Stations of the Cross
Brief meditations on each of the Church's Stations of the Cross:
Luke 23: 13-24
Pilate then summoned the chief priest and the leading men and the people. “You have brought this man before me,” he said “as a political agitator. Now I have gone into the matter myself in your presence and found no case against the man… so I shall have him flogged and then let him go.” But as one man they shouted “Away with him! Give us Barabas!” (This man had been thrown into prison for causing a riot in the city and for murder). Pilate was anxious to set Jesus free and addressed them again, but they shouted back: “Crucify him! Crucify him!” … Pilate then gave this verdict: their demand was to be granted.
Lord, who accepted a mockery of human justice without resentment, make us willing to bear injustice and to become prisoners for your sake. Hear us and heal us, O Lord.
John 19: 1-6 & 17
Pilate then had Jesus taken away and scourged; and after this, the soldiers twisted some thorns into a crown and put it on his head, and dressed him in a purple robe… Pilate came outside again and said to them “I am going to bring him out to you to let you see that I find no case”. Jesus then came out wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe. Pilate said “here is this man”… The chief priest and the guards shouted “Crucify him!” So Pilate handed him over to the mto be crucified. They then took charge of Jesus, and carrying his own cross, he went out of the city to the place of the skull, or as it was called in Hebrew, Golgotha.
Lord, who bore the Cross made heavy by our sins, help us to carry the cross you have chosen for us and let us always see your footsteps before us on the road. Hear us and heal us, O Lord.
Hebrews 4: 14 & 15
Since in Jesus, the Son of God, we have the supreme priest who has gone through to the highest heaven, we must never lket go of the faith we have professed. For it is not as if we had a high priest who was incapable of feeling our weaknesses with us; but we have one who has been tempted in every way that we are, though he is without sin.
Lord, who fell beneath the weight of the Cross, open our eyes to the pain and injury our sins inflict, so we may come to hate sin as you hate it and love truth as you love it. Bring us repentance. Turn our bitterness to hope. Hear us and heal us, O Lord.
Luke 2: 34-35
As the child’s father and mother stood there, wondering at the things that were being said about him, Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, “You see this child. He is destined for the fall and rising of many in Israel, destined to be a sign that is rejected – and a sword will your own soul too – so that the secret thoughts of many may be laid bare.
Lord, who grew up in a family and who gave us your Mother to be our mother too, we ask you to become part of our families and of your family the church, and to transform them by your love. Make us truly your children. Hear us and heal us, O Lord.
Luke 23: 26
As they were leading him away, they seized on a man, Simon from Cyrene, who was coming in from the country, and made him shoulder the cross and carry it behind Jesus.
Lord, who accepted the help of an unwilling stranger to carry your Cross, make use of us even when we have become strangers to you through sin. Hear us and heal us, O Lord.
Isaiah 5: 2-3
Without beauty, without majesty (we saw him), no looks to attract our eyes; a thing despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows and familiar with suffering, a man to make people screen their faces; he was despised and we took no account of him.
Lord, who printed the image of your face on a white linen cloth, print your image in our hearts so we carry it always within us. Hear us and heal us, O Lord.
Matthew 16: 24 & 25
Jesus said to his disciples, “If anyone wants to be a follower of mine, let him renounce himself and take up his cross and follow me. For anyone who wants to save his life will lose it; but anyone who loses his life for my sake will find it.”
Lord, who fell beneath the weight of the Cross, open our eyes to the pain and injury our sins inflict, so we may come to hate sin as you hate it and love truth as you love it. Turn our bitterness to hope. Hear us and heal us, O Lord.
Luke 23: 27-31
Large numbers of people followed him, and of women, too, who mourned and lamented for him. But Jesus turned to them and said: “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me; weep rather for yourselves and for your children. For the days will surely come when people will say, ‘Happy are those who are barren, the wombs that have never borne, the breasts that have never suckled!’ Then they will begin to say to the mountains, ‘Fall on us!’; to the hills, ‘Cover us!’ For if men use the green wood like this, what will happen when it is dry?”
Lord who told the women “Weep for yourselves and for your children”, comfort our grief and accept the tears we weep for you as tokens of our love and signs of our repentance. Hear us and heal us, O Lord.
John 12: 23-26
Jesus replied to them: “Now the hour has come for the Son of man to be glorified. I tell you most solemnly, unless a grain of wheat falls on the ground and dies, it remains only a single grain; but if it dies, it yields a rich harvest. Anyone who loves his life loses it; anyone who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.”
Lord, who fell beneath the weight of the Cross, open our eyes to the ain and injury our sins inflict, so we may come to hate sin as you hate it and love truth as you love it. Turn our bitterness to hope. Hear us and heal us, O Lord.
John 19: 23-24
When the soldiers had finished crucifying Jesus they took his clothing and divided it into four shares, one for each soldier. His undergarment was seamless, woven in one piece from neck to hem; so they said to one another “Instead of tearing it, let us cast lots to decide who is to have it.”
Lord, who was stripped of every last possession, strip our hearts of all things we cling to that come between our lives and your love. Lay us bare to your calling. Hear us and heal us, O Lord.
Luke 23: 33-34
When they reached the place called The Skull, they crucified him there and the two criminals also, one on the right, the other on the left. Jesus said, “Father forgive them; they do not know what they are doing.”
Lord who let the nails be hammered home when angels could have saved you, help us to understand the wonder of your love that did not grudge the price of our redemption, but joyfully accepted suffering for our sake. Hear us and heal us, O Lord.
Luke 23: 44-46 & 49
It was now about the sixth hour and, with the sun eclipsed, a darkness came over the whole land until the ninth hour. The veil of the Temple was torn right down the middle; and when Jesus had cried out with a loud voice, he said “Father , into your hands I commend my spirit.” With these words he breathed his last… All his friends stood at a distance; so also did the women who had accompanied him from Galilee, and they saw all this happen.
Lord who died on the cross and rescued souls you had been sent to save, join us fast to you in your death so we may be joined with you in your kingdom. Teach us that nothing in life or death can separate us from you. Hear us and heal us, O Lord.
Mark 15: 42-47
It was now evening, and since it was Preparation Day (that is, the vigil of the sabbath) there came Joseph of Arimathaea, a prominent member of the Council, who himself lived in the hope of seeing the kingdom of God, and he went boldly to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Pilate, astonished that he should have died so soon, summoned the centurion and enquired if he was already dead. Having been assured of this by the centurion, he granted the corpse to Joseph who brought a shroud and took Jesus down from the cross.
Lord, whose friends knew the death of hope when you lay lifeless in their arms, bring us hope when all seems hopeless and faith when we have lost our way, and do not forsake us, when we forsake you. Hear us and heal us, O Lord.
Matthew 27: 62-66
Next day, that is when Preparation Day was over, the chief priest and the Pharisees went in a body to Pilate and said to him: “Your Excellency, we recall that this imposter said, while he was still alive, ‘After three days I shall rise again.’ Therefore give orders to have the sepulchre kept secure until the third day, for fear his disciples come and steal him away and tell the people ‘He has risen from the dead’.” ..”You may have your guard”, said Pilate to them. “Go and make all as secure as you know how.” So they went and made the sepulchre secure, putting seals on the stone and mounting a guard.
Lord whose home is heaven yet whose body lay in a stranger’s grave, help us to know that there is no place so mean that you will not enter it, and no place so dark that you will not fill it with your light. Grant us your peace. Hear us and heal us, O Lord.
The Stations Of The Cross were placed in this Church by the congregation in affectionate remembrance of Alan Augustin De Vere their Parish Priest from 1939 to 1949.