Stations of the Cross
The Holy Land and the locations where Jesus was born, lived, announced his kingdom and was crucified have always been the center of Christian devotion. But at different times in history, peoples controlled this land who did not share this same devotion and sometimes made Christian access to these sacred sites difficult. For this reason replicas of these holy places were made so the faithful could visit these sites in spirit.
One of the most popular of these devotions was the "Stations of the Way of the Cross", which were imitations of the Via Dolorosa (Way of Sorrows) in Jerusalem. By the late sixteenth century the fourteen stations, as we know them today, were erected in almost all Catholic churches.
The recently canonized Saint Josemaría Escrivá, taught that Christian joy has its roots in the shape of a cross. If the Passion of Christ is a way of pain, it is also a path of hope leading to certain victory. He explained, "You should realize that God wants you to be glad and that, if you do all you can, you will be happy, very, very happy, although you will never for a moment be without the Cross. But that Cross is no longer a gallows. It is the throne from which Christ reigns. And at his side is his Mother, our Mother too. The Blessed Virgin will obtain for you the strength that you need to walk decisively in the footsteps of her Son."
Come, let us retrace through the Way of the Cross, the great suffering and sorrows which Christ endured that he could gain for us the opportunity to reach heaven. May we find through the Stations below, the joy of knowing that Jesus endured all this because he loves each of us more than anything on this earth.
Baltimore Cathedral - Baltimore, MD
Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus - Zagreb, Croatia
Church of the Immaculate Conception - Kaštel Stafilić, Croatia
Parish procession honoring Our Lady of Carmel - Kaštel Stafilić, Croatia
Special Sunday Mass at St. Nofrius Church - Kaštel Stafilić, Croatia
Church of the Nativity - Atherton, CA
Dominican Monastery - Detroit, MI
Holy Trinity - Georgetown, Washington, DC
Loretto Chapel - Santa Fe, NM
Mt. Križevac - The Cross Mountain - Medjugorje, Bosnia
Oblates of St. Francis de Sales - Childs, MD
Old Sacred Heart Cathedral - Detroit, MI
Our Lady of Consolation, Basilica and National Shrine - Carey, OH
Upper Church - Lower Church
Our Lady of the Rosary - San Diego, CA
Our Lady of Victory - Georgetown, Washington, DC
Pictures & Prayers from an old Bible
St. Andrew - Roanoke, VA
St. Anne - Mackinac, MI
St. Francis of Assisi - Triangle, VA
St. James - Medjugorje, Bosnia
St. John Evangelist - Warrenton, VA
St. Maria in Transpontina - Rome, Italy
St. Martin de Porres - Peoria, IL
St. Matthew's Cathedral - Washington, D.C.
St. Mary's - Emmitsburg, MD
St. Peter's - Bricktown, NJ
St. Peter's Basilica Piazza - Rome, Italy
St. Raphael's - Bethesda, MD
St. Térčsa of Lisieux - National Shrine - Royal Oak, MI
Sacred Heart Church - Norfolk, VA