Catholic Parish of Our Lady of The Assumption
Manford Way, Hainault, Chigwell, Essex

STATIONS OF THE CROSS FOR VOCATIONS

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  • PREPARATORY PRAYER


    ALL: Gracious God, Each of us is called to discipleship with Your Son Jesus through the sacrament of Baptism. We are sent to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus, to share the good News of God’s saving love. Hear our prayer as we ponder the redemptive vocation of Jesus who continues to call men and women to walk in His way, renewing His Church and caring for His people. We give you thanks for the mystery of every vocation and we pray for all who have answered your call. Send forth Your Holy Spirit upon the faithful and enkindle in them the fire of your love, drawing many young men and women to dedicate themselves with an undivided heart to the love of Christ and His Kingdom. Amen.

  • THE FIRST STATION: JESUS IS CONDEMNED TO DEATH

    THE FIRST STATION


    V: We adore You, O Christ, and we praise you. (Genuflect)
    R: Because, by Your holy cross, you have redeemed the world. (Rise)

    V: Consider how Jesus Christ, after being scourged and crowned with thorns, was unjustly condemned by Pilate to die on the cross. (Kneel)
    R: Jesus, we ask that you call young men and women today to publicly accept your invitation to follow you in spite of what others may think or say. Give to them a passion for reaching out through your love to the needs of your brothers and sisters.

    (Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be…)

    At the Cross her station keeping,
    Mary stood in sorrow, weeping,
    When her Son was crucified.

  • THE SECOND STATION: JESUS RECEIVES THE CROSS

    THE SECOND STATION


    V: We adore You, O Christ, and we praise you. (Genuflect)
    R: Because, by Your holy cross, you have redeemed the world. (Rise)

    V: Consider Jesus as He walked this road with the cross on His shoulders, thinking of us, and offering to His Father in our behalf, the death He was about to suffer. (Kneel)
    R: Jesus, help those you call to see in the cross the symbol of union with you. Give to them the zeal and talent to minister to those who are burdened with pain, sorrow, confusion and alienation. Let them see that in the cross is life.

    (Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be...)

    While she waited in her anguish,
    Seeing Christ in torment languish,
    Bitter sorrow pierced her heart.

  • THE THIRD STATION: JESUS FALLS FOR THE FIRST TIME

    THE SECOND STATION


    V: We adore You, O Christ, and we praise you. (Genuflect)
    R: Because, by Your holy cross, you have redeemed the world. (Rise)

    V: Consider the first fall of Jesus. Loss of blood from the scourging and crowing with thorns had so weakened Him that He could hardly walk; and yet He had to carry that great load upon His shoulders. As the soldiers struck Him cruelly, He fell several times under the heavy cross. (Kneel)
    R: Jesus, let those you call know that they do not have to be perfect. Let them be open to your transforming grace that can accomplish more than anyone could imagine. Give to those who respond to your call to the priesthood and consecrated life, a deep trust that you will complete what you have begun in them.

    (Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be...)

    With what pain and desolation,
    With what noble resignation,
    Mary watched her dying Son.

  • THE FOURTH STATION: JESUS MEETS HIS AFFLICTED MOTHER

    THE SECOND STATION


    V: We adore You, O Christ, and we praise you. (Genuflect)
    R: Because, by Your holy cross, you have redeemed the world. (Rise)

    V: Consider how the Son met His Mother on His way to Calvary. Jesus and Mary gazed at each other and their looks became as so many arrows to wound those hearts which loved each other so tenderly (Kneel)
    R: Jesus, instil in young men and women the desire to come to know You’re Mother and find in their prayerful reflection of the scriptures, a woman of faith, hope and love whose vocation is an example for all. Help parents to promote and support vocations among their children, families and church communities.

    (Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be...)

    Ever patient in her yearning,
    Though her tear-filled eyes were burning,
    Mary gazed upon her Son.

  • THE FIFTH STATION: THE CROSS IS LAID UPON SIMON OF CYRENE

    THE SECOND STATION


    V: We adore You, O Christ, and we praise you. (Genuflect)
    R: Because, by Your holy cross, you have redeemed the world. (Rise)

    V: Consider how weak and weary Jesus was. At each step He was at the point of expiring. Fearing that He would die on the way when they wished Him to die the infamous death of the cross, they forced Simon of Cyrene to help carry the cross after Our Lord. (Kneel)
    R: Jesus, send forth your grace upon those you call to church leadership. Help them to accept and affirm others’ gifts in the building of community, in proclaiming the message and in reaching out in service.

    (Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be...)

    Who, that sorrow contemplating,
    On that passion meditating,
    Would not share the Virgin’s grief?

