The Divine Mercy Stations of the Cross

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Paint an image according to the pattern you see, with the signature: Jesus I trust in You.  I desire that this image be venerated, first in your chapel, and throughout the world. February 22nd, 1931"I remind you, My daughter, that as often as you hear the clock strike the third hour, immerse yourself completely in My mercy, adoring and glorifying it; invoke its omnipotence for the whole world, and particularly for poor sinners; for at that moment, mercy was opened wide for every soul. In this hour, you can obtain everything for yourself and for others for the asking; it was the hour of grace for the whole world - mercy triumphed over justice.

"My daughter, try your best to make the Stations of the Cross in this hour, provided that your duties permit it; and if you are not able to make the Stations of the Cross, then at least step into the chapel for a moment and adore in the Blessed Sacrament, My Heart, which is full of mercy; and should you be unable to step into the chapel, immerse yourself in prayer there where you happen to be, if only for a brief instant. I claim veneration for My mercy from every creature, but above all from you, since it is you that I have given the most profound understanding of this mystery." (Diary,1572)

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

Lord Jesus, today, we lovingly recall Your journey to Calvary which fulfilled Your promised redemption of our sins.

We remember Your joyful attitude in carrying Your Cross. You endured physical and moral sufferings because of Your unconditional love for us. Your sacrificial and merciful love is a manifestation of Your forgiving heart.

Lord Jesus, as we begin to make the Way of the Cross, we ask You to go before us and lead us to follow Your footsteps faithfully. Fill us with sorrow and contrition for our sins.

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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.

The 1st Station, Jesus is condemned to deathLeader: Pontius Pilate connived with the will of the Jews. He sentenced Jesus Christ to death though He was innocent.

Leader: Eternal Father, I offer You the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your dearly beloved Son, our Lord Jesus Christ (GENUFLECT)

All: In atonement for our sins and those of the whole world.

Let us pray: Lord Jesus, You were sentenced to death though You were innocent. They framed up lies against You, punished and persecuted You as if You were a criminal.

We cannot understand why You did not complain or even utter words of self defense. You accepted freely the punishment which You did not deserve.

You suffered much for our sinfulness. You care for us very much. May we learn from Your meekness and humility. Help us to refrain from tale-bearing, backbiting or any other act that will destroy the dignity of our neighbor. Grant us the courage to speak for the truth rather than deny it. Give us the grace to recognize You in our brothers and sisters.

Our Father - Hail Mary - Glory be

For the sake of His being condemned to death, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

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The Second Station: Jesus Takes Up His Cross

We adore You O Christ and we praise You, because by Your holy cross You have redeemed the world.

The 2nd Station, Jesus takes up his crossLeader: Jesus accepted His Cross which was too heavy for His frail body. Christ suffered carrying the heavy Cross to redeem us.

Leader: Eternal Father, I offer You the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your dearly beloved Son, our Lord Jesus Christ (GENUFLECT)

All: In atonement for our sins and those of the whole world.

Let us pray: Lord Jesus, You accepted Your cross which was too heavy for Your frail body. We ourselves have made Your cross heavy because You carried the burden of our sins. Yet, in spite of all these, you love us and you are forgiving our sins.

How good You are to us. But what have we given you in return?

Help us Lord, to get out of our self-centeredness, and learn to lift up the burden of others.

Our Father - Hail Mary - Glory be

For the sake of His carrying the Cross, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

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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.

The 3rd Station, Jesus falls the 1st timeLeader: Weakened, prodded, cursed, and fallen, His whole Body bruised and swollen, Jesus tripped and lay in pain because of our sins. Dust and blood were seen in His Holy Face when He looked up in heaven asking God the Father to let Him redeem us sinners.

Leader: Eternal Father, I offer You the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your dearly beloved Son, our Lord Jesus Christ (GENUFLECT)

All: In atonement for our sins and those of the whole world.

Let us pray: Lord Jesus, because of the weight of the cross you were completely drained of Your strength. And You collapsed under the wooden cross. Yet, You rose again. This is a lesson for us when we fall into sin: we should not remain where we have fallen; but learn and grow from it.

Together with Your help, we will rise from a senseless life to a life that is God-directed. We want to escape the things that enslave us such as gambling, drunkenness, self indulgence and many other vices. Like You, we will carry our own crosses patiently and rise with You when discouragement comes in.

Our Father - Hail Mary - Glory be

For the sake of His first fall under the weight of the Cross, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

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The Fourth Station: Jesus Meets His Sorrowful Mother

We adore You O Christ and we praise You, because by Your holy cross You have redeemed the world.

The 4th Station, Jesus greets His sorrowful MotherLeader: There on the road to Calvary, Jesus met His afflicted Mother. They looked at each other's teary eyes. We must meditate on the sadness felt by our loving Virgin Mother in meeting her suffering Son; like a sharp pointed knife that pierced her heart.

Leader: Eternal Father, I offer You the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your dearly beloved Son, our Lord Jesus Christ (GENUFLECT)

All: In atonement for our sins and those of the whole world.

