Eleventh Station of the Cross

Subject Matter: Eleventh Station of the Cross ~ Jesus is nailed to the cross

Free Religion Lesson from Our Holy Faith, Book 1 Teacher’s Manual

Objectives

  • To further the knowledge that Jesus suffered for our sins.
  • To foster an attitude of sympathy for Jesus and a desire to make up to Him.

Approach

Did you ever prick your finger with a pin? It hurts, doesn’t it? Can you imagine how the nails must  have hurt Jesus? Look at this picture. What do you see? (Show picture of eleventh Station.)

Presentation

Jesus is Nailed to the Cross

The soldiers are very rough. They stretch out Jesus’ arms and legs and drive nails through His hands and feet. What terrible agony that must have been for Jesus. You know how much it hurts when you stick your finger with a pin or needle. Think of how much the nails must have hurt your Jesus.

Jesus’ Forgiveness

Jesus was kind and forgiving all His life, even when He lay dying. He did not curse the soldiers or us, but instead asked His heavenly Father to forgive us our sins. We are the ones who made Jesus suffer; we crucify Jesus each time we commit a big sin and we hurt Him every time we do anything bad. But Jesus still loves us and wants to forgive us. All He asks of us is for us to be good. Is this too much to ask?

Organization

  • Where is Jesus now?
  • What are the men going to do to Him?
  • Why did Jesus suffer this pain?
  • Were any of Jesus’ friends with Him? Who?
  • Could they do anything to help Him?
  • What can we do to make up to Jesus?

Virtues and Practices

  • Be patient in suffering any pain.
  • Be grateful to Jesus for suffering for you.
  • Obey your parents and teachers.
  • Forgive those who injure us.

Suggested Learning Activities

  • Retell the suffering of Jesus to someone at home.
  • Discuss the picture of the station.
  • Compose and chart an original prayer.
  • Poem: “Jesus is Nailed to the Cross,” Belger, Sing a Song of Holy Things, p. 71

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