JESUS.
VII. JESUS FALLS THE SECOND TIME.
VIII. THE WOMEN OF JERUSALEM MOURN FOR THE LORD.
IX. JESUS FALLS THE THIRD TIME UNDER THE CROSS.
X. JESUS IS STRIPPED OF HIS GARMENTS.
XI. JESUS IS NAILED TO THE CROSS.
XII. JESUS DIES UPON THE CROSS.
XIII. JESUS IS LAID IN THE ARMS OF HIS MOTHER.
XIV. JESUS IS LAID IN THE SEPULCHRE.

INDULGENCES.

To all the faithful who at least with a contrite heart shall perform the Way of the Cross erected according to the prescriptions of the Holy See, is granted;

Plenary indulgence each time they perform this exercise. Another plenary indulgence by those who communicate on the day they perform this exercise; they may communicate within a month, but after reciting ten times the Way of the Cross. Indulgence of 10 years for every station, if they cannot perform the whole exercise, hindered therein by a lawful reason.

PRAYER.

O JESUS,my adorable Saviour, behold me here prostrate, imploring Thy mercy for myself, and for the souls of all the faithful departed. Vouchsafe to apply to me the infinite merits of Thy Passion on which I am now about to meditate. Grant that, while I trace this path of sighs and tears, my heart may be so touched with contrition and repentance that I may be ready to embrace with joy all the sufferings and humiliations of this life and pilgrimage.

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I. JESUS IS CONDEMNED TO DEATH.

Leaving the house of Caiphas, where He had been blasphemed, and the house of Herod where He had been mocked, Jesus is dragged before Pilate, His back torn from being whipped, His head crowned with thorns; and He, who on the last day will judge the living and the dead, is Himself condemned to a disgraceful death reserved only for the lowest criminal.

V. We adore Thee, O Christ, and bless Thee.
R. Because by Thy holy Cross Thou hast redeemed the world.
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be .

V. Adorámus te, Christe, et benedícimus tibi.
R. Quia per sanctam Crucem tuam redemísti mundum.
Pater noster, Ave Maria, Gloria Patri.

HYMN: STABAT MATER.

At the Cross, her station keeping,
Stood the mournful mother, weeping,
When her son was crucified.

Stabat Mater dolorosa
Juxta crucem lacrymosa,
Dum pendebat Filius.

A Stanza of this hymn is repeated after each meditation ,verse and response of the XIV Stations.

 

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II. JESUS RECEIVES THE CROSS.

A heavy cross is laid upon the bruised shoulders of Jesus. He receives it with meekness, nay, with a secret joy, for it is the instrument with which He is to redeem the world.

V. We adore Thee, O Christ, and bless Thee.
R. Because by Thy holy Cross Thou hast redeemed the world.
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be .

V. Adorámus te, Christe, et benedícimus tibi.
R. Quia per sanctam Crucem tuam redemísti mundum.
Pater noster, Ave Maria, Gloria Patri.

Through her heart, His sorrow sharing,
All His bitter anguish bearing,
Now at length the sword has passed.

Cujus animam gememtem,
Contristatam et dolentem,
Pertransivit gladius.

 

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III. JESUS FALLS THE FIRST TIME UNDER THE WEIGHT OF THE CROSS.

Labouring under the weight of the cross, Jesus slowly sets forth on the way to Calvary, amidst the mockeries and insults of the crowd. His agony in the garden has exausted His body; He is sore with blows and wounds; His strength fails Him; He falls to the ground under the cross.

V. We adore Thee, O Christ, and bless Thee.
R. Because by Thy holy Cross Thou hast redeemed the world.
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be .

V. Adorámus te, Christe, et benedícimus tibi.
R. Quia per sanctam Crucem tuam redemísti mundum.
Pater noster, Ave Maria, Gloria Patri.

Oh, what sad and sore distressed
Was that Mother highly blessed
Of the sole begotten One!

O quam tristis et afflicta
Fuit illa benedicta
Mater Unigeniti!

 

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IV. JESUS IS MET BY HIS BLESSED MOTHER.

