Stations of the Cross

The Stations of the Cross are a beautiful tradition that was made popular by the Franciscans around the thirteenth century. Many Churches adopted them as a way to meditate upon Christ’s Suffering for us as he set out upon the work for our salvation. To learn more about the origins of this tradition, click here.

Here are the Stations that are used at Sacred Heart, originally from Hamburg, Germany and installed in 1908, that are used regularly by the faithful to recall Christ’s salvific actions.

First Station- Jesus is Comdemned to Death

The First Station: Jesus Is Condemned To Death

Pilate said to them, “Then what shall I do with Jesus who is called Christ?” They all said, “Let him be crucified.” So when Pilate saw that he was gaining nothing, but rather that a riot was beginning, he took water and washed his hands before the crowd, saying, “I am innocent of this man’s blood; see to it yourselves.” Then he released for them Barab’bas, and having scourged Jesus, delivered him to be crucified. (Matthew 27:22,24,26)

Second Station - Jesus Takes Up His CrossSecond Station: Jesus Takes Up His Cross

And he said to all, “If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it; and whoever loses his life for my sake, he will save it.” (Luke 9:23-24)

The Third Station- Jesus Falls the First Time

Third Station: Jesus Falls for the First Time

He shall see the fruit of the travail of his soul and be satisfied; by his knowledge shall the righteous one, my servant, make many to be accounted righteous; and he shall bear their iniquities. (Isaiah 53:11)

 

The Fourth Station - Jesus Meets His Mother

Fourth Station: Jesus Meets His Mother

For the mountains may depart and the hills be removed, but my steadfast love shall not depart from you, and my covenant of peace shall not be removed, says the LORD, who has compassion on you. O afflicted one, storm-tossed, and not comforted, behold, I will set your stones in antimony, and lay your foundations with sapphires. (Isaiah 54:10-11)

The Fifth Station - Simon of Cyrene helps Jesus carry the Cross

Fifth Station: Simon of Cyrene Helps Jesus Carry His Cross

And as they led him away, they seized one Simon of Cyrene, who was coming in from the country, and laid on him the cross, to carry it behind Jesus. (Luke 23:26)

 

The Fifth Station - Veronica Wipes the Face of Jesus

Sixth Station: Veronica Wipes the Face of Jesus

He had no form or comeliness that we should look at him, and no beauty that we should desire him. He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not. (Isaiah 53:2cd-3)

The Seenth Station - Jesus Falls a Second Time

Seventh Station: Jesus Falls the Second Time

Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that made us whole, and with his stripes we are healed. (Isaiah 53:4-5)

 

The Eighth Station - Jesus Meets the Women of Jerusalem

Eighth Station: Jesus Meets the Women of Jerusalem

And there followed him a great multitude of the people, and of women who bewailed and lamented him. But Jesus turning to them said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children.” (Luke 23:27-28)

The Ninth Station - Jesus Falls a Third Time

Ninth Station: Jesus Falls a Third Time

All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all. (Isaiah 53:6)

 

The Tenth Station - Jesus is stripped of His Garments

Tenth Station: Jesus is Stripped of His Garments

When the soldiers had crucified Jesus they took his garments and made four parts, one for each soldier; also his tunic. But the tunic was without seam, woven from top to bottom; so they said to one another, “Let us not tear it, but cast lots for it to see whose it shall be.” (John 19:23-24)

The Eleventh Station - Jesus is Nailed to the Cross

Eleventh Station: Jesus is Nailed to the Cross

And when they came to the place which is called The Skull, there they crucified him, and the criminals, one on the right and one on the left. (Luke 23:33)

 

 

The Twelfth Station - Jesus Dies on the Cross

Twelfth Station: Jesus Dies on the Cross

After this Jesus, knowing that all was now finished, said (to fulfil the scripture), “I thirst.” A bowl full of vinegar stood there; so they put a sponge full of the vinegar on hyssop and held it to his mouth. When Jesus had received the vinegar, he said, “It is finished”; and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. (John 19:28-30)

 

The Thirteenth Station - The Body of Jesus is Taken Down from the Cross

Thirteenth Station: The Body of Jesus is Taken Down from the Cross

After this Joseph of Arimathea, who was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly, for fear of the Jews, asked Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus, and Pilate gave him leave. So he came and took away his body. Nicodemus also, who had at first come to him by night, came bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about a hundred pounds’ weight. They took the body of Jesus, and bound it in linen cloths with the spices, as is the burial custom of the Jews. (John 19:38-40)

 

 

The Fourteenth Station - The Body of Jesus is Laid in the Tomb

Fourteenth Station: The Body of Jesus is Laid in the Tomb

Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb where no one had ever been laid. So because of the Jewish day of Preparation, as the tomb was close at hand, they laid Jesus there. (John 19:41-42)