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Scriptural Stations of the Cross Presented by Pope John Paul II Good Friday 1991 The stations of the cross are based on those celebrated by Pope John Paul II on Good Friday 1991. They are presented here as an alternative to the traditional stations and as a way of reflecting more deeply on the Scriptural accounts of Christs passion. The presiding minister may be a priest, deacon, or layperson. This minister prays the opening and closing prayers, leads the acclamation, announces the stations, an

First Station Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane Minister We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you. All Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world. Reader Then Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to his disciples, Sit here while I go over there and pray. He took along Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to feel sorrow and distress. Then he said to them, My soul is sorrowful even to death. Remain here and keep watch with me. He advanced a little and

Second Station Jesus, Betrayed by Judas, is Arrested Minister We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you. All Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world. Reader Then, while Jesus was still speaking, Judas, one of the Twelve, arrived, accompanied by a crowd with swords and clubs, who had come from the chief priests, the scribes, and the elders. His betrayer had arranged a signal with them, saying, the man I shall kiss is the one arrest him and lead him away securely. He came and immed

Third Station Jesus is Condemned by the Sanhedrin Minister We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you. All Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world. Reader When day came the council of elders of the people met, both chief priests and scribes, and they brought him before their Sanhedrin. They said, If you are the Messiah, tell us, but he replied to them, If I tell you, you will not believe, and if I question, you will not respond. But from this time on the Son of Man will be seated a

Fourth Station Jesus is Denied by Peter Minister We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you. All Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world. Reader Now Peter was sitting outside in the courtyard. One of the maids came over to him and said, You too were with Jesus the Galilean. But he denied it in front of everyone, saying, I do not know what you are talking about As he went out to the gate, another girl saw him and said to those who were there, This man was with Jesus the Nazorean. Ag

Fifth Station Jesus is Judged by Pilate Minister We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you. All Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world. Reader The chief priests with the elders and the scribes, that is, the whole Sanhedrin, held a council. They bound Jesus, led him away, and handed him over to Pilate. Pilate questioned him, Are you the king of the Jews He said to him in reply, You say so. The chief priests accused him of many things. Again Pilate questioned him, Have you no answe

Sixth Station Jesus is Scourged and Crowned with Thorns Minister We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you. All Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world. Reader Then Pilate took Jesus and had him scourged. And the soldiers wove a crown out of thorns and placed it on his head, and clothed him in a purple cloak, and they came to him and said,Hail, King of the Jews And they struck him repeatedly. John 19 13 Sixth Station Minister Lord, grant us patience in times of suffering that we

Seventh Station Jesus Bears the Cross Minister We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you. All Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world. Seventh Station Reader When the chief priests and the guards saw Jesus they cried out, Crucify him, crucify him Pilate said to them, Take him yourselves and crucify him. I find no guilt in him. ... They cried out, Take him away, take him away Crucify him Pilate said to them, Shall I crucify your king The chief priests answered, We have no king bu

Eighth Station Jesus is Helped by Simon the Cyrenian to Carry the Cross Minister We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you. All Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world. Reader They pressed into service a passerby, Simon, a Cyrenian, who was coming in from the country, the father of Alexander and Rufus, to carry his cross. Mark 15 21 Eighth Station Minister Lord, grant us willing spirits that we may be your instruments on earth. All Lord Jesus, help us walk in your steps.

Ninth Station Jesus Meets the Women of Jerusalem Minister We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you. All Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world. Ninth Station Reader A large crowd of people followed Jesus, including many women who mourned and lamented him. Jesus turned to them and said, Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me weep instead for yourselves and for your children, for indeed, the days are coming when people will say, Blessed are the barren, the wombs that never b

Tenth Station Jesus is Crucified Minister We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you. All Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world. Reader When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him and the criminals there, one on his right, the other on his left. Then Jesus said, Father, forgive them, they know not what they do. Luke 23 3334 Tenth Station Minister Lord, grant us merciful hearts that we may bring your reconciliation and forgiveness to all. All Lord Jesus, hel

Eleventh Station Jesus Promises His Kingdom to the Good Thief Minister We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you. All Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world. Eleventh Station Reader Now one of the criminals hanging there reviled Jesus, saying, Are you not the Messiah Save yourself and us. The other, however, rebuking him, said in reply, Have you no fear of God, for you are subject to the same condemnation And indeed, we have been condemned justly, for the sentence we received c

Twelfth Station Jesus Speaks to His Mother and the Disciple Minister We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you. All Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world. Reader Standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother and his mothers sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary of Magdala. When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple there whom he loved, he said to his mother, Woman, behold, your son. Then he said to the disciple, Behold, your mother. And from that hour the disciple took her

Thirteenth Station Jesus Dies on the Cross Minister We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you. All Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world. Reader It was now about noon and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon because of an eclipse of the sun. Then the veil of the temple was torn down the middle. Jesus cried out in a loud voice, Father, into your hands I commend my spirit and when he had said this he breathed his last. Luke 23 4446 Thirteenth Station Mi

Fourteenth Station Jesus is Placed in the Tomb Minister We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you. All Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world. Reader When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea named Joseph, who was himself a disciple of Jesus. He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus then Pilate ordered it to be handed over. Taking the body, Joseph wrapped it in clean linen and laid it in his new tomb that he had hewn in the rock. Then he rolled a huge st

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