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BC: The Way of the Cross a Father Ambrose Press Edition of a Dr. Marshall Thomas primer text. This book is dedicated to my wife, Ruth Anderson, on the occasion of our 23rd wedding anniversary. $15.98 + S/H All profits to Charity in memory of Rev. Leigh Bell

FC: The Way of the Cross Images from Dr. Marshall Thomas | Text from Scriptures

1: The Stations of the Cross images are reproduced through the courtesy of Thomas Illustration Studios in cooperation with both Modern Masterworks Gallery, New York City, and Colossal Concepts Management, Chicago, worldwide representatives for TIS and the artist-designer, Dr. Marshall Thomas. Other books by Dr. Thomas include: POSTER ART a study in aesthetic determinism THE HOURS OF MARSHALL THOMAS a private reflection, devotion and prayer book THE HOURS OF THE TRINITY ENDOWMENT FUND COMPLINE a primer MISSION MANIFESTO a primer REX GREEN a retrospective TOM WRIGHT monograph ART ACQUISITIONS GUIDE reference text PROPOSAL WRITING FOR SACRED ARTS STUDIOS, ECCLESIASTICAL INSTITUTIONS, ORGANIZATIONS & AGENCIES reference text PLANNING, DEVELOPING & MANAGING A DESTINATION DISTRICT Note: This edition can be customized for any and all church, nonprofit and eelemosynary organizations by Father Ambrose Press. All profits for this impress go to the charity designated by the purchaser. Contact Information: www.modernmasterworks.net NYC: 646.389.7431 http://.colossalconcepts.weebly.com Chicago: 773.234.1880 www.7artsfoundation.org Texas: FAX - 309.343.7574 | THE WAY OF THE CROSS Compiled and composed from abstracts of biblical texts Original artwork, adapted prayers by Dr. Marshall Thomas Design by TIS & Mixbook Techne Previewer: Rev. Michel Clark Published by Father Ambrose Press A division of the 7 Arts Foundation Friends Society 14 Azalea | Gibson House Texarkana, TX 75503 309.343.7574 Copyright 2011, by 7 Arts Foundation All rights reserved. All profits from the sale of this First Edition text are dedicated to the following charities by the author: Trinity Lutheran Endowment Fund Trinity Institute _______ Other editions of this text support alternative missions with the sale of their own customized versions of THE WAY OF THE CROSS.

2: FOREWARD This venerated devotion is derived from Sacred Liturgy, a source so scriptural that this popular devotion can lead us back to Liturgy by its very exercise. To this end, our Stations of the Cross primer seeks to humbly, privately reflect the Liturgy, the work of God's people in the holy presence of God's Son reproached, then condemned, stricken, afflicted, weakened, cursed, fallen, crumbled, flogged, scorned, bruised, pained, reviled, stripped, jeered, desolated, pierced, scoffed, bowed, dying and victorious. Our 'fifteenth station of the cross' is no personal indulgence; rather it is added to point the Passion of Christ to its new beginning, the Resurrection. Some who look upon this exercise as a self-contained devotional activity may consider its use optional. The basis for the abstracted scripture in this instructional primer is the King James version, from the Sparler family bible.

3: OPENING PRAYER (Stand) P: Jesus came with His disciples to Gethsemani, and he said to them,"Sit down here, while I go to pray." He then took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and His countenance was brought low, sad and troubled. He said unto them, "My soul is sad, even unto death. Wait here and watch with me." Going forward, He fell prostrate to pray, saying, "Father, should it be possible, let this cup pass away from me; even so, not as I will but as you will." (Mt.26: 36 - 39) (Kneel) A: Almighty, eternal Father and Lord, accept our thanksgiving prayer for the gift of your Beloved Son, our Saviour, our Redeemer. Help us recall aright His Sacred passion, send Christ's Spirit into our hearts anew, so that whether we be at prayer or at work we might do so all in union with the sacrificed Lamb of God, the Risen Christ. Amen. Jesus, have mercy.

