Lent 2020: The Stations of the Cross

This year, our Stations of the Cross come from St Pius X Catholic Church, Plumstead, Cape Town, South Africa. They were painted by Alfred Krenz (1899 – 1980) who was born in Vienna but spent much of his working life in Cape Town. These stations were presented by him to the church in 1956. 

Praying the Stations of the Cross

To pray the Way of the Cross requires only that you meditate on each station. Before each station you may say:

 

We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you.

Lord by your Cross and Resurrection, you have redeemed the world.

After each station you may say an Our Father, Hail Mary, or Glory Be.

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Let me remember all those condemned unjustly. Give me the wisdom not to "go along with the crowd".

No one has greater love than this, to lay down one's life for one's friends.

John 15:13

Jesus is condemned

The First Station

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Let me take up my cross daily and ask for God's grace to help me through each day.

If anyone wishes to come after Me, they must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow Me.

Luke 9:23

Jesus receives his cross

The Second Station

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Remember the deprived and the lonely. It is easy to fall but divine grace is always at hand.

He has broken my teeth with gravel, pressed my face in the dust; my soul is deprived of peace, I have forgotten what happiness is. 

Lamentations 3:16-17

Jesus falls the first time

The Third Station

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Let me dwell on the pain of all parents when their children are suffering and help seems unavailable.

Come, all you pass by the way, look and see whether there is any suffering like My suffering.

Lamentations 1:12

Jesus meets His Mother

The Fourth Station

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I remember the times I have struggled to bear my burdens and those who helped me.

Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for Me.

Matthew 25:40

Simon helps Jesus

The Fifth Station

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Let me break through the bustle of life and offer help where it is needed.

Without beauty, without majesty we saw him, no looks to attract our eyes; despised and rejected, a man of sorrows and familiar with suffering.

Isaiah 53:2-4

Veronica wipes Jesus' face

The Sixth Station

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When I feel abandoned by everyone let me remember how Jesus suffered for me.

Come to Me, all you who labour and are burdened, and I will give you rest.

Matthew 11:28

Jesus falls the second time

The Seventh Station

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How can I help and encourage those downtrodden by life's injustices.

A large number of people followed Him, including women who mourned and wailed for Him. Jesus turned and said to them, "Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for Me; weep for yourselves and for your children." 

Luke 23:27-28

Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem

The Eighth Station

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Allow me, in my frequent failings, to know that God's grace is always available.

Everyone who exalts themselves shall be humbled, and they who humbles themselves shall be exalted.

Luke 14:11

Jesus falls the third time

The Ninth Station

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Remember those who suffer loss of dignity because of the inhumanity of others.

When the soldiers crucified Jesus, they took His clothes, dividing them into four shares, one for each of them.

John 19:23

Jesus is stripped

The Tenth Station

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Let me remember the pain I cause when I neglect or reject the Christian way of life.

Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.

Luke 23:34

Jesus is nailed to the cross

The Eleventh Station

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Lord give me the peace of Christ at the end of my life.

He humbled Himself, becoming obedient to death, even to death on a cross. Therefore God exalted Him. 

Phil 2:8-9

Jesus dies on the Cross

The Twelfth Station

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Remember the tragedy of parents who receive the bodies of their children.

In this has the love of God been shown in our case, that God has sent His only-begotten Son into the world as propitiation for sins. 

I John 4:9-10

Jesus is taken down from the Cross

The Thirteenth Station

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Let the tomb be my source of new life. May I find light in times of darkness.

Unless the grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone. But if it dies, it brings forth much fruit.

John 12:24-25

Jesus is laid in the tomb

The Fourteenth Station

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Christ has died.

Christ is risen.

Christ will come again.

Image: The Resurrection, from The Resurrection Garden, Nairobi, Kenya.

Lord by Your Cross and Resurrection You have set us free. You are the Saviour of the World. 

The Resurrection

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