Stations of the Holy Cross, or the Holy Way of the Cross

Stations Of The Holy Cross, Or The Holy Way Of The Cross, consist, among Roman Catholics, of fourteen representations of the successive stages of our Lord's passion, or of his journey from the hall of Pilate to Calvary. SEE VIA DOLOROSA. These are set up in regular order round the nave of a church or elsewhere, and visited successively, with meditation and prayer, at each station; the devotion being a substitute for an actual pilgrimage to Palestine and a visit to the holy places themselves. The fourteen stations of the cross represent —

1. Jesus is condemned to death; 2. Jesus is made to bear his cross; 3. Jesus falls the first time under his cross; 4. Jesus meets his afflicted mother; 5. The Cyrenian helps Jesus to carry his cross; 6. Veronica wipes the face of Jesus; 7. Jesus falls the second time; 8. Jesus speaks to the women of Jerusalem; 9. Jesus falls the third time; 10. Jesus is stripped of his garments; 11. Jesus is nailed to the cross; 12. Jesus dies on the cross; 13. Jesus is taken down from the cross; 14. Jesus is placed in the sepulchre. See Barnum, Romanism as It Is, p. 479.

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