Franciscans have had a particular devotion to
the Way of the Cross for a very long time.
This chaplet is a way of meditating on the Way of the Cross.
This particular chaplet has 15 groups of 3 beads each. One group represents each stop along the Way of the Cross.
On the crucifix, bless yourself. Prior to each group of beads, pray:
We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you because by your Holy Cross you have redeemed the World.Pray an Our Father on the first bead, a Hail Mary on the second, and a Glory Be on the third of each group, while meditating on the particular station.
After all of the stations, it is traditional to recite a series of 5 Our Fathers, Hail Marys, and Glory Be's in honor of the 5 wounds of Christ.
To end the stations:
Jesus! For Thee I live.The way of the Cross has the following stations:
Jesus! For Thee I die.
Jesus! I am Thine in life and death.
Jesus is condemned
Jesus takes up his Cross
Jesus meets His Mother
Simon of Cyrene is compelled to help Jesus
Veronica wipes the face of Jesus
Jesus falls a second time
Jesus speaks to the women of Jerusalem
Jesus falls a third time
Jesus dies on the Cross
Jesus is taken down and placed in the arms of His Mother
Jesus is placed in the tomb
Jesus is resurrected!