Printable Stations Of The Cross Booklet

Printable Booklets, Coloring Pages, and Audio

  1. First on this page is a reprint of a printable Stations of the Cross booklet according to the method of St. Alphonsus Liguori (above). It has the Preparatory Prayer and both the Latin and the English Stabat Mater with the Prayer Before A Crucifix in the back.
  2. A wonderful Audio Stations of the Cross with the same words.
  3. Printable Lenten Coloring Booklet, 5.5x8.5 Holy Week coloring pages.
  4. 8.5x11 inch Stations coloring pages
  5. See the Sorrowful Mysteries for more Holy Thursday coloring pages.
  6. See extra Lent coloring pages below for children to become more devoted to Jesus Christ. 

1. Printable Stations Of The Cross Booklet

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:

  • Has the Preparatory Prayer,
  • The Stabat Mater in Latin and English, and
  • The Prayer Before A Crucifix.
  • The file makes two booklets by cutting 8.5x11 inch paper in half.
  • Children can color their booklets. Adults too. :-)
  • Be sure to use coloring pencils in the smaller spaces!

Pray the Stations of the Cross

Stations is one 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 through Lent, 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.

You will love making the Stations with your own little ones. Try it on a Saturday morning holy hour. Children 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.

2. Listen: Audio Stations of the Cross Prayers

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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 hereRead 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.


3. Lenten Printable Stations Of The Cross Pictures To Color

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.

Monarch Size Catholic Printable Stations Of The Cross PicturesPicture of some pictures in this Lent coloring book.

4. Printable Stations of the Cross Pictures: 8.5x11

Ash Wednesday, Palm Sunday, Good Friday

Holy Thursday, Jesus Wakes The Apostles

Holy Thursday was the day before Jesus endured the Way of the Cross. It started his night of praying and suffering.

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.

Stations of the Cross Preparatory Prayer

Do you miss the days when Father used to lead the Stations at Church? Enjoy listening to Fr. Young pray while you read the prayers below.

"My Lord Jesus Christ, Thou hast made this journey to die for me with love unutterable, and I have so many times unworthily abandoned Thee; but now I love Thee with my whole heart, and because I love Thee, I repent sincerely for ever having offended Thee. Pardon me, my God, and permit me to accompany Thee on this journey. Thou goest to die for love of me; I wish also, my beloved Redeemer, to die for love of Thee. My Jesus, I will live and die always united to Thee." Audio

I. First Station Of The Cross: Jesus Is Condemned To Death

V. We adore Thee, O Christ, and we bless Thee. 

R. Because by Thy holy Cross, Thou hast redeemed the world. 

Consider how Jesus, after having been scourged and crowned with thorns, was unjustly condemned by Pilate to die on the Cross. 

My adorable Jesus, it was not Pilate, no, it was my sins that condemned Thee to die. I beseech Thee, by the merits of this sorrowful journey, to assist my soul in its journey towards eternity. I love Thee, my beloved Jesus; I repent with my whole heart for having offended Thee. Never permit me to separate myself from Thee again. Grant that I may love Thee always; and then do with me what Thou wilt. 

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be to the Father, etc. 

At the cross her station keeping, 

stood the mournful mother weeping, 

close to Jesus to the last.

Audio

II. Second Station Of The Cross: Jesus Is Made To Carry His Cross

V. We adore Thee, O Christ, and we bless Thee. 

R. Because by Thy holy Cross, Thou hast redeemed the world. 

Consider how Jesus, in making this journey with the Cross on His shoulders thought of us, and for us offered to His Father the death He was about to undergo. 

My most beloved Jesus, I embrace all the tribulations Thou hast destined for me until death. I beseech Thee, by the merits of the pain Thou didst suffer in carrying Thy Cross, to give me the necessary help to carry mine with perfect patience and resignation. I love Thee, Jesus my love; I repent of having offended Thee. Never permit me to separate myself from Thee again. Grant that I may love Thee always; and then do with me what Thou wilt. 

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be to the Father, etc. 

Through her heart, his sorrow sharing, 

all his bitter anguish bearing, 

now at length the sword had passed.

