THE WAY OF THE CROSS
Kneeling, make an Act of Contrition, and form the intention of gaining the related indulgences, whether for yourself or for the Souls in Purgatory. (Indulgences: See Footnote Station 14.)
Act of Contrition: O my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended Thee, and I detest my sins above every other evil because they are displeasing to Thee, my God. Who for thy infinite goodness are so deserving of all my love and I firmly resolve by Thy holy grace never more to offend Thee and to amend my life. Amen.
Preparatory Prayer: My Lord Jesus Christ, Thou hast made this journey to die for me with love unutterable, and I have so many times unworthily abandoned Thee; but now I love Thee with my whole heart, and because I love Thee, I repent sincerely for ever having offended Thee. Pardon me, my God, and permit me to accompany Thee on this journey. You died for the love of me; I wish also, my beloved Redeemer, to die for the love of Thee. My Jesus, I will live and die always united to Thee.
STATION I: Jesus is Condemned to Death
V: We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You
R: Because, by Your holy cross, You have redeemed the world.
V: Consider how Jesus Christ, after being scourged and crowned with thorns, was unjustly condemned by Pilate to die on the cross.
All: My adorable Jesus, it was not Pilate; no, it was my sins that condemned You to die. I beseech You, by the merits of this sorrowful journey, to assist my soul on its journey to eternity.
I love Thee, my beloved Jesus; I love Thee more than myself, I repent with my whole heart of ever having offended Thee. Never permit me to separate myself from Thee again. Grant that I may love Thee always; and then do with me what Thou wilt.
Hymn Stabat Mater Stanza:
All: Sing or Say:
At the cross her station keeping
Stood the mournful Mother weeping
Close to Jesus to the last
Holy Mother! pierce me through
In my heart each wound renew
Of my Saviour crucified
… V: Have Mercy on Us, O Lord. R: Have Mercy on Us …