Stations of the Cross: a Lenten Devotion
The ‘Stations of the Cross’, also known as ‘The Way of The Cross’, is a Catholic devotion that commemorates Jesus Christ’s last day on Earth as a man. The Stations of the Cross are most commonly prayed during Lent on Wednesdays and Fridays, and especially on Good Friday – the day of the year upon which the events actually occurred.
The Stations of the Cross are commonly found in churches as a series of 14 small icons, or images. Taken together, the stations are used as a mini pilgrimage, particularly during Lent, and it reflects the journey of pilgrims following Jesus’ actual footsteps in the Holy Land. The Stations help us to ‘spiritually connect’ with the suffering and death of Jesus; after all, he went through all that pain and suffering to save us.
The 14 Stations are as follows:
|1.||Jesus is condemned to death||8.||Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem|
|2.||Jesus accepts the cross||9.||Jesus falls the third time|
|3.||Jesus fall the first time||10.||Jesus is stripped of His garments|
|4.||Jesus meets His Mother||11.||Crucifixion: Jesus is nailed to the cross|
|5.||Simon of Cyrene carries the cross||12.||Jesus dies on the cross|
|6.||Veronica wipes the face of Jesus||13.||Jesus’ body is removed from the cross|
|7.||Jesus falls the second time||14.||Jesus is placed in the tomb|
Here at St Marie’s, our Stations are beautiful wood carvings.
How to Participate in the Stations of the Cross:
Unfortunately, due to the current situation it is not possible to have the normal celebration of the Stations of the Cross during Lent this year. You are welcome to come into the Cathedral to do them privately (outside Mass times), or there is a recording of the Stations at St Marie’s available here: