Stations of the cross

Introductory prayer

Station 1 - Jesus is condemned to death...

Station 2 - Jesus receives the cross...

Station 3 - First fall of Jesus...

Station 4 - Jesus meets his mother...

Station 5 - Cross is laid upon Simon of Cyrene...

Station 6 - Veronica wipes the face of Jesus...

Station 7 - Jesus falls the second time...

Station 8 - Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem...

Station 9 - Jesus falls the third time...

Station 10 - Jesus is stripped of His garments...

Station 11 - Jesus is nailed to the cross...

Station 12 - Jesus is dies on the cross...

Station 13 - Jesus is taken down from the cross...

Station 14 - Jesus is laid in the sepulchre...



Stations of the Cross


Stations of the Cross


No one, however weak, is denied a share in the victory of the cross. No one is beyond the help of the prayer of Christ. His prayer brought benefit to the multitude that raged against him. How much more does it bring to those who turn to him in repentance.

-- St. Leo the Great




From Jerusalem to Europe and beyond


The crusades to the Holy Land, which took place during the Middle Ages led to the re-discovery of historic places in Jerusalem associated with the Passion of Christ. Two, then newly founded, religious orders (Franciscans and Dominicans) begun to organise the services helping people to meditate the Passion. After the Franciscans took care of the shrines in Jerusalem in early 14th century, they developed the cult "the Way" - that is, walking the path which Jesus walked from Pilate's praetorium, where he was sentenced, to Golgotha, where he was executed. The combination of these two devotions created the Stations of the Cross.

Many pilgrims from Europe who visited the Holy Land wanted to create a miniature Jerusalem upon their return. In 15th and 16th centuries Franciscans begun to built the stations fashioned on those in Jerusalem, initially as the outdoor shrines, across Europe to help those who couldn't make the actual pilgrimage to the Holy Land to accompany our Lord in His passion and to gain indulgences. Since 1862 any bishop can erect the stations of cross in churches and chapels (before it had to be a Franciscan priest).

Significance

This devotion reminds us that every day we make a decision whether or not to follow Christ on the path of self-denial and sacrifice in the spirit of love and to accept and carry the Cross amid our daily tasks and responsibilities. The meditations about the events shown in the "stations of the Cross" are an invitation to examine our lives and cooperate with God's grace, accompanied by readiness to penance and conversion of life.

B E G I N

Mediations by St. Alphonsus Liguori

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