From earliest times, Christians have traced the footsteps of the Lord as he carried his cross from Pilate’s house to the place of his crucifixion. The crusaders are said to have spread this devotion throughout Europe and so, for those who were unable to make the journey to Jerusalem, the ‘Way of the Cross’ was set up in cathedrals and parish churches until now it has become a feature of Christian devotion everywhere.
The photographs are of the fourteen Stations of the Cross installed in St. George’s East Ivanhoe and manufactured by Domus Dei, Rome.
We adore you O Christ and we praise you because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.
The first Station
Jesus is condemned to death
So Pilate gave his verdict – he handed Jesus over
Luke 23: 24,25
The second Station
Jesus takes up his cross
Jesus carrying the cross by himself, went out to what is called The Place of the Skull
John 19: 17
The third Station
Jesus falls for the first time
Are you the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it!
The fourth Station
Jesus meets his mother
A sword will pierce your own soul too!
The fifth Station
Symon of Cyrene helps Jesus to carry his cross
They compelled a passer-by to carry Jesus’ cross.
The sixth Station
Veronica wipes the face of Jesus
Was it that we saw you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison?
The seventh Station
Jesus falls for the second time
He has borne our infirmities, carried our diseases.
The eighth Station
Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem
Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children.
The ninth Station
Jesus falls for the third time
My soul clings to the dust;Revive me according to your word.
The tenth Station
Jesus is stripped of his garments
They divided his clothes among themselves by casting lots then they sat down there and kept watch over him.
The eleventh Station
Jesus is nailed to the cross
They crucified him and with him two others, one on either side, with Jesus between them.
The twelfth Station
Jesus dies on the cross
Jesus gave a loud cry and breathed his last.
The thirteen Station
Jesus is taken down from the cross
They took the body of Jesus and wrapped it with spices in linen clothes, according to the burial custom of the Jews.
The fourteenth Station
Jesus is laid in the tomb
Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a clean linen cloth and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn in the rock.