Stations of the Cross


Each of us has a cross to bear. That is often what compels us to seek help and encouragement with those things we find a burden.

In the Stations of the Cross we are presented with 14 snapshot images which lead us into a deeper understanding of the mystery of the crossand the suffering of Jesus for our sake.

But this mystery is not one which is remote from our lives today.

The prophet Isaiah declares: ‘ours were the sufferings he was bearing, ours were the sorrows he was carrying’.

The Stations of the Cross are a pilgrimage through which many today seek healing and hope, for themselves and for others.

As you enter into this drama of death and reconciliation, you become a witness to its message, a recipient of its grace, and, encouraged by the example of Mary, the mother of sorrows, an intercessor for all in need.



Ride on, ride on in majesty!

In lowly pomp ride on to die;

O Christ, thy triumphs now begin

o'er captive death and conquered sin.


Ride on, ride on in majesty!

In lowly pomp ride on to die;

bow thy meek head to mortal pain,

then take, O God, thy pow'r, and reign.


READING Luke 9: 23-24

Jesus said, ‘If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will save it.’



We walk with Christ on the way of the cross.

As we meditate on his sufferings, so we remember that it is our pain that he bears.

As we journey to Calvary, so we remember that his death is our death.

As we rejoice in his resurrection, so we remember that through his rising we are heirs to the glorious new life of Easter.

So let us now enter into the mystery of our Lord’s suffering and death that we might know forgiveness from sin and life everlasting.


Lord Jesus, you came from the Father to redeem us.

Lord, have mercy.


Lord Jesus, you showed your love for us on the cross.

Christ, have mercy.


Lord Jesus, give us strength to take up our cross and follow you.

Lord, have mercy.






Lord, by your cross and resurrection you have set us free;

You are the Saviour of the world.



Sometimes they strew his way,

and his sweet praises sing;

resounding all the day

Hosannas to their King;

then ‘Crucify!’ is all their breath,

and for his death they thirst and cry.


They rise, and needs will have

my dear Lord made away;

a murderer they save,

the Prince of life they slay.

Yet cheerful he to suffering goes,

that he his foes from thence might free.


READING Matthew 27: 22-26

Pilate said to them, ‘Then what should I do with Jesus who is called the Messiah?’ All of them said, ‘Let him be crucified!’ Then he asked, ‘Why, what evil has he done?’ But they shouted all the more, ‘Let him be crucified!’

So when Pilate saw that he could do nothing, but rather that a riot was beginning, he took some water and washed his hands before the crowd, saying, ‘I am innocent of this man’s blood; see to it yourselves.’ Then the people as a whole answered, ‘His blood be on us and on our children!’ So he released Barabbas for them; and after flogging Jesus, he handed him over to be crucified.



Through the hatred and deceit of those he came to redeem, the Saviour of the World is condemned to death by a judge too weak to stand for justice.

The one who will judge all creation submits to the authority of a human court.

Let us pray for all who administer justice and seek to uphold the rule of law.

We pray for prisoners, for victims of injustice, for the falsely imprisoned

and for all who fight for the rights of the oppressed.

May God’s justice be seen in all the earth.


Lord Jesus we have sinned against you and crucified you.

Lord, have mercy.


Lord Jesus, you have mercy on us and forgive us.

Christ, have mercy.


Lord Jesus, help us to be the people you have called us to be.

Lord, have mercy.






This is the wood of the cross, on which hung the Saviour of the world.

Come, let us worship.



Love divine, all loves excelling,

joy of heav’n, to earth come down,

fix in us thy humble dwelling,

all they faithful mercies crown.

Jesu, thou art all compassion,

pure unbounded love thou art;

visit us with thy salvation,

enter ev’ry trembling heart.


READING John 19: 17

So they took Jesus; and carrying the cross by himself, he went out to what is called The Place of the Skull, which in Hebrew is called Golgotha.



Blood spattered and weakened by the cruel scourge, Jesus is forced to carry the instrument of his own death on his shoulders.

In courageous obedience to the father’s will, Jesus takes up his burden.


Let us pray that we might hear afresh our call from God, and give our lives in his service.

May we have the courage to accept all the trials and difficulties of our earthly pilgrimage,

even suffering if that be his will.


Lord Jesus, we are sorry for the times when we have failed you.

