Virtual Stations for Lent

The Stations of the Cross or the Way of the Cross is a devotion connected with the earliest events of Christianity. They were originally based on the pilgrim’s route through the Holy City of Jerusalem, commemorating Jesus’ Via Sacra or Via Dolorosa (Holy or Sorrowful Way).

Over the centuries, when Christian pilgrims returned home their pilgrimage to the Holy Land, they wanted to imitate the devotion they experienced in Jerusalem.

More recently, in the information found in Wikipedia , “In 1686, in answer to their petition, Pope Innocent XI granted to the Franciscans the right to erect stations within their churches. In 1731, Pope Clement XII extended to all churches the right to have the stations, provided that a Franciscan Father erected them, with the consent of the local bishop. At the same time the number was fixed at fourteen. In 1857, the bishops of England were allowed to erect the stations by themselves, without the intervention of a Franciscan priest, and in 1862 this right was extended to bishops throughout the church.”

Today we expect that every Church would have the fourteen Stations of the Cross to be used by individuals and groups to pray their way through each station, reflecting on Christ who gave his life for us on the cross.

Our Virtual Stations of the Cross

With all this in mind, we offer you these brief (2 minute) virtual “Stations of the Cross”, produced by bustedhalo.org for your personal reflection. You might view them all or choose one for your daily meditation. Enjoy this ancient but ever-new Lenten habit of faith.

First Station: Jesus is condemned to death



Second Station: Jesus carries his cross





Third Station: Jesus falls the first time


Fourth Station: Jesus meets his mother


Fifth Station: Simon of Cyrene helps Jesus carry his cross



Sixth Station: Veronica wipes the face of Jesus
 



Seventh Station: Jesus falls the second time
 



Eighth Station: Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem
 



Ninth Station: Jesus falls the third time
 



Tenth Station: Jesus is stripped of his clothes
 



Eleventh Station: Crucifixion: Jesus is nailed to the cross



Twelfth Station: Jesus dies on the cross
 



Thirteenth Station: Jesus is taken down from the cross
 



Fourteenth Station: Jesus is placed in the tomb



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