Stations of the Cross at St. Paul's
The Form used at St. Paul's

The Collect for Palm Sunday:

Almighty and Everlasting God, who of thy tender love towards mankind hast sent thy Son our Saviour Jesus Christ, to take upon him our flesh, and to suffer death upon the cross, that all mankind should follow the example of his great humility: mercifully grant, that we may both follow the example of his patience, and also be made partakers of his resurrection; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

1 - Jesus is condemned to death

V: All glory be to thee, O Christ,

R: Who by thy cross and passion hast redeemed the world.

Christ suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps; who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth; who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not, but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously. (I Peter 2: 21-3)

Jesus said: I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. (John 10: 11)

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

V: Glory be to the Father and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost.

R: As it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

At the Cross her station keeping,

Stood the mournful mother weeping,

Close to Jesus at the last.

2 - Jesus takes up the cross

V: All glory be to thee, O Christ,

R: Who by thy cross and passion hast redeemed the world.

Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows; yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon him, and with his stripes we are healed. (Isaiah 53: 4-5)

Jesus said: If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. (Matthew 16: 24)

Our Father … Hail Mary … Glory be …

Through her soul, of joy bereaved,

Bowed with anguish, deeply grieved,

Now at length the sword hath passed.

3 - Jesus falls for the first time

V: All glory be to thee, O Christ,

R: Who by thy cross and passion hast redeemed the world.

My heart panteth, my strength hath failed me, and the sight of mine eyes is gone from me. My lovers and my neighbours did stand looking upon my trouble, and my kinsmen stood afar off. As for me, I was like a deaf man, and heard not, and as one that is dumb, who doth not open his mouth. (Psalm 38: 10 - 11, 13)

Jesus said: Fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. (Matthew 10: 28)

Our Father … Hail Mary … Glory be …

O that blessed one, grief-laden,

Blessed Mother, blessed Maiden,

Mother of the all-holy one.

4 - Jesus meets his Mother

V: All glory be to thee, O Christ,

R: Who by thy cross and passion hast redeemed the world.

She weepeth sore in the night, and her tears are on her cheeks; among all her lovers she hath none to comfort her. Is it nothing to you, all ye that pass by? Behold and see if there be any sorrow like unto my sorrow, wherewith the Lord hath afflicted me. (Lamentations 1: 2,12)

Jesus said, Whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother. (Matthew 12: 50)

Our Father … Hail Mary … Glory be …

O that silent, ceaseless mourning

Of those dim eyes never turning

From that wondrous, suffering Son.

5 - Simon of Cyrene takes the Cross

V: All glory be to thee, O Christ,

R: Who by thy cross and passion hast redeemed the world.

Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ. Be not deceived, God is not mocked; for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. Let us not be weary in well-doing, for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. (Galatians 6: 2, 7, 9)

Jesus said, Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11, 28)

Our Father … Hail Mary … Glory be …

Who on Christ’s dear Mother gazing

In her trouble so amazing,

Born of woman, would not weep?

6 - Veronica wipes the face of Jesus

V: All glory be to thee, O Christ,

R: Who by thy cross and passion hast redeemed the world.

As many were astonied at thee; his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men; he hath no form or comeliness, and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him. He is despised and rejected of men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. (Isaiah 52: 14; 53: 2-3)

Jesus said: Blessed are your eyes for they see, and your ears, for they hear. For many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them, and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them. (Matthew 13: 16-7)

Our Father … Hail Mary … Glory be …

Who on Christ’s dear Mother thinking,

Such a cup of sorrow drinking,

Would not share her sorrow deep?

7 - Jesus falls for the second time.

V: All glory be to thee, O Christ,

R: Who by thy cross and passion hast redeemed the world.

Save me, O God, for the waters are come in, even unto my soul. I stick fast in the mire, where no ground is, I am come into deep waters so that the floods run over me.I am weary of crying, my throat is dry, my sight faileth me for waiting so long upon my God. (Ps. 69: 1-3 )

Jesus said: Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. Fear not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows. (Matthew 10: 29-30 )

Our Father … Hail Mary … Glory be …

For his people’s sins in anguish,

There she saw the victim languish,

Bleed in torments, bleed and die.

8 - Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem

V: All glory be to thee, O Christ,

R: Who by thy cross and passion hast redeemed the world.

