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A very short Way of the Cross


This Way of the Cross can be prayed in 5 minutes (or less).

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.

First Station
Jesus Condemned to Death

O Jesus! So meek and uncomplaining, teach me resignation in trials.

Second Station
Jesus Carries His Cross

My Jesus, this Cross should be mine, not Thine; my sins crucified Thee.

Third Station
Our Lord Falls the First Time

O Jesus! By this first fall, never let me fall into mortal sin.

Fourth Station
Jesus Meets His Mother

O Jesus! May no human tie, however dear, keep me from following the road of the Cross.

Fifth Station
Simon the Cyrenean Helps Jesus Carry His Cross

Simon unwillingly assisted Thee; may I with patience suffer all for Thee.

Sixth Station
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.

Seventh Station
The Second Fall of Jesus

By Thy second fall, preserve me, dear Lord, from relapse into sin.

Eighth Station
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.”

Ninth Station
Third Fall of Jesus

O Jesus! when weary upon life’s long journey, be Thou my strength and my perseverance.

Tenth Station
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.

Eleventh Station
Jesus Nailed to the Cross

Thou didst forgive Thy enemies; my God, teach me to forgive injuries and forget them.

Twelfth Station
Jesus Dies on the Cross

Thou art dying, my Jesus, but Thy Sacred Heart still throbs with love for Thy sinful children.

Thirteenth Station
Jesus Taken Down from the Cross

Receive me into thy arms, O Sorrowful Mother; and obtain for me perfect contrition for my sins.

Fourteenth Station
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.”

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