Notre Dame de Rouen. The façade of the Gothic Church in France. Photographer: Hippo1947. Licence: SHUTTERSTOCK.

20 Mar 2023

The Way Of The Cross. The Perfect Undertaking For Lent.

“O, Beloved Wood”.
“O, Blessed Nails”. 
“O, Sweet Burden”.
Illustration: PINTEREST

Text is from The Saint Andrew Daily Missal,
unless stated otherwise.

Indulgences: One Plenary Indulgence each time; another Plenary Indulgence if Holy Communion is received on the same day, or ten times within the month following that exercise.

If it remained unfinished, Ten Years and Ten Quarantines for each Station visited.

(20 October 1931).


1. To visit each Station, unless it is impossible owing to the crowd.

[Pictures of the fourteen several Mysteries are very useful, but are not indispensable. Wooden Crosses, indicating the fourteen Stations of The Cross, are sufficient and are absolutely required.]

2. To meditate, as best one can, on The Passion of The Saviour.

No vocal Prayers are required. The Popes recommend the recitation of a Pater, an Ave, and an Act of Contrition, at each Station (April 1731).

When The Way of The Cross is made in public, a Verse of “The Stabat Mater” may be sung between each Station.

The Eighth Station.

The Women Of Jerusalem Mourn For Our Lord.

Versicle: We adore Thee, O, Christ, and we bless Thee.

Response: Because by Thy Holy Cross Thou hast redeemed the world.


At the sight of the sufferings of Jesus, some holy women in the crowd were so touched with sympathy that they openly bewailed and lamented Him.

Jesus, knowing the things that were to come to pass upon Jerusalem because of their rejection of Him, turned to them and said: “Daughters of Jerusalem, weep not for Me, but weep for yourselves and for your children.”


O, Lord Jesus. We mourn, and will mourn, both for Thee and for ourselves; for Thy sufferings and for our sins which caused them.

O, teach us so to mourn, that we may be comforted, and escape those dreadful judgements prepared for all who reject or neglect Thee in this life.

An Act of Contrition.

O, God, we love Thee with our whole hearts, and above all things, and are heartily sorry that we have offended Thee.

May we never offend Thee any more. O, may we love Thee without ceasing, and make it our delight to do in all things Thy Most Holy Will.

Our Father . . .

Hail Mary . . .

Glory Be To The Father . . .

Have mercy on us, O, Lord. Have mercy on us.

Versicle: May the Souls of the Faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

Response: Amen.

This Act of Contrition is to be repeated after each Station.

While passing from one Station to another, a Verse of the “Stabat Mater” is sung or said.


Vidit suum dulcem Natum,
Moriéndo desolátum,
Dum emísit spíritum.


Sancta Mater, istud agas,
Crucifíxi fige plagas,
Cordi meo válide.

Proceed to The Ninth Station.

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