Stations of the Cross – Updated for 2019… with extra free of charge downloads. – Godspacelight


The Stations of the Cross  also referred to as The Way of the Cross, consist of prayers and meditations commemoration the Passion and death of Christ. There are fourteen stations every single representing an occasion which occurred for the duration of Jesus’ Passion and death at Calvary on Superior Friday. The Stations had been initially performed quite a few centuries ago by Christian pilgrims who visited the Holy Land. Even so the Franciscans, who had been offered custody of the Holy Areas in the Holy Land in the 1300s, produced it incredibly well-known. Numerous Christians have all enriched their spiritual lives with this strong devotion.

In the course of the  crusades (1095-1270), pilgrims in the Holy Land normally stroll in the footsteps of Jesus to Calvary. Soon after the Moslems recaptured the Holy Land pilgrimages had been as well risky and, the Stations of the Cross in churches  became a well-known substitute pilgrimage all through Europe.

Stations of the Cross are a Holy Week activity not just restricted to Superior Friday. A increasing quantity of churches set up Stations of  the Cross at the starting of Holy Week so that men and women can stroll about them in their personal time reflecting on Christ’s suffering and death.  Because of that I wanted to get this list up early for these that are nonetheless hunting for suggestions.

There are thousands of sources for Stations of the Cross out there. I have attempted to place collectively a collection from about the planet attempting to highlight some of the difficult difficulties of our turbulent planet that are portrayed and have continued adding to that theme this year. You may well like to verify out the further photos I have posted on Pinterest as well.

Most of the photos I have collected are far from the conventional stations of the cross. If there are other international photos you believe need to be a aspect of this collection please add them in the comments.  I would like to continue to enrich this list every single year and there is nonetheless sufficient time just before Superior Friday for me to update this post. If you are hunting for a relatively conventional set of reflections and photos this one particular on Catholic On-line is tough to beat.  Enjoy!

Godspace contributor Lilly Lewin has produced her Stations of the Cross kit offered for free of charge this year (2018)

Scott Erickson in Portland has also produced a great Stations in the Street kit that can be downloaded for free of charge.

J.R Woodward has an superb post Stations of the Cross, on the V3 weblog that offers each a excellent description and some terrific hyperlinks to stations of the cross from various perspectives.

I have posted extra photos of stations of the Cross on pinterest

From a Catholic point of view

From a Protestant point of view

An additional excellent post on the improvement of the Stations of the Cross


Australian Stations of the Cross – Susan Purdie

This incredibly strong Stations of the Cross utilizes the story of Filipino indigenous men and women as the backdrop for the Stations of the Cross

Stations of the Cross shown in the Chapel at the Residence of Compassion, Island Bay. They are backlit and produced of handmade coloured float glass.

Stations of the Cross although we reflect on Pacific neighbours suffering from climate alter

A superb reflection on John Badcock’s Stations of the Cross by Dr Warren Feeney.

The Way of the Cross in Jerusalem

I also came across this  interesting set of Jordanian stamps which  Mansour Mouasher has discovered depicting the Stations of the Cross.

Rachel Gadsden is a British artist who is exhibited internationally and who operates across the mainstream and disability art sectors, presenting cross-cultural visual dialogues that take into account the most profound notions of what it is to be human. Her stations of the cross for St Joseph’s Cathedral Abu Dhabi are strong.

This series by Gwynth Leech sets the conventional imagery of the Stations of the Cross in the midst of modern conflicts. They had been commissioned by Saint Paul’s on the Green in Norwalk Connecticut in 2004. It is a heartrending presentation of the stations of the Cross applying photos of refugees from Iraq and Sudan as spectators and participants.

Im/migration Stations of the Cross by Nanette Sawyer. It’s a series of original art, hunting by way of the lens of immigration/migration. How can the Jesus story teach us about immigration/migration difficulties, and how can the stories and experiences of immigrants and migrants raise our understanding of the Jesus story? Make confident you leave a lot of time for this one particular. Study the description and then click every single station down the side – it is a incredibly profound knowledge.

This series by Minnesotan artist Anne Brink is fascinating.

A excellent virtual series from the Huffington Post with intriguing reflections to meditate on.

Busted halo usually has excellent liturgical sources and I discovered this video presentation of The Stations of the Cross to be a excellent one particular to invest time reflecting on.

A very strong presentation of the stations from the point of view of liberation theology by Adolfo Pérez Esquivel of Argentina. This is one particular I like to revisit every single year.

This video is one particular of the 1st I place collectively with pictures my pal Tom Balke took on a trip to Ecuador of artwork from Oscar Guayasamin,  There is no music but I believe it delivers a strong silent meditation for this season.

I enjoyed meditating on this series by a nun in Bangalore India

And a further incredibly gorgeous, Korean Stations of the Cross by Korean sculptor Choi Jong-tae from Myeong-dong Cathedral.

I enjoy this stations of the cross from Hekima College, Nairobi, Kenya. The styles had been created by Father Angelbert M. Vang SJ from Yaoude, from the Cameroon who was a properly-recognized historian, poet, musician and designer and executed by a Kenyan artist.

From Nigeria The Fourteen Stations of the Cross

And from Lodwar Cathedral Kenya this series of the Stations of the Cross observed by way of African eyes is incredibly strong. Right here is one particular of the photos.

Jesus falls for the 1st time – Stations of the Cross Lodwar Cathedral Kenya

This Stations of the Cross series by Chris Gollon was commissioned by the Church of England for the Church of St John on Bethnal Green, in East London. Gollon took the uncommon step of applying his personal son as the model for Jesus, his daughter as Mary, and his wife as Veronica. Fr Alan Green is cast as Nicodemus, and David Tregunna (Gollon’s pal and agent) as Joseph of Arimathea. The juxtaposition of actual figures with imagined ones creates a heightened sense of reality. I believe that the photos are each compelling and strong.

This series by David O’Connell hangs in St Richards Chichester is a further strong series.

An additional series by Linda Sallnow in London

The Stations of the Cross by Karel Stadnik, 1973-five, Church of the Virgin Mary in Lhotka, Prague. This is a distinctive interpretation of the stations in which the a synthetic resin sculpter at every single station depicts a different episode of human suffering. The conventional titles of the stations are what aids the observer to make the connection with the life of Christ. According to the net internet site, “The operate was the notion of the nearby priest Vladimir Rudolf, for the duration of the difficult period following Soviet tanks had crushed the “Prague Spring”.”

Right here is a beneficial colouring booklet of the stations of the Cross for young children

Multimedia Stations of the Cross from Loyola Press

An excellent on the web video presentation from I have not watched all of it but but enjoyed what I watched.

And from Busted Halo as usually, an superb set of virtual stations of the cross. These stations relate to Jesus’ teachings about the Kingdom of God and the purpose his vision of this Kingdom led to his death. Obtain a quiet location to watch these stations, and as you do the devotions be open to how God is speaking to you by way of the Stations of the Cross.

Right here is the 1st meditation

And from Jonny Baker in England a terrific notion – QR Stations of the Cross

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Stations of the Cross – Updated for 2019… with extra free of charge downloads. was final modified: April 4th, 2019 by Christine Sine


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