Meditating on the Stations of the Cross offers a deeper perspective on Christ’s suffering and crucifixion during the season of Lent. Read here about the devotion’s origins, the significance of each station and how to pray them.

Pray our interactive Stations below.

Begin each station with: “We adore You, O Christ, and bless You. Because by Your holy cross You have redeemed the world.”

Read and meditate on the Station.

End each station with: Our Father… Hail Mary… Glory Be… “Jesus Christ crucified, have mercy on us. May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.”

All photos by Jeff Blake/Miscellany: Stations of the Cross are from the Basilica of St. Peter in Columbia.

Note: Where there is no Scripture passage corresponding to a Station above, reflections come from “The Way of the Cross” by St. Alphonsus De Liguori.

Additional resources

Want to read more about the stations or bring them into your prayer routine? Here are some books and apps to help you along.

The Way of the Cross by St. Alphonsus Liguori has been the most popular form of stations in the U.S. since the 19th century. Found in most Catholic bookstores and online.

Children’s Way of the Cross and Stations of the Cross in My Pocket (Pauline Books) are good prayer guides to introduce children to the stations, with prayers and meditations they can easily understand.

Creighton University has an online edition that includes audio versions in English and Spanish, as well as prayers and meditations.

The Laudate app for smartphones and tablets offers stations with images and prayers, and links to podcasts for audio versions. Available through iTunes and Google Play.

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has print and audio, as well as specially themed stations, including one for victims of human trafficking.