SAINT MARY'S SCHOOL VIRTUAL STATIONS OF THE CROSS

Station 1: Jesus is condemned to death

Leader: We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You.

All: Because by Your holy cross You have redeemed the world.

 

Jesus, you stand all alone before Pilate. Nobody speaks up for you. Nobody helps defend you. You devoted your entire life to helping others, listening to the smallest ones, caring for those who were ignored by others. They don't seem to remember that as they prepare to put you to death.

 

As a child, sometimes I feel alone. Sometimes I feel that others don't stand up for me and defend me when I am afraid.

 

Help me be grateful for what you did for me. Help me to accept criticism and unfairness as you did, and not complain. Help me pray for those who have hurt me.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be...

Station 2: Jesus takes up His cross

Leader: We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You.

All: Because by Your holy cross You have redeemed the world.

 

Jesus, as you accepted your cross, you knew you would carry it to your death on Calvary. You accepted it, even though it wasn't easy.


As a child, sometimes I don't like the problems that come my way. Sometimes I become upset when I'm asked to do even the smallest thing to help others.


God, my problems may seem small to those around me, but you know how hard they are for me to carry sometimes. When I'm tempted to complain, help me remember Jesus and the cross he carried for me.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be...

Station 3: Jesus falls the first time

Leader: We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You.

All: Because by Your holy cross You have redeemed the world.

 

Jesus, the cross you have been carrying is very heavy. You are becoming weak and almost ready to faint, and you fall down. Nobody seems to want to help.


As a child, sometimes I start to do something, but then get tired of it. I hurry to get finished and sometimes don't do my work to the best of my ability. Sometimes I don't pay attention to what I should be doing.

 

God, I know there are many times when I give up before I should. I need to think of the cross Jesus carried, and how he got up again and kept moving.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be...

Station 4: Jesus meets his mother

Leader: We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You.

All: Because by Your holy cross You have redeemed the world.

 

Jesus, you feel so alone with all those people yelling and screaming at you. You look for a friendly face in the crowd. You see your mother. She can't make the hurting stop, but it helps to see that she is there with you.

 

As a child, sometimes I feel like too many things are going on. I need to look around me for a friendly face, and for the help I need.

 

God, you gave me my parents. I thank you for that gift. Help me to show my love and appreciation to them. When I feel alone, help me to realize that you are my parent, the friendly face that I can depend upon to give me the help I need.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be...

Station 5: Simon helps carry Jesus' cross

Leader: We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You.

All: Because by Your holy cross You have redeemed the world.

 

Jesus, the soldiers are becoming impatient. As you grow weaker, they grab a man named Simon out of the crowd and make him help you carry the cross.


As a child, sometimes I see people who need my help. Sometimes I pretend not to hear when my parents call me. I disappear when I know others could use my help.

 

God, help me notice the needs of those around me. Help me do more than just stand there and watch. Help me see the needs of others as opportunities for me to reach out and help like Simon did.

 

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be...

Station 6: Veronica wipes the face of Jesus

Leader: We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You.

All: Because by Your holy cross You have redeemed the world.

 

Jesus, suddenly a woman comes out of the crowd. Her name is Veronica. You can see how she cares for you as she begins to wipe the blood and sweat from your face.


As a child, sometimes I know someone could use a little help and understanding. They may be picked on or teased by others. Sometimes I feel bad that others don't step in to help, but I don't help either.

 

God, help me see the needs of others as being as important as my own needs. Remind me to go out of my way to be helpful, even if I'm not asked. Help me not be concerned about what others may think of me.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be...

Station 7: Jesus falls the second time

Leader: We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You.

All: Because by Your holy cross You have redeemed the world.

 

This is the second time you have fallen on the road. As the cross grows heavier and heavier it becomes more difficult to get up. But you continue to struggle and try until you're up and walking again.


As a child, sometimes things get me down. Others seem to find things easier to do or to learn. Each time I fail, I find it harder to keep trying.

