The Stations of the Cross

Stations_5_-300x200Friday has always been a day of special devotion and meditation for Christians, the day Our Blessed Saviour underwent His cruel Passion and Death to redeem Mankind. In Lent – besides the 40 days we dedicate to fasting, penance and sacrifice in preparation for the Easter Triduum – Fridays take on a particular significance. It is the day when we reflect in greater detail every step of agony Our dear Saviour took for our sake, as He made His way under the weight of the Cross to Golgotha. (Today it also happens to be a First Friday, dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus!)

As early as the 4th century, Christian pilgrims to the Holy Land would walk the route that Our Lord walked to His Crucifixion. When Muslims captured Jerusalem and it became too dangerous to make this pilgrimage, Christians replicated the sites back home in Europe, and there developed the “Stations of the Cross” devotion (also known as “Way of the Cross,” “Via Dolorosa,” or “Via Crucis“).

There are many beautiful audio recordings of The Stations of the Cross for those who may be unable to attend a Catholic Church where they are usually celebrated on Fridays during Lent. This one by Saint Alphonsus de Liguori is one of my favourites.  There is also this lovely version for those who prefer to read and meditate a while at each station.

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5 Responses to The Stations of the Cross

  1. Michael says:

    Kathleen,

    I just read an excerpt from Saint Augustine at Mark Armitage’s ‘Enlarging the Heart’ blog that complements this piece rather well:

    https://enlargingtheheart.wordpress.com/2016/03/04/augustine-of-hippo-lent-is-the-epitome-of-our-whole-life-2/

    Thanks for the link to that page at ‘e-catholic’ by the way – a wonderful tool for meditation!

  2. kathleen says:

    Oh Michael, that is a lovely article (and a lovely website) all written through the enlightened wisdom of the saints!

    “As the Apostle says: You cannot belong to Christ Jesus unless you crucify all your self-indulgent passions and desires.” – St Augustine

    Not easy! But what a wonderful challenge to attempt to undertake every day, inspired by the witness of so many great saints and martyrs.

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  4. Robert says:

    The Stations are best run concurrently with the Rosary because each feeds each other.
    It is also a wonderful preparation for the Holy Sacrifice of The Mass
    Its an excellent devotion for Advent.
    I would strongly recommend the Stations at Christmas.
    Doing the stations at home and hopefully within the family use the Holy Shroud.
    The Holy Shroud brings the dreadful reality of the Passion.
    March is the month of Holy Joseph. St Joseph is the way in this time to find Our Lady and the the Holy Child.

  5. Michael says:

    Kathleen @ 23:13, March 4th:

    It is a lovely website isn’t it, and as he produces sayings from such a wide range of saints (Eastern and Western) one is able to see a wonderful unity of belief amidst their variety of personalities and modes of expression.

    And yes, what Saint Augustine counsels is not easy, but it is indeed a challenge that resonates with what we know deep down and so inspires at the same time as it provides us with not a little sense of foreboding!🙂

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