St. John Henry Newman’s Meditations on the Stations of the Cross

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St. John Henry Newman’s Meditations on the Stations of the Cross

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In notes accompanying his meditations on the Stations of the Cross, Saint John Henry Newman proposed beginning with an Act of Contrition and concluding with the following:

Let us pray: God, who by the Precious Blood of Thy only-begotten Son didst sanctify the standard of the Cross, grant, we beseech Thee, that we who rejoice in the glory of the same Holy Cross may at all times and places rejoice in Thy protection, through the same Christ, our Lord.

End with one Pater, Ave, and Gloria, for the intention of the Sovereign Pontiff.

Saint John Henry Newman’s meditations on the Stations of the Cross were written around 1860, probably at his Oratory in Birmingham, England. At the time, Newman was suffering under the weight of his own cross, including the derision of Catholics who doubted the sincerity of his extraordinary conversion from Anglicanism as well as the collapse of his brilliant efforts to establish a faithful Catholic university in Dublin, which was thwarted by the misgivings of Irish bishops. Little did he know that his vision and example would inspire today’s “Newman movement” of renewal across Catholic education.

The Cardinal Newman Society promotes and defends faithful Catholic education according to the vision of our holy patron. Since 1993, we have led a movement of educators and parents to uphold clear standards of truth and fidelity in Catholic education and to build a strong core of faithful Catholic schools, homeschools, colleges, and graduate programs. To learn more and join this effort, go to


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