4: My people, what have I done to ye? How have I offended thee? Answer me. GOOD FRIDAY REPROACHES

5: FIRST STATION Jesus, condemned to death... P: We adore You, Christ, we praise you. A: By your holy cross You have redeemed the world. P: The high priest asked Him, "Are Ye the Christ, Son of God?" Jesus answered, "I am. Ye shall see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of God and coming with the clouds of heaven." The high priest tore his garments, saying, "What further need have we of witnesses? Ye have heard the blasphemy. What think ye?" And they all condemned Him as liable to death. (Mark 14: 61-64) A: (Kneel, Pause) The kings of the earth rise up and their princes conspire together against the Lord, against His anointed. I will proclaim the decree of the Lord; the Lord said to me: "Ye are my Son; this day have I begotten Ye. Ask of Me and I will give Ye the nations for an inheritance and the ends of the earth for Your possession." PS. 2: 2, 7-8) P: Let us pray. All-powerful, eternal God, Your Son, Jesus Christ proclaimed the truth and was condemned to death by crucifixion. Stir up Your love in hearts You made so we might be ever faithful to all You have told us and fear naught tho' we be lost in sin and proceed under a perfect grace which we concede but know too little. A: Amen. Jesus, have mercy. (Stand)

6: Yet it was our infirmities that He bore, our sufferings that He endured, while we thought of Him as stricken as one smitten by God and afflicted. IS. 53: 4

7: SECOND STATION Jesus carries His cross... P: We adore You, Christ, we praise You. A: By Your holy cross You have redeemed the world. P: Pilate said to the Jews: "Behold, your king!" They cried out, "Away with Him! Crucify Him!" Pilate said to them, "Shall I crucify your king?" The chief priests replied, "We have no king but Caesar." He then handed Him over to them to be crucified. So they took Jesus and led Him away, bearing the cross himself. (JOHN 19: 14-17) A: (Kneel, pause) Who believes what we have heard? Who has seen the arm of the Lord? He grew up like a sapling before us, like a shoot from the parched earth; there was in Him no stately bearing to make us look at Him, no appearance to attract us to Him. He was rejected, avoided by man, one with suffering, accustomed to the company of infirmity, one of those from whom we turn away, and we held Him in no esteem. (IS. 53: 1-3) P: Let us pray. Father in heaven, Jesus Christ still carries His cross in His persecuted believers throughout the world. Make us feel the needs of all persons so we might as readily, by the leading of the Holy Spirit, help them as we would defend Jesus Himself. A: Amen. Jesus, have mercy. (Stand)

8: Save me, O Lord, from the hands of the wicked; preserve me from violent men who plan to trip my feet -- the proud who have hidden a trap for me. PS. 139: 5-6a

9: THIRD STATION Jesus falls the first time... P: We adore You, Christ, we praise You. A: By Your holy cross You have redeemed the world. P: If the world hates ye, know that the world hated Me before ye. Were ye of the world, the world loves what is its own. Ye are not of this world, for I have chosen ye out of the world, therefore the world hates ye. Remember the word I speak to ye: No servant is greater than his master. If they have persecuted me, they will persecute ye also. (JOHN 15: 18-20) A: (Kneel, Pause) Why are your clothes red, your garments like those of a wine presser? "The wine press I have trodden alone, and of my people there was no one with me. I trod them in my anger, and trampled them down in my wrath; their blood spurted on my garments - I stained all my clothes. I looked about, but there was no one to help, I was appalled that there was no one to lend support; so my own arm brought about the victory." (IS. 63: 2-5) P: Let us pray. God, to free us from sin your Son, Jesus Christ, embraced His passion, His crucifixion. Help us receive our baptismal resolutions by which we renounce sin and Satan, so that through the shared passion of this life's travails we might rise to a graceful life of joyous service free of the selfishness the world calls 'being human.' A: Amen. Jesus, have mercy. (Stand)

10: I will put enmity between ye and the woman, between your seed and her seed; he shall crush your head, and ye shall lie in wait for his heel. GE. 3: 15

11: FOURTH STATION Jesus and His afflicted mother... P: We adore You, Christ, we praise You. A: By Your holy cross You have redeemed the world. P: Now there were standing by the cross of Jesus His mother and mother's sister, Mary of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus, therefore, saw His mother and the disciple standing by, whom He loved, He said to His mother, "Woman, behold your son." Then He said to the disciple, "Behold, your mother." And from that hour the disciple took her into his home. (JOHN 19: 25-27) A: (Kneel, Pause) To what can I compare ye, O daughter of Jerusalem? What example can I show ye for your comfort, virgin daughter Sion? For great as the sea is your distress; who can heal ye? (LAM. 2: 13) P: Let us pray. Blessed Lord, at your passion the sorrow sword pierced the heart of your loving mother as Simeon had foretold. Help us receive Your grant of blessed reflection as we look back on her sorrows with a compassion such as we all might partake in the healing fruits of shared sufferings for Your name's sake. A: Amen. Jesus, have mercy. (Stand)