Still burdened with the cross and wounded yet more by His fall, Jesus proceeds on His way. He is met by His mother. What a meeting it must have been! Oh, what a sword of anguish must have pierced that mother's heart!

V. We adore Thee, O Christ, and bless Thee.
R. Because by Thy holy Cross Thou hast redeemed the world.
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be .

V. Adorámus te, Christe, et benedícimus tibi.
R. Quia per sanctam Crucem tuam redemísti mundum.
Pater noster, Ave Maria, Gloria Patri.

Christ above in torment hangs,
She beneath beholds the pangs
Of her dying, glorious Son.

Quae moerebat et dolebat,
Pia Mater dum videbat
Nati poenas inclyti.

 

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V. THE CROSS IS LAYED UPON SIMON OF CYRENE.

As the strength of Jesus fails, and He is unable to proceed, the executioners seize and compel Simon of Cyrene to carry the cross.

V. We adore Thee, O Christ, and bless Thee.
R. Because by Thy holy Cross Thou hast redeemed the world.
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be .

V. Adorámus te, Christe, et benedícimus tibi.
R. Quia per sanctam Crucem tuam redemísti mundum.
Pater noster, Ave Maria, Gloria Patri.

Is there one who would not weep
Whelmed in miseries so deep
Christ’s dear mother to behold?

Quis est homo, qui non fleret,
Matrem Christi si videret
In tanto supplicio?

 

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VI.VERONICA WIPES THE FACE OF JESUS.

As Jesus proceeds on the way, covered with the sweat of death, a woman-Veronica, moved with compassion, makes her way through the crowd, and wipes His face with a handkerchief. As a reward of her piety the impression of His sacred countenance is miraculously imprinted upon the cloth.

V. We adore Thee, O Christ, and bless Thee.
R. Because by Thy holy Cross Thou hast redeemed the world.
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be .

V. Adorámus te, Christe, et benedícimus tibi.
R. Quia per sanctam Crucem tuam redemísti mundum.
Pater noster, Ave Maria, Gloria Patri.

Can the human heart refrain
From partaking in her pain,
In that mother’s pain unto’d?

Quis non posset contristari,
Christi Matrem contemplari
Dolentem cum Filio?

 

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VII. JESUS FALLS THE SECOND TIME.

The pain of His wounds and the loss of His blood increasing at every step of His way, again His strength fails Him, and Jesus falls to the ground a second time.

V. We adore Thee, O Christ, and bless Thee.
R. Because by Thy holy Cross Thou hast redeemed the world.
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be .

V. Adorámus te, Christe, et benedícimus tibi.
R. Quia per sanctam Crucem tuam redemísti mundum.
Pater noster, Ave Maria, Gloria Patri.

Bruised, derided, cursed, defiled,
She beheld her tender Child,
All with bloody scourges rent.

Pro peccatis suae gentis
Vidit Jesum in tormentis,
Et flagellis subditum.

 

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VIII. THE WOMEN OF JERUSALEM MOURN FOR THE LORD.

At the sight of the sufferings of Jesus, some holy women in the crowd are so touched with sympathy that they openly bewail and lament Him. Jesus turns to them and says: “Daughters of Jerusalem, weep not for Me, but for yourselves and for your children.” (Lk. 23:28).

V. We adore Thee, O Christ, and bless Thee.
R. Because by Thy holy Cross Thou hast redeemed the world.
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be .

V. Adorámus te, Christe, et benedícimus tibi.
R. Quia per sanctam Crucem tuam redemísti mundum.
Pater noster, Ave Maria, Gloria Patri.

For the sins of His own nation
Saw Him hang in desolation
Till His spirit forth He sent.

Vidit suum dulcem Natum
Moriendo desolatum,
Dum emisit spiritum.

 

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IX. JESUS FALLS THE THIRD TIME UNDER THE CROSS.

Jesus has now arrived almost at the summit of Calvary; but before He reaches the spot where He is to be crucified, His strength again fails Him and He falls for the third time, to be again dragged up and goaded onward by the brutal soldiery.

V. We adore Thee, O Christ, and bless Thee.
R. Because by Thy holy Cross Thou hast redeemed the world.
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be .

