Stations of the Cross – Part 3

Stations of the Cross

Stations of the Cross is a way of praying with Jesus as we remember all he suffered for us. It is used by many Christians during Lent, Holy Week and especially on Good Friday.

This version follows the Bible readings which describe Jesus’ final hours.  For each station there is an image by Ally Barrett, a Bible reading and a question.

The questions are inspired by the American spiritual song “Were You There When They Crucified My Lord?”  The question is an invitation to imagine yourself in the story.  What would you see, hear, smell?  How would you feel?  What would you be thinking?

The final line is a suggested focus for prayer.

You may want to use the spaces in the booklet to doodle or write your own prayers.

Artworks kindly shared by Rev Dr Ally Barrett (https://reverendally.org/clipart/) The Bible readings are taken from the New Living Translation copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation.  The questions and prayer prompts were written by Susan West. The Opening and Closing Prayers are from Common Worship Times and Seasons © The Archbishops Council 2000

Opening Prayer

Almighty and everlasting God,
who in your tender love towards the human race
sent your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ
to take upon him our flesh
and to suffer death upon the cross:
grant that we may follow the example of his patience and humility,
and also be made partakers of his resurrection;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
All   Amen.

10 Jesus is crucified – Luke 23: 32-34

32 Two others, both criminals, were led out to be executed with him. 33 When they came to a place called The Skull, they nailed him to the cross. And the criminals were also crucified—one on his right and one on his left.

34 Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing.” And the soldiers gambled for his clothes by throwing dice.

Were you there when they nailed him to the tree?
Remember all compelled to act under orders.

11 Jesus speaks to his mother – John 19: 25-27

25 Standing near the cross were Jesus’ mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary (the wife of Clopas), and Mary Magdalene. 26 When Jesus saw his mother standing there beside the disciple he loved, he said to her, “Dear woman, here is your son.” 27 And he said to this disciple, “Here is your mother.” And from then on this disciple took her into his home.

Were you there when Mary’s eyes filled with tears?
Remember all who feel helpless.

12 Jesus dies – Luke 23: 44-46

44 By this time it was about noon, and darkness fell across the whole land until three o’clock. 45 The light from the sun was gone. And suddenly, the curtain in the sanctuary of the Temple was torn down the middle. 46 Then Jesus shouted, “Father, I entrust my spirit into your hands!” And with those words he breathed his last.

Were you there when the sun refused to shine?
Remember all living in the darkness of despair.

13 Jesus placed in the tomb – Matthew 27: 57-60

57 As evening approached, Joseph, a rich man from Arimathea who had become a follower of Jesus, 58 went to Pilate and asked for Jesus’ body. And Pilate issued an order to release it to him. 59 Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a long sheet of clean linen cloth. 60 He placed it in his own new tomb, which had been carved out of the rock. Then he rolled a great stone across the entrance and left.

Were you there when they rolled the stone in place?
Remember all who see no way forward
.

Holy Saturday…

Do not rush too quickly to the final station. Wait as Jesus’ friends waited…

14 Easter Day – Matthew 28: 5-7

Then the angel spoke to the women. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I know you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead, just as he said would happen. Come, see where his body was lying. And now, go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and he is going ahead of you to Galilee. You will see him there. Remember what I have told you.”

Were you there when he rose up from the dead?
Rejoice!

Closing Prayers

Let us pray for the coming of God’s kingdom
in the words our Saviour taught us.

The Lord’s Prayer is said.

Most merciful God,
who by the death and resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ
delivered and saved the world:
grant that by faith in him who suffered on the cross
we may triumph in the power of his victory;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
Amen.

You are worthy, O Lamb, for you were slain,
and by your blood you ransomed for God
saints from every tribe and language and nation;
you have made them to be a kingdom and priests
serving our God.
We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you,
because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

To him who loves us
and has freed us from our sins by his blood,
and made us a kingdom of priests
to stand and serve before our God;
to him who sits upon the throne and to the Lamb
be praise and honour, glory and might,
for ever and ever. Amen.

Stations of the Cross – Part 2

Stations of the Cross

Stations of the Cross is a way of praying with Jesus as we remember all he suffered for us. It is used by many Christians during Lent, Holy Week and especially on Good Friday.