Let us pray: Holy Mary, Mother of God! Because of the great pain you felt when you saw your beloved Son, our Lord Jesus Christ carrying the Cross, have pity on us and let us feel in our hearts the pain you experienced, so we will be able to acknowledge our sins that made Him suffer, and we will be sorry for them, and that we may be given the grace not to sin again.

Our Father - Hail Mary - Glory be

For the sake of His meeting His afflicted Mother, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

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The Fifth Station: Simon of Cyrene Carries the Cross

We adore You O Christ and we praise You, because by Your holy cross You have redeemed the world.

The 5th Station, Simon of Cyrene carries the crossLeader: On their way out they met a Cyrenian named Simon; this man they pressed into service to carry the cross. (Mt 27:32)

Leader: Eternal Father, I offer You the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your dearly beloved Son, our Lord Jesus Christ (GENUFLECT)

All: In atonement for our sins and those of the whole world.

Let us pray: Lord, Your strength is gone and You can no longer bear the cross alone. The road to Calvary is still a long way and yet You have really to reach it. How greatly You have appreciated Simon of Cyrene who helped You carry the cross even if he did not volunteer to do it. How much more happy You are if the help is offered freely.

Let us learn to love You by standing by You. Help us to learn to get involved when our help is needed. May we not be afraid nor reluctant to give a helping hand. Give us inner strength and courage to do what is pleasing to God.

Our Father - Hail Mary - Glory be

For the sake of His accepting help in carrying the Cross, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

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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.

The 6th Station, Veronica wipes the face of JesusLeader: Veronica hastily went near Jesus and wiped His face with a piece of cloth. The face of Jesus was imprinted in the cloth.

Leader: Eternal Father, I offer You the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your dearly beloved Son, our Lord Jesus Christ (GENUFLECT)

All: In atonement for our sins and those of the whole world.

Let us pray: Lord Jesus, we feel Your love and understanding in the consolation and support we receive 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.

Our Father - Hail Mary - Glory be

For the sake of His receiving mercy from Veronica, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

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The Seventh 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.

The 7th Station, Jesus falls the 2nd timeLeader: Jesus falls the second time. His pain and suffering we cannot fathom.

Leader: Eternal Father, I offer You the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your dearly beloved Son, our Lord Jesus Christ (GENUFLECT)

All: In atonement for our sins and those of the whole world.

Let us pray: Lord Jesus Christ, You shared in our weaknesses and accepted our guilt. 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.

Our Father - Hail Mary - Glory be

For the sake of His second fall under the weight of the Cross, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

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The Eighth 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.

The 8th Station, Jesus meets the women of JerusalemLeader: A great crowd of people followed Him, including women who beat their breasts and lamented over Him. Jesus turned to them and said, "Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me. Weep for yourselves and for your children." (Lk 23:27-28)

Leader: Eternal Father, I offer You the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your dearly beloved Son, our Lord Jesus Christ (GENUFLECT)

All: In atonement for our sins and those of the whole world.

Let us pray: Lord Jesus, what You said to the women of Jerusalem is also applicable to us. Instead of crying over Your sufferings, we should cry over our sins. It is a contrite heart that will please You more than our expression of sympathy. Forgive us for our infidelities, Lord.

Our Father - Hail Mary - Glory be

For the sake of His consoling the women, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

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The Ninth Station: Jesus Falls the Third Time

We adore You O Christ and we praise You, because by Your holy cross You have redeemed the world.

The 9th Station, Jesus falls the 3rd timeLeader: Jesus falls the third time. He was so exhausted and so weak to carry the heavy cross.

Leader: Eternal Father, I offer You the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your dearly beloved Son, our Lord Jesus Christ (GENUFLECT)

All: In atonement for our sins and those of the whole world.

Let us pray: Lord Jesus, You have been weakened in carrying the Cross, to save our souls. Help us to accept our weaknesses and faults, that we will love no one but You who lives and reigns with the Father in union with the Holy Spirit.

Our Father - Hail Mary - Glory be

For the sake of His third fall under the weight of the Cross, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

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The Tenth Station: Jesus is Stripped of His Garments

We adore You O Christ and we praise You, because by Your holy cross You have redeemed the world.

The 10th Station, Jesus is stripped of His garmentsLeader: When they reached the place called Golgotha which means skull, they offered Him wine mixed with gall. Jesus tasted it but would not take it. His Blood dripped as His sticking wounds opened when they tore off His clothes.

Leader: Eternal Father, I offer You the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your dearly beloved Son, our Lord Jesus Christ (GENUFLECT)

All: In atonement for our sins and those of the whole world.

Let us pray: Lord Jesus, You were stripped off Your garments by the soldiers. But Your fellow Jews stripped You more: they stripped You of Your honor and dignity. They mocked You and insulted You. Yet You endured all of these for us.

Lord, help us to keep in mind that when we sin we are also stripping You. We are again nailing You to the cross. May we love You more and partake of Your love-offering in the Eucharist.

Our Father - Hail Mary - Glory be

For the sake of His being stripped, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

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The Eleventh Station: Jesus is Nailed to the Cross

We adore You O Christ and we praise You, because by Your holy cross You have redeemed the world.