12: Can ye drink of the cup of which I am about to drink? MT. 20: 22b

13: FIFTH STATION Simon helps Jesus to carry His cross... P: We adore You, Christ, we praise You. A: By Your holy cross You have redeemed the world. P: And when they had mocked Jesus, they took the purple cloak off and put His clothes on Him, and they led Him out to be crucified. Then they forced a passer-by, Simon of Cyrene, to take up His cross. They brought Jesus to the place called Golgatha, 'the place of the skull.' (MK. 15: 20-22) A: (Kneel, Pause) With a loud voice I cry out to the Lord; I beseech the Lord. My complaint I pour out before Him; I lay bare my distress. When my spirit is faint within me, Ye know my path. In the way along which I walk they have hid a trap for me. I look to the right to see, but there is no one who pays me heed. I have lost all means of escape; there is no one who cares for my life. (PS. 141: 2-5) P: Let us pray. Lord Jesus Christ, help us receive a right sight in our sufferings, our shortcomings in the life we share in the shadow of Your cross; strengthen, console us in Your ways so we may bear all things in union with You, who has taken upon Yourself our guilt, our shame. We proceed by Your grace alone. A: Amen. Jesus, have mercy. (Stand)

14: Though constantly I take my life in mine own hands yet I forget not your law. PS. 118: 109

15: SIXTH STATION Veronica wipes the face of Jesus... P: We adore You, Christ, we praise You. A: By Your holy cross You have redeemed the world. P: " Lord, when did we see Ye hungry, and feed Ye; or thirsty, and give Ye drink? And when did we see Ye a stranger, and take Ye in; or naked, and clothe Ye? Or when did we see Ye sick, or in prison, and come to Ye?" And in answering the King will say to them, "Amen, I say to ye, as long as ye did it for one of these, the least of My brethren, ye did it for Me." (MT. 25: 37-40) A: (Kneel, Pause) A faithful friend is a sturdy shelter; he finds a treasure. A faithful friend is beyond price, no sum can balance his worth. A faithful friend is a life-saving remedy, such as he who fears God finds; for he who fears God behaves accordingly, and his friend will be like himself. (Sirach 6: 14-17) P: Let us pray. Almighty, ever-loving God, we feel Your Holy Spirit move in the love, support, understanding and consolation we receive from one another. Help us receive the courage and dedication to sacrifice and endurance with those in need, the disenfranchised, the lost, the discouraged, the down-trodden in our midst. A: Amen. Jesus, have mercy. (Stand)

16: I am like water poured out; all my bones are racked. My heart has become as wax... My throat is dried up like baked clay. PS. 21: 15b-16a

17: SEVENTH STATION Jesus falls the second time... P: We adore You, Christ, we praise You. A: By Your holy cross, You have redeemed the world. P: It was our weakness He carried, our sufferings He endured, while we thought of Him as stricken, as one struck by God, afflicted. But He was pierced for our offences, crushed for our sins; upon Him was the punishment that makes us whole, by His stripes we were healed. We had gone astray like sheep, each following his own way; but the Lord laid upon Him the guilt of us all. (IS. 53: 4-6) A: (Kneel, Pause) Though He was harshly treated, He submitted, opened not His mouth; like a lamb led to slaughter or a sheep before shearers, He was silent, uttered no cry. When He was cut off from the land of the living, smitten for the sin of His people, a tomb was assigned Him among the wicked, a burial place with evildoers, though He had done no wrong nor spoken any falsehood. (IS. 53: 7, 9) P: Let us pray. Lord Jesus Christ, You shared for us our weaknesses, accepted our guilt. Help us receive the grant of Your favour in rejoicing over our weaknesses, so that in all we do, Your strength, dwelling in us, is shown to others. A: Amen. Jesus, have mercy. (Stand)

18: Hear me, ye who know justice, ye people who have my teaching at heart: fear not the reproach of men, be not dismayed at their revilings. IS. 51: 7

