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Stations of the Cross

The Stations of the Cross are a 14-step Catholic devotion which remembers Jesus Christ’s last day on Earth as a man, beginning with his condemnation.
The stations are most commonly prayed during Lent on Wednesdays and Fridays, and especially on Good Friday.
Ladywell is fortunate to have its very own Stations of the Cross.  They were commissioned by Gerald Culliford in memory of his wife Gabrielle, and expertly crafted by Nigel Ratcliffe-Springall.  Originally planned for Chilworth Friary, Gerald chose Ladywell as their new home when the Franciscan Friars left the Friary.
We are currently in the midst of plans to move the fourteen stations to a more accessible position in the grounds, so that they can be more easily enjoyed by all our visitors.

Prayers below are taken from:
First Station: Jesus is condemned to death – Prayers – Catholic Online 

Photos taken at Ladywell 





The Stations of the Cross 1.

Jesus, you stand all alone before Pilate. Nobody speaks up for you. Nobody helps defend you. You devoted your entire life to helping others, listening to the smallest ones, caring for those who were ignored by others. They don’t seem to remember that as they prepare to put you to death.










The Stations of the Cross 2.

Jesus, as you accepted your cross, you knew you would carry it to your death on Calvary.  You knew it wouldn’t be easy, but accepted it and carried it just the same.











The Stations of the Cross 3.

Jesus, the cross you have been carrying is very heavy. You are becoming weak and almost ready to faint, and you fall down. Nobody seems to want to help you. The soldiers are interested in getting home, so they yell at you and try to get you up and moving again.










The Stations of the Cross 4.

Jesus, you feel so alone with all those people yelling and screaming at you. You don’t like the words they are saying about you, and you look for a friendly face in the crowd. You see your mother. She can’t make the hurting stop, but it helps to see that she is on your side, that she is suffering with you. She does understand and care.





The Stations of the Cross 5.

Jesus, the soldiers are becoming impatient. This is taking longer than they wanted it to. They are afraid you won’t make it to the hill where you will be crucified. As you grow weaker, they grab a man out of the crowd and make him help carry your cross. He was just watching what was happening, but all of a sudden he is helping you carry your cross.









The Stations of the Cross 6.

Jesus, suddenly a woman comes out of the crowd. Her name is Veronica. You can see how she cares for you as she takes a cloth and begins to wipe the blood and sweat from your face. She can’t do much, but she offers what little help she can.










The Stations of the Cross 7.

This is the second time you have fallen on the road. As the cross grows heavier and heavier it becomes more difficult to get up. But you continue to struggle and try until you’re up and walking again. You don’t give up.











The Stations of the Cross 8.

Jesus, as you carry your cross you see a group of women along the road. As you pass by you see they are sad. You stop to spend a moment with them, to offer them some encouragement. Although you have been abandoned by your friends and are in pain, you stop and try to help them.










The Stations of the Cross 9.

Jesus, your journey has been long. You fall again, beneath your cross. You know your journey is coming to an end. You struggle and struggle. You get up and keep going.










The Stations of the Cross 10.

The soldiers notice you have something of value. They remove your cloak and throw dice for it. Your wounds are torn open once again. Some of the people in the crowd make fun of you. They tease you and challenge you to perform a miracle for them to see. They’re not aware that you’ll perform the greatest miracle of all!









The Stations of the Cross 11.

You are stretched out on the cross you have carried so far. The soldiers take big nails and drive them into your hands and feet. You feel abandoned by the people you loved so much. People seem to have gone mad. You have done nothing but good, yet they drive nails through your hands and feet.










The Stations of the Cross 12.

As Jesus hung on the cross, he forgave the soldiers who had crucified him, and prayed for his mother and friends. Jesus wanted all of us to be able to live forever with God, so he gave all he had for us.










The Stations of the Cross 13.

Jesus, how brutally you were put to death. How gently you are taken from the cross. Your suffering and pain are ended, and you are put in the lap of your mother. The dirt and blood are wiped away. You are treated with love.











The Stations of the Cross 14.

Jesus, your body is prepared for burial. Joseph gave you his own tomb. He laid your body there and rolled a large stone in front of it, then went home. What a sad day it has been for so many people.







We adore you, Lord Jesus Christ, 
Here and in all your churches throughout the world, 
And we bless you, because by your Holy Cross, 
You have redeemed the World.

St. Francis of Assisi