Audio

III. Third Station Of The Cross: Jesus Falls The First Time

V. We adore Thee, O Christ, and we bless Thee. 

R. Because by Thy holy Cross, Thou hast redeemed the world. 

Consider this first fall of Jesus under His Cross. His flesh was torn by the scourges, His head crowned with thorns, and He had lost a great quantity of blood. He was so weakened that he could scarcely walk, and yet he had to carry this great load upon His shoulders. The soldiers struck Him rudely, and thus He fell several times in His journey. 

My beloved Jesus, it is not the weight of the Cross, but my sins, which have made Thee suffer so much pain. Ah, by the merits of this first fall, deliver me from the misfortune of falling into mortal sin. I love Thee, O my Jesus, with my whole heart; I repent of having offended Thee. Never permit me to separate myself from Thee again. Grant that I may love Thee always; and then do with me what Thou wilt. 

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be to the Father, etc. 

Oh how sad and sore distressed 

was that mother highly blessed, 

of the sole-begotten One!

Audio

IV. Fourth Station: Jesus Meets His Sorrowful Mother

V. We adore Thee, O Christ, and we bless Thee. 

R. Because by Thy holy Cross, Thou hast redeemed the world. 

Consider the meeting of the Son and the Mother, which took place on this journey. Jesus and Mary looked at each other, and their looks became as so many arrows to wound those hearts which loved each other so tenderly. 

My most loving Jesus, by the sorrow Thou didst experience in this meeting, grant me the grace of a truly devoted love for Thy most holy Mother. And thou, my Queen, who wast overwhelmed with sorrow, obtain for me by thy intercession a continual and tender remembrance of the Passion of thy Son. I love Thee, Jesus my love; I repent of ever having offended Thee. Never permit me to offend Thee again. Grant that I may love Thee always; and then do with me what Thou wilt. 

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be to the Father, etc. 

Christ above in torment hangs; 

she beneath beholds the pangs 

of her dying glorious Son.

Audio

V. Fifth Station Of The Cross: Simon Helps Jesus Carry The Cross

V. We adore Thee, O Christ, and we bless Thee. 

R. Because by Thy holy Cross, Thou hast redeemed the world. 

Consider how the Jews, seeing that at each step Jesus from weakness was on the point of expiring, and fearing that He would die on the way, when they wished Him to die the ignominious death of the Cross, constrained Simon the Cyrenian to carry the Cross behind our Lord. 

My most sweet Jesus, I will not refuse the Cross, as the Cyrenian did; I accept it; I embrace it. I accept in particular the death Thou hast destined for me; with all the pains that may accompany it; I unite it to Thy death, I offer it to Thee. Thou hast died for love of me; I will die for love of Thee, and to please Thee. Help me by Thy grace. I love Thee, Jesus my love; I repent of having offended Thee. Never permit me to offend Thee again. Grant that I may love Thee always; and then do with me what Thou wilt. 

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be to the Father, etc. 

Is there one who would not weep, 

whelmed in miseries so deep 

Christ's dear Mother to behold?

Audio

VI. Sixth Station Of The Cross: Veronica Wipes The Face Of Jesus

V. We adore Thee, O Christ, and we bless Thee. 

R. Because by Thy holy Cross, Thou hast redeemed the world. 

Consider how the holy woman named Veronica, seeing Jesus so afflicted, and His face bathed in sweat and blood, presented Him with a towel, with which He wiped His adorable face, leaving on it the impression of His holy countenance. 

My most beloved Jesus, Thy face was beautiful before, but in this journey it has lost all its beauty, and wounds and blood have disfigured it. Alas, my soul also was once beautiful, when it received Thy grace in Baptism; but I have disfigured it since by my sins; Thou alone, my Redeemer, canst restore it to its former beauty. Do this by Thy Passion, O Jesus. I repent of having offended Thee. Never permit me to offend Thee again. Grant that I may love Thee always; and then do with me what Thou wilt. 

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be to the Father, etc. 

Can the human heart refrain 

from partaking in her pain, 

in that Mother's pain untold?

