Stations of the Cross
The Stations of the Cross depict the primary scenes of Jesus’ suffering and death. Also referred to as The Way of the Cross, the Stations of the Cross are designed to help Catholics spiritually embark on a pilgrimage of contemplation and prayerful reverence, especially during the Easter season. The Stations of the Cross consist of 14 stations. Each station of the cross has a different reflection associated with it:
1. Jesus is condemned to death 2. The Cross is laid upon Him 3. Jesus falls for the first time 4. Mary meets Jesus 5. Simon of Cyrene is made to help Jesus bear the Cross 6. Veronica wipes the face of Jesus 7. Jesus falls for the second time 8. Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem 9. Jesus falls for the third time 10. Jesus is stripped of his garments 11. Jesus is crucified 12. Jesus dies on the Cross 13. Jesus is taken down from the Cross 14. Jesus is laid in the tomb.
Each station of the cross is a deep and thoughtful reflection on the different moments of Jesus' Passion. A devotion to the Stations of the Cross bears with it generous indulgences for the faithful and allows Catholics to more fervently take up their personal crosses of trial and suffering.