One of the most powerful prayers during Lent is the Way of the Cross, which invites us to retrace the events that led up to Jesus’ crucifixion on Mount Calvary. However, it’s not always easy to find the time to pray the pious devotion.
The good news is that there is no single way to pray the Way of the Cross, and while some versions may take longer, there are other options that take considerably less time.
One option is a method reportedly used by Franciscan friars when they went out on missions. Franciscans have always had a close link to the Way of the Cross as they have had a constant presence in the Holy Land since the 14th century.
Here is their short Way of the Cross that can be prayed in about 5 minutes, depending on how long you meditate on each station.
Why are there Stations of the Cross in (almost) every Catholic church?
Jesus Condemned to Death
O Jesus! So meek and uncomplaining, teach me resignation in trials.
Jesus Carries His Cross
My Jesus, this Cross should be mine, not Thine; my sins crucified Thee.
Our Lord Falls the First Time
O Jesus! By this first fall, never let me fall into mortal sin.
Jesus Meets His Mother
O Jesus! May no human tie, however dear, keep me from following the road of the Cross.
Simon the Cyrenean Helps Jesus Carry His Cross
Simon unwillingly assisted Thee; may I with patience suffer all for Thee.
Veronica Wipes the Face of Jesus
O Jesus! Thou didst imprint Thy sacred features upon Veronica’s veil; stamp them also indelibly upon my heart.
The Second Fall of Jesus
By Thy second fall, preserve me, dear Lord, from relapse into sin.
Jesus Consoles the Women of Jerusalem
My greatest consolation would be to hear Thee say: “Many sins are forgiven thee, because thou hast loved much.”
Third Fall of Jesus
O Jesus! when weary upon life’s long journey, be Thou my strength and my perseverance.
Jesus Stripped of His Garments
My soul has been robbed of its robe of innocence; clothe me, dear Jesus, with the garb of penance and contrition.
Jesus Nailed to the Cross
Thou didst forgive Thy enemies; my God, teach me to forgive injuries and forget them.
Jesus Dies on the Cross
Thou art dying, my Jesus, but Thy Sacred Heart still throbs with love for Thy sinful children.
Jesus Taken Down from the Cross
Receive me into thy arms, O Sorrowful Mother; and obtain for me perfect contrition for my sins.
Jesus Laid in the Sepulcher
When I receive Thee into my heart in Holy Communion, O Jesus, make it a fit abiding place for Thy adorable Body. Amen.
“Jesus, Mary, I love You, save souls.”