Audio

VII. Seventh Station Of The Cross: Jesus Falls The Second Time

V. We adore Thee, O Christ, and we bless Thee. 

R. Because by Thy holy Cross, Thou hast redeemed the world. 

Consider the second fall of Jesus under the Cross -- a fall which renews the pain of all the wounds of the head and members of our afflicted Lord. 

My most gentle Jesus, how many times Thou hast pardoned me, and how many times have I fallen again, and begun again to offend Thee! Oh, by the merits of this new fall, give me the necessary help to persevere in Thy grace until death. Grant that in all temptations which assail me I may always commend myself to Thee. I love Thee, Jesus my love; I repent of having offended Thee. Never permit me to offend Thee again. Grant that I may love Thee always; and then do with me what Thou wilt. 

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be to the Father, etc 

For the sins of His own nation 

saw Him hang in desolation, 

all with bloody scourges rent.

Audio

VIII. Eighth Station: The Women Of Jerusalem Weep

V. We adore Thee, O Christ, and we bless Thee. 

R. Because by Thy holy Cross, Thou hast redeemed the world. 

Consider how those women wept with compassion at seeing Jesus in such a pitiable state, streaming with blood, as He walked along. But Jesus said to them: Weep not for Me, but for your children. 

My Jesus, laden with sorrows, I weep for the offences I have committed against Thee, because of the pains they have deserved, and still more because of the displeasure they have caused Thee, who hast loved me so much. It is Thy love, more than the fear of hell, which causes me to weep for my sins. My Jesus, I love Thee more than myself; I repent of having offended Thee. Never permit me to offend Thee again. Grant that I may love Thee always; and then do with me what Thou wilt. 

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be to the Father, etc. 


Bruised, derided, cursed, defiled, 

she beheld her tender child, 

till His Spirit forth he sent.

Audio

IX. Ninth Station Of The Cross: Jesus Falls The Third Time

V. We adore Thee, O Christ, and we bless Thee. 

R. Because by Thy holy Cross, Thou hast redeemed the world. 

Consider the third fall of Jesus Christ. His weakness was extreme, and the cruelty of His executioners was excessive, who tried to hasten His steps when He had scarcely strength to move. 

Ah, my outraged Jesus, by the merits of the weakness Thou didst suffer in going to Calvary, give me strength sufficient to conquer all human respect, and all my wicked passions, which have led me to despise Thy friendship. I love Thee, Jesus my love, with my whole heart; I repent of having offended Thee. Never permit me to offend Thee again. Grant that I may love Thee always; and then do with me what Thou wilt. 

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be to the Father, etc. 

O, thou Mother, fount of love, 

touch my spirit from above, 

make my heart with thine accord.

Audio

X. Tenth Station Of The Cross: Jesus Is Stripped Of His Garments

V. We adore Thee, O Christ, and we bless Thee. 

R. Because by Thy holy Cross, Thou hast redeemed the world. 

Consider the violence with which the executioners stripped Jesus. His inner garments adhered to His torn flesh, and they dragged them off so roughly that the skin came with them. Compassionate your Savior thus cruelly treated, and say to Him:

My innocent Jesus, by the merits of the torment Thou hast felt, help me to strip myself of all affection to things of earth, in order that I may place all my love in Thee, who art so worthy of my love. I love Thee, O Jesus, with my whole heart; I repent of having offended Thee. Never permit me to offend Thee again. Grant that I may love Thee always; and then do with me what Thou wilt. 

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be to the Father, etc. 

Make me feel as thou has felt; 

make my soul to glow and melt 

with the love of Christ our Lord.

Audio

XI. Eleventh Station Of The Cross: Jesus Is Nailed To The Cross

V. We adore Thee, O Christ, and we bless Thee. 

R. Because by Thy holy Cross, Thou hast redeemed the world. 

Consider how Jesus, after being thrown on the Cross extended His hands, and offered to His Eternal Father the sacrifice of His death for our salvation. These barbarians fastened Him with nails, and then, raising the Cross, allowed Him to die with anguish on this infamous gibbet. 

My Jesus! loaded with contempt, nail my heart to Thy feet, that it may ever remain there, to love Thee, and never quit Thee again. I love Thee more than myself; I repent of having offended Thee. Never permit me to offend Thee again. Grant that I may love Thee always; and then do with me what Thou wilt. 

