The Way of the Cross

The devotion known as the Way of the Cross is an adaptation to local usage of a custom widely observed by pilgrims to Jerusalem: the offering of prayer at a series of places in that city traditionally associated with our Lord’s passion and death.

The number of stations, which at first varied widely, finally became fixed at fourteen. Of these, eight are based directly on events recorded in the Gospels. The remaining six (numbers 3, 4, 6, 7, 9, and 13) are based on inferences from the Gospel account or from pious legend. If desired, these six stations may be omitted.

The prayers and devotions which follow is appropriate either as a private devotion, particularly on the Fridays of Lent, but it should not displace the Proper Liturgy of Good Friday.*

This site contains sixteen (16) pages, fourteen (14) of which represents each of the Stations of the Cross. The other two pages are the opening and ending prayers. Each page is marked above.

As you spend time in each station please take your time. There is no rush. Let the words, images, and music immerse you in the experience. Because the devotions are written to be said with others or with a presider, you will find that there are responses (in italics) where someone may respond. However, please pray as you would, know that the Holy Trinity is present and praying with you.

This introduction is adapted from The Book of Occasional Services, 2018
All devotions are from The Book of Occasional Services, 2018