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Monday, June 20, 2005
The Stations of the Cross

The Stations of the Cross is a devotion consisting of 14 different parts - called stations - of Christ's passion and death. The devotion holds many great rewards attached to it including a plenary indulgence.
Indulgences are:
  • A plenary indulgence every time the devotion is completed.
  • An additional plenary indulgence if one receives Holy Communion on the day.
  • Also an additional plenary indulgence if one performs the devotion ten times and receives Holy Communion within a month after so doing.
  • A partial indulgence of ten years for every Station made if one was not able to finish the Stations.
    The conditions for gaining them are:
    • Walking from Station to Station when making the Way of the Cross privately; when making it publicly, it suffices for the priest with the altar boys to do so.
    • Meditate at each Station on the sufferings of our Lord.
    • These two conditions are essential. No oral prayers are prescribed; yet they are profitable.
    While there are many benefits, including indulgences, from praying the Stations of the Cross in a Church, it is not always possible to travel to a Church for this.

    Normally, these prayers must be said in a church building, but those legitimately impeded from doing so may also gain the indulgence by holding a specially blessed crucifix and piously meditating on the Passion of Our Lord while reciting:

    • One Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be for each Station
    • Five Our Fathers, Hail Marys and Glory Bes in memory of the Holy Wounds of Our Lord
    • One Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be "for the intention of the Sovereign Pontiff" (="the exaltation of Mother Church, the propagation of the Faith, the uprooting of heresy, the conversion of sinners, peace and concord among Christian nations, and the other needs of the Church.")
    • If the prayers are said in common (as in a family) it is sufficient that only one person hold the crucifix.

    In the Stations of the Cross we commemorate and remember how much our Savior loved us - to the very end. As we profess at Mass, His dying destroyed our death, and His Rising Again restored our life.

    Before each station, pray "We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you [genuflect] because by your Holy Cross you have redeemed the world."

    Blessing of the SSPX Chapel in Ireland included the Blessing of the Stations of the Cross

    Advice from St. Alphonsus Liguori: "The pious exercise of the Way of the Cross represents the sorrowful journey that Jesus Christ made with the cross on His shoulders, to die on Calvary for the love of us. We should, therefore, practice this devotion with the greatest possible fervor, placing ourselves in spirit beside our Savior as He walked this sorrowful way, uniting our tears with His, and offering to Him both our compassion and our gratitude."
    The Stations of the Cross:
    1. Jesus is Condemned to death
    2. Jesus carries the Cross
    3. Jesus falls the first time
    4. Jesus meets his Mother Mary
    5. Simon of Cyrene helps Jesus to carry the Cross
    6. Veronica wipes the face of Jesus
    7. Jesus falls the Second Time
    8. Jesus meets the Women of Jerusalem
    9. Jesus falls the third time
    10. Jesus is stripped of His garments
    11. Jesus is nailed to the Cross
    12. Jesus dies
    13. Jesus' body is taken down
    14. Jesus' body is placed in the tomb

    A plenary indulgence* is granted to the faithful for making the Stations of the Cross under the normal conditions:
    • one is free from all attachment from sin
    • one receives the Sacraments of Penance and the Eucharist (I believe 7 days before or after)
    • one prays for the intentions of the Pope
    *A plenary indulgence is the removal of all punishment due to sin. Even though you are forgiven in Confession, the punishment remains unless an indulgence is granted (Read more: Indulgences)

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    As Christ said, “Take up you cross and follow Me.” Who better than Our Lord knows what we suffer. Make the Benedictine Way of the Cross while following along with our beautiful Stations of the Cross booklet filled with colored mosaic pictures. Hear the heavenly voices of the children as they sing Stabat Mater Dolorosa. You will love this CD because it is easy to meditate on the Passion of Our Lord as you make the Way of the Cross.  The CD includes all fourteen Stations of the Cross with the beautiful Stabat Mater Dolorosa between each Station.

    Also included on the CD are a number of Lenten hymns including Now Are the Days of Humblest Prayer, Attende Domine, Parce Domine, What a Sea of Tears and Sorrows, He Who Once in Righteous Vengenance, Adoramus te Christe, Overwhelmed in Depths of Woe, and several others!

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    del_button July 29, 2005 at 1:40 PM
    Jordan said...

    Some common prayers whilst with a priest and faithful, are like you said:

    (whilst genuflecting)P/ We adore thee O Christ and we praise thee.

    C/Becuase by thy Holy cross thou hast redeemed the world.

    And, whilst moving from station to station:

    All: Holy Mother, pierce me thorugh, in my heart each wound renew, of my saviour crucified.

    del_button July 29, 2005 at 5:14 PM
    Moneybags said...

    At my parish we remain in our pews, so we don't say the last prayer you mentioned.

    del_button August 2, 2005 at 10:10 AM
    Jordan said...

    Yes we do aswell Money, but the priest and faithful still say it. I forgot one other awell which we say before the Our father etc ..

    "I love thee Jesus, my love above all things. And I repent with my whole heart of having offended thee. Never permit me to seperate myself from thee again, grant that I may love thee always, and then do with me what thou wilt"

    del_button March 2, 2007 at 12:48 PM
    s4c said...

    My Priests, we have two, refuse to lead this devotion. They say that the laity should do it. I dissagree. Which is proper?

    del_button March 2, 2007 at 1:12 PM
    Moneybags said...

    With a priest able to say the Stations, the priest should definitely lead them instead of a layperson.

    del_button March 2, 2007 at 2:26 PM
    Anonymous said...

    Thank you for a quick response. Im curious where I can find something that gives the answer an "offical" flavor. Is it written that the Priest should lead the devotion?

    del_button March 27, 2009 at 10:35 PM
    D7 said...

    At our parish, the priest does not lead the Stations of the Cross. He asks each church society to take a Friday and lead the service. He does not even attend. I would feel much better if he attended, at the very least. It would seem more official, somehow. I don't know if it is wrong to feel bad about this, but I do miss having a priest at these services.

    del_button April 14, 2017 at 6:14 PM
    Michelle Tavakoli said...

    Pray for him, not a good example I'm afraid. The Pope does it. During Lent he should follow along at least, if he's not leading them.

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