Stations of the Cross

 

The Stations of the Cross refers to the depiction of the final hours (or Passion) of Jesus, and the devotion commemorating the Passion. The tradition as chapel devotion began with St. Francis of Assisi and extended throughout the Roman Catholic Church in the medieval period. The object of the Stations is to help the faithful to make a spiritual pilgrimage of prayer, through meditating upon the chief scenes of Christ’s suffering and death.

Stations of the Cross 1
Pilate condems Jesus to death on the cross at Gabbatha

Stations of the Cross 2

Jesus takes up (or carries) his cross

Stations of the Cross 3

Jesus falls for the first time

Stations of the Cross 4

Jesus meets his mother

Stations of the Cross 5

Simon of Cyrene helps Jesus carry the cross

Sations of the Cross 6

Veronica wipes the face of Jesus

Stations of the Cross 7

Jesus falls for the second time

Stations of the Cross 8

Jesus meets (talks to) the women of Jerusalem

Stations of the Cross 9

Jesus falls for the third time

Stations fo the Cross 10

Jesus is stripped of his garments

Stations of the Cross 11

Jesus is nailed to the cross at Golgotha

Stations of the Cross 12

Jesus dies on the cross

Stations of the Cross 13

The body of Jesus is placed in the arms of his mother.

Stations of the Cross 14

Jesus is laid in the tomb

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  3 Responses to “Stations of the Cross”

  1. There is a 15th figure on the wall not mentioned above. I assume the 15th figure, which is not a part of the traditional Stations of the Cross, represents the Resurrection? Am I correct?
    Also, in moving from the left wall, facing the altar, and moving towards the right wall, the Stations of the Cross don’t appear to be in the sequence as outlined above. It would appear to me, that the first Station on the left wall should be Herod condemning Jesus, while the last Station should be the Resurrection. Is there a reason, why they are not in order?
    Were the Stations of the Cross [the cost] donated by church members? If so by who or whom?
    I’m trying to get my information straight for St. Martin’s 50th Anniversary Book.

  2. You are right about the 15th figure and no, it is not referenced here. I can refer your question to someone who might know more. Thanks for asking!

  3. Yes Frank, The Stations were bought by money donated from donations for both Donna Kerwin and I when our Mothers passed. Rich Brown was also involved in the process of putting them in our Church. There is a plaque on the left side, facing the Alter, on the wall separating the far left from the near left. They were bought from Brother Mel, feel free to call and ask me the whole story. The 15th figure on the front does represent the Resurrection. As far as if there is something out of place, one would have to ask an expert, as I am not sure. Donna and I really researched stations for our Church and when we saw what brother Mel had already made it was as if he had made then for St. Martin’s as they were, in our minds,perfect.
    Mary Jane Drake

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