We are a small Episcopal Church on the banks of the Rappahannock in Port Royal, Virginia. We acknowledge that we gather on the traditional land of the first people of Port Royal, the Nandtaughtacund, and we respect and honor with gratitude the land itself, the legacy of the ancestors, and the life of the Rappahannock Tribe. Our mission statement is to do God’s Will in all that we do.

Mary Peterman – Stations of the Cross

Before each station:

We adore you, 0 Christ, and we bless you.

Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

After each station:

Lord Jesus, help us walk in your steps.


Opening Prayer: Minister:

God of power and mercy, in love your sent  your Son that  we might be cleansed of sin and live with you forever. Bless us as we gather to  reflect on his suffering  and death that  we may  learn from  his example the way we should go.

We ask this through  that  same Christ, our Lord. All:



First Station:  Jesus in the  Garden  of Gethsemane 


Then Jesus came with  them  to  a place called Gethsemane,  and he said to  his disciples, “Sit  here while I go over  there  and pray.” He took  along Peter and the two  sons of Zebedee, and began to feel  sorrow  and distress. Then he said to them,  “My soul is sorrowful  even to  death.  Remain  here and keep watch  with  me.” He advanced a little  arid fell  prostrate in prayer,  saying, “My Father,  if it  is possible, let this cup pass from  me; yet,  not as I  will,  but as you will .” When he returned  to  his disciples he found  them asleep.  He said to Peter,  “So you could not  keep watch  with  me for  one hour? Watch  and pray that  you may not  undergo the test.  The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

Matthew  25:36-41 

Minister: Lord, grant us your strength  and wisdom, that  we may seek to follow  your will in all  things



Second Station:  Jesus,  Betrayed by Judas, is Arrested

Reader: Then, while [Jesus] was still speaking, Judas, one of the Twelve, arrived,  accompanied by a crowd  with swords  and clubs, who had come from the chief priests, the scribes, and the elders. His betrayer  had arranged a signal with them,  saying, “the  man I shall kiss is the one; arrest  him and lead him away securely.”  He came and immediately went over to  him and said, “Rabbi.” And he kissed him. At this they  laid hands on him and arrested him.

Mark 14: 43-46 

Minister: Lord,

grant  us the  courage of  our convictions that  our lives may faithfully  reflect  the  good news you bring. 



Third Station:  Jesus is Condemned  by the  Sanhedrin

Reader: When day came the council of elders of the  people met,  both  chief priests  and scribes,  and they  brought  him before  their Sanhedrin. They  said, “If  you are the  Messiah, tell  us,” but he replied to  them,  “If  I tell you, you will not  believe, and if I question, you  will not  respond. But from  this time on the  Son of  Man will be seated  at the  right  hand of the  power  of God.” They all asked,  “Are you then  the  Son of God?” He replied to them,  “You say that I am.” Then they  said, “What further need have we for  testimony?  We have heard it from  his own  mouth.”

Luke 22: 66-71

Minister: Lord,

grant  us your sense of  righteousness that  we may  never cease to  work to  bring about the justice  of the kingdom that  you promised.


Fourth  Station:  Jesus is Denied by  Peter

Reader: Now Peter was sitting  outside in the courtyard.  One of the  maids came over  to  him and said, “You too  were  with Jesus the Galilean.”  But he denied it in front  of everyone,  saying, “I  do not know  what you  are talking about!” As he went  out to  the  gate, another girl saw him and said to  those who were  there,  “This man was with  Jesus the  Nazorean.” Again he denied it with  an oath,  “I do not know the  man!” A little later the bystanders  came over and said to  Peter,  “Surely you too  are one of them;  even your speech gives you away.” At that  he began to  curse and to  swear,  “I  do not know the man.” And immediately a cock crowed.  Then Peter remembered  the word that Jesus had spoken:  “Before  the cock crows you  will deny me three times.” He went  out  and began to  weep bitterly.

Matthew  26: 69-75 

Minister: Lord,

grant us the gift of  honesty that  we may not fear  to  speak the  truth  even when difficult. 



Fifth  Station:  Jesus is Judged by  Pilate 

Reader: The chief priests  with  the elders and the  scribes, that  is, the  whole Sanhedrin, held a council. They bound Jesus, led him away,  and handed him over to  Pilate. Pilate questioned him, “Are you the  king of the Jews?” He said to  him in reply,  “You say so.” The chief priests  accused him of many things. Again Pilate questioned  him, “Have you  no answer? See how many things they  accuse you of.” Jesus gave him no further answer,  so th1t  Pilate was amazed ….  Pilate, wishing to  satisfy the crowd,  released Barrabas …  [and] handed [Jesus] over  to  be crucified.

