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GOOD FRIDAY: Way of the Cross (Vía Crucis)

Posted by FactReal on March 29, 2013

STATIONS OF THE CROSS (Also called Vía Crucis or Via Dolorosa)
The purpose of the 14 Stations of the Cross is to help the faithful to make a spiritual pilgrimage to the main scenes of Christ’s sufferings and death. This has become one of the most popular of Catholic devotions. It is carried out by passing from Station to Station, with certain prayers at each and devout meditation on the various incidents in turn.

A series of pictures or tableaux represent certain scenes in the Passion of Christ, each corresponding to a particular incident, or the special form of devotion connected with such representations. Formerly their number varied considerably in different places but 14 are now prescribed:

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Station 1: Jesus is condemned to death
Station 2: Jesus takes up the Cross
Station 3: Jesus falls for the first time
Station 4: Jesus meets His Mother
Station 5: Simon of Cyrene helps Jesus to carry the Cross
Station 6: Veronica wipes the face of Jesus
Station 7: Jesus falls for the second time
Station 8: Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem who weep for him
Station 9: Jesus falls for the third time under the weight of the Cross
Station 10: Jesus is stripped of His garments
Station 11: Jesus is nailed to the Cross
Station 12: Jesus dies on the Cross
Station 13: Jesus is taken down from the Cross and given to his Mother
Station 14: Jesus is laid in the tomb
Meditation and verses via the Vatican.

Sources: Vatican, EWTN, New Advent.

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