The Stations of the Cross are a 14-step Catholic devotion that commemorates Jesus Christ’s last day on Earth as a man. The 14 devotions, or stations, focus on specific events of His last day, beginning with His condemnation. The stations are commonly used as a mini pilgrimage as the individual moves from station to station. At each station, the individual recalls and meditates on a specific event from Christ’s last day. Specific prayers are recited, then the individual moves to the next station until all 14 are complete.
The Stations of the Cross are commonly found in churches as a series of 14 small icons or images.
The following stations of the cross are based on those celebrated by Pope John Paul II on Good Friday 1991. They are presented here as an alternative to the traditional stations and as a way of reflecting more deeply on the Scriptural accounts of Christ’s passion.
- First Station: Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane
- Second Station: Jesus, Betrayed by Judas, is Arrested
- Third Station: Jesus is Condemned by the Sanhedrin
- Fourth Station: Jesus is Denied by Peter
- Fifth Station: Jesus is Judged by Pilate
- Sixth Station: Jesus is Scourged and Crowned with Thorns
- Seventh Station: Jesus Bears the Cross
- Eighth Station: Jesus is Helped by Simon the Cyrenian to Carry the Cross
- Ninth Station: Jesus Meets the Women of Jerusalem
- Tenth Station: Jesus is Crucified
- Eleventh Station: Jesus Promises His Kingdom to the Good Thief
- Twelfth Station: Jesus Speaks to His Mother and the Disciple
- Thirteenth Station: Jesus Dies on the Cross
- Fourteenth Station: Jesus is Placed in the Tomb