Stations of the Cross – When, Where & Why
Lent is a time for reflections, renewal of covenant, and revival of spirit (When & Where)
This year we will have the opportunity to publically profess our faith by walking and praying the Stations of the Cross near the beginning of Lent.
“If anyone wishes to come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.” (Luke 9:23)
We encourage you to attend the church of your choice and join us as we take this walk – stopping at each station for prayer and meditation. This can be a moving experience for individuals or families. Please plan to prayerfully participate in this very personal walk with Jesus.
How did these Stations come to be? (Why)
From the earliest of days, followers of Jesus told the story of his passion, death and resurrection. Pilgrims to Jerusalem were anxious to see the sites where Jesus was. These sites become important personal connections with Jesus. After many years and people moving around, it was no longer easy or even possible to visit the holy sites. By the 1500’s, people all over the world started creating “replicas” of the places along the route in Jerusalem. Eventually, these shrines became the 14 stations we now know and celebrate.
You may be wondering why the sites are called Stations of the Cross. The word station comes from the Latin word that means to stand. We are walking from Christ’s trial to His crucifixion at Calvary and we stop and stand at certain sites (stations) that commemorate various events that took place along the way. As you come to each station, you stop, pray, read the scriptures, pray the prayers, and contemplate the situation before moving on. As you walk from one station to the next, your walking becomes a devotional act, because you are walking with Jesus as He walks to Calvary.
Below you will find the 14 Stations of the Cross with pictures, the story associated with each station, prayers and meditations. All photos from 'CatholicTradition.org'