This version follows the Bible readings which describe Jesus’ final hours.  For each station there is an image by Ally Barrett, a Bible reading and a question.

The questions are inspired by the American spiritual song “Were You There When They Crucified My Lord?”  The question is an invitation to imagine yourself in the story.  What would you see, hear, smell?  How would you feel?  What would you be thinking?

The final line is a suggested focus for prayer.

You may want to use the spaces in the booklet to doodle or write your own prayers.

Artworks kindly shared by Rev Dr Ally Barrett (https://reverendally.org/clipart/) The Bible readings are taken from the New Living Translation copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation.  The questions and prayer prompts were written by Susan West. The Opening and Closing Prayers are from Common Worship Times and Seasons © The Archbishops Council 2000

Opening Prayer

Almighty and everlasting God,
who in your tender love towards the human race
sent your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ
to take upon him our flesh
and to suffer death upon the cross:
grant that we may follow the example of his patience and humility,
and also be made partakers of his resurrection;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.All   Amen.

6 The scourging and crowning with thorns – John 19: 1-3

Then Pilate had Jesus flogged with a lead-tipped whip. The soldiers wove a crown of thorns and put it on his head, and they put a purple robe on him. “Hail! King of the Jews!” they mocked, as they slapped him across the face.

Were you there when the soldiers held the whip?
Remember all who suffer cruelty.

7 Jesus bears his cross – John 19: 6, 15-17

When they saw him, the leading priests and Temple guards began shouting, “Crucify him! Crucify him!”

“Take him yourselves and crucify him,” Pilate said. “I find him not guilty.”

15 “Away with him,” they yelled. “Away with him! Crucify him!”

“What? Crucify your king?” Pilate asked.

“We have no king but Caesar,” the leading priests shouted back.

16 Then Pilate turned Jesus over to them to be crucified.

So they took Jesus away. 17 Carrying the cross by himself, he went to the place called Place of the Skull (in Hebrew, Golgotha).

Were you there when they laid the cross on him?
Remember all who carry heavy burdens in life.

8 Simon helps Jesus – Mark 15: 21

21 A passer-by named Simon, who was from Cyrene, was coming in from the countryside just then, and the soldiers forced him to carry Jesus’ cross. (Simon was the father of Alexander and Rufus.)

Were you there when Simon helped the Lord?
Remember all who come to the aid of others.

9 Jesus meets the women – Luke 23: 27-31

27 A large crowd trailed behind, including many grief-stricken women. 28 But Jesus turned and said to them, “Daughters of Jerusalem, don’t weep for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children. 29 For the days are coming when they will say, ‘Fortunate indeed are the women who are childless, the wombs that have not borne a child and the breasts that have never nursed.’ 30 People will beg the mountains, ‘Fall on us,’ and plead with the hills, ‘Bury us.’ 31 For if these things are done when the tree is green, what will happen when it is dry?[

Were you there when the women wept for him?
Remember all who grieve for loved ones.

Stations of the Cross – Part 1

Stations of the Cross is a way of praying with Jesus as we remember all he suffered for us. It is used by many Christians during Lent, Holy Week and especially on Good Friday.

This version follows the Bible readings which describe Jesus’ final hours.  For each station there is an image by Ally Barrett, a Bible reading and a question.

The questions are inspired by the American spiritual song “Were You There When They Crucified My Lord?”  The question is an invitation to imagine yourself in the story.  What would you see, hear, smell?  How would you feel?  What would you be thinking?

The final line is a suggested focus for prayer.

You may want to use the spaces in the booklet to doodle or write your own prayers.

Artworks kindly shared by Rev Dr Ally Barrett (https://reverendally.org/clipart/) The Bible readings are taken from the New Living Translation copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation.  The questions and prayer prompts were written by Susan West. The Opening and Closing Prayers are from Common Worship Times and Seasons © The Archbishops Council 2000

Opening Prayer

Almighty and everlasting God,
who in your tender love towards the human race
sent your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ
to take upon him our flesh
and to suffer death upon the cross:
grant that we may follow the example of his patience and humility,
and also be made partakers of his resurrection;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
All   Amen.


1 Jesus in the garden – Matthew 26: 36-41

36 Then Jesus went with them to the olive grove called Gethsemane, and he said, “Sit here while I go over there to pray.” 37 He took Peter and Zebedee’s two sons, James and John, and he became anguished and distressed. 38 He told them, “My soul is crushed with grief to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.”

