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 most merciful Jesus, with a contrite heart and penitent spirit, I bow down in profound humility before your divine majesty. I adore you as my supreme Lord and Master. I believe in you, I hope in you, I love you above all things. I am heartily sorry for having offended you, my Supreme and only God. I resolve to amend my life and, although I am unworthy to obtain mercy, the sight of your holy cross, on which you died, inspires me with hope and consolation. I will, therefore, meditate on your sufferings and visit the stations of your Passion in company with your sorrowful Mother and my guardian angel, with the intention of promoting your honor and saving my soul. I desire to gain all the indulgences granted for this holy exercise for myself and for the Poor Souls in Purgatory. O merciful Redeemer, who has said, “When I will be lifted from earth, I will draw all things to myself,” draw my heart and my love to you, that I may perform this devotion as perfectly as possible, and that I may live and die in union with you. Amen.

(  The First Station… )

Final Prayer: (after the 14th Station)
Almighty and eternal God, merciful Father, who have given to the human race your beloved Son as an example of humility, obedience, and patience, to precede us on the way of life, bearing the cross: Graciously grant us that we, inflamed by his infinite love, may take up the sweet yoke of his Gospel together with the mortification of the cross, following him as his true disciples, so that we shall one day gloriously rise with him and joyfully hear the final sentence: “Come, you blessed of my Father, and possess the kingdom which was prepared for you from the beginning,” where you reign with the Son and the Holy Spirit, and where we hope to reign with you, world without end. Amen.

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

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