19: EIGHTH STATION Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem... P: We adore You, Christ, we praise You. A: By Your holy cross, You have redeemed the world. P: There was following Jesus a great crowd of people, and among them were some women who were bewailing, lamenting Him. Jesus turned to them saying, "Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for Me, but weep for yourselves and for your children." (LUKE 23: 27-28) A: (Kneel, Pause) Come all you who pass by the way, look, see whether there is any suffering like my suffering, suffering with which the Lord has afflicted me on the day of His blazing wrath. At this I weep, my eyes run with tears: far from me are all who could console me, far away are any who might revive me. (LAM. 1: 12, 16) P: Let us pray. Beloved Jesus, these women responded with tears for You, seen broken, bruised, beaten, while You were on the road to Calvary. Help us receive deepened faith, so we may see You in all our brethren, bruised by our envy, beaten by injustices we tolerate, broken by our greed, our indifference. A: Amen. Jesus, have mercy. (Stand)

20: ...He shall take away the sins of many, and win pardon for their offences. IS. 53: 12b

21: NINTH STATION Jesus falls a third time... P: We adore You, Christ, we praise You. A; By Your holy cross You have redeemed the world. P: I lie prostrate in dust; give me life according to Your word. I declared my ways, and Ye answered me; teach me Your commands. Make me understand the way of Your precepts, and I will meditate on Your wondrous deeds. My soul weeps for sorrow; strengthen me with Your words. (PS. 118: 25-28) A: (Kneel, Pause) The Lord is my light, my salvation; whom shall I fear: The Lord is my life's refuge; whom should I fear? When evildoers come at me to devour my flesh, my foes and enemies themselves stumble, fall. Though an army encamp against me, my heart will not fear; though war be waged against me, even then will I trust. (PS. 26: 1-3) P: Let us pray. Almighty, eternal God, You allowed Your Son to appear weakened, crushed and profaned so He might rise from the dead, freed from the ravages of sin. Help us accept our weaknesses, our failings as forerunners of our glorious resurrection - union with Your Son. A: Amen. Jesus, have mercy. (Stand)

22: All who see me scoff at me... PS. 21: 8

23: TENTH STATION Jesus is stripped... P: We adore You, Christ, we praise You. A: By Your holy cross You have redeemed the world. P: They gave Jesus wine to drink mixed with gall; when He tasted it, He refused drink. After they had crucified Him, they divided His clothes, casting lots, to fulfill what was prophesied, "They divided My clothes among them, and upon my garments they cast lots." (MT. 27: 34-35) A: (Kneel, Pause) Happy is the man whom God chastises! Do not reject the punishment of God. For He wounds, but He binds up; He smites, but His hands give healing. Insult has broken my heart, and I am weak; I looked for comforters, and I found none. Rather, they put gall in my food, and in my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink. (JOB 5: 17-18; PS. 68: 21-22) P: Let us pray. Lord Jesus Christ, stripped of everything, You stood exposed to jeers and contempt from people whom You love. Help us receive how You clothe us with the genuine love of others, so nothing we suffer ever fills our hearts with hatred or bitterness. A: Amen. Jesus, have mercy. (Stand)

24: ... they have pierced my hands and my feet: I can count all my bones. They look on and gloat over me... PS. 21: 17b-18a

25: ELEVENTH STATION Jesus is nailed to the cross... P: We adore You, Christ, and praise You. A: By your holy cross You have redeemed the world. P: When they came to Golgotha, the place called the Skull, they crucified Jesus and two robbers, one on His right and the other on His left. Jesus said, "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing." (LK.23: 33-34; JN.: 19: 18) A: ( Kneel, pause) My God, my God, why have Ye forsaken me, far from my cry? O my God, I cry out by day, and Ye answer not; I cry out at night, and there is no relief for me. All my bones are racked. My heart has become like wax melting away within my chest. My throat is dried up like baked clay, my tongue cleaves to my jaws; they have pierced my hands and my feet; I can count all my bones. (PS. 21: 2-3,15-16, 17b) P: Let us pray. Lord, Saviour, You tell us we too must accept crucifixion if we are to accept resurrection with You. Help us rejoice in the sufferings that come with the fulfillment of our daily duties and delights, seeing them in the royal path of the cross to resurrection glory. A: Amen. Jesus, have mercy. (Stand)

26: Just as by the disobedience of one man the many were constituted sinners, so also by the obedience of the one the many shall be constituted just. ROM. 5: 19

