Stations of the Cross or the Way of the Cross, also known as Way of Sorrows or Via Crucis, refers to a series of images depicting Jesus Christ on the day of his crucifixion and accompanying prayers. The stations grew out of imitations of Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem which is believed to the be the actual path Jesus walked to Mount Calvary.
The object of the stations is to help the faithful to make a spiritual pilgrimage through contemplation of the Passion of Christ. It has become one of the most popular devotions and the stations can be found in most Roman Catholic as well as in a number of Anglican, Lutheran and Methodist churches.
Commonly, a series of 14 images will be arranged in numbered order along a path and the faithful travel from image to image, in order, stopping at each “station” (Latin: statio) to say the selected prayers and reflections. This will be done individually or in a procession most commonly during Lent, especially on Good Friday, in a spirit of reparation for the sufferings and insults that Jesus endured during his passion. (Wikipedia)
I have always been fascinated by the stations of the cross in Catholic Churches. Each church has one and each one is different. Next week I will post paintings of all 14 stations (2 per day) by more or less famous painters.
I don’t consider myself to be a religious person in the sense that I go to church on Sundays. I do consider myself to be a spiritual person that honours those beliefs that are different than mine. My history with the suffering and death of Jesus goes way back to my adolescence. Good Friday is a special day for me. The St. Matthew Passion or the St. Johns Passion by J.S. Bach is a special moment in each year.