 

God, help me when things seem difficult for me. Even when it's hard, help me get up and keep trying as you did. Help me do my best without comparing myself with others.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be...

Station 8: Jesus speaks to the women and children

Leader: We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You.

All: Because by Your holy cross You have redeemed the world.

 

Jesus, as you carry your cross you see a group of women along the road. As you pass by you see they are sad. You stop to spend a moment with them, to offer them some encouragement.


As a child, sometimes I think a lot about myself and what I'd like that I forget about the needs of others. I take them for granted and often ignore their needs.

 

God, many times I am selfish. I expect others to serve me while doing very little for them. Help me notice and respond to the needs others have, even when I have problems of my own.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be...

Station 9: Jesus falls the third time

Leader: We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You.

All: Because by Your holy cross You have redeemed the world.

 

Jesus, your journey has been long. You fall again, beneath your cross. You know your journey is coming to an end. You struggle and struggle. You get up and keep going.


As a child, sometimes I fail time and time again. I find it hard to get along with my sisters and brothers, sometimes I'm not honest, sometimes I'm lazy. I'm tempted to stop trying.


God, help me think of the cross Jesus carried. Help me continue to hope that I can make the changes in my life I need to. You didn't give up. I can have strength to get up again as well.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be...

Station 10: Jesus is stripped of his garments

Leader: We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You.

All: Because by Your holy cross You have redeemed the world.

 

The soldiers notice you have something of value. They remove your cloak and throw dice for it. Some of the people in the crowd make fun of you. They're not aware that you'll perform the greatest miracle of all!


As a child, sometimes I'm tempted to repeat stories I know are unclean and disrespectful.

 

God, help me to keep myself pure and clean. Help me say things that build up the people around me. Help me overcome worldly desires that I may become more like Jesus. Help me set a good example for others to follow.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be...

Station 11: Jesus is crucified

Leader: We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You.

All: Because by Your holy cross You have redeemed the world.

 

You are stretched out on the cross you have carried so far. The soldiers take big nails and drive them into your hands and feet. You feel abandoned by the people you loved so much.


As a child, sometimes I hurt others. Sometimes I join with friends and decide not to like someone else. Sometimes I say or do hurtful things to my brothers and sisters.

 

God, sometimes I act without thinking. I can be easily led, like the soldiers and the crowd that put Jesus to death. Never let me drive a nail into another by my prejudice or hatred.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be...

Station 12: Jesus dies on the Cross

Leader: We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You.

All: Because by Your holy cross You have redeemed the world.

 

As Jesus hung on the cross, He forgave the soldiers who had crucified Him, and prayed for His mother and friends. Jesus wanted all of us to be able to live forever with God, so He gave all He had for us.


Jesus, let me take a few moments now to consider Your love for me. Help me thank You for Your willingness to go to Your death for me. Help me express my love for You!

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be...

Station 13: Jesus is taken down from the Cross

Leader: We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You.

All: Because by Your holy cross You have redeemed the world.

 

Jesus, how brutally you were put to death. How gently you are taken from the cross. Your suffering and pain are ended, and you are put in the lap of your mother. The dirt and blood are wiped away. You are treated with love.

 

As a child, sometimes I treat others better when they're sad or in pain. When somebody dies, I become very gentle and kind. I notice the kind things people say about those who have died.

 

God, help me look for the good in those around me, especially those I love most. Help me become a more gentle and loving person through my greater appreciation for those around me.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be...

Station 14: Jesus is laid in the tomb

Leader: We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You.

All: Because by Your holy cross You have redeemed the world.

 

Jesus, your body is prepared for burial. Joseph gave you his own tomb. He laid your body there and rolled a large stone in front of it, then went home. What a sad day it has been for so many people.


As a child, sometimes I try to keep everything for myself. I find it hard to share my things with my brothers or sisters and with my friends.


God, help me think of Joseph of Arimathea, who risked his own life as he accepted Jesus' body for burial. Help me think of how Joseph loved Jesus so much that he gave him his own tomb.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be...

 

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