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be to the Father, etc. 

Holy Mother, pierce me through; 

in my heart each wound renew 

of my Saviour crucified.

Audio

XII. Twelfth Station Of The Cross: Jesus Dies On The Cross

V. We adore Thee, O Christ, and we bless Thee. 

R. Because by Thy holy Cross, Thou hast redeemed the world. 

Consider how thy Jesus, after three hours' Agony on the Cross, consumed at length with anguish, abandons Himself to the weight of His body, bows His head, and dies. 

O my dying Jesus, I kiss devoutly the Cross on which Thou didst die for love of me. I have merited by my sins to die a miserable death; but Thy death is my hope. Ah, by the merits of Thy death, give me grace to die, embracing Thy feet, and burning with love for Thee. I yield my soul into Thy hands. I love Thee with my whole heart; I repent of ever having offended Thee. Never permit me to offend Thee again. Grant that I may love Thee always; and then do with me what Thou wilt. 

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be to the Father, etc. 

Let met share with thee his pain, 

who for all my sins was slain, 

who for me in torments died.

Audio

XIII. Thirteenth Station: Jesus Is Taken From The Cross

V. We adore Thee, O Christ, and we bless Thee. 

R. Because by Thy holy Cross, Thou hast redeemed the world. 

Consider how, after the death of our Lord, two of His disciples, Joseph and Nicodemus, took Him down from the Cross, and placed Him in the arms of His afflicted Mother, who received Him with unutterable tenderness, and pressed Him to her bosom. 

O Mother of sorrow, for the love of this Son, accept me for thy servant, and pray to Him for me. And Thou, my Redeemer, since Thou hast died for me, permit me to love Thee; for I wish but Thee, and nothing more. I love Thee, my Jesus, and I repent of ever having offended Thee. Never permit me to offend Thee again. Grant that I may love Thee always; and then do with me what Thou wilt. 

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be to the Father, etc. 

Let me mingle tears with thee, 

mourning Him Who mourned for me, 

all the days that I may live.

Audio

XIV. Fourteenth Station: Jesus Is Laid In The Sepulcre

V. We adore Thee, O Christ, and we bless Thee. 

R. Because by Thy holy Cross, Thou hast redeemed the world. 

Consider how the disciples carried the body of Jesus to bury it, accompanied by His holy Mother, who arranged it in the sepulchre with her own hands. They then closed the tomb, and all withdrew. 

Oh, my buried Jesus, I kiss the stone that encloses Thee. But Thou didst rise again the third day. I beseech Thee, by Thy resurrection, make me rise glorious with Thee at the last day, to be always united with Thee in heaven, to praise Thee and love Thee forever. I love Thee, and I repent of ever having offended Thee. Never permit me to offend Thee again. Grant that I may love Thee always; and then do with me what Thou wilt. 

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be to the Father, etc. 

By the cross with thee to stay, 

there with thee to weep and pray, 

this I ask of thee to give.

Audio

Stations of the Cross Concluding Prayers

My good and dear Jesus, I kneel before you, asking you most earnestly to engrave upon my heart a deep and lively faith, hope, and charity, with true repentance for my sins, and a firm resolve to make amends. As I reflect upon your five wounds, and dwell upon them with deep compassion and grief, I recall, good Jesus, the words the prophet David spoke long ago concerning yourself: "They have pierced my hands and my feet; they have counted all my bones!" 

For the intentions of the Holy Father: Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be...

Final Verses of the Stabat Mater

Virgin, of all virgins blest, 

O refuse not my request: 

let me in thy weeping share 


Let me, to my latest breath, 

in my body bear the death 

of that dying Son of thine. 


Wounded with his every wound, 

steep my soul till it hath swooned 

in His very blood away. 


Be to me, O Virgin, nigh, 

lest in flames I burn and die, 

in that awful judgment day. 


Christ, when thou shalt call me hence, 

be Thy mother my defense, 

be Thy cross my victory. 


While my body here decays, 

may my soul Thy goodness praise, 

safe in Paradise with Thee. Amen.

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~Mary


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