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The Way of the Cross

The devotion known as the Way of the Cross is an adaptation of a custom widely observed by pilgrims to Jerusalem; the offering of prayer at a series of places in that city traditionally associated with our Lord's passion and death. The number of stations has varied widely through the ages; in some traditions, local parish custom has set the number and content of the stations.

The Stations of the Cross that grace the interior of St. Bartholomew's are the work of Livermore sculptor Donald Homan. The sculptures were carved and placed in the Nave during 1986 and 1987 as Mr. Homan's gift to the congregation. Each of the sculptures are shown here accompanied by meditations that served as inspiration for Mr. Homan as he went about carving each station; they account for the unique depth of spiritual and artistic commitment that makes this set of stations so valued by the parishioners of St. Bartholomew's.

The stations are more than religious pictures. For the worshipper who walks the way of the Cross, they offer access through the visible to the invisible mysteries of the faith. One is drawn close to the heart of God and contemplates the unique way in which he has chosen to love us.

It is necessary to view each station not only as a reminder of an historical moment in the mystery of Atonement, but as a Holy Moment in which we are present. To all who would walk in this way there is an opportunity to be confronted with ourselves, with God's love, and with the vital sources of joy and peace.

Here are the simple devotions for the Way of the Cross, illustrated by Don Homan's powerfully symbolic sculptures, and the meditations that served as his inspiration. Click on any of the pictures to see a larger version. You can also start a slide show, cycling through all 10 stations, by using the slide show controls on any of the pictures.

Station I - A Cross

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

Amen.

Lord, have mercy.
Christ have Mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

Officiant and People

Our Father, who art in heaven,

hallowed be thy Name,
thy kingdom come,
thy will be done,

on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses,

as we forgive those

who trespass against us.

And lead us not into tempation,

but deliver us from evil.

Versicle:We will glory in the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ:
Response:In whom is our salvation, our life and resurrection.

Let us pray.  (Silence)

Assist us mercifully with your help, O Lord God of our salvation, that we may enter with joy upon the contemplation of those mighty acts, whereby you have given us life and immortality; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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Station II - Jesus is condemned to Death

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

Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

As soon as it was morning, the chief priests, with the elders and scribes, and the whole council, held a consultation; and they delivered him to Pilate. And they all condemned him and said, "He deserves to die." When Pilate heard these words, he brought Jesus out and sat down on the judgement seat at a place called the Pavement, but in Hebrew, Gabbatha. Then he handed Jesus over to them to be crucified.

VersicleGod did not spare his own son:
ResponseBut delivered him up for us all.

Let us pray.  (Silence)

Almighty God, whose most dear Son went not up to joy but first he suffered pain, and endured not into glory before he was crucified: Mercifully grant that we, walking in the way of the Cross, may find it none other than the way of life and peace; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord. Amen.

Holy God,
Holy and Mighty,
Holy Immortal One,
Have mercy upon us.

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If we are to journey with Jesus as he is condemned to death we shall do so, not because we have earned that priviledge, for if we demand what we deserve then the verdict upon us is condemnation and death and we are of all men most miserable; but in and through Jesus Christ, the sinless one who stands condemned, we are offered the infinitely costly, utterly free gift of grace mediated through forgiveness.

Station III - Jesus takes up his Cross

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

Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

Jesus went out, bearing his own cross, to the place called the place of a skull, which is called in Hebrew, Golgotha. Although he was a Son, he learned obedience through what he suffered. Like a lamb he was led to the slaughter; and like a sheep that before its shearers is mute, so he opened not his mouth. Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and riches and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and blessing.

VersicleThe Lord has laid upon him the iniquity of us all:
ResponseFor the transgression of my people was he stricken.

Let us pray.  (Silence)

Almighty God, whose beloved Son willingly endured the agony and shame of the cross for our redemption: Give us courage to take up our cross and follow him; who lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen.

Holy God,
Holy and Mighty,
Holy Immortal One,
Have mercy upon us.

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If we are to journey with Jesus as he takes up his cross, it will be by accepting his invitation to take up our cross. Jesus did not say "If anyone would be my disciple, throw away your cross and follow me" (even if we sometimes wish that he had). Louis Evely remarks that God always seems to give us the "wrong" crosses; any other cross than that particular one would have been more bearable. But Jesus volunteered for his cross; so must we.

Station IV - The Cross is laid upon Simon of Cyrene

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

Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

As they led Jesus away, they came upon a man of Cyrene, Simon by name, who was coming in from the country, and laid on him the cross to carry it behind Jesus. "If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for my yoke is easy, and my burden is light."

VersicleWhoever does not bear his own cross and come after me:
ResponseCannot be my disciple.

Let us pray.  (Silence)

Heavenly Father, whose blessed Son came not to be served but to serve: Bless all who, following in his steps, give themselves to the service of others; that with wisdom, patience and courage, they may minister in his Name to the suffering, the friendless, and the needy; for the love of him who laid down his life for us, your Son our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

Holy God,
Holy and Mighty,
Holy Immortal One,
Have mercy upon us.

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If we are to journey with Jesus as the cross is laid upon Simon of Cyrene, we must be alert to those along our way who, often unrecognized, carry our cross for us.

Station V - Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem

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

Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

There followed after Jesus a great multitude of the people, and among them were women who bewailed and lamented him. But Jesus turing to them said, "Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children."

