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Introduction to the Stations of the Cross

On the Stations, in General ...

"From the earliest times Christians flocked to the Holy Land to visit the places sanctified by the events in our Lord's earthly life. Especially popular was the pilgrimage along the path our Lord took on the first Good Friday. This pilgrimage was made with great devotion, the procession stopping (or making "stations") for prayer and meditation at the various traditional points where special events took place. For those who were unable to visit the Holy Land, the custom arose throughout Europe of setting up replicas of the different incidents along the Way of Sorrow, so that the faithful could make spiritual pilgrimages. After a long development, these little shrines became restricted to fourteen and it is now customary to set them up along the walls of Christian churches." - St. Augustine's Prayer Book

¶ When done as a corporate devotion, the following form can be used at every station:

+ We adore thee, O Christ, and we bless thee.
Because by thy Holy Cross thou hast redeemed the world.

¶ The reading and prayer follows. Then,

LORD have mercy upon us.
Christ have mercy upon us.
LORD have mercy upon us


+ May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
And may light perpetual shine upon them. Amen.

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