Stations of the Cross - Good Friday

Meditation

About This Service

This service developed in Jerusalem as a devotion to be undertaken by those wishing to walk in the footsteps of Jesus on Good Friday. In time it developed into 14 stations. Eight of these station are based directly on the Gospel accounts of the crucifixion, while stations 3,4,6,7,9 & 13 are inferred from the Gospels or taken from pious legends of the crucifixion. Each station begins with a portion of the Sabat Mater, the 12th century hymn of the crucifixion (At the cross her station keeping) attributed to the Franciscan poet Jacopone da Todi.

There will be links to thematic hymns and music from a variety of sources to pause and listen to, or sing to as we progress through the service. It is designed to be flexible, so you can use as much or as little content as you feel led and as your time permits.

You may choose to do this at home alone or with your household. Links to spoken audio are included for you to listen to or read along with as desired. Reading the BOLD text as a response works well.

Preparation

Take a few moments to settle yourself in a comfortable position. Take some slow deep breathes and set your intention. Be present, be still.

Choose one or more of the following hymns (or another suitable hymn/song/music) and listen, sing or play along... or create your own music.

 

Opening Prayer

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Almighty God, look graciously, we pray on this your family, for whom Our Lord Jesus Christ was willing to be betrayed and given into the hands of sinners, and to suffer death upon the cross; who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Silence