Walk With Jesus
The Stations of the Cross refers to the depiction of the final hours (or Passion) of Jesus, and the devotion commemorating the Passion. Often, the Stations of the Cross is an action prayer with people walking to fourteen different stations and stopping to pray at each one. At each station we use our senses and our imagination to reflect prayerfully upon Jesus’ suffering, Death, and Resurrection, and to simply experience the visual images to reflect on Christ’s love for us.
You’re not limited to praying the Stations of the Cross during Lent, though. You can pray it whenever you want to reconnect with Jesus, wherever you are!
Pray the Stations of the Cross in a Church
All Catholic churches have depictions of Christ’s Passion and death called the Stations of the Cross, The Way of the Cross or Via Dolorosa (way of suffering). In many churches, the Stations of the Cross are depicted in stained-glass windows, but other media are used as well, including paintings and stone or wood carvings and sculptures.
The visual representation of these scenes can help you imagine the events of the Jesus’ suffering and crucifixion. You can even place yourself in each scene, thinking about what it would have been like to watch from the crowd as Jesus fell under the weight of the cross, for example.
Pray the Stations of the Cross At Home
Whether on foot or from a favorite chair, you can practice this devotion to walk with Jesus through his suffering and death. Even if you’re not following an actual route, you can still make like a medieval pilgrim and take each station as a reminder to pause and reflect on God’s unshakable love for you.
Use this simple prayer format to engage the family in the Passion of Jesus. Beginning with 12 lit candles, read each station and extinguish a candle until all is dark.
This chaplet consists of 15 groups of 3 beads each, between which are medals representing the stations of the cross. An additional 6 beads are added as well as a crucifix.
In a small box, place one item that represents each station. Then, hold the items as you pray through the stations. This link mentions creating a prayer box for children, but adults could use it to guide their prayer as well!
Below are some resources that may help you enter into deeper and more meaningful prayer with the Stations of the Cross.