The Stations of the Cross are associated with Catholic, and many Anglican/Episcopalian Churches. They have their origins in the 13th Century when the Franciscan Order started to commemorate Jesus’ journey between Pilate’s court and the Cross. By the 16th Century the devotion had become widespread in Europe and many churches have carved or bronze Stations around their walls. For the last week or so each day, in our Daily Devotions, we have been considering Fr Sieger Koeder’s Stations of the Cross as we journey with Jesus to the Cross. The Stations have fascinated artists for hundreds of years and, this evening, we have an audio visual version of them for you.
Using clips from Mel Gibson’s film, the Passion of the Christ, music from a variety of sources – but mainly from Handel’s Messiah – and reflections written from the perspective of the Centurion we are invited to set aside some time to prayerfully contemplate Jesus’ journey from Pilate’s court to the Cross.
The term Station comes from the Latin meaning to stop and stare. The devotions invite us to stop, stare, pray and reflect. They are mainly taken from the Gospels but are supplemented with pious legend – the Gospel’s don’t record Jesus meeting His Mother, Veronica wiping His face nor the number of times he fell. They are a powerful devotion, especially for Holy Week. We hope you find them useful.
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