  • THE SIXTH STATION: VERONICA WIPES THE FACE OF JESUS

    THE SECOND STATION


    V: We adore You, O Christ, and we praise you. (Genuflect)
    R: Because, by Your holy cross, you have redeemed the world. (Rise)

    V: Consider the compassion of the holy woman, Veronica. Seeing Jesus in such distress, His face bathed in sweat and blood, she presented Him with her veil. Jesus wiped His face, and left upon the cloth the image of His sacred countenance. (Kneel)
    R: Jesus, call forth numerous men and women to see your face on all whom they meet. Help your servants to truly understand that whatever good is done to the least of your brothers and sisters is done to you.

    (Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be...)

    Christ she saw, for our salvation,
    Scourged with cruel acclamation,
    Bruised and beaten by the rod.

  • THE SEVENTH STATION: JESUS FALLS FOR THE SECOND TIME

    THE SECOND STATION


    V: We adore You, O Christ, and we praise you. (Genuflect)
    R: Because, by Your holy cross, you have redeemed the world. (Rise)

    V: Consider how the second fall of Jesus under His cross renews the pain in all the wounds of the head and members of our afflicted Lord. (Kneel)
    R: Jesus, teach those you call to the priesthood and consecrated life to accept their own and others’ limitations, relying on God’s merciful grace. Help them in these times of darkness to reach out especially to those whom the world calls “fallen”—persons who are addicted, imprisoned, poor, aged, of ill health.

    (Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be...)

    Christ she saw with life-blood failing,
    All her anguish unavailing,
    Saw him breathe his very last.

  • THE EIGHTH STATION: JESUS SPEAKS TO THE WOMEN OF JERUSALEM

    THE SECOND STATION


    V: We adore You, O Christ, and we praise you. (Genuflect)
    R: Because, by Your holy cross, you have redeemed the world. (Rise)

    V: Consider how the women wept with compassion seeing Jesus so distressed and dripping with blood as He walked along. Jesus said to them, "Weep not so much for me, but rather for your children." (Kneel)
    R: Jesus, remove any prejudices or biases from all whom you call to walk with you as priests or in the consecrated life. Let those who follow You see that all God’s people are created equal, male and female, regardless of race or culture, and that our heavenly Father has no favourites. Let their words and example speak of Christ’s justice, peace and joy.

    (Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be...)

    Mary, fount of love’s devotion,
    Let me share with true emotion
    All the sorrows you endured.

  • THE NINTH STATION: JESUS FALLS FOR THE THIRD TIME

    THE SECOND STATION


    V: We adore You, O Christ, and we praise you. (Genuflect)
    R: Because, by Your holy cross, you have redeemed the world. (Rise)

    V: Consider how Jesus Christ fell for the third time. He was extremely weak and the cruelty of His executioners was excessive; they tried to hasten His steps though He hardly had strength to move. (Kneel)
    R: Jesus, help those you call to know that all vocations are grace-filled; that priests, sisters, brothers, deacons, consecrated men and women, married and single are all favoured by God. Instil in them the understanding that nothing can separate them from the love of God who is actively present in good times and in bad.

    (Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be...)

    Virgin, ever interceding,
    Hear me in my fervent pleading:
    Fire me with your love of Christ.

  • THE TENTH STATION: JESUS IS STRIPPED OF HIS GARMENTS

    THE SECOND STATION


    V: We adore You, O Christ, and we praise you. (Genuflect)
    R: Because, by Your holy cross, you have redeemed the world. (Rise)

    V: Consider how Jesus was violently stripped of His clothes by His executioners. The inner garments adhered to his lacerated flesh and the soldiers tore them off so roughly that the skin came with them. Have pity for your Saviour so cruelly treated. (Kneel)
    R: Jesus, grant that all those being called to the priesthood and consecrated life will clothe themselves with sincere compassion, humility, kindness, gentleness and patience, forgiveness and thankfulness…and over all these virtues, let them put on love. May they understand that their vocation discernment is their deepest response to your love.

    (Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be...)

    Mother, may this prayer be granted:
    That Christ’s love may be implanted
    In the depths of my poor soul.

  • THE ELEVENTH STATION: JESUS IS NAILED TO THE CROSS

    THE SECOND STATION


    V: We adore You, O Christ, and we praise you. (Genuflect)
    R: Because, by Your holy cross, you have redeemed the world. (Rise)

    V: Consider Jesus, thrown down upon the cross, He stretched out His arms and offered to His eternal Father the sacrifice of His life for our salvation. They nailed His hands and feet, and then, raising the cross, left Him to die in anguish. (Kneel)
    R: Jesus, instil in youth today a deep desire to make a difference in the world no matter what the cost. Let the courageous example of modern martyrs inspire them to meet all challenges with faith, hope and love. Fill them with your presence and the grace to respond to the call to “go out to all the world.”