27: TWELFTH STATION Jesus dies on the cross... P: We adore You, Christ, we praise You. A: By Your holy cross You have redeemed the world. P: It was now about the sixth hour, and there was darkness over the land until the ninth hour. The sun was darkened,and the curtain of the temple was torn asunder. Jesus cried out saying, "It is finished. Father, into your hands I commend My spirit." Bowing His head, He died. (LK. 23: 44-46; JN. 19:30b) A: (Kneel, Pause) My people, what have I done to ye? or in what have I offended ye? Answer Me. What more should I have done...? I led ye out of the land of Egypt, and ye prepared a cross for Me. I opened the Red Sea, and ye opened My side with a lance. I gave ye a royal sceptre, and ye gave Me a crown of thorns. I lifted ye up, and ye have hung me upon a cross. (Excerpts from the Reproaches of Good Friday) A: 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 unto temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever and ever. Amen. Jesus, have mercy. (Stand)

28: Jesus, when delivered up by the settled purpose and with the foreknowledge of God, ye have crucified and slain by the hands of wicked men. ACTS 2: 23

29: THIRTEENTH STATION The body of Jesus is taken down from the cross... P: We adore You, Christ, we praise You. A: By Your holy cross You have redeemed the world. P: When the soldiers came for Jesus, they saw He was already dead so that they did not break His legs, but one of them opened His side with a lance, and there came out blood and water. Joseph of Arimathea, a secret disciple of Jesus, besought Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus. Pilate gave his permission. (JN. 19: 33-34, 38a) A: (Kneel, Pause) O my people, I will open your graves and have ye rise from them, and I will bring ye back to your land. Then ye shall know that I am the Lord. O my people! I will put my spirit in ye that ye may live. Ye shall know then that I am the Lord. I have promised it, and I will do it, says the Lord. (EZ. 37: 12-14) P: Let us pray. Beloved Saviour, You returned to our Father all He had given You, so that He might restore all to You manifold in the glorious resurrection. Help us to give generously of ourselves in all we do in Your name, so that like You, by and through the gift of grace, we may be made perfect in a new resurrection. A: Amen. Jesus, have mercy. (Stand)

30: My heart is glad and my soul rejoices, my body, too, abides in confidence; because Ye will not abandon my soul to the nether world, nor will Ye allow your faithful one to undergo corruption. PS. 15: 9-10

31: FOURTEENTH STATION Jesus is laid in the tomb... P: We adore You, Christ, we praise You. A: By Your holy cross You have redeemed the world. P: Joseph of Arimathea took the body of Jesus, and wrapping it in a clean linen cloth he laid it in his new tomb, which he had hewn out of rock. He rolled a large stone against the entrance of the tomb and departed. (MT. 27: 59-60) A: (Kneel, Pause) I will praise Ye, O Lord, for Ye drew me clear and did not let my enemies rejoice over me. O Lord, my God, I cried out to Ye and you healed me. O Lord, Ye brought me up from the lower world; Ye preserved me from among those going down into the pit. Sing praise to the Lord, Ye His faithful ones, and give thanks to His holy name. For His anger lasts but a moment; His good will is for a lifetime. At nightfall, weeping enters in, but with dawn comes rejoicing. (PS. 29: 2-6) P: Let us pray. Almighty, eternal God, when all seemed lost, You restored to us our Saviour once thought defeated, conquered. Help us to empty ourselves of self concern that we might see your hand cover our self-consciousness and know your victory in every defeat. We ask this in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit. A: Amen. Jesus, have mercy. (Stand)

32: A reminder: This closing may be omitted on Good Friday.

33: CLOSING The Resurrection of Jesus Christ... P: We adore you, O Christ, we praise You. A: By Your holy cross You redeemed the world. P: The Sabbath past, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Salome bought spices that they might anoint Jesus. Early on the first day of the week, they came to the tomb. They said to one another, "Who will roll the stone back from the entrance of the tomb for us?", for it was large. Looking up they saw that the stone had been rolled back, and upon entering the tomb they were amazed to see a young man sitting at the right side and clothed in white raiment. He said to them, "Do not be afraid. Ye are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. Behold the place where they laid him. (Mk. 16: 1-6) A: (Kneel, Pause) I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, God's only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified and buried; he descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven, he is seated at the right hand of the Father, and he will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen. Jesus, have mercy. (Depart In Peace To Serve)

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