Engaging Faith: Practical lesson ideas and activities for Catholic Educators

March 30, 2009

Scriptural Way of the Cross for Teens

Scriptural Way of the Cross

Have the students work in pairs to pray this Scriptural Way of the Cross. Allow a defined amount of time for each station. Call time and then read the leader prayer part for each station.

Working with a partner, have the teens follow these directions:

  1. One person reads aloud the Scripture passage while the other follows along in the Bible.  
  2. Each person takes two or three minutes to reflect on and answer the question for his or her own life.  
  3. Each person tells something of his or her personal reflection to their partner.  
  4. Respond to the prayer.  

Station 1     Agony in the Garden                                         Luke 22:39-46 

When was the time you were most afraid?

Prayer: Lord, you sweated drops of blood in your anxiety for our human condition. Help us to remain awake because....

Response: By your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

Station 2 The Arrest of Jesus                                             Luke 22:47-53

Recall a time when you were falsely accused of something? How did you feel?

Prayer: Lord, darkness had its hour but it could not over come you because....

Response: By your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

Station 3   Peter's Denial                                                         Luke 22:54-62

When was a time you gossiped or betrayed a friend?

Prayer: Lord, the love you always showed to others won because...."

Response: By your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

Station 4   Jesus Is Sentenced to Death                            Matthew 27:20-26

When did you go against the crowd and stand up for something you believe in?

Prayer: Lord, we crucify you in so may ways: in our cruelty, greed, and injustice. Give us the strength to stand along with you, even to the point of death, because....

Response: By your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

Station 5:  Jesus Is Mocked                                                   Matthew 27:27-31

Describe a time when someone made fun of you. How did you feel? What did you do?

Prayer: Hail, king of the universe. By your stripes we are healed. We honor you always because....

Response: By your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

Station 6:   Simon Helps Jesus Carry the Cross            Matthew 27:32

Who was a person you were forced to help when you didn't want to?

Prayer: Lord, we offer you our hands and our hearts. Give us the strength to be your helpers, because....

Response: By your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

Station 7:   Jesus Is Crucified                                                Luke 23:32-43

Name someone you knew or heard who gave up his life or her life for another.

Prayer: Jesus, remember us in your eternal kingdom as we praise you forever, because....

Response: By your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

Station 8:   Jesus Dies on the Cross                                    Luke 23:44-46

Imagine you were there when Jesus died on the cross. Describe your feelings.

Prayer: We adore you O Christ and we praise you, because....

Response: By your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

Note: There are only eight stations (not fourteen) in the Scriptural Way of the Cross.

Comments

1 Jessica

March 13, 2013
Is there a way to get the entire activity not just 8 stations?

2 Cindy

March 17, 2013
I am interested in this activity for Holy week too. May I please have all 14 stations?

3 Jared Dees

March 18, 2013
Jessica and Cindy -- This Scriptural Way of the Cross has only eight stations so the entire activity is already presented here.

4 Eileen

Feb. 10, 2015
Why only 8 stations?

5 Flop

Feb. 17, 2015
Thanks, this activity help a lot!

6 Deb McHale

March 10, 2015
Any chance I can have all 14 Stations of the Cross? This is a wonderful activity. Deb.

7 Fr Ryan Humphries

May 19, 2015
I'm not sure where the idea that the scriptures contain only 8 stations comes from. It is false. C.f. http://www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/prayers-and-devotions/stations-of-the-cross/scriptural-stations-of-the-cross.cfm

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