Welcome to the Stations of the Cross

On this Good Friday, experience a series of nine stations depicting Jesus Christ on the day of his crucifixion. The purpose of each station is to guide us through the last day of Jesus’ life, his suffering, and death on a cross.
Drive-thru or walk to each station. Read the scripture and reflect and pray on the sufferings that Jesus endured on the cross to give us new life and salvation.
Receive a blessing balm at the end of your journey to anoint yourself as a follower of Jesus, who loves us, died for us, and rose from the grave on Easter morning.

Station 1 – Jesus is Condemned to Death

Mark 15:1-15
As soon as it was morning, the chief priests held a consultation with the elders and scribes and the whole council. They bound Jesus, led him away, and handed him over to Pilate. Pilate asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” He answered him, “You say so.” Then the chief priests accused him of many things. Pilate asked him again, “Have you no answer? See how many charges they bring against you.” But Jesus made no further reply, so that Pilate was amazed. Now at the festival he used to release a prisoner for them, anyone for whom they asked. Now a man called Barabbas was in prison with the rebels who had committed murder during the insurrection. So the crowd came and began to ask Pilate to do for them according to his custom. Then he answered them, “Do you want me to release for you the King of the Jews?” For he realized that it was out of jealousy that the chief priests had handed him over. But the chief priests stirred up the crowd to have him release Barabbas for them instead. Pilate spoke to them again, “Then what do you wish me to do with the man you call the King of the Jews?” They shouted back, “Crucify him!” Pilate asked them, “Why, what evil has he done?” But they shouted all the more, “Crucify him!” So Pilate, wishing to satisfy the crowd, released Barabbas for them; and afterflogging Jesus, he handed him over to be crucified.

Reflection
Do I tend to misjudge others? How could I see others through Jesus’ eyes?

Prayer
Lord Jesus, often I judge others and fail to be understanding of loving. Help me to see the people in my life through Your eyes and love Amen.

Station 2 – Jesus Willingly Takes Up His Cross

John 19:13-17
When Pilate heard these words, he brought Jesus outside and sat on the judge’s bench at a place called The Stone Pavement, or in Hebrew Gabbatha. Now it was the day of Preparation for the Passover; and it was about noon. He said to the Jews, “Here is your King!” They cried out, “Away with him! Away with him! Crucify him!” Pilate asked them, “Shall I crucify your King?” The chief priests answered, “We have no king but the emperor.” Then he handed him over to them to be crucified. So they took Jesus; and carrying the cross by himself, he went out to what is called The Place of the Skull, which in Hebrew is called Golgotha.

Reflection
What is the cross that you are carrying today?

Prayer
Lord Jesus, you embraced your cross to redeem the world. Grant us the same courage to live faithfully everyday. Amen.

Station 3 – Jesus Meets His Blessed Mother

John 19:26:27
When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing beside her, he said to his mother, “Woman, here is your son.” Then he said to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” And from that hour the disciple took her into his own home.

Lamentations 1:12
Is it nothing to you, all you who pass by? Look and see if there is any sorrow like my sorrow, which was brought upon me, which the LORD inflicted on the day of his fierce anger.

Reflection
Who in my close circle is grieving today and how could I comfort them?

Prayer
Lord Jesus, your mother Mary’s grief was surpassed by her love for you. So often you come to me through the love of others. Their love gives me new life. Help me to see how often you love me through the people in my life. Amen.

Station 4 – Simon the Cyrene Helps Jesus Carry His Cross

Mark 15:15-21
They compelled a passer-by, who was coming in from the country, to carry his cross; it was Simon of Cyrene, the father of Alexander and Rufus.

Mark 8:34
He called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.”

2 Timothy 2:3
Share in suffering like a good soldier of Christ Jesus.

Reflection
Are you carrying the burdens of others? How, so?

Prayer
Lord, help us to see those around us that need our support and gives us the love to help them in their journey. Amen.

Station 5 – Jesus is Stripped of His Garments

John 19:23-24
When the soldiers had crucified Jesus, they took his clothes and divided them into four parts, one for each soldier. They also took his tunic; now the tunic was seamless, woven in one piece from the top. So they said to one another, “Let us not tear it, but cast lots for it to see who will get it.” This was to fulfill what the scripture says, “They divided my clothes among themselves, and for my clothing they cast lots.”

Psalm 22:16-18
For dogs are all around me; a company of evildoers encircles me. My hands and feet have shriveled; I can count all my bones. They stare and gloat over me; they divide my clothes among themselves, and for my clothing they cast lots.

Reflection
How do I respond when I see evil happening to others?

Prayer
Lord, grant us courage to reject evil in whatever form it presents itself. Amen.

