The Catholic Church use to practise meditating on the Stations of the Cross every Friday, but they do not do it these days. If so only a very few churches would practise it now. I use my rosary beads to meditate on ‘The Station of the Cross’ and I know God is very pleased with me doing so. God loves us to use our imagination to get closer to Him. We don’t have to do everything by the human rule book, but by the way God’s Spirit leads you. After all isn’t that’s what children do, use their imagination. And we are supposed to be childlike, before we can get into the kingdom of heaven. This is one of the reasons why I believe a child can believe so easily in miracles. Whereas adults tends to get hang ups on believing what they can’t see with their physical eyes. Children and saints see through the eyes of faith. To have faith, a good imaginations is very helpful.
I learnt to meditate on the ‘Stations of the Cross’ by the means of using the rosary beads by somebody who claimed that Mary gave him this method to use to save souls and release people from purgatory. Maybe Mary originally did bless him with it, but the poor man became so deceived in many ways and started his own sect, which was not of God. My aunt showed the prayers to a priest and the priest said there is nothing wrong with the prayers, but to keep away from this person. So I am not going to write word by word of this rosary, just in case somebody might recognised it and follow this sect that is leading people astray. I have been saying it this way for decades off and on and I have had many visitations from Jesus while saying it. So I do agree with the priest there is nothing wrong with the prayer, but I would keep away from the sect. Judge for yourself what you think of this prayer.
- First do the sign of the cross
- The Apostle Creed
- On the large bead you say the Lord’s Prayer in honour of the Holy Trinity.
- On the three small beads say hail Mary on each one of them
- Then say the Glory Be to the Father…..
- Then you say the first decade ‘Jesus is condemned to Death.’
- Then say the Lord’s Prayer and Glory Be to the Father…..
- On the ten small decades you say ‘Jesus, Mary, I love you, save souls, while you are saying this prayer you meditate on Jesus is condemned to Death.
- After each ten decades you say ‘O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all souls to heaven, help especially those who are in most need of Thy mercy.’
- You repeat steps 6 to 9, through out, but of course each decade is meditating on different scenes of Jesus suffering so the second decade becomes ‘Jesus carries His Cross.
- Below there is a list of all fourteen stations to meditate on.
First decade; Jesus is condemned to death
Second decade; Jesus carries His Cross
Third decade; Jesus falls the first time
Fourth decade; Jesus meets His sorrowful Mother
Fifth decade; Simon helps Jesus to carry His cross
Sixth decade; Veronica wipes the face of Jesus
Seventh decade; Jesus falls the second time
Eight decade; the women of Jerusalem weep over Jesus
Ninth decade; Jesus falls the third time
Tenth decade; Jesus is stripped of His garments
Eleventh decade; Jesus is nailed to the cross
Twelfth decade; Jesus is Raised upon the cross and dies
Thirteenth decade; Jesus is taken down from the cross
Fourteenth decade; Jesus is laid in the Sepulchre.
To finish you then say the Hail, Holy Queen Prayer and then
The Memorare; Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help, or sought your intercession was abandoned. Inspired with this confidence, I fly to you, O Virgin of Virgins, my Mother. To you I come, before you I stand, sinful and sorrowful. Do not, O Mother of the Word Incarnate despise my petitions, but in your mercy, hear and answer me. Amen
Memorare to Saint Joseph; Remember, O most chaste spouse of the Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who implored your help or sought your intercession was left unassisted. Full of confidence in your power I fly to you, and beg your protection. Despise not, O foster-father of our Redeemer, my humble supplication, but in your bounty, hear and answer me. Amen