Stations of the Cross Devotion, also known as the Way of the
Cross, has been practiced by Roman Catholics for
centuries. The traditional Stations of the Cross follow
fourteen events of Jesus' Passion and death and
conclude with a reflection on the Resurrection. Today the
Stations of the Cross can be found in almost every
Catholic Church. These stations, based on Catholic Church
traditions are not all based on Scripture but
nonetheless provide the faithful with an opportunity to deepen
their understanding of God's
love and their faith in the Resurrection.
During the early years of the church,
pilgrims would journey to the Holy Land and walk the Via
Dolorosa through the
streets of the Old City of Jerusalem.
The Franciscans, custodians of the Holy Places, have been the
of the devotion to the Stations of
the Cross. Since it was not always possible to travel to
Jerusalem, the Stations of the Cross
allow everyone to meditate on the
passion and death of Jesus at their local church or home.
The Internet provides
yet another opportunity to reflect on
During the 1975 Holy Year, Pope Paul
VI approved the introduction of a new series of Stations which
are based solely
on the Gospels. This Scriptural Way of
the Cross starts with a reflection on the Last Supper and
concludes with the Resurrection.
Below are links to both a traditional
version as well as a scriptural version.
The traditional version contains
pictures of the stations which line the walls of the Cathedral
and the prayers are taken from those developed by St. Francis of
HERE for Traditional
for Scriptural Version
The scriptural version is taken from
Me A Scriptural Way of The Cross" copyright © 1984 Sacred Heart
League, Walls, Ms.
Scripture Texts from The New American
Bible copyright © 1970 Confraternity of Christian Doctrine,
Washington, D. C.
Artwork copyright © 1984
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