Lord, have mercy.


Lord Jesus, we are sorry for the times we have rejected you.

Christ, have mercy.


Lord Jesus, help us not to fail you any more.

Lord, have mercy.






Hail to you our King! You alone have had compassion on our sins.



God forgave my sin in Jesus’ name.

I’ve been born again in Jesus’ name;

and in Jesus’ name I come to you

to share his love as he told me to.



He said ‘Freely, freely you have received; freely, freely give.

Go in my name, and because you believe, others will know that I live.’


God gives us life in Jesus’ name,

he lives in us in Jesus’ name;

and in Jesus’ name I come to you

to share his peace as he told me to.



READING John 12: 23-25

Jesus answered them, ‘The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. Those who love their life lose it, and those who hate their life in this world will keep it for eternal life.’



The rough, heavy wood of the cross is too much for Jesus who is already weakened by the soldier’s abuse.

His strength is waning, and he collapses.

God lies in the dust.


Let us pray for all who feel overburdened or who struggle with life.

We pray for the chronically sick, the depressed and those who feel weighed down by anxiety, stress or concern for those whom they love.

May they know that Jesus shares their pain and is close to them always.


Lord Jesus, even you once felt forsaken by your Father.

Lord, have mercy.


Lord Jesus, you are always faithful and loving.

Christ, have mercy.


Lord Jesus, help us to know that you are always with us.

Lord, have mercy.







God did not spare his own son, but gave him up for us all.



Mary, blessed grieving mother,

waiting by the cross of shame,

through your patient prayerful vigil,

kindle hope’s eternal flame;

crying in the pains of earth,

singing of redemption’s birth.


Holy mother, watching, waiting,

for the saving of the earth;

in the loneliness of dying,

speak of hope and human worth,

there for all the world to see,

lifted up at Calvary!


READING Luke 1: 32-33,35,38

‘And now, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you will name him Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his ancestor David. He will reign over the house of Jacob for ever, and of his kingdom there will be no end. The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be holy; he will be called Son of God.’ Then Mary said, ‘Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.’



What wonder Mary must have felt when she heard the angel’s message.

What joy must have been hers as she brought the child up and held him to her breast.

Yet now that joy is turned to deepest agony as she watches her son’s pain and humiliation.


Let us pray for all who can do nothing but watch as one they love suffers,

and for all who care for a disabled friend or relative.

We pray for parents who care for their sick or dying children

and for families who are under pressure of any kind. 

May Mary’s prayers support and encourage them.


Lord Jesus, we often lack faith in you.

Lord, have mercy.


Lord Jesus, we often fail to trust you.

Christ, have mercy.


Lord Jesus, help us to love you as Mary did.

Lord, have mercy.







I give you a new commandment: Love one another as I have loved you.



Take up thy cross, the Saviour said,

if thou wouldst my disciple be;

deny thyself, the world forsake,

and humbly follow after me.


Take up thy cross, and follow Christ,

nor think till death to lay it down;

for only he who bears the cross

may hope to wear the glorious crown.


READING Luke 23: 26

As they led him away, they seized a man, Simon of Cyrene, who was coming from the country, and they laid the cross on him, and made him carry it behind Jesus.



The soldiers are afraid that Jesus is so weak that he will not make it to Golgotha, so they force Simon to take on the degrading task of helping a condemned man to carry his cross.

No doubt Simon tried to refuse.

But in the end he took up the cross and helped Jesus in his need.


Let us pray for all who struggle with their faith.

We pray for those wracked by doubt, for those who have lapsed from the church

or whose love for God has grown cold.

We pray for those who feel lost in sin.

May the healing, forgiving love of the Lord bring them back.


Lord Jesus, you carried your cross for us.

Lord, have mercy.


Lord Jesus, we are weak and often fail you.

Christ, have mercy.


Lord Jesus, help us to take up our cross and follow you.

Lord have mercy.






Where charity and love are found, there is God.



When I needed a neighbour, were you there, were you there?

When I need a neighbour, were you there?

And the creed and the colour and the name won't matter, were you there?


I was hungry and thirsty, were you there, were you there?

I was hungry and thirsty, were you there?



I was cold, I was naked, were you there, were you there?

I was cold, I was naked, were you there?



