On Good Friday followers of Jesus focus their hearts and minds on the cross.
In 1991, Pope John Paul II revised the 14 Stations of the Cross to align with
events as they are found in Scripture.
Walk the steps of Jesus, our Lord and Savior, through the stations of the cross . . . remember that He loves you so completely if you were the only one who needed His sacrifice He would have done it all just for you.
Praying the Stations of the Cross
1. Jesus Prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane – Mark 14:32–41
Lord Jesus, Like your disciples we sleep. You anticipate suffering and death. You ask us to watch and pray, but we’re tired, caught up in our circumstances. Weighted by the world, we sleep. You cry out. You sweat drops of blood. You plead with the Father. You surrender to His will. You make our greatest need Your priority. You give everything. For us. For me. Thanks and praise forever. Amen.
2. Jesus Betrayed by Judas and Arrested – Matthew 26:47–56
Lord Jesus, Friends still betray friends. People still run away and turn their heads to protect themselves. Forgive us. May we boldly stand for truth. May we stand strong in faith. You are the Rock of our Salvation. Help us follow You wherever You lead even when the path is hard and we’re afraid. Amen.
3. Jesus Condemned by the Sanhedrin – Luke 22:66–71
Lord Jesus, People lie. You’re condemned. Forgive us. Still today, we fail to speak the truth about You. Forgive us. We fail to profess you before others. Forgive us. Help us to forgive those who lie about us. Give us strength to forgive as You forgive. Help us trust and love You, the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Amen.
4. Jesus Denied by Peter – John 18:15–18,25–27
Lord Jesus, Like Peter, we boast that we will follow You through anything, but that’s before we’re afraid or the struggle is overwhelming. It is only through Holy Spirit strength that we have what we need when we’re confronted and afraid. That is our prayer. Help us. We don’t want “deny You before men.” (Matthew 10:32–33) We pray to have courage to proclaim the wonderful things You have done for us and glorify Your Holy name. Amen.
5. Jesus Judged by Pilate – John 19:1–16
Lord Jesus, We’re ashamed as we see ourselves in the crowd shouting “Crucify Him.” Like Pilate we wash our hands and look away when others condemn or deny You. Forgive us. Help us. We need You. Give us the courage to boldly tell others of Your love. Amen.
6. Jesus Beaten and Crowned with Thorns – John 19:1–3
Lord Jesus, It breaks our hearts that You were tortured and abused for us. You took our pain, our shame, our punishment. Forgive us. We are so sorry. Each time we sin through defiant disobedience or through lack of obedience we place our mark on Your punishment. A punishment we deserved. Forgive us. Amen.
7. Jesus Carried His Cross – John 19:17
Lord Jesus, Broken and beaten forced to carry the instrument of Your death. You said that Your followers must be willing to carry their cross. (Luke 9:23) And around the world believers are abused and martyred for following You. Please give us everything we need to remain faithful, to carry whatever You allow. Please help us. We need You. Amen.
8. Jesus Helped by Simon the Cyrene to Carry His Cross – Mark 15:21
Lord Jesus, Thank you for people who help. Simon was not among Your close followers. We don’t even know if He knew You, but he carried. When You ask us to come along side and help those beaten and abused to carry their burdens … help us. Give us courage, strength, and compassion. Amen.
9. Jesus Addressed the Women of Jerusalem – Luke 23:28–31
Lord Jesus, We cry out. There is so much pain. So much loss. Hurting hearts need You. We cry over Your suffering. We cry over a suffering world. Comfort us and help us to comfort and help one another. Amen.
10. Jesus Nailed to the Cross – Mark 15:23–25
Lord Jesus, It feels too hard to watch. We want to look away. Excruciating pain and humiliation. Our punishment. Our pain. Our shame. We are so sorry. We’re guilty. Thank you is not enough. May we live for You in humble service, the One who gave it all to give us life. We adore You. We worship You. We give You praise forever and ever. Amen.
11. Jesus Promised His Kingdom to a Thief – Luke 23:39–43
Lord Jesus, You made a promise, “Today you will be with me in paradise.” A powerful promise to a dying thief. A powerful promise for humble sinners who have received Your gift of redeeming grace. Death gives way to life eternal. Thank you for giving us this amazing promise full of hope. Amen.
12. Jesus Provided for His Mother – John 19:25–27
Lord Jesus, Thank you for showing us that You care about our lives by providing for Your mother. You lived and died not for our future hope alone, but for every day we live and breathe. Triune God, Father, Son, and Spirit . . . You provide and care for every need. Thank you. We love you. Amen.
13. Jesus Died on the Cross – John 19:28–30
Lord Jesus, You willingly gave Your life. You experienced death. You felt excruciating pain and suffering. You suffered death. Even as we face death, we are not alone. You are with us. You are full of love and compassion as You give us strength and hope. You gave Yourself into the Father’s hands and as we wait for Sunday, we remember – not as something we’ve heard about . . . but as if we were there. And we give You thanks and praise. Amen.
14. Jesus Laid in a Tomb – Matthew 27:57–61
Lord Jesus, You rested in a borrowed tomb as Your followers gathered in fear and confusion. It must have felt like the end. But the tomb could not hold You. It was temporary. And through this truth we wait and anticipate the victory that begins our eternal celebration. Thank you, Jesus. Amen.
God bless you this Holy Friday as you remember how much God loves you and spend time with Jesus as you pray through the Stations of the Cross.
The Father who gave His Son.
For this is how God loved the world: He gave His one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16
The Son who gave His life.
When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners. Romans 5:6
The Spirit who helps us to trust, love, and obey.
And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. Romans 8:26a
Praise God! You and I are blessed by His grace with all we need to live in His love.
“For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.John 3:!6
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