Stations of the Cross


A plenary indulgence is granted the Christian faithful who devoutly make the Stations of the Cross.  This devout exercise of the Stations of the Cross helps renew our remembrance of the sufferings which our Divine Redeemer underwent on His journey from Pilate's praetorium, where He was condemned to death, to Mount Calvary, where for our salvation He died on the cross.

The norms for obtaining this plenary indulgence are the following:

1.  This devout exercise must be performed before Stations of the Cross which have been lawfully erected.

2.  Fourteen crosses are required in order to erect the Stations of the Cross.  As an aid to devotion these crosses are customarily attached to fourteen tableaux or images representing the Jerusalem stations.

3.  In accord with the more common custom, this devout exercise consists of fourteen pious readings to which are joined by some vocal prayers, but in order to perform this devout exercise it is required only that one devoutly meditate upon the Passion and Death of the Lord.  It is not required that one meditate upon each of the individual mysteries of the stations.

4.  Movement from one station to the next is required.  If the devout exercise is carried out publicly and such movement by all present cannot be done without some disorder, it is sufficient that the person who is leading the exercise move from station to station while the others remain in their places.

5.  Persons who are legitimately prevented from fulfilling the above requirements can obtain this indulgence if they at least spend some time, e.g. 15 minutes, in devout reading and meditation upon the Passion and Death of our Lord Jesus Christ.

6.  Equivalent to this devout exercise of the Stations of the Cross - even with regard to obtaining the indulgence - are those other devout exercises which have been approved by the competent authority and which call to mind the remembrance of the Lord's Passion and Death in a manner similar to the Stations of the Cross.

7.  In order to obtain this indulgence, the patriarchs can establish some other devout exercise in memory of the Passion and Death of Our Lord Jesus Christ for those Eastern Christian faithful whose usages do not include this exercise of the Stations.