READING Matthew 25: 34-37, 40

“Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me. Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.”



A woman courageously steps out of the crowd and brings Jesus some comfort by wiping the sweat and blood from his forehead. As a sign of her courage and kindness, Veronica’s napkin is marked for ever with the face of Christ.


Let us pray for all who bring comfort and care to others.

We pray for those in the medical profession, for those who sit with the dying

and those who offer spiritual care to the sick.

We pray for aid agencies and for those who endanger their own lives to care for the suffering. May they come to see that in serving others, it is Christ whom they serve.


Lord Jesus, you care for all your people.

Lord, have mercy.


Lord Jesus, you ask us to love one another as you have loved us.

Christ, have mercy.


Lord Jesus, help us to see you living in others.

Lord, have mercy.









Hail to you our King! You alone have had compassion on our sins.



Such love, pure as the whitest snow;

such love, weeps for the shame I know;

such love, paying the debt I owe; O Jesus, such love.


Such love, stilling my restlessness;

such love, filling my emptiness;

such love, showing me holiness; O Jesus, such love.


Such love springs from eternity;

such love, streaming through history;

such love, fountain of love to me; O Jesus, such love.


READING Mark 14: 34-35

Jesus said to them, ‘I am deeply grieved, even to death; remain here, and keep awake.’ And going a little farther, he threw himself on the ground and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him. He said, ‘Abba, Father, for you all things are possible; remove this cup from me; yet, not what I want, but what you want.’



Even with Simon’s help, Jesus is too weak to bear the heavy wood,

and again he falls crashing to the ground.

The crowd must think this is the end for Jesus.

Yet he struggles to his feet and goes on, for that is his Father’s will.


Let us pray for all who despair through circumstances over which they have no power.

We pray for those caught up in warfare, for victims of terrorism or natural disaster,

for those who live in poverty because of the greed or injustice of others.

May they place their hope in God who turns the values of the world upside down.


Lord Jesus, you perfectly fulfilled the will of your Father.

Lord, have mercy.


Lord Jesus, you call us to live our lives in your service.

Christ, have mercy.


Lord Jesus, help us not to give up.

Lord, have mercy.






The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve

and to give his life as a ransom for many.



From heav’n you came, helpless babe,

entered our world, your glory veiled;

not to be served but to serve,

and give your life that we might live.


This is our God, the Servant King,

he calls us now to follow him,

to bring our lives as a daily offering

of worship to the Servant King.


So let us learn how to serve,

and in our lives enthrone him;

each other’s needs to prefer,

for it is Christ we’re serving. 



READING Luke 23: 27-31

A great number of the people followed him, and among them were women who were beating their breasts and wailing for him. But Jesus turned to them and said, ‘Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children. For the days are surely coming when they will say, “Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that never bore, and the breasts that never nursed.” Then they will begin to say to the mountains, “Fall on us”; and to the hills, “Cover us.” For if they do this when the wood is green, what will happen when it is dry?’



A group of women weep and wail for Jesus.

He tells them that they should be concerned not for him but for themselves,

for even as they look on, God is doing something new, and they must be ready.

Jesus is in agony, yet he continues to proclaim the Kingdom.


Let us pray that we and all Christians may live in eager expectation of the Kingdom.

Let us ask for forgiveness for those times when our faith has been shallow,

for those occasions when we have failed to share God’s love

or live in the hope of Christ’s return in glory.


Lord Jesus, you came to serve, not to be served.

Lord, have mercy.


Lord Jesus, in your compassion you come to us in our need.

Christ, have mercy.


Lord Jesus, help us to show love and compassion to others.

Lord, have mercy.






Hail to you our King! You alone have had compassion on our sins



Meekness and majesty, manhood and deity,

In perfect harmony, the man who is God.

Lord of eternity dwells in humanity,

Kneels in humility and washes our feet.


O, what a mystery, meekness and majesty,

bow down and worship, for this is your God. This is your God.


Father’s pure radiance, perfect in innocence,

Yet learns obedience to death on a cross.

Suff’ring to give us life, conqu’ring through sacrifice;

And as they crucify prays: ‘Father forgive.’ 



READING John 15: 18-20

‘If the world hates you, be aware that it hated me before it hated you. If you belonged to the world, the world would love you as its own. Because you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world—therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said to you, “Servants are not greater than their master.” If they persecuted me, they will persecute you.’



