Friday, March 30