Stations of the
Way of the Cross
Jesus towards Calvary
The Passion and death of Jesus Christ Our Lord was the greatest expression of his love for us, since it is by his suffering and death that he saved us from the slavery of sin, and by his resurrection that he confirmed the promise of our own own resurrection.
According to tradition, after the Jesus died, Our Lady used to visit those places where Our Lord shed his blood (the way of the cross,
or via dolorosa which means dolorous way¨), She meditated on his suffering for us. Then some other faithful followers of Jesus did the same. This became a tradition that has evolved through time and has become a very powerful devotion to the Passion and death our Our Lord.
For centuries People would go in pilgrimage to visit the holy places to follow the footsteps of Jesus,
making all the stations on the way of the cross. As time went by, Christianity spread throughout the world and Christians desiring to
honor Our Lord with this devotion but being unable to make the pilgrimage to Jerusalem started creating these stations in wood, metal, paper or stone, nowadays they are displayed in almost every Catholic Church and in Catholic Shrines.
By the authority of the Church there are 14 Stations of the cross plus the
new optional one of the resurrection:
Stations of the
Cross, Viacrucis, Way of the cross. Via dolorosa indulgences
on the Passion of Christ (Luisa Picarreta)
of the Cross, Way of the cross - Message of Our Lady - Maria of Agreda
of Saint Bridget about the Passion of Our Lord
Seven dolors of Our Lady
to Jesus crucified