Stations of the Cross

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Though often thought of as a towering intellect and theologian, Saint John Henry Newman’s writings reveal a man who possessed a simple devotion to Jesus and Mary. These powerful meditations on the Stations of the Cross, originally written for his parishioners in the Birmingham Oratory, can aid us with their simple and singular focus on Christ’s Passion and our own failings that contributed to it.

Groups of prayers bookend the fourteen meditations, which, though short enough to be read in a matter of minutes, can open up the mystery of Christ’s Passion and deepen the meaning of our Lenten journey.

Canonized in 2019, Saint John Henry Cardinal Newman has become a jewel in the crown of the Church. The wisdom found in his writings rivals the Church Doctors' and is a blessing to our contemporary world so bereft of Christ’s presence. Here, Cardinal Newman takes our hand and leads us up the suffering path of Calvary, where the Crucified One awaits.

St. John Henry Newman
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  • 5
    Great Stations.

    Posted by Steven McEvoy on Dec 26th 2023

    This lent I have read and compared two different editions of Stations of the Cross by Saint John Henry Newman. This is one of three new editions of works from this saint. And it is an excellent version. The other two volumes that were released at the same time are Meditations on Mary, Our Mother and Prayers Before The Eucharist. If they are as good as this volume, we are in for some great reads. But back to this volume. There is only one image in this volume it is The Crucifixion by Gustave Dore. This book is a completely new typeset. The chapters are: Editor’s Introduction Prayers Before The Stations Of The Cross The First Station The Second Station The Third Station The Fourth Station The Fifth Station The Sixth Station The Seventh Station The Eighth Station The Ninth Station The Tenth Station The Eleventh Station The Twelfth Station The Thirteenth Station The Fourteenth Station Final Prayers We are told in the introduction: “As our world gets busier, less supernatural, and more complicated, Catholics need, more and more, to take just a small amount of time to focus on the supernatural, and with great simplicity. Thus, we have provided the text of St. John Henry Cardinal Newman’s Stations of the Cross, adapted from the book of his meditations.” And also: “These meditations on the Stations of the Cross were written for his parishioners in the Birmingham Oratory Church, who were far from erudite scholars. Their education was minimal, and their available time even less, and they loved Newman all the more for the simple and easy way in which he led them to deeper devotion. Thus, in our time, these meditations can aid us with the simple and singular focus on Christ’s passion and our own failings which contributed to it. We have given them slight editing for modern English as well as having added additional prayers to round out the work. May all who avail themselves of these meditations draw grace from the deep meditation.” One of the things I love about this edition is that the Responses and prayers at with each station. So that you do not need to constantly flip back and forth. I also appreciated the grounded-ness mentioned in the introduction. This is a simple humble way of the cross. But one that will draw us in, either in personal, communal, or corporate praying of the stations. The main part of the reflection is very similar to other editions by Newman. Only some slight changing of language to make it more accessible. This is a wonderful little volume that will enrich your experience of Lent, of throughout the year as you take time to reflect on the stations. Both the eBook and physical editions are beautifully set. And it is a book I can highly recommend!

  • 5

    Posted by FR W. on Mar 1st 2023