39 He went on a little farther and bowed with his face to the ground, praying, “My Father! If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.”

40 Then he returned to the disciples and found them asleep. He said to Peter, “Couldn’t you watch with me even one hour? 41 Keep watch and pray, so that you will not give in to temptation. For the spirit is willing, but the body is weak!”

Were you there when Jesus fell upon his knees?
Remember all who call out in anguish.


2 Betrayal and arrest – Mark 14: 43-46

43 And immediately, even as Jesus said this, Judas, one of the twelve disciples, arrived with a crowd of men armed with swords and clubs. They had been sent by the leading priests, the teachers of religious law, and the elders. 44 The traitor, Judas, had given them a prearranged signal: “You will know which one to arrest when I greet him with a kiss. Then you can take him away under guard.” 45 As soon as they arrived, Judas walked up to Jesus. “Rabbi!” he exclaimed and gave him the kiss.

46 Then the others grabbed Jesus and arrested him.

Were you there when a kiss betrayed our Lord?
Remember all who are damaged by lies.


3 Trial by the Sanhedrin – Luke 22: 66-71

66 At daybreak all the elders of the people assembled, including the leading priests and the teachers of religious law. Jesus was led before this high council, 67 and they said, “Tell us, are you the Messiah?”

But he replied, “If I tell you, you won’t believe me. 68 And if I ask you a question, you won’t answer. 69 But from now on the Son of Man will be seated in the place of power at God’s right hand.”

70 They all shouted, “So, are you claiming to be the Son of God?”

And he replied, “You say that I am.”

71 “Why do we need other witnesses?” they said. “We ourselves heard him say it.”

Were you there when Jesus was accused?
Remember all who face unjust trial.


4 Denial by Peter – Matthew 26: 69-75

69 Meanwhile, Peter was sitting outside in the courtyard. A servant girl came over and said to him, “You were one of those with Jesus the Galilean.”

70 But Peter denied it in front of everyone. “I don’t know what you’re talking about,” he said.

71 Later, out by the gate, another servant girl noticed him and said to those standing around, “This man was with Jesus of Nazareth.”

72 Again Peter denied it, this time with an oath. “I don’t even know the man,” he said.

73 A little later some of the other bystanders came over to Peter and said, “You must be one of them; we can tell by your Galilean accent.”

74 Peter swore, “A curse on me if I’m lying—I don’t know the man!” And immediately the rooster crowed.

75 Suddenly, Jesus’ words flashed through Peter’s mind: “Before the rooster crows, you will deny three times that you even know me.” And he went away, weeping bitterly.

Were you there when the cockerel crowed three times? Remember all who fail through fear.

5 Judgement by Pilate – Mark 15: 1-15

Very early in the morning the leading priests, the elders, and the teachers of religious law—the entire high council—met to discuss their next step. They bound Jesus, led him away, and took him to Pilate, the Roman governor. Pilate asked Jesus, “Are you the king of the Jews?” Jesus replied, “You have said it.”

Then the leading priests kept accusing him of many crimes, and Pilate asked him, “Aren’t you going to answer them? What about all these charges they are bringing against you?” But Jesus said nothing, much to Pilate’s surprise.

Now it was the governor’s custom each year during the Passover celebration to release one prisoner—anyone the people requested. One of the prisoners at that time was Barabbas, a revolutionary who had committed murder in an uprising. The crowd went to Pilate and asked him to release a prisoner as usual.

“Would you like me to release to you this ‘King of the Jews’?” Pilate asked. 10 (For he realized by now that the leading priests had arrested Jesus out of envy.) 11 But at this point the leading priests stirred up the crowd to demand the release of Barabbas instead of Jesus. 12 Pilate asked them, “Then what should I do with this man you call the king of the Jews?” 13 They shouted back, “Crucify him!” 14 “Why?” Pilate demanded. “What crime has he committed?” But the mob roared even louder, “Crucify him!”

15 So to pacify the crowd, Pilate released Barabbas to them. He ordered Jesus flogged with a lead-tipped whip, then turned him over to the Roman soldiers to be crucified.

Were you there when Jesus was condemned?
Remember all we fail to stand up for.