Grouped reverently around the Crucifix, postulants, novices and professed sisters pray together as they make the Way of the Cross. Being Franciscans, the Handmaids are devoted to the Passion of Christ. According to their rule, each privately visits the Stations of the Cross every day. On Friday, all work, study and play are put aside, and everyone at the Handmaids of Mary Novitiate makes the Stations together.
Dec 1960, Pleasant Plains, Staten Island, NY, USA
O most merciful Jesus, with a contrite heart and penitent spirit, I bow down in profound humility before Thy divine majesty. I adore Thee as my supreme Lord and Master; I believe in Thee, I hope in Thee, I love Thee above all things. I am heartily sorry for having offended Thee, my Supreme and Only Good. I resolve to amend my life, and although I am unworthy to obtain mercy, yet the sight of Thy holy cross, on which Thou didst die, inspires me with hope and consolation. I will, therefore, meditate on Thy sufferings, and visit the stations of Thy Passion in company with Thy sorrowful Mother and my guardian angel, with the intention of promoting Thy honour and saving my soul.
I desire to gain all the indulgences granted for this holy exercise for myself and for the Poor Souls in Purgatory. O merciful Redeemer, who has said, “And I, if I be lifted from earth, will draw all things to Myself,” draw my heart and my love to Thee, that I may perform this devotion as perfectly as possible, and that I may live and die in union with Thee. Amen.