Station 6 – Jesus is Nailed to the Cross

Luke 23:33-43
When they came to the place that is called The Skull, they crucified Jesus there with the criminals, one on his right and one on his left. Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.” And they cast lots to divide his clothing. And the people stood by, watching; but the leaders scoffed at him, saying, “He saved others; let him save himself if he is the Messiah of God, his chosen one!” The soldiers also mocked him, coming up and offering him sour wine, and saying, “If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself!” There was also an inscription over him, “This is the King of the Jews.” One of the criminals who were hanged there kept deriding him and saying, “Are you not the Messiah? Save yourself and us!” But the other rebuked him, saying, “Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? And we indeed have been condemned justly, for we are getting what we deserve for our deeds, but this man has done nothing wrong.” Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” He replied, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”

John 19:1
Then Pilate took Jesus and had him flogged.

John 1:29
The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him and declared, “Here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!

Psalm 22:16-18
For dogs are all around me; a company of evildoers encircles me. My hands and feet have shriveled; I can count all my bones. They stare and gloat over me; they divide my clothes among themselves, and for my clothing they cast lots.

Reflection
When have I doubted God’s love for me? Where do I witness God’s never-changing love for me?

Prayer
Lord Jesus, I can never doubt your great love for me when I see you crucified. Help me to see your cross as the great sign of your love for me. Amen.

Station 7 – Jesus Dies on the Cross

John 19:28-37
After this, when Jesus knew that all was now finished, he said (in order to fulfill the scripture), “I am thirsty.” A jar full of sour wine was standing there. So they put a sponge full of the wine on a branch of hyssop and held it to his mouth. When Jesus had received thewine, he said, “It is finished.” Then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. Since it was the day of Preparation, the Jews did not want the bodies left on the cross during the sabbath, especially because that sabbath was a day of great solemnity. So they asked Pilate to have the legs of the crucifiedmen broken and the bodies removed. Then the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first and of the other who had been crucified with him. Butwhen they came to Jesus and saw that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. Instead, one of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear, and at once blood and water came out. (He who saw this has testified so that you also may believe. His testimony is true, and he knows that he tells thetruth.) These things occurred so that the scripture might be fulfilled, “None of his bones shall be broken.” And again another passage of scripture says, “They will look on the one whom they have pierced.”

Matthew 27:50
Then Jesus cried again with a loud voice and breathed his last.

Reflection
What are the crosses in my life that serve as ways of loving God?

Prayer
Lord Jesus, your broken lifeless body calls me to a deeper faith. You chose death, even death on the cross. Help me to see bearing my cross as a way of loving you. Amen.

Station 8 – Jesus is Taken Down from the Cross

John 19:38-40
After these things, Joseph of Arimathea, who was a disciple of Jesus, though a secret one, because of his fear of the Jews, asked Pilate to let him take away the body of Jesus. Pilate gave him permission; so he came and removed his body. Nicodemus, who had at first come to Jesus by night, alsocame, bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, weighing about a hundred pounds. They took the body of Jesus and wrapped it with the spices in linen cloths, according to the burial custom of the Jews.

Psalm 22:14-15
I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint; my heart is like wax; it is melted within my breast; my mouth is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue sticks to my jaws; you lay me in the dust of death.

Reflection
What am I called to release into the hands of God?

Prayer
Lord Jesus, seeing your body taken from the cross reminds me of how fearful I am of letting go of my own life. I am frightened when I think of being unimportant, useless, and helpless. Help me to place my life and my worth in your hands.  Amen.

Station 9 – Jesus Laid in the Tomb

Mark 15:46-47
Then Joseph bought a linen cloth, and taking down the body, wrapped it in the linen cloth, and laid it in a tomb that had been hewn out of the rock. He then rolled a stone against the door of the tomb. Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Jesus saw where the body was laid.

Matthew 27:57-61
When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who was also a disciple of Jesus. He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus; then Pilate ordered it to be given to him. So Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a clean linen cloth and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn in the rock. He then rolled a great stone to the door of the tomb and went away. Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were there, sitting opposite the tomb.

Reflection
When do I feel alone and abandoned? Where in in my life do I witness God’s closeness and loving presence?

Prayer
Lord Jesus, when I see the great stone sealing your tomb, I feel alone and abandoned. Even though you sometimes seem distant or absent in my life, help me to always believe in your closeness and loving presence.  Amen.

Benediction

Jesus, we wait here by your tomb, carrying our grief; the grief of the betrayer, the grief of the denier, the grief of the crucifiers.
We carry the grief of the lost, the heartbroken, the bereft.
Upon you was laid the grief of us all.
It is finished.
God of endings, God of darkness, God of the tomb, God of dark days.

Station 10 – Good Friday Mission

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