Stations of the Cross
The actual path that Jesus followed from the courtroom of Pontius Pilate to the place where he died, is in Jerusalem. Certain spots along this route are marked and these are called stations. Over the centuries, many people traveled to Jerusalem to retrace the steps of Jesus on his way to Calvary, especially during Lent. But Jerusalem was too far for most people to travel. So, hundreds of years ago, people began making this “journey” in their own churches. Using pictures that were carved, painted and placed around their church people were able to recall the events of Jesus’ walk to Calvary. These are what we call the Stations of the Cross today. There are 14 of them. As we recall the events of Jesus’ passion and death, let us remember that most of Jesus’ life was busy, happy, and life giving. In the Stations of the Cross, we look at the one day in Jesus’ life when he suffered and died. Jesus suffered and died for His love for God and His love for us. His way of the cross was a way of love.