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

16 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 Fourth Station.

Jesus Is Met By His Blessed Mother.

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

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


Still burdened with His Cross, and wounded yet more by His fall, Jesus proceeds on His way. He is met by His Mother. What a meeting must that have been !

What a sword of anguish must have pierced that Mother's bosom ! What must have been the compassion of that Son for His Holy Mother !


O, Jesus ! By the compassion which Thou didst feel for Thy Mother, have compassion on us, and give us a share in her intercession.

O, Mary, most afflicted Mother ! Intercede for us that, through the sufferings of Thy Son, we may be delivered from the wrath to come.

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.


Quæ moerébat et dolébat,
Pia Mater, dum vidébat,
Nati poenas ínclyti.


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

Proceed to The Fifth Station.

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