The 11th Station, Jesus is nailed to the crossLeader: When they came to Golgotha, they crucified Jesus and the two criminals, one on His right and the other on His left. And Jesus said, "Father forgive them for they know not what they do!" (Lk23:33-34; Jn19:18)

Leader: Eternal Father, I offer You the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your dearly beloved Son, our Lord Jesus Christ (GENUFLECT)

All: In atonement for our sins and those of the whole world.

Let us pray: Lord, while You were hanging on the Cross, You did not dwell on Your sufferings. Instead You were thinking of humankind. You cried out to God, "Father forgive them".

You have given us an example of pure love. We need this reminder for, sometimes, we refuse to forgive those who offended us. Do grant us the same forgiving heart that You have. Help us realize that a life of love is the best way to erase from our hearts the fear of death.

Our Father - Hail Mary - Glory be

For the sake of His being crucified, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

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The Twelfth Station: Jesus is Crucified and Dies upon the Cross

We adore You O Christ and we praise You, because by Your holy cross You have redeemed the world.

The 12th Station, Jesus is crucified and diesLeader (kneel): It was now about twelve o'clock noon, and there was darkness over the whole land until three o'clock in the afternoon. And Jesus cried out in a loud voice, "Eli, Eli, lema sabacthani?", that is, "My God, my God, why have You forsaken me?" When some of those who stood there heard this they said, "This man is calling on Elijah," and one of them quickly ran to get a sponge, which he dipped in vinegar and putting it on a reed, gave it to him to drink. "Wait," said the rest of them, "and see if Elijah will come to save Him." But Jesus, again crying out in a loud voice, "Father, into Thy hands I commend my Spirit!" and He yielded up His spirit. (Mt 27: 45-50)

Leader: Eternal Father, I offer You the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your dearly beloved Son, our Lord Jesus Christ (GENUFLECT)

All: In atonement for our sins and those of the whole world.

Let us pray: (Remain Kneeling)

Our Father - Hail Mary - Glory be

For the sake of His death on the Cross, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

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The Thirteenth Station: Jesus is Taken Down from the Cross

We adore You O Christ and we praise You, because by Your holy cross You have redeemed the world.

The 13th Station, Jesus is taken down from the crossLeader: When the soldiers came to Jesus, they saw that He was already dead so that they did not break His legs, but one of them opened His side with a lance, and immediately there came out Blood and Water. Joseph of Arimathea, because he was a disciple of Jesus (although a secret one for fear of the Jews), besought Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus. And Pilate gave permission. The body of Jesus was then taken down from the Cross and laid in the arms of His sorrowful mother. (Jn 19:34, 38)

Leader: Eternal Father, I offer You the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your dearly beloved Son, our Lord Jesus Christ (GENUFLECT)

All: In atonement for our sins and those of the whole world.

Let us pray: You died Jesus but the source of life flowed out for souls and the ocean of mercy opened up for the whole world. O Fountain of Life, immeasurable Divine Mercy, cover the whole world and empty Yourself out upon us. O Blood and Water which gushed forth as a Fount of Mercy for us, we trust in You.

Our Father - Hail Mary - Glory be

For the sake of His Sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

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The Fourteenth Station: Jesus is Buried in the Tomb

We adore You O Christ and we praise You, because by Your holy cross You have redeemed the world.

The 14th Station, Jesus is laid in the tombLeader: Taking the body of Jesus, Joseph wrapped it in fresh linen and laid it in his own new tomb which had been hewn from a formation of rock. Then he rolled a huge stone across the entrance of the tomb and went away. (Mt 27:59-60)

Leader: Eternal Father, I offer You the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your dearly beloved Son, our Lord Jesus Christ (GENUFLECT)

All: In atonement for our sins and those of the whole world.

Let us pray: Lord Jesus, help us to make Your redemptive act be fruitful in our lives. May we not be found unfaithful and unloving when death comes to claim us.

Our Father - Hail Mary - Glory be

For the sake of His being laid in the tomb, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

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The Fifteenth Station: The Resurrection

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The 15th Station, the ResurrectionLeader: After the Sabbath and towards dawn on the first day of the week, Mary of Magdala, Mary the mother of James, and Salome brought spices that they might go and anoint Jesus. They were saying to one another, "Who will roll the stone back from the entrance of the tomb for us?" But looking up they saw that the stone had been rolled back and upon entering the tomb they were amazed to see a young man sitting at the right side and clothed in white robe. He said to them, "There is no need for you to be afraid. I know you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here, for He has risen, come and see the place where He lay, then go quickly and tell His disciples."

Leader: Eternal Father, I offer You the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your dearly beloved Son, our Lord Jesus Christ (GENUFLECT)

All: In atonement for our sins and those of the whole world.

Let us pray: For the sake of His being raised from the dead, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

"Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, Have mercy on us and on the whole world." (Repeat 3 times)

"Eternal God, in whom mercy is endless, and the treasury of compassion inexhaustible, look kindly upon us, and increase Your mercy in us, that in difficult moments, we might not despair, nor become despondent, but with great confidence, submit ourselves to Your holy will, which is Love and Mercy Itself. Amen."

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