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Stations of the Cross by The Holy Father John Paul II

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

The Way of the Cross on Good Friday, 2003.

The Way of the Cross of the ecclesial community of Rome, gathered at the Colosseum, this tragic yet glorious monument of imperial Rome, a silent witness to power and dominion, a testimonial to moments of life and of death, where cries of blood (cf. Jn 4:10) seem still to ring out, together with words of peace and forgiveness.

The Way of the Cross in the Twenty-fifth year of my Pontificate as Bishop of Rome and Pastor of the Universal Church. By God's grace, in these twenty-five years of my pastoral ministry I have always been present for this meeting, a true Statio Urbis et Orbis, a meeting of the Church in Rome with pilgrims gathered from throughout the world and with the millions of faithful who follow the Way of the Cross on radio and television.


This year too, by the Lord's renewed mercy, I walk with you once more, in faith, along the path that Jesus walked from the praetorium of Pontius Pilate to the summit of Calvary.

Via Crucis, the Way of the Cross, a symbolic embrace between Jerusalem and Rome, the City which Jesus loved,
where he gave his life for the salvation of the world, and the City of the See of the Successor of Peter,
who presides over the Church in charity.

Via Crucis, a way of faith: in Jesus, condemned to death, we see the Judge of the universe; in Jesus as he carries his Cross, the Saviour of the world; in Jesus crucified, the Lord of history, the very Son of God.

Good Friday evening, a warm and restless night of the first full moon of spring. We gather here in the Lord's name.
He is present in our midst, just as he promised (cf. Mt 18:20). And with us too is the Blessed Virgin Mary.

She stood on the hill of Golgotha as the Mother of the dying Son, as the Disciple of the Teacher of truth, as the new Eve standing beneath the tree of life, as the woman of sorrow, the companion of the "man of sorrows, acquainted with grief" (Is 53:3), Daughter of Adam, Our Sister, Queen of Peace.

As the Mother of Mercy, she bends over her children who still face dangers and exhaustion, to see their sufferings,
to hear the cry arising from their afflictions, to bring them comfort and to renew their hope of peace.

Let us pray.

Brief moment of silence

Father most holy,
look upon the blood flowing from the Saviour's pierced side;
look upon the blood shed by the many victims
of hatred, of war, of terrorism,
and in your mercy, grant that the course of world events
may unfold according to your will, in justice and in peace,
and that your Church may devote herself with quiet confidence
to your service and to the liberation of mankind.

Through Christ our Lord.

First Station, Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh, Twelve, Thirteen, Fourteen


Extracted from http://www.vatican.va/news_services/liturgy/2003/documents/ns_lit_doc_20030418_viacrucis_en.html

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My daughter, try your best to make


 the Stations of the Cross in this hour, provided that your duties permit it;


and if you are not able to make the Stations of the Cross, then at least


 step into the chapel for a moment and adore, in the Blessed Sacrament, My Heart, which is full of mercy;


and should you be unable to step into the chapel,


 immerse yourself in prayer there where you happen to be, if only for a very brief instant.


I claim veneration for My mercy from every creature,

but above all from you, since it is to you that I have given the most profound understanding of this mystery. (Diary, 1572)


"On the cross, the fountain of My mercy was opened wide by the lance for all souls -

no one have I excluded!" (Diary, 1182).


In October 1937, in Cracow (Poland)

The Lord Jesus

prescribed honoring the Hour of His death by appealing through prayer to the value and the merits of His Passion, at least for a short moment.

I remind you, My daughter, that as often as you hear the clock strike the third hour, immerse yourself completely in My mercy, adoring and glorifying it; invoke its omnipotence for the whole world, and particularly for poor sinners; for at that moment mercy was opened wide for every soul.


In this hour you can obtain everything for yourself and for others for the asking;


it was the hour of grace for the whole world-

Mercy triumphed over justice.