Fourteenth Station.


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

R. Because, &c.

Priest. The body of her dearly-beloved Son is taken from his Mother, and laid by the disciples in the tomb. The tomb is closed, and there the lifeless body remains until the hour of its glorious resurrection.

Prayer. We too, O God, will descend into the grave whenever it shall please thee, as it shall please thee, and wheresoever it shall please thee. Let thy just decrees be fulfilled; let our sinful bodies return to their parent dust; but do thou, in thy great mercy, receive our immortal souls, and when our bodies have risen again, place them likewise in thy kingdom, that we may love and bless thee for ever and ever. Amen.

Act of Contrition, &c. as before.

Pater noster, &c. as before.
V. Juxta crucem tecum stare, By the cross with thee to stay;
Et me tibi sociare

There with thee to weep and pray, In planctu desidero.

Is all I ask of thee to give. R. Sancta Mater, &c.

Holy Mother, &c.

The Benediction is then given, after which the following

antiphon and prayer are sung : Ant. Christus factus est Ant. Cbrist was made for pro nobis obediens usque ad us obedient unto death, even mortem, mortem autem cru- the death of the cross. cis, Oremus.

Let us pray. Respice, quæsumus, Do. Look down, O Lord, we mine, super hanc familiam beseech thee, upon this thy tuam, pro qua Dominus noster family, for which our Lord Jesus Christus non dubitavit Jesus Christ did not refuse to manibus tradi nocentium, et be delivered into the hands of


crucis subire tormentum. Qui wicked men, and to endure the vivis et regnas in sæcula sæ- torment of the cross; who culorum.

liveth and reigneth with thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost,

God for ever and ever. Amen. R. Amen.

R. Amen.

When the Benediction is given with the Cross of the Passion,

the following order is to be observed.

Benediction with the Cross of the Passion. Cantor. Jube, Domine, Cantor. Grant us, O Lord, benedicere.

a blessing. Priest. Benedicat vos Do. Priest. May our Lord Jesus minus noster Jesus Christus, Christ bless us, who for us qui pro nobis flagellatus est, was scourged, loaded with his crucem portavit, et fuit cruci- cross, and crucified. fixus. R. Amen.

R. Amen.

Via Crucis, or Prayers for the Stations.


Preparatory Prayer. Receive, O holy Trinity, this my dutiful service, which I offer unto thee in union with the merits of our Lord Jesus Christ, of the Blessed Virgin, and all the Saints, to the glory of thy divine majesty, in satisfaction for my sins, in remembrance of our redemption, and to obtain for the departed rest, for the living grace, and for all everlasting glory. To thee be praise, and honour, and glory, O blessed Trinity, for ever and ever. Amen.

Station First. CHRIST IS CONDEMNED TO DEATH. He willingly submitted to that unjust judgment, that he might deliver thee from the sentence of everlasting damnation.

Ant. The wicked have said, reasoning with themselves, but not right: Let us lie in wait for the just, for he is contrary to our doing: he boasteth that he hath the knowledge of God, and calleth God his Father. Let us see if his words be true. If he be indeed the Son of God, he will deliver him out of our hands. Let us condemn him to a most shameful death.

Lord have mercy. Christ have mercy, Lord have mercy.

Our Father. Hail Mary.
V. God spared not his own Son.
R. But delivered him up for us all.
V. He was offered up, because he himself desired it.
R. And he opened not his mouth.
V. Lord, hear my prayer.
R. And let my cry come unto thee.

Prayer. O Lord Jesus Christ, who out of the bosom of the Father didst descend from heaven to earth, and didst shed thy most precious blood for the remission of our sins; we humbly beseech thee, that in the day of judgment we may be found worthy to stand at thy right hand, and to hear thee say unto us, “Come, ye blessed," &c. Who livest and reignest with the Father, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God for ever and ever. Amen.

Station Second.

THE CROSS IS LAID UPON CHRIST. " The wicked have wrought upon my back.” (Ps. cxxviii.) Hail, our King ! thou only hadst pity on our sins, and wast led, in obedience to thy Father, to be crucified, and as a gentle lamb to the slaughter. To thee be glory, hosanna; to thee be triumph and victory; to thee the crown of highest praise and honour.

Lord have mercy. Christ have mercy. Lord have mercy.

Our Father. Hail Mary.
V. The chastisement of our peace was upon him.

R. And by his bruises we are healed.
V. The Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all..

R. For the wickedness of his people hath he struck him.

V. O Lord, hear my prayer.
R. And let my cry come unto thee.

Prayer as before.

Station Third. CHRIST FALLS THE FIRST TIME UNDER THE CROSS. How great must be the weight of our sins, under which he fell, who bears all things by the word of his power!

Ant. Our Lord Jesus Christ humbled himself unto death, even the death of the cross; for which cause God also hath exalted him, and hath given him a name which is above all names. • Lord have mercy, &c.

Our Father. Hail Mary.
V. Surely he hath borne our infirmities.
R. And carried our sorrows.
V. He was branded for our iniquities.
R. He was bruised for our sins.
V. O Lord, hear my prayer.
R. And let my cry come unto thee.

Station fourth.

AND ST. JOHN. Oh, how sharp a sword of grief must have pierced the heart of his Mother and of his loving disciple, when they met Jesus thus! Dost thou, too, share with them their sorrow and grief?

Ant. Oh, all ye that pass by, attend and see if there be any sorrow like to my sorrow : therefore do I weep, and my eyes run down with water, because the Comforter, the relief of my soul, is far from me. My eyes have failed for weeping; my bowels are troubled ; my heart

is turned within me; for the desolation of my Son, because the enemy hath prevailed.

Lord have mercy, &c.
Our Father. Hail Mary.
V. Great as the sea is thy grief.
R. Who shall heal thee?
V. A sword of grief hath pierced thine own soul.

R. That out of many hearts thoughts may be revealed.

V. O Lord, hear my prayer.
R. And let my cry come unto thee.

Prayer. O Lord Jesus Christ, &c.

Station fifth. THE CROSS IS LAID UPON SIMON OF CYRENE. This man was compelled to carry the cross after Jesus. How great an honour to have carried it willingly! Art thou ready to bear the cross of Christ?

Ant. It behoveth us to glory in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, in whom is our salvation, who is our life and resurrection, and through whom we are saved and delivered.

Lord have mercy, &c.
Our Father. Hail Mary.

V. God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.

R. By whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.

V. O faithful cross, thou peerless tree!

R. No forest yields the like of thee, leaf, flower, or bud.

V. O Lord, hear my prayer.
R. And let my cry come unto thee,

Prayer. O Lord Jesus Christ, &c.

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