Opening and Final Prayer

In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

God come to my assistance.
Lord, make haste to help me.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
As it was in the beginning, is now and will be for ever. Amen.

Opening Prayer: (before the 1st Station)
O Jesus, our adorable Saviour, behold us prostrate at your feet, imploring your mercy for ourselves, and for the souls of all the faithful departed. Bestow on us the infinite merits of your passion, on which we are now about to meditate. Grant that while we trace this path of sights and tears, our hearts may be so touched with contrition and repentance, that we may be ready to embrace with joy all the crosses, sufferings, and humiliations of our life and pilgrimage.

Sing: (to the tune of Stabat Mater)
Jesus, Lord, condemned, defiled,
May we too be meek and mild
As we tread your holy way.

( The First Station… )

Final Prayer: (after the 14th Station)
O Lord Jesus Christ, help me to see in the cross the lengths to which man’s sin will go. Help me to see in the cross that sin is enmity to you, that sin is the destroyer of all beauty, and the enemy of all loveliness. Help me to see in the cross the lengths to which your love will go, that you did love us so much that you kept nothing back. Help me to see in the cross the horror of sin, and to depart for ever from it. Help me to see in the cross the wonder of your love and to surrender forever to it. I ask you this through your sorrowful mother. Amen.

May the Lord bless us, protect us from all evil, and bring us to everlasting life.

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  1. Washington says:

    I gratefull for this article since I am now able to go through the way of the cross alone and sometimes with other members of the small cristian family.


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