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  • CHURCH OF ST. IGNATIUS LOYOLA

    Stations of the Cross for Children and Families

    The Way of the Cross

    Dear Jesus, we come to this holy place to follow in your footsteps on the way to the

    cross and your death. We know your suffering began the night before you were condemned to

    death. At the Last Supper, your Apostles heard what you said but didnt understand the meaning

    of the words. After supper you and the Apostles went to the Garden of Gethsemane to pray.

    Instead of staying awake and praying with you, your Apostles fell asleep. When the Roman

    soldiers came to arrest you, you were betrayed by a friend, Judas Iscariot.

    Dear Jesus, it must have hurt you to have your closest friends fall asleep when you asked

    them to support you in prayer. And then, Judas kissed you when he turned you over to the

    authorities. That must have been so hard on you!

    Dear Jesus, today we ask that you forgive us for the times we did not see you in our

    friends, did not support them when they needed us, or were disloyal by talking about them behind

    their backs.

    Dear Jesus, as we walk with you, on this road of your suffering, we will share our prayers

    and thoughts.

  • The First Station: Jesus is condemned to death

    All say: We adore you O Christ and we bless you.

    Because by your Holy Cross you have saved the world.

    #1 We are standing in the courtyard and we see Jesus beaten, wearing a crown of

    thorns and standing before Pontius Pilate. Pilate says, Take him away and

    crucify him.

    #2 There are so many people in our world condemned to death by the way they

    must live. They live in poverty and without food. Every day, in some part of the

    world, innocent people are being killed by terror and by torture.

    Lent is a season of reconciliation and hope. Jesus invites us to help one another,

    to become aware of the poor people, the homeless, and, in our own way, to try to

    help. In addition, we thank God for the blessings we have: a safe home, a bed to

    sleep in, food on our tables, a school to go to, a family that loves us, and a faith

    that gives us hope.

  • The Third Station: Jesus falls the first time

    All say: We adore you O Christ and we bless you.

    Because by your Holy Cross you have saved the world.

    #1 Jesus is walking along an uneven road paved with stones.

    It is dusty, and the day is hot. Jesus is tired, and very

    weak. Weve had to move quickly to get through the

    crowds where Jesus is walking. We hear people shouting

    and laughing at Jesus when he falls. No one tries to help

    him.

    #2 Jesus could hardly place one foot in front of the other.

    He was exhausted. He knew the road to Calvary was

    going to be difficult. When the people jeered at him, he

    simply looked at them and forgave them. He knew he

    had a goal, and he knew he was going to reach it.

    Reaching our goal is, at times, difficult. We struggle to

    learn new subjects, we cram all sorts of activities into our

    day and we compete with our friends in various games.

    When we win, people clap and are happy, and when we

    lose, people laugh, boo or get angry.

    Jesus fall reminds us to treat everyone respectfully and

    avoid embarrassing others if they make a mistake or lose

    a game.

    Lent is a time to practice simple acts of kindness. Being

    considerate and kind is the most loving thing we can do

    for each other.

    The Second Station: Jesus carries his cross

    All say: We adore you O Christ and we bless you.

    Because by your Holy Cross you have saved the world.

    #1 Jesus has been taken to the street near the guard house.

    The soldiers are putting a heavy wooden cross on his

    beaten, bleeding shoulders and back. We are standing in

    the alley and can see how heavy the cross is. We see

    Jesus sag a little as the weight of the cross comes down

    on his body.

    #2 Jesus knew that in order to save the world of its sin, he

    must carry this heavy cross. He accepted the cross, and

    did not grumble. He took the cross willingly, and with

    great love.

    Usually, when we are faced with a hard task, we try to

    get away from it, or find excuses for not doing it. When

    no one listens and we must do what we are told, how do

    we react? Sometimes, do we just drag the task about,

    delay getting it done and make it more difficult?

    Jesus invites us to look at hard tasks and take them on in

    good spirit. Each time we do this, we become better

    persons.

  • The Fifth Station: Simon of Cyrene helps Jesus

    to carry the cross

    All say: We adore you O Christ and we bless you.