Mark 15: 1-5, 15

Minister: Lord,

grant us discernment that  we may see as you see, not as the  world sees. 



Sixth  Station:  Jesus is Scourged and Crowned  with  Thorns 

Reader: Then Pilate took  Jesus and had him scourged. And the  soldiers wove  a crown out of thorns and placed it on his head, and clothed  him in a purple cloak, and they  came to  him and said,”Hail, King of the Jews!” And they  struck  him repeatedly.

John 19: 1-3 

Minister: Lord,

grant  us patience  in times of suffering that  we may offer  our lives as a sacrifice  of praise. 



Seventh  Station:  Jesus Bears the  Cross

Reader: When the  chief priests  and the guards saw  [Jesus] they  cried out, “Crucify him, crucify him!” Pilate said to  them,  “Take  him yourselves  and crucify  him. I find  no guilt in him.” …  They cried out,  “Take  him away,  take him away! Crucify  him!” Pilate said to  them,  “Shall I crucify  your king?” The chief priests  answered,  “We have no king but  Caesar.” Then  he handed him over to  them to  be crucified. So they  took Jesus, and carrying the  cross himself he went  out  to  what  is called the  Place of the  Skull, in Hebrew, Golgotha.

John  19:  6,  15-17 

Minister: Lord,

grant us strength  of  purpose that we may faithfully  bear our crosses each day. 



Eighth Station:  Jesus is Helped  by Simon the  Cyrenian  to  Carry the Cross

Reader: They  pressed  into service a passer-by,  Simon, a Cvrenlan, who was coming in from  the country,  the  father  of Alexander and Rufus, to  carry  his cross.

Mark 15: 21 

Minister: Lord,

grant us willing spirits that  we may  be your  instruments  on earth. 



Ninth Station:  Jesus Meets  the  Women  of Jerusalem

Reader: A large crowd of people followed Jesus, including  man¥ women who mourned and lamented him. Jesus turned to them and said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for  me; weep instead for yourselves and for  your children, for  indeed, the days are coming when people will sayr ‘Blessed are the barren, the wombs that  never bore and the breasts that never nursed.’ At that time, people will say to the mountains, ‘Fall upon us!’ and to the hills, ‘Cover us!’ for  if these things are done when the wood is green what will happen when it is dry?”

Luke 23: 27-31  

Minister: Lord,

grant us gentle spirits that we may comfort  those who mourn. 



Tenth  Station: Jesus is Crucified 

Reader: When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him and the criminals there, one on his right, the other on his left.  [Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, they know not what they do .”]     

Luke 23: 33-34 

Minister: Lord,

grant us merciful hearts that we  may  bring  your reconciliation  and  forgiveness to  all. 



Eleventh Station: Jesus  Promises  His Kingdom  to  the  Good Thief

Reader: Now one of the criminals hanging there reviled JesuJ, saying, “Are you not the Messiah? Save yourself and us.” The other,  however,  rebuking him, said in reply, “Have you no fear of God, for  you are subject  to the same condemnation? And indeed, we have been condemned justly,  for  the sentence we received corresponds to our crimes, but this man has done nothing criminal.” Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” He replied to  him, “Amen, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”

Luke 23: 39-43

Minister: Lord,

grant us perseverance that we may never stop seeking you. 



Twelfth Station:  Jesus Speaks  to  His Mother and  the  Disciple 

Reader: Standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary of Magdaia.  When Jesus saw  his mother and the disciple there 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

Minister: Lord,

grant us constancy that we may be willing to stand by those in need.



Thirteenth Station: Jesus  Dies  on the  Cross

Reader: It was now about noon and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon because of an eclipse of the sun. Then the veil of the temple was torn  down the middle. Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commend my spirit”; and when he had said this he breathed his last.

Luke 23: 44-46 

Minister: Lord,

grant us trust  in you that when our time on earth in ended our spirits may come to you without delay.  



Fourteenth Station: Jesus  is Placed  in the  Tomb

Reader: When it was evening, there came a rich man from  Arimathea named Joseph, who was himself a disciple of Jesus. He went to  Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus; then Pilate ordered it to  be handed over. Taking the body, Joseph wrapped it [in] clean linen and laid it in his new tomb that he had hewn in the rock. Then he rolled a huge stone across the entrance to the tomb  and departed.

Matthew  27: 57-60


Minister: Lord,

grant  us your compassion that  we may always provide for  those  in need. 


Closing Prayer: 

Minister: Lord Jesus Christ, your  passion and death  is the sacrifice  that  unites earth  and heaven and reconciles all  people to  you.

May we who have faithfully  reflected  on these  mysteries follow  in your  steps  and so come to  share your glory in heaven where you  live and reign with  the  Father and the  Holy Spirit one  God, for  ever and ever.

All: Amen .