Use St. Anne's Helper free Printable Stations of the Cross PDF booklet with prayers to print your own devotional booklet.
With children I like to go over the pronunciation of the prayers and the hymn before we go to Stations on Friday so the children are more able to sing the Stabat Mater. It is nice to explain Our Lady's Sorrow, too, so that the song reminds them of her.
I also like to explain the standing and kneeling that we will be doing because it seems like a lot to little ones who are making the Stations the first time. Our congregation fills our chapel on Friday nights, so the children cannot always see what Father and the altar boys are doing, so we like to put them on the aisle for a better view.
Children like knowing what to do before they go. This free ebooklet:
Stations is one a main Lent activity that gives children a deep understanding of Our Lord's Way of the Cross, the 14 Stations of the Cross. The better they pray, the more they may rightly rejoice at the Resurrection on Easter Sunday.
It's true for all of us. I like to read it with the little ones at home before we go to church or pray it, so they learn the story of Good Friday and they can ask questions without interrupting the service. You can discuss the pages as the children color the printable Stations of the Cross booklet or simply use the booklet like a photo album to tell the story of what happened.
It's also nice to teach your children the Stations privately at church before they first go to Stations on Friday. This way the children can get a good look at the pictures of Jesus, move around the church like Father would, and quietly ask questions. I loved making the Stations with our own little ones at our Saturday morning holy hour. They really do sympathize with Jesus when you point out His sufferings at the different Stations. Parents and catechists both treasure this trip.
Read or tell the stories that go with the individual stations. Explain about Pilate's confusion, Veronica's kindness, and Jesus' desire to redeem each of us. Teach them to "compassionate" their Savior. This word is so powerful. It's a verb so it is pronounced with the long A sound (the adjective uses the the short vowel sound). One who is compassionate, shares the sorrows - com means with and passion means strong feeling.
This Stations booklet has the exact same prayers that adults use so it can be printed for adults.
Fr. John Young and Padre Pio Academy has published a CD or Download (The CD includes a download) according to St. Alphonsus Liguori. You can also listen to it for free on their site or make a donation on the order page. Even better, the words are printed on the order page, too. It's nice to read along with a priest reading the Stations.
Father and the school children say and answer the Stations of the Cross prayers and sing the Stabat Mater. It's very nice for those of us who have a devotion to the Stations, especially during Lent; yet who cannot go to the Friday services. If you click on the lyrics link you can see the words to the Stations prayers as Father reads them or you can use our printable Stations of the Cross booklet.
Listening to this recording is super good if you cannot make it to Stations at church. Little ones love to snuggle on the couch with you to listen to Father lead the prayers. If they're older, they love to "make the Stations" around the room as they listen.
See the Way of the Cross by St. Alphonsus Liguori here. Read it, listen to it, order it, and make a donation to the school if you can. You can also share it on your site as we are doing.
For the other coloring pages on this page, it is nice to have all the coloring pages in one file to make it easier to print them in booklet form. It's not a complete Way of the Cross, but it is a handier format for printing as a booklet.
We've put the coloring pages together in one download so that you can use the booklet setting on you printer. Simply print double sided and staple in a half booklet.
There are more beautiful images below that are full sized pictures for several Stations and many have been updated so they are not the same as in this booklet. Some have truly beautiful art.
Download the printable Lent coloring booklet here or see the individual coloring pages at the icons below. Many of these are tracings from a 1940s and 1950s catechism series or stained glass windows. They tell the story of Holy Week in a beautiful way.
There's nothing like knowing the depths of Jesus' suffering in His Passion and Death while making a good Lent to make Easter a much brighter and happier day! The better one's Lent, the better one's Easter joy!
The Stations of the Cross pictures print at Monarch size, or half size, and the extra pictures print at 8.5x11 inches.
See more about Holy Thursday in the Sorrowful Mysteries: The Agony in the Garden, the Scourging at the Pillar, the Crowning with Thorns, and the Crucifixion. These pictures can be used as a printable Stations of the Cross, too.
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Thank you for visiting our printable Stations of the Cross booklet, Lent coloring book, audio Stations of the Cross, and Lent coloring pages. Parents can teach their children and catechists can use these in their schools' catechism class or CLE (Christian Life Education). May God grant us all a holy Lent.
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