What is stations of the Cross?

  • (noun): (Roman Catholic Church) a devotion consisting of 14 prayers before the 14 stations of the cross (referring to Jesus' suffering and crucifixion).
    Synonyms: Stations
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Stations Of The Cross

Stations of the Cross (or Way of the Cross; in Latin, Via Crucis; also called the Via Dolorosa or Way of Sorrows, or simply, The Way) is a series of artistic representations, very often sculptural, depicting Christ Carrying the Cross to his crucifixion in the final hours (or Passion) of Jesus before he died, and the devotions using that series to commemorate the Passion, often moving physically around a set of stations. The vast majority of Roman Catholic churches now contain such a series, typically placed at intervals along the side walls of the nave; in most churches these are small plaques with reliefs or paintings, simpler than most of the examples shown here. The tradition as chapel devotion began with St. Francis of Assisi and extended throughout the Roman Catholic Church in the medieval period. It is commonly observed in Lutheranism, and amongst the Anglo-Catholic wing of Anglicanism. It may be done at any time, but is most commonly done during the Season of Lent, especially on Good Friday and on Friday evenings during Lent.

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Stations Of The Cross - Gallery
... Stations in Church of St ... Casimir the Prince From The Cloisters in New York City Station in Upper Swabia, Germany Station in Fuensanta Sanctuary, Murcia, Spain Elaborate 19th century stations I and II, Sacr ...
Cross In The Woods - Stations of The Cross
... The Stations of the Cross represent the stages leading up to Jesus’ death ... At the Cross in the Woods Parish, the Stations of the Cross are located outside, incorporated into the pine forest on the Shrine grounds ... The main emphasis in this area is a statue of the resurrected Jesus or the fifteenth Station of the Cross ...
St Chrysostom's Church - Church Building - Stations of The Cross
... The Stations of the Cross are a later addition to the church fabric and are the work of Ian Howgate c.1938 ...
St. Mary's Cathedral (Portland, Oregon) - Art - Stations of The Cross
... The stations of the cross are original to the cathedral. ...

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  • (noun): A representation of the 14 stages in Christ's journey to Calvary.

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