When the Stations are said in a group, it is sufficient for the leader to go from Station
to Station; the others may remain in the pew, gazing upon the Station being honored.
No special prayers need be said. One need only to think lovingly on Our Savior’s
cruel sufferings and, when the pictures are actually before your eyes, this is not
difficult. Alas, how greatly neglected is this most profitable devotion! To encourage
the practice of the Stations of the Cross, the Church has attached to it rich indulgences,
which may be gained even by those confined to bed by illness or otherwise prevented
from going to the church. A plenary indulgence is gained each time the Way of the
Cross is made, at least with a contrite heart, alone or with others. Another plenary
indulgence is gained by those who receive Holy Communion on the same day or
even within a month after having made the Stations. One who interrupts the Way of
the Cross and later completes it, need not begin anew to gain the plenary indulgence.
Those at sea, prisoners, sick persons and those
who live in pagan countries, as well as those who
are lawfully hindered from making the Stations in
their ordinary form, may gain the same indulgences
provided they hold in their hand a Crucifix blessed
for this purpose by a priest with the proper faculties,
and pray the Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be
one time for each Station. The sick may perform the
Way of the Cross, holding the Crucifix and devoutly
kissing it, with their eyes fixed upon Jesus Crucified
and, if possible, make some short prayer o r ejaculation:
Crucified Lord Jesus, have mercy on us and
help the suffering Souls in Purgatory!
Love your suffering Savior and your salvation is assured. Look attentively upon
the beautiful touching pictures of Our Suffering Savior and your heart will be
filled with deepest sympathy and compassion for Him. Nothing is better suited to
heal the wounds of conscience and to purify and perfect the soul, than continued
contemplation on the Wounds of Christ. During this time of war, suffering, uncertainty
and fear, the Stations of the Cross will fill our hearts with love, hope and compassion
for the crucified and suffering Mystical Body of Christ. Bathed in His Most Precious
Blood, our sins will be forgiven and we will be healed of selfishness, materialism and
p ride. May the Love of Our Crucified Savior flood your soul with Eternal Peace!
“He loved me and gave Himself up for me!
I must love Him and sacrifice myself for Him!”
I impart to all of you, my priestly blessing:
In the Name of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Amen.
Father IVAN KOLODIY
Byzantine Rite, Greek-Catholic Church, UKRAINE