Jesus came into the world to love the world.

Yes, here he is crushed and abused, flailing around in the filth of the street,

an object of scorn and mockery.

But still he goes on loving those he came to save.


Let us pray for all who are downtrodden and for those who have lost the will to carry on.

We pray for refugees, for victims of prejudice

and for all who are deprived of rights or freedom.

May they come to know that in God’s eyes they are of infinite worth.


Lord Jesus, you love us whatever we do.

Lord, have mercy.


Lord Jesus, you forgive us whenever we fail you.

Christ, have mercy.


Lord Jesus, help us to rely on you.

Lord, have mercy.







Christ humbled himself for us and accepted death, even death on a cross.



O sacred head surrounded

by crown of piercing thorn.

O bleeding head so wounded,

so shamed and put to scorn.

Death’s pallid hue comes o’er thee,

the glow of life decays;

yet angel hosts adore thee,

and tremble as they gaze.


READING John 19: 23

When the soldiers had crucified Jesus, they took his clothes and divided them into four parts, one for each soldier. They also took his tunic; now the tunic was seamless, woven in one piece from the top. So they said to one another, “Let us not tear it, but cast lots for it to see who will get it.”



Jesus is utterly humiliated.

Stripped naked, he stands completely alone as the crowd jeer and laugh.

His clothes become the stake in a soldiers’ game, his body an object of mockery.

To these onlookers he is no longer a person. To them he’s already dead.


Let us pray for all who have nothing.

We pray for those who hunger or thirst, for the homeless and the destitute,

for those whom society has neglected, abandoned or cast out.

We pray for those who, while materially rich, are poor in spirit.

May they be filled with all the riches of Christ.

Lord Jesus, you have given us everything we have.

Lord, have mercy.


Lord Jesus, you gave your whole life for us.

Christ, have mercy.


Lord Jesus, help us to give our lives in your service.

Lord, have mercy.






Christ the Lord was crucified for us: come let us adore him.



When I survey the wondrous Cross,

on which the Prince of glory died,

my richest gain I count but loss,

and pour contempt on all my pride.


Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast

save in the death of Christ my God;

all the vain things that charm me most,

I sacrifice them to his Blood.


Were the whole realm of nature mine,

that were a present far too small;

love so amazing, so divine,

demands my soul, my life, my all.


READING John 19: 19-22

There they crucified him, and with him two others, one on either side, with Jesus between them. Pilate also had an inscription written and put on the cross. It read, ‘Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews.’ Many of the Jews read this inscription, because the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city; and it was written in Hebrew, in Latin, and in Greek. Then the chief priests of the Jews said to Pilate, ‘Do not write, “The King of the Jews”, but, “This man said, I am King of the Jews.” ’ Pilate answered, ‘What I have written I have written.’



The cruel sound of the hammers blow.

Nail piercing through flesh and sinew.

The desperate struggle for breath.

An agony too intolerable to imagine.

The Lord of all creation is hung upon the tree and the slow process of dying has begun.


Let us pray for all who must contemplate their death.

We pray for the dying and for those who care for them.

We pray for those who work in hospitals and hospices

and all who seek to relieve the suffering of the dying.

We pray for those who await execution and those who can find no joy in being alive.

May they find hope in Jesus, whose love is stronger than death.


Lord Jesus, you came to bring reconciliation to humankind.

Lord, have mercy.


Lord Jesus, you are always ready to forgive us.

Christ, have mercy.


Lord Jesus, help us to forgive others as you forgive us.

Lord, have mercy.





Dying you destroyed our death, rising you restored our life.

Lord Jesus, come in glory.



My song is love unknown,

my Saviour’s love for me,

love to the loveless shown,

that they might lovely be.

O who am I, that for my sake,

my Lord should take frail flesh and die.


He came from his blest throne,

salvation to bestow;

but sin made blind, and none

the longed-for Christ would know.

But O, my friend, my friend indeed,

who at my need his life did spend.


READING Matthew 27:45 & Luke 23:46

 From noon, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. And about three o’clock Jesus cried with a loud voice, ‘Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?’ that is, ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’

Then Jesus, crying with a loud voice, said, ‘Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.’ Having said this, he breathed his last.



