LIVING STATIONS OF THE CROSS

Presented by Ragin’ Cajun Catholics Students

Our Lady of Wisdom Church & Catholic Student Center

Good Friday | 2 PM in front of Our Lady of Wisdom Church

Almighty and Eternal Father, accept our prayer of thanksgiving for your beloved Son, our Savior and Lord. As we recall his Sacred Passion, send the Spirit of Christ into our hearts, we beg you, so that whether we pray or work we might do all in union with Christ our Redeemer. Amen.

 

FIRST STATION

Jesus is Condemned to Death

 

Father: The First Station: Jesus is condemned to death. We adore You, Oh Christ, and we praise You.

 

Crowd: Because by Your holy cross, You have redeemed the world.

 

Father: Jesus, the most innocent of beings, is condemned to death; yes, to the shameful death of the cross. In order to remain a friend of Caesar, Pilate delivers Jesus into the hands of His enemies. Oh fearful crime, to condemn Innocence to death and to displease God in order to please men!

SECOND STATION

Jesus Takes Up His Cross

 

Father: The Second Station: Jesus takes up His cross. We adore You, Oh Christ, and we praise You.

 

Crowd: Because by Your holy cross, You have redeemed the world.

 

Father: When our divine Redeemer beheld the cross, He most willingly reached out to it with His bleeding arms. He embraced it lovingly, kissed it tenderly, took it on His bruised shoulders, and, exhausted as He was, carried it joyfully.

 

THIRD STATION

Jesus Falls the First Time

 

Father: The Third Station: Jesus falls the first time. We adore You, Oh Christ, and we praise You.

 

Crowd: Because by Your holy cross, You have redeemed the world.

 

Father: Carrying the cross, our dear Savior was so weakened with its heavy weight that He fell to the ground, exhausted. The cross was light and sweet to Him, but our sins made it heavy and hard to carry.

 

FOURTH STATION

Jesus Meets His Mother

Father: The Fourth Station: Jesus meets his afflicted Mother. We adore You, Oh Christ, and we praise You.

 

Crowd: Because by Your holy cross, You have redeemed the world.

 

Father: How sad and painful must it have been for Mary to behold her beloved Son laden with the cross, covered with wounds and blood, and driven through the streets by savage executioners! What unspeakable pangs her most tender heart must have experienced! How earnestly did she desire to die instead of Jesus.

 

FIFTH STATION

Simon of Cyrene Helps Jesus Carry His Cross

 

Father: The Fifth Station: Simon of Cyrene helps Jesus carry His cross. We adore You, Oh Christ, and we praise You.

 

Crowd: Because by Your holy cross, You have redeemed the world.

 

Father: Simon was forced to help our exhausted Savior carry His cross. How pleased would Jesus have been, had Simon offered his services of his own accord. However, Simon was not invited by Christ as we are. He says, “Take up your cross and follow Me.” Nevertheless we recoil, and carry it grudgingly.

SIXTH STATION

Veronica Wipes the Face of Jesus

 

Father: The Sixth Station: Veronica wipes the face of Jesus. We adore You, Oh Christ, and we praise You.

 

Crowd: Because by Your holy cross, You have redeemed the world.

 

Father: Moved by compassion, Veronica presents her veil to Jesus, to wipe His disfigured face. He imprints on it His holy countenance, and returns it to her as a recompense. Shall Christ reward you in like manner? Then we, too, must do Him a service. We do a service to Christ every time we perform a work of mercy towards our neighbors; for he says, “What you have done to the least of My brethren, you have done to me.”

SEVENTH STATION

Jesus Falls the Second Time

Father: The Seventh Station: Jesus falls the seventh time. We adore You, Oh Christ, and we praise You.

 

Crowd: Because by Your holy cross, You have redeemed the world.

 

Father: Overwhelmed by the weight of the cross, Jesus falls again to the ground. But the cruel executioners do not permit Him to rest a moment. With thrusts and blows they urge Him onward. Remember, compassionate souls, that our sins caused Jesus this painful fall.

EIGHTH STATION

Jesus Meets the Women of Jerusalem

Father: The Eighth Station: Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem. We adore You, Oh Christ, and we praise You.

 

Crowd: Because by Your holy cross, You have redeemed the world.

 

Father: Moved by compassion, these devoted women weep over our suffering Savior. We also must weep over our sins, for there is nothing more pleasing to our Lord and more useful to ourselves than the tears we shed out of contrition for our sins.

NINTH STATION

Jesus Falls the Third Time

Father: The Ninth Station: Jesus falls the third time. We adore You, Oh Christ, and we praise You.

 

Crowd: Because by Your holy cross, You have redeemed the world.

 

Father: Exhausted at the foot of Calvary, Jesus falls for the third time to the ground. Each fall reopened the wounds of His tender body. How enormous must our sins be, to cause Jesus to fall so painfully. Had Jesus not taken our sins upon Himself, our sins would have plunged us into the abyss of Hell.

TENTH STATION

Jesus is Stripped of His Clothing

Father: The Tenth Station: Jesus is stripped of His clothing. We adore You, Oh Christ, and we praise You.

 

Crowd: Because by Your holy cross, You have redeemed the world.

 

Father: Arriving at Calvary, Jesus was deprived of His garments. How painful the stripping must have been, as the garments adhered to His mangled body, so that in removing them, parts of the flesh were torn away. Jesus is deprived of His garments that He may die possessed of nothing. What do we need detachment in our own lives?

ELEVENTH STATION

Jesus is Nailed to the Cross

 

Father: The Eleventh Station: Jesus is nailed to the cross. We adore You, Oh Christ, and we praise You.

 

Crowd: Because by Your holy cross, You have redeemed the world.

 

Father: Stripped of his garments, Jesus is violently thrown down on the cross. His hands and feet are nailed to it in the cruelest way. Jesus remains silent, because it so pleases His heavenly Father. He suffers patiently, because He suffers for us. How do we act in sufferings and trials? How fretful and impatient, how full of complaints are we!

TWELFTH STATION

Jesus Dies on the Cross

 

Father: The Twelfth Station: Jesus dies on the cross. We adore You, Oh Christ, and we praise You.

 

Crowd: Because by Your holy cross, You have redeemed the world.

 

THIRTEENTH STATION

Jesus is Placed in the Arms of His Mother

 

Father: The Thirteenth Station: Jesus is placed in the arms of His Mother. We adore You, Oh Christ, and we praise You.

 

Crowd: Because by Your holy cross, You have redeemed the world.

 

Father: Jesus did not descend from the cross, but remained on it till His death. When taken down, He rested on the bosom of His beloved Mother as He had so often done in life. Let us persevere in our good resolutions, and do not flee from the cross. For he who perseveres until the end shall be saved. Consider, moreover, how pure the heart should be that receives the body and blood of Jesus Christ in the adorable Sacrament of the Altar.

 

FOURTEENTH STATION

Jesus is Laid in the Tomb

 

Father: The Fourteenth Station: Jesus is laid in the tomb. We adore You, Oh Christ, and we praise You.

 

Crowd: Because by Your holy cross, You have redeemed the world.

 

Father: Almighty and Eternal God, on the edge of sadness, when all seemed lost, You restored to us the Savior we thought defeated and conquered. Help us, we beg You, so to empty ourselves of self concern that we might see Your hand in every failure, and Your victory in every defeat. These things we ask in the name of Your son, Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, One God forever and ever.

 

Crowd: Amen.

 

You are invited to join us for the Good Friday Service at Our Lady of Wisdom at 3 PM. Confessions available after, from 4 PM - 6 PM

Holy Saturday, April 20: Confessions available from 1 PM - 5 PM; Easter Vigil Mass at 8 PM

Easter Sunday, April 21: Mass celebrating the Resurrection of the Lord at 9 AM & 11 AM (no evening Masses)

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