VersicleThose who sowed with tears:
ResponseWill reap with songs of joy.

Let us pray.  (Silence)

Teach your Church, O Lord, to mourn the sins of which it is guilty, and to repent and forewake them; that, by your pardoning grace, the results of our iniquities may not be visited upon our children and our children's children; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Holy God,
Holy and Mighty,
Holy Immortal One,
Have mercy upon us.

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If we are to journey with Jesus as he meets the women of Jerusalem, it will be as those who weep for ourselves; for we always remain sinners in process of salvation, growing in grateful contrition, more aware of our sins as we grow ever more aware of our forgiveness.

Station VI - Jesus is stripped of his garments

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

Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

When they came to a place called Golgotha (which means the place of a skull), they offered him wine to drink, mingled with gall; but when he stated it, he would not drink it. And they divided his garments among them by casting lots. This was to fulfill the scripture which says, "They divided my garments among them; they cast lots for my clothing."

VersicleThey gave me gall to eat:
ResponseAnd when I was thirsty they gave me vinegar to drink.

Let us pray.  (Silence)

Lord God, whose blessed Son our Savior gave his body to be whipped and his face to be spit upon: Give us grace to accept joyfully the sufferings of the present time, confident of the glory that shall be revealed; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Holy God,
Holy and Mighty,
Holy Immortal One,
Have mercy upon us.

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If we are to journey with Jesus as he is sripped of his garments, we shall find ourselves progressively stripped of all the things we have relied on to cloak our frailty and to give us the illusion of security.

Station VII - Jesus is nailed to the Cross

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

Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

When they came to the place which is called The Skull, there there they crucified him; and with him they crucified two criminals, one on the right, the other on the left, and Jesus between them. And the scripture was fulfilled which says, "He was numbered with the transgressors."

VersicleThey pierce my hands and my feet:
ResponseThey stare and gloat over me.

Let us pray.  (Silence)

Lord Jesus Christ, you stretched out your arms of love on the hard wood of the cross that everyone might come within the reach of your saving embrace: So clothe us in your spirit that we, reaching forth our hands in love, may bring those who do not know you to the knowledge and love of you; for the honor of your Name. Amen.

Holy God,
Holy and Mighty,
Holy Immortal One,
Have mercy upon us.

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If we are to journey with Jesus as he is nailed to the Cross, we shall learn the glorious liberty of the children of God precisely as we risk and entrust ourselves in the embrace of Him who bears the mark of the nails. Saint Catherine of Sienna said "Nails could not have held God-made-man fastened to a tree, had not love held him there." The arms of Jesus nailed to the Cross reached out freely to invite us into true freedom.

Station VIII - Jesus dies on the Cross

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

Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

When Jesus saw his mother, and the disciple whom he loved standing near, he said to his mother, "Woman, behold your son!" The he said to the disciple, "Behold your mother!" And when Jesus had received the vinegar, he said, "It is finished!" And then, crying out with a loud voice, he said "Father, into your hands I commend my spirit." And he bowed his head, and handed over his spirit.

VersicleChrist for us to become obedient unto death:
ResponseEven death on a cross.

Let us pray.  (Silence)

O God, who for our dedemption gave your only-begotten Son to the death of the cross, and by his glorious resurrection delivered us from the power of our enemy: Grant us to die daily to sin, that we may evermore live with him in the joy of his resurrection; who lives and reigns now and for ever. Amen.

Holy God,
Holy and Mighty,
Holy Immortal One,
Have mercy upon us.

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If we are to journey with Jesus as he dies on the Cross, it will be a lifetime journey in which each step of the way leads to a profounder step of faith, until we experience our own death as a response to His invitation to entrust back to Him not less than everything.

Station IX - Jesus is laid in the tomb

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

Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

It was the day of Preparation, and the Sabbath was beginning. The women who had come with him from Galilee followed, and saw the tomb, and how his body was laid; then they returned, and prepared spices and ointments.

But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking the spices which they had prepared. And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in they did not find the body.

VersicleYou will not abandon me to the grave:
ResponseNor let your holy One see corruption.

Let us pray.  (Silence)

O God, your blesses Son was laid in a tomb in a garden, and rested on the Sabbath day: Grant that we who have been buried with him in the waters of baptism may find our perfect rest in his eternal and glorious kingdom; where he lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen.

Holy God,
Holy and Mighty,
Holy Immortal One,
Have mercy upon us.

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If we are to journey with Jesus as he is laid in the tomb, we shall experience the Resurrection Life as a reality only insofar as we experience Death as a reality. Without a real death there can be no real resurrection, but through a daily dying to self we grow daily in the discovery of what it is to live in Christ, our Risen and Crucified Lord. From the foot of the Cross, and before a stone rolled away from an empty tomb, we behold a single Glory.

Station X - The Cross

Savior of the world, by your cross and precious blood you have redeemed us:

Save us, and help us, we humbly beseech you, O Lord.

Let us pray.  (Silence)

We thank you, heavenly Father, that you have delivered us from the dominion of sin and death and brought us into the kingdom of your Son; and we pray that, as by his death he has recalled us to life, so by his love he may raise us to eternal joys; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

To Christ our Lord who loves us, and washed us in his own blood, and made us a kingdom of priests to serve his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion for ever. Amen.

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