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This powerful Lenten devotion has taken different forms over the centuries. Here are the traditional Stations of the Cross (Way of the Cross) that were common for the past few centuries:

  1. Pilate condemns Jesus to die
  2. Jesus accepts his cross
  3. Jesus falls for the first time
  4. Jesus meets his mother, Mary
  5. Simon helps carry the cross
  6. Veronica wipes the face of Jesus
  7. Jesus falls for the second time
  8. Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem
  9. Jesus falls for the third time
  10. Jesus is stripped of his clothes
  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 tomb
Infographic from Face Forward

Some of these Stations aren’t rooted in scripture. In 2007, Pope Benedict XVI approved a set of stations for meditation and public celebration that all are found in scripture.

  1. Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane;
  2. Jesus is betrayed by Judas and arrested;
  3. Jesus is condemned by the Sanhedrin;
  4. Jesus is denied by Peter;
  5. Jesus is judged by Pilate;
  6. Jesus is scourged and crowned with thorns;
  7. Jesus takes up his cross;
  8. Jesus is helped by Simon of Cyrene to carry his cross;
  9. Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem;
  10. Jesus is crucified;
  11. Jesus promises his kingdom to the repentant thief;
  12. Jesus entrusts Mary and John to each other;
  13. Jesus dies on the cross; and
  14. Jesus is laid in the tomb.

Creighton University Ministries

Busted Halo: Virtual Stations of the Cross and Questions about the Stations of the Cross

Fish Eaters: History and Ritual of the Stations of the Cross

Vatican: Way of the Cross

Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops

Christine Way Skinner: Links to Stations of the Cross

Images on Wikimedia Commons

Basilica of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré

United States Bishops Stations of the Cross

St. Charles Borromeo Stations of the Cross

Art and the Bible Way of the Cross

Development and Peace: Women at the Heart of Change

Via Crucis

Commissariat of the Holy Land in Canada

Short Way of The Cross

Notre Dame University Australia Fremantle, Western Australia.
The Way of The Cross. Good Friday Stations Of The Cross
Readings & Meditations for Each Station adapted from St Mary’s Seminary, Mulgrave, Victoria with new reflections from Fr Ron Rolheiser OMI

From Catholic Online

The Stations of the Cross are a 14-step Catholic devotion that commemorates Jesus Christ’s last day on Earth as a man. The 14 devotions, or stations, focus on specific events of His last day, beginning with His condemnation. The stations are commonly used as a mini pilgrimage as the individual moves from station to station. At each station, the individual recalls and meditates on a specific event from Christ’s last day. Specific prayers are recited, then the individual moves to the next station until all 14 are complete.
The Stations of the Cross are commonly found in churches as a series of 14 small icons or images. They can also appear in church yards arranged along paths. The stations are most commonly prayed during Lent on Wednesdays and Fridays, and especially on Good Friday, the day of the year upon which the events actually occurred.


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