    (Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be...)

    At the Cross, your sorrow sharing,
    All our grief and torment bearing,
    Let me stand and mourn with you.

  • THE TWELFTH STATION: JESUS DIES UPON THE CROSS

    THE SECOND STATION


    V: We adore You, O Christ, and we praise you. (Genuflect)
    R: Because, by Your holy cross, you have redeemed the world. (Rise)

    V: Consider how Jesus, after three hours of agony on the cross, is finally overwhelmed with suffering and, abandoning Himself to the weight of His body, bows His head and dies. (Kneel)
    R: Jesus, give to all who are considering their vocation a deep love of the Eucharist, the Most Holy Sacrament of Your passion, death and resurrection. Let them find in the Mass a daily renewal of Your invitation to live their lives through You, with You, and in You, giving glory and honour to God our Father.

    (Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be...)

    Fairest maid of all creation,
    Queen of hope and consolation,
    Let me feel your grief sublime.

  • THE THIRTEENTH STATION: JESUS IS TAKEN DOWN FROM THE CROSS

    THE SECOND STATION


    V: We adore You, O Christ, and we praise you. (Genuflect)
    R: Because, by Your holy cross, you have redeemed the world. (Rise)

    V: Consider how, after Our Lord had died, He was taken down from the cross by two of His disciples, Joseph and Nicodemus, and placed in the arms of His afflicted Mother. She received Him with unutterable tenderness and pressed Him close to her bosom. (Kneel)
    R: Jesus, touch the minds, hearts and spirits of those you call to serve the people of God. Fill them with the assurance of our Blessed Mother’s love and care for them, especially as they grow to embrace their vocations. Enable them to respond to your call to bring your redeeming presence to a world grieving, fearful and hungry for Your Truth through prayer and service.

    (Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be...)

    Virgin, in your love befriend me,
    At the Judgement Day defend me,
    Help me by your constant prayer.

  • THE FOURTEENTH STATION: JESUS IS PLACED IN THE SEPULCHRE

    THE SECOND STATION


    V: We adore You, O Christ, and we praise you. (Genuflect)
    R: Because, by Your holy cross, you have redeemed the world. (Rise)

    V: Consider how the disciples carried the body of Jesus to its burial, while His holy Mother went with them and arranged it in the sepulchre with her own hands. They then closed the tomb and all departed. (Kneel)
    R: We thank you, Jesus, for the infinite power of your death and resurrection which brought salvation and healing to the world. We thank You for all whom you have called to follow you in the past 2000 years, men and women formally dedicating their lives to the building up of Your Church. We pray for all seminarians and novices in formation. Let all young men and women today reflect on the lives of the saints, and let them come to meet and know priests, religious, and lay ministers in our times who continue to respond to Christ’s call, "Come, follow me."

    (Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be...)

    Saviour, when my life shall leave me,
    Through your Mother’s prayers receive me
    With the fruits of victory.

    Let me to your love be taken,
    Let my soul in death awaken
    To the joys of Paradise. .

    At the end of the Stations the following is said:
    For us Christ became obedient even to accepting death,
    Death on a Cross.

    Let us pray.
    Almighty Father, look with mercy on this your family for which our Lord Jesus Christ was content to be betrayed and given up into the hands of wicked men and to suffer death upon the Cross who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, God for ever and ever. Amen.

  • PRAYER TO JESUS CHRIST CRUCIFIED

    Jesus on the cross


    My good and dear Jesus, I kneel before You, asking You most earnestly to engrave upon my heart a deep and lively faith, hope, and charity, with true repentance for my sins, and a firm resolve to make amends. As I reflect upon Your five wounds, and dwell upon them with deep compassion and grief, I recall, good Jesus, the words the Prophet David spoke long ago concerning Yourself: ``They pierced My hands and My feet; they have numbered all My bones.''

    The faithful who, after receiving Communion, recite this prayer before a picture of Christ Crucified may gain a plenary indulgence on any Friday in Lent and a partial indulgence on other days of the year, with the addition of prayers for the Holy Father's intention. (Enchiridion Indulgentiarum, no. 22) A Plenary indulgence is grated to the faithful who make the pious exercise of the Way of the Cross. Those who are impeded can gain the same indulgence if they spend at least one half an hour in pious reading and meditation on the Passion and Death of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Enchiridion Indulgentiarum, no. 63)