Daughters of Jerusalem, weep not for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children; for, behold, the days are coming, in the which they shall say, Blessed are the barren, and the wombs which never bare, and the paps which never gave suck. Then shall they say to the mountains, Fall on us, and to the hills, Cover us. (Luke 23: 28-30)

Jesus said: Let not your heart be troubled. I will not leave you comfortless. Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also. (John 14: 1, 18-9)

Our Father … Hail Mary … Glory be …

Saw the Lord’s Anointed taken,

Saw her child in death forsaken,

Heard his last expiring cry.

9 - Jesus falls for the third time

V: All glory be to thee, O Christ,

R: Who by thy cross and passion hast redeemed the world.

The enemy hath persecuted my soul, he hath smitten my life down to the ground; he hath laid me in darkness, as the men that have been long dead. Therefore is my spirit vexed within me, and my heart within me is desolate. I stretch forth my hands unto thee, my soul gaspeth unto thee as a thirsty land. (Ps. 143: 3-4, 6)

Jesus said: Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone; but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit. (John 12: 24)

Our Father … Hail Mary … Glory be …

In the Passion of my Maker

Be my sinful soul partaker,

May I bear with her my part.

10 - Jesus is stripped of his garments

V: All glory be to thee, O Christ,

R: Who by they cross and passion hast redeemed the world.

They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture. But be not thou far from me, O Lord, thou art my succour, haste thee to help me. Deliver my soul from the sword, my darling from the power of the dog. (Psalm 22: 18-20)

Jesus said: The Son of Man shall be delivered unto the chief priests and unto the scribes, and they shall condemn him to death, and shall deliver him to the gentiles; and they shall mock him, and shall scourge him, and shall spit upon him and shall kill him; and the third day he shall rise again. (Mark 10: 33)

Our Father … Hail Mary … Glory be …

Of his passion bear the token,

In a spirit bowed and broken,

Bear his death within my heart.

11 - Jesus is nailed to the Cross

V: All glory be to thee, O Christ,

R: Who by thy cross and passion hast redeemed the world.

Let us see if his words be true, and let us prove what shall happen in the end of him. Let us examine him with despitefulness and torture, that we may know his meekness, and prove his patience. Let us condemn him with a shameful death, for by his own saying he shall be respected. (Wisdom 1: 17, 19-20)

Jesus said, Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do. (Luke 23: 34 )

Our Father … Hail Mary … Glory be …

May his wounds both wound and heal me,

He enkindle, cleanse, anneal me,

Be his Cross my hope and stay.

12 - Jesus dies on the cross

V: All glory be to thee, O Christ,

R: Who by thy cross and passion hast redeemed the world.

This is an evil among all things that are done under the sun, that there is one event unto all; yea, also the heart of the sons of men is full of evil, and madness is in their heart while they live, and after that they go to the dead. For the living know that they shall die, but the dead know not anything. (Ecclesiastes 9: 3, 5)

Jesus said, Today thou shalt be with me in paradise. (Luke 23: 43 )

Our Father … Hail Mary … Glory be …

May he, when the mountains quiver,

From that flame which burns for ever,

Shield me on the judgment day.

13 - Jesus is taken down from the cross

V: All glory be to thee, O Christ,

R: Who by thy cross and passion hast redeemed the world.

I am the man that hath seen affliction by the rod of his wrath. He hath led me, and brought me into darkness, but not into light. My flesh and my skin hath he made old, he hath broken my bones. He hath set me in dark places, as they that be dead of old. (Lamentations 3: 1-2, 4)

Jesus said: Ye shall weep and lament, but the world shall rejoice, and ye shall be sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy. (John 16: 20)

Our Father … Hail Mary … Glory be …

Jesus, may thy Cross defend me,

And thy saving death befriend me,

Cherished by thy deathless grace.

14 - Jesus is laid in the tomb

V: All glory be to thee, O Christ,

R: Who by thy cross and passion hast redeemed the world.

Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptised into Jesus Christ were baptised into his death? Therefore we are buried with him, by baptism into death. (Romans 6: 3-4)

Jesus said: As Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly, so shall the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. (Matthew 12: 40)

Our Father … Hail Mary … Glory be …

When to dust my dust returneth,

Grant a soul that to thee yearneth,

In thy paradise a place. Amen.

The Collect for Good Friday:

Almighty God, we beseech thee graciously to behold this thy family, for which our Lord Jesus Christ was contented to be betrayed, and given up into the hands of wicked men, and to suffer death upon the cross; who now liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

The Grace:

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Ghost, be with us all evermore. Amen.