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Prayer. O Jesus ! may the contemplation of thy sufferings move us with the deepest compassion, make us to hate our sins, and kindle in our hearts more fervent love to thee. May thy image be graven on our minds, until we are transformed into thy likeness.

Act of Contrition, &c. as before.

Pater noster, g-c. as before.

V. Quis non posset contristari

Piam Matrem contemplari

Dolentem cum Filio ?
R. Sancta Mater, &c. .

Can the human heart refrain
From partaking in her pain,

In that Mother's pain untold ?
Holy Mother, &c.

Seventh Station.

JESUS FALLS A SECOND TIME.
V. Adoramus te, &c.

V. We adore thee, &c.
R. Quia per, &c.

R. Because, &c.

Priest. The pain of his wound, and the loss of blood, increasing at every step of his way, again his strength fails him, and Jesus falls to the ground a second time.

Prayer. O Jesus ! falling again under the burden of our sins, and of thy sufferings for our sins, how often have we grieved thee by our repeated falls into sin! Oh, may we rather die than ever offend thee again.

Act of Contrition, &c. as before.

Pater noster, 8c. as before.
V. Pro peccatis suæ gentis Bruis'd, derided, curs'd, defild.

Vidit Jesum in tormentis, She beheld her tender Child
Et flagellis subditum.

All with bloody scourges rent; R. Sancta Mater, &c.

Holy Mother, &c.

Eighth Station.
THE WOMEN OF JERUSALEM MOURN FOR OUR LORD.
V. Adoramus te, &c. V. We adore thee, &c.
R. Quia per, &c.

R. Because, &c.

Priest. At the sight of the sufferings of Jesus, some holy women in the crowd were so touched with sympathy, that they openly bewailed and lamented him. Jesus, knowing the things that were to come to pass upon Jerusalem because of their rejection of him, turned to them and said, “ Daughters of Jerusalem, weep not over me, but weep for yourselves and for your children.”

Prayer. O Lord Jesus! we mourn, and will mourn, both for thee and for ourselves, for thy sufferings and for our sins which caused them. Oh, teach us so to mourn, that we may be comforted, and escape those dreadful judgments prepared for all who reject or neglect thee in this life.

Act of Contrition, &c. as before.

Pater noster, &c. as before.
V. Vidit suum dulcem Natum For the sins of his own nation
Moriendo desolatum,

She saw him hang in desolation,
Dum emisit spiritum.

Till his spirit forth he sent. R. Sancta Mater, &c.

Holy Mother, &c.

Ninth Station.
JESUS FALLS THE THIRD TIME UNDER THE CROSS.
V. Adoramus te, &c.

V. We adore thee, &c.
R. Quia per, &c.

R. Because, &c.

Priest. Jesus had now arrived almost at the summit of Calvary; but before he reached the spot where he was to be crucified, his strength again fails him, and he falls the third time, to be again dragged up, and goaded onward by the brutal soldiery.

Prayer. O Lord Jesus! we entreat thee, by the merits of this thy third most painful fall, to pardon our frequent relapses and our long continuance in sin; and may the thought of these thy sufferings make us to hate our sins more and more.

Act of Contrition, &c. as before.

Pater noster, &c. as before.
V. Eia Mater, fons amoris, O thou Mother, fount of love!

Me sentire vim doloris Touch my spirit from above,
Fac, ut tecum lugeam.

Make my heart with thine accord. R. Sancta Mater, &c.

Holy Mother, &c.

Tenth Station.
JESUS IS STRIPPED OF HIS GARMENTS.
V. Adoramus te, &c. V. We adore thee, &c.
R. Quia per, &c.

R. Because, &c.

Priest. Arrived at last at the place of sacrifice, they prepare to crucify him. His garments are torn from his bleeding body, and he, the Holy of holies, stands exposed to the vulgar gaze of the rude and scoffing multitude.

Prayer. O Lord Jesus! thou didst endure this shame for our most shameful deeds. Strip us, we beseech thee, of all false shame, conceit, and pride, and make us so to humble ourselves voluntarily in this life, that we may escape everlasting ignominy in the world to come.

Act of Contrition, fc. as before.

Pater noster, g-c. as before.

V. Fac ut ardeat cor meum

Make me feel as thou hast felt; In amando Christum Deum, Make my soul to glow and melt Ut sibi complaceam.

With the love of Christ my Lord. R. Sancta Mater, &c.

Holy Mother, &c.

Eleventh Station.

JESUS IS NAILED TO THE CROSS. o V. Adoramus te, &c. v. We adore thee, &c. R. Quia per, &c.

R. Because, &c.

Priest. The cross is laid upon the ground, and Jesus is stretched upon his bed of death. At one and the same time, he offers his bruised limbs to his heavenly Father in behalf of sinful man, and to his fierce executioners to be nailed by them to the disgraceful wood. The blows are struck! the blood gushes forth!

Prayer. O Jesus! nailed to the cross, fasten our hearts there also, that they may be united to thee until death shall strike us with its fatal blow, and with our last breath we shall have yielded up our souls to thee.

Act of Contrition, &c. as before.

Pater noster, &c. as before.
V. Sancta Mater, istud agas, Holy Mother! pierce me through;
Crucifixi fige plagas

In my heart each wound renew
Cordi men valide.

Of my Saviour crucified.
R. Sancta Mater, &c.

Holy Mother, &c.

Twelfth Station.

JESUS DIES UPON THE CROSS.
V. Adoramus te, &c.

V. We adore thee, &c.
R. Quia per, &c.

R. Because, &c.

Priest. For three hours has Jesus hung upon his transfixed hands; his blood has run in streams down his body, and bedewed the ground; and, in the midst of excruciating sufferings, he has pardoned his murderers, promised the bliss of Paradise to the good thief, and committed his blessed Mother and beloved disciple to each other's care. All is now consummated; and meekly bowing down his head, he gives up the ghost.

- Prayer. O Jesus! we devoutly embrace that honoured cross, where thou didst love us even unto death. In that death we place all our confidence. Henceforth let us live only for thee; and in dying for thee, let us die loving thee, and in thy sacred arms.

Act of Contrition, 8c. as before.

Pater noster, &c. as before. V. Tui Nati vulnerati,

Let me share with thee his pain, Tam dignati pro me pati, Who for all my sins was slain, Pænas mecum divide.

Who for me in torments died. R. Sancta Mater, &c.

Holy Mother, &c.

Thirteenth Station. JESUS IS LAID IN THE ARMS OF HIS BLESSED MOTHER. V. Adoramus te, &c. V. We adore thee, &c. R. Quia per, &c.

R. Because, &c.

Priest. The multitude have left the heights of Calvary, and none remain save the beloved disciple and the holy women, who, at the foot of the cross, are striving to stem the grief of Christ's inconsolable Mother. Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus take down the body of her divine Son from the cross, and deposit it in her arms.

Prayer. O thou, whose grief was boundless as an ocean that hath no limits, Mary, Mother of God, give us a share in thy most holy sorrow in the sufferings of thy Son, and have compassion on our infirmities. Accept us as thy children with the beloved disciple. Shew thyself a Mother unto us; and may he, through thee, receive our prayer, who for us vouchsafed to be thy Son.

Act of Contrition, &c. as before.

Pater noster, &c. as before.
V. Fac me tecum pie flere, Let me mingle tears with thee,
Crucifixo condolere,

Mourning him who mourned for me,
Donec ego vixero.

All the days that I may live. R. Sancta Mater, &c.

Holy Mother, &c.

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