V. Adorámus te, Christe, et benedícimus tibi.
R. Quia per sanctam Crucem tuam redemísti mundum.
Pater noster, Ave Maria, Gloria Patri.

Oh, sweet Mother! Fount of love,
Touch my spirit from above,
Make my heart with thine accord.

Eia Mater, fons amoris,
Me sentire vim doloris
Fac, ut tecum lugeam.

 

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X. JESUS IS STRIPPED OF HIS GARMENTS.

Arrived at last at the place of sacrifice, they prepare to crucify Him. His garments are torn from His bleeding body, and He, the Holy of holies, stands exposed to the vulgar gaze of the rude and scoffing multitude.

V. We adore Thee, O Christ, and bless Thee.
R. Because by Thy holy Cross Thou hast redeemed the world.
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be .

V. Adorámus te, Christe, et benedícimus tibi.
R. Quia per sanctam Crucem tuam redemísti mundum.
Pater noster, Ave Maria, Gloria Patri.

Make me feel as thou hast felt;
Make my soul to glow and melt
With the love of Christ, my Lord.

Fac ut ardeat cor meum
In amando Christum Deum,
Ut sibi complaceam.

 

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XI. JESUS IS NAILED TO THE CROSS.

The cross is laid upon the ground, and Jesus is stretched upon His bed of death. At one and the same time, He offers His bruised limbs to His heavenly Father in behalf of sinful man and to His fierce executioners to be nailed to the disgraceful wood. The blows are struck and the blood gushes forth.

V. We adore Thee, O Christ, and bless Thee.
R. Because by Thy holy Cross Thou hast redeemed the world.
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be .

V. Adorámus te, Christe, et benedícimus tibi.
R. Quia per sanctam Crucem tuam redemísti mundum.
Pater noster, Ave Maria, Gloria Patri.

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

Sancta Mater, istud agas,
Crucifixi fige plagas
Cordi meo valide.

 

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XII. JESUS DIES UPON THE CROSS.

For three hours Jesus hangs upon His transfixed hands; His blood runs in streams down His body, and bedews the ground; and in the midst of excruciating sufferings, He has pardoned His murderers, promised the bliss of paradise to Dismas the penitent thief and committed His blessed mother and beloved disciple to each other's care (Mother, behold thy son. Son, behold thy Mother). All is now consumated; and meekly bowing His head, He gives up his spirit.

V. We adore Thee, O Christ, and bless Thee.
R. Because by Thy holy Cross Thou hast redeemed the world.
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be .

V. Adorámus te, Christe, et benedícimus tibi.
R. Quia per sanctam Crucem tuam redemísti mundum.
Pater noster, Ave Maria, Gloria Patri.

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

Tui Nati vulnerati,
Tam dignati pro me pati,
Poenas mecum divide.

 

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XIII. JESUS IS LAID IN THE ARMS OF HIS MOTHER.

The multitude have left the heights of Calvary, and none remain save the beloved disciple and the holy women, who, at the foot of the cross, are striving to stem the grief of Christ's inconsolable mother. Later Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus take the body of her divine Son from the cross, and deposit it in her arms.

V. We adore Thee, O Christ, and bless Thee.
R. Because by Thy holy Cross Thou hast redeemed the world.
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be .

V. Adorámus te, Christe, et benedícimus tibi.
R. Quia per sanctam Crucem tuam redemísti mundum.
Pater noster, Ave Maria, Gloria Patri.

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

Fac me tecum pie flere,
Crucifixo condolere,
Donec ego vixero.

 

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XIV. JESUS IS LAID IN THE SEPULCHRE.

The body of her dearly beloved Son is taken from His mother, and laid in the tomb. The tomb is closed, and the lifeless body remains there.

V. We adore Thee, O Christ, and bless Thee.
R. Because by Thy holy Cross Thou hast redeemed the world.
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be .

V. Adorámus te, Christe, et benedícimus tibi.
R. Quia per sanctam Crucem tuam redemísti mundum.
Pater noster, Ave Maria, Gloria Patri.

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

Juxta crucem tecum stare,
Et me tibi sociare
In planctu desidero.

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