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This powerful Lenten devotion has taken different forms over the centuries. Here are the traditional Stations 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

Images on Wikimedia Commons

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:

Commissariat of the Holy Land in Canada

Short Way of The Cross

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