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Stations of the Cross

It is customary during Lent to pray the Stations of the Cross.  The Stations above come from various dorm chapels on Notre Dame’s campus.  Each represents the Passion of our Lord in a unique way.  

You are encouraged to meditate on the image of each Station, allowing their simple but profound message to guide your thoughts and prayers.  The prayers below are intended to support you in this process.

Stations of the Cross 


Station 1 – Jesus is condemned to death 
Lord Jesus,
Grant us the courage not to judge. Purify our hearts with tolerance and understanding. 
Amen.

Station 2 – Jesus accepts the cross 
Lord Jesus,
Help us to say “yes” to new opportunities to serve and love you. Let us trust that you are with us in our suffering and need.
Amen.

Station 3 – Jesus falls for the first time 
Lord Jesus,
Grant us insight that we may experience your mercy when we fall short. Strengthen our understanding when others let us down.
Amen.

Station 4 – Jesus meets his sorrowing mother 
Lord Jesus,
Fill us with compassion for all who suffer.  Help us to be a healing presence in the world.
Amen.

Station 5 – Simon of Cyrene carries the cross for Jesus 
Lord Jesus,
We give you thanks for the many ways you support us in our struggles. Strengthen our commitment to help our neighbors during times of struggle and need.
Amen.

Station 6 – Veronica wipes the face of Jesus 
Lord Jesus,
Like Veronica, may we be courageous to offer comfort to those rejected by society. Inspire in us the passion to serve our wounded brothers and sisters.
Amen.

Station 7 – Jesus falls a second time 
Lord Jesus,
Help us endure with hope even when the weight of our burdens seems too much to carry. Lift us with your love.
Amen.

Station 8 – Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem 
Lord Jesus,
Open our hearts to all we meet on the journey of faith. May we listen with compassion and care to the needs and desires of others.
Amen.

Station 9 – Jesus falls a third time
Psalm 119:25-28
Lord Jesus, 
Help us not to be disheartened in the face of difficult and long-lasting challenges. Strengthen our resolve to live with hope.
Amen.

Station 10 – Jesus is stripped of his clothes 
Lord Jesus,
Increase our commitment to protect all human life from actions that deny human dignity.  May our works of charity and justice promote human flourishing and reject the sin of hate.
Amen.

Station 11 – Jesus is nailed to the cross 
Lord Jesus,
Strengthen our faith when evil and injustices are committed. Give us the courage and wisdom to respond with love, not violence.
Amen.

Station 12 – Jesus dies on the cross 
Lord Jesus,
Renew in us the redeeming power of your death and resurrection, freely given for our salvation. May our humble gratitude for Your sacrifice never falter.
Amen.

Station 13 – The body of Jesus is taken down from the cross 
Lord Jesus,
Comfort us when we are fragile and weak. May we be agents of healing and comfort in a broken world.
Amen.

Station 14 – The body of Jesus is laid in the tomb
Lord Jesus,
Help us not to lose sight of the Resurrection. May all who mourn be comforted knowing God’s tender and eternal embrace.
Amen.
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