Scriptural Way of the Cross
or Biblical Stations of the Cross Introduced by Pope John Paul II

You can begin now at the 1st Station of the Cross
Pope John Paul IISince of the 14 traditional stations of the cross, only eight have clear scriptural foundation, Pope John Paul II introduced a new form, the Scriptural Way of the Cross on Good Friday 1991 and performed them at the Coliseum in Rome on Good Fridays during his reign. (Pope Francis I has reverted to the Traditional Way of the Cross.) You'll find scripture included for each of these for your meditation. Protestants should find this very biblical and acceptable, though some prefer an alternate version that includes the Resurrection as the last station.

Before each station:

Minister: We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you.

All: Because of your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

After each station: All: Lord Jesus, help us walk in your steps.

1. Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane Matthew 26:36-41
2. Jesus is betrayed by Judas and arrested Mark 14:43-46
3. Jesus is condemned by the Sanhedrin Luke 22:66-71
4. Jesus is denied by St. Peter Matthew 26:69-75
5. Jesus is judged by Pontius Pilate Mark 15:1-5, 15
6. Jesus is scourged at the pillar and crowned with thorns John 19:1-3
7. Jesus Bears the Cross John 19:6, 15-17
8. Jesus is helped by Simon the Cyrenian to carry the cross Mark 15:21
9. Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem Luke 23:27-31
10. Jesus is crucified Luke 23:33-34
11. Jesus promises his kingdom to the good thief Luke 23:39-43
12. Jesus speaks to his mother and the beloved disciple John 19:25-27
13. Jesus dies on the cross Luke 23:44-46
14. Jesus is placed in the tomb Matthew 27:57-60

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