    Because by your Holy Cross you have saved the world.

    #1 At this point, Jesus is reaching the limit. He can no

    longer carry the cross alone. The day is terribly hot, he

    has had no food or drink, the weight of the cross is too

    much, and he is ready to collapse. The Roman soldiers

    dont want Jesus to die before he reaches Calvary, so

    they get Simon to help him. Simon doesnt want to do

    this but he has no choice. The Roman soldiers

    commanded him to help

    #2 So often we find ourselves in Simons shoes. We do

    good things because we must, or because we would look

    bad if we didnt. The good acts we perform are burdens

    to us. How different would it be if we would just

    remember that Jesus is part of our lives and that Jesus is

    the holiness in the good things we do?

    As we think about Simon and Jesus carrying the cross,

    let us remember all the people in the world who help the

    sick and needy to carry their crosses of suffering, and

    pray that Jesus will bless them in the acts they perform.

    The Fourth Station: Jesus meets his mother

    All say: We adore you O Christ and we bless you.

    Because by your Holy Cross you have saved the world.

    #1 Mary has been pushing through the crowds trying to get

    close to her son and see what is happening to him. Then,

    she sees Jesus turning a corner and is overcome with

    sorrow at the sight. Mary sees her son so beaten and

    carrying a heavy cross

    #2 Jesus looks up through eyes irritated by sweat and blood.

    He is broken-hearted that his mother is suffering. They

    dont speak. They just look into each others eyes with

    very great love. Mary knows what it means to be

    powerless and unable to help the one she loves.

    This terrible event is repeated in the lives of so many

    parents who are unable to help when their child is dying

    of a serious illness, a drug habit, or a poor lifestyle.

    They, like Mary, would do anything to save the life of

    their child. They are willing to suffer, and even die.

    During Lent, and every day, we remember our parents

    who love us and do so much for us. We ask our heavenly

    mother Mary to pray with us when we say Dear God,

    bless our parents every day of their lives and help us to

    appreciate every thing they do for us.

  • The Seventh Station: Jesus falls the second time

    All say: We adore you O Christ and we bless you.

    Because by your Holy Cross you have saved the world.

    #1 Jesus is humiliated and exhausted. He hurts so badly. In

    spite of the help from Simon, he falls again. His physical

    and emotional pain is just too much.

    #2 The second fall of Jesus reminds us how weak we are.

    We might think we are strong, but we are not. We all do

    things that are hurtful, and that is part of being human.

    We receive the sacrament of reconciliation and promise

    not to sin again. Sometimes we succeed, and sometimes

    we fail. We are not perfect.

    When we become discouraged, we must remember that

    Jesus loves us just as we are. We do not earn this love. It

    is a gift, the gift of grace; as long as we keep trying to

    overcome our sins, Jesus will give us his hand to help us

    when we fall.

    Lent is a time to remember that Jesus knows the hurt

    when we fall, and he will always help us. He understands

    us and is our brother.

    The Sixth Station: Veronica wipes the face of Jesus

    All say: We adore you O Christ and we bless you.

    Because by your Holy Cross you have saved the world.

    #1 Veronica is standing in the crowd and, as Jesus

    approaches, she takes her veil off, runs up to him, and

    wipes the sweat and blood from his face. It is an act of

    compassion. She didnt think for a minute about what

    she should do. It was a simple but great act of love.

    Jesus says Thank you by leaving the imprint of his

    face on her veil.

    #2 Veronicas act reminds us that acts of compassion are

    happening every minute of every day around the

    world. Mother Theresa said that if she had not picked

    up that first dying man in the streets of Calcutta, she

    would not have picked up the second, and all those

    who followed. Each act of compassion and love

    follows the first.

    Lent is a particular time to remember Mother Theresas

    words and acts. There are many chances for us to

    remember to be kind to someone at home, school, on

    the bus and in the playground. Each person in our lives

    is important, and when we help someone, and see their

    hurts, we are helping Jesus, and know that his face is

    impr