With Mary and John, we stand in silence as Jesus, our Lord and God,

breathes his last and dies.


A period of silence is kept.


Lord Jesus, you are the living bread which has come down from heaven.

Lord, have mercy


Lord Jesus, you are the blood of the everlasting covenant.

Christ, have mercy.


Lord Jesus, nourish us with your body and blood.

Lord, have mercy.







Christ our Passover has been sacrificed: let us celebrate the feast.



Come and see, come and see, come and see the King of love,

see the purple robe and crown of thorns he wears.

Soldiers mock, rulers sneer as he lifts the cruel cross;

lone and friendless now, he climbs towards the hill.


We worship at your feet, where wrath and mercy meet,

and a guilty world is washed by love’s pure stream.

For us he was made sin – oh, help me take it in.

Deep wounds of love cry out ‘Father forgive.’

I worship, I worship the Lamb who was slain.


Man of heav’n, born to earth to restore us to your heav’n;

here we bow in awe beneath your searching eyes.

From your tears comes our joy, from your death our life shall spring;

by your resurrection power we shall rise. 



READING John 19: 32-34, 38

Then the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first and of the other who had been crucified with him. But when they came to Jesus and saw that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. Instead, one of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear, and at once blood and water came out. After these things, Joseph of Arimathea, who was a disciple of Jesus, though a secret one because of his fear of the Jews, asked Pilate to let him take away the body of Jesus. Pilate gave him permission; so he came and removed his body.




Mary can only look on, a desperate, grief stricken witness,

as her son’s body is wrenched from the blood-soaked wood of the cross.

As a baby, she held him to her breast.

Now, torn apart by grief, she holds his body again; broken, lifeless, cold.


Let us pray for all parents who have suffered the death of a child,

and for couples who long for a child but are unable to conceive.

Let us pray for all who mourn especially for those who have no hope of resurrection.

May Mary, who knew the pain of grief, pray with them and for them.


Lord Jesus, your death brought life to the world.

Lord, have mercy.


Lord Jesus, you are our life and our hope.

Lord, have mercy.


Lord Jesus, raise us up to new life in you.

Lord, have mercy.






If we have died with Christ: we believe that we shall also come to life with him.



Were you there when they crucified my Lord?

Were you there when they crucified my Lord?

O, sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble.

Were you there when they crucified my Lord?




Were you there when they laid him in the tomb?

Were you there when they laid him in the tomb?

O, sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble.

Were you there when they laid him in the tomb?


READING John 19: 38-42

Nicodemus, who had at first come to Jesus by night, also came, bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, weighing about a hundred pounds. They took the body of Jesus and wrapped it with the spices in linen cloths, according to the burial custom of the Jews. Now there was a garden in the place where he was crucified, and in the garden there was a new tomb in which no one had ever been laid. And so, because it was the Jewish day of Preparation, and the tomb was nearby, they laid Jesus there.



It seems that the story is over.

The body is laid in the tomb.

All the hopes that Jesus inspired in his followers have been extinguished.

Yet this is not an end, but a wonderful beginning.

From this place of death will spring glorious new life.


Let us pray for all the baptised and for those preparing for baptism.

Since in baptism we have shared Christ’s death in order to share his risen life,

so through us may the word of God be alive and active today.

Lord Jesus, help us to be messengers of the Gospel.


Lord Jesus, you give us new birth in the waters of baptism.

Lord, have mercy.


Lord Jesus, you wash us clean by your blood.

Christ, have mercy.


Lord Jesus, lead us through death to eternal life with you.

Lord, have mercy.





They rise, and needs will have

my dear Lord made away;

a murderer they save,

the Prince of life they slay.

Yet cheerful he to suff’ring goes,

that he his foes from thence might free.


Here might I stay and sing,

no story so divine;

never was love, dear King,

never was grief like thine.

This is my friend in whose sweet praise

I all my days could gladly spend.



Let us pray for the coming of God's kingdom in the words our Saviour taught us:


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,

the power and the glory,

for ever and ever.




Most merciful God,

who by the death and resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ

delivered and saved the world:

grant that by faith in him who suffered on the cross

we may triumph in the power of his victory;

through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.



May God bless us,

that in us may be found love and humility,

obedience and thanksgiving,

discipline, gentleness and peace.