The Way of the Cross

There are two different versions of the Stations of the Cross presented here;
St. Alphonous Liguori and Mary’s Way of the Cross.

These stations and these words are not the heart of the matter;
the heart of the matter is to go deeper and deeper into the sufferings of Christ,
so that we might come out of this spiritual journey
with an appreciation of what Christ did for us,
and a deeper love for him and for our brothers and sisters.

It begins and ends on this page. Follow whichever version you prefer,
moving forward to the NEXT station. At the end you will automatically return
to this page. Begin with the Introduction and then proceed to the 1st Station below.

St Alphonsus Liguori Mary’s Way of the Cross
Kneeling, make an Act of Contrition, and form the intention of gaining the indulgences, whether for yourself or for the souls in Purgatory.

Preparatory Prayer

My Lord Jesus Christ, Thou hast made this journey to die for me with love unutterable, and I have so many times unworthily abandoned Thee; but now I love Thee with my whole heart, and because I love Thee, I repent sincerely for ever having offended Thee. Pardon me, my God, and permit me to accompany Thee on this journey. Thou goest to die for love of me; I wish also, my beloved Redeemer, to die for love of Thee. My Jesus, I will live and die always united to Thee.

Is not the Way of the Cross the way of every person’s life? Doesn’t every life have suffering, falls, hurts, rejections, condemnations, death, burial… and resurrection? It has been a Catholic tradition through the centuries to meditate on the Way of the Cross, so that it becomes our way of life.

Mary, the Mother of Jesus, made that first way of the cross. These stations, called Mary’s Way of the Cross, attempt to present that viewpoint. In these stations we see through Mary’s eyes what Jesus was going through on the way of Calvary. Then we try to make practical applications to our lives.

“We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you, because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.”

Rev Andrew Costello

Begin – 1st Station


St Alphonsus Liguori Mary’s Way of the Cross
After this, say the Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be, five times, in honour of the Passion of Jesus Christ, to gain other indulgences granted those who recite them.

Lastly, say one Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be, for the intention of the Sovereign Pontiff.

15th Station
Jesus is raised from the dead

I could only be most grateful for the sacrifice of my son for us. Yet, what emptiness I felt trying to live without him whom I loved so! But, only two days later that emptiness was filled beyond belief — He had risen! Our Saviour had opened the doors to a new life. That is the way it had to be — because his undying love for you would not stop at anything less. I could rejoice forever, but not in silence.

My Saviour, thank you!. Thank you for such endless love that helps me to rise rise out of my own sinfulness. I will try again to live a better life. Help me to always remember that love. Mary, mother of our risen Saviour, teach me to be like you, and in my love for others, love him in return.

Lord Jesus, help us to walk with you each day of our life,
even to Calvary. The sorrows and joys, the pains and healings,
the failures and triumphs of our life are truly small deaths
and resurrections that lead us to closeness with you.

Give us the faith and trust we need to walk with you always. Amen.