The Stations of the Cross

The 'stations' are stages of the journey that takes us from the moment that Jesus is condemned to death, to his resurrection in glory.

They are depicted around the church on the north and south aisle walls, starting at the condemnation of Jesus in the north and ending with the Resurrection in the south.

During the Stations of the Cross service on Good Friday the priest and people move to each picture in turn, where they are led in prayer and appreciation of the significance of that stage of the journey.

Station 1: Jesus is Condemned to Death

  • So when Pilate saw that he could do nothing, but rather that a riot was beginning, he took some water and washed his hands before the crowd, saying, "I am innocent of this man's blood; see to it yourselves." ... So he released Barabbas for them; and after flogging Jesus, he handed him over to be crucified. Matthew 27: 24, 26

  • Station 2: Jesus Carries His Cross

  • And carrying the cross by himself, he went out to what is called The Place of the Skull, which in Hebrew is Golgotha. John 19: 16b-17

  • Station 3: Jesus Falls for the First Time

  • Surely he has borne our infirmities and carried our diseases; yet we accounted him stricken, struck down by God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the punishment that made us whole, and by his bruises we are healed. Isaiah 53:4-5

  • Station 4: Jesus Meets His Mother

  • When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing beside her, he said to his mother, “Woman, here is your son.” Then he said to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” And from that hour the disciple took her into his own home. John 19:26-27

  • Station 5: Simon Helps Jesus Carry His Cross

  • They compelled a passer-by, who was coming in from the country, to carry his cross; it was Simon of Cyrene, the father of Alexander and Rufus. Mark 15: 21

  • Station 6: Veronica Wipes the Face of Jesus

  • He was despised and rejected by others; a man of suffering and acquainted with infirmity; and as one from whom others hide their faces he was despised, and we held him of no account. Isaiah 53:3

  • Station 7: Jesus Falls the Second Time

  • I am utterly spent and crushed; I groan because of the tumult of my heart... My heart throbs, my strength fails me; as for the light of my eyes — it also has gone from me. My friends and companions stand aloof from my affliction, and my neighbors stand far off... For I am ready to fall, and my pain is ever with me. Psalm 38: 8, 10, 11, 17

  • Station 8: Jesus Meets the Women of Jerusalem

  • A great number of the people followed him, and among them were women who were beating their breasts and wailing for him. But Jesus turned to them and said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children." Luke 23: 27-28

  • Station 9: Jesus Falls the Third Time

  • For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who in every respect has been tested as we are, yet without sin. Hebrews 4: 15

  • Station 10: Jesus is Stripped

  • ...they took his clothes and divided them into four parts, one for each soldier. They also took his tunic; now the tunic was seamless, woven in one piece from the top. So they said to one another, “Let us not tear it, but cast lots for it to see who will get it.” John 19: 23-24

  • Station 11: Jesus is Nailed to the Cross

  • When they came to the place that is called The Skull, they crucified Jesus there with the criminals, one on his right and one on his left. Luke 23: 33

  • Station 12: Jesus Dies on the Cross

  • At three o'clock Jesus cried out with a loud voice, "Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?" which means, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" ... Then Jesus gave a loud cry and breathed his last. Mark 15: 34, 37

  • Station 13: Jesus is Taken Down from the Cross

  • After these things, Joseph of Arimathea, who was a disciple of Jesus, though a secret one because of his fear of the Jews, asked Pilate to let him take away the body of Jesus. Pilate gave him permission; so he came and removed his body. John 19: 38

  • Station 14: Jesus is Laid in the Tomb

  • Then Joseph bought a linen cloth, and taking down the body, wrapped it in the linen cloth, and laid it in a tomb that had been hewn out of the rock. He then rolled a stone against the door of the tomb. Mark 15: 46

  • Station 15: Jesus Rises from the Dead

  • "Then go quickly and tell his disciples, ‘He has been raised from the dead, and indeed he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him.’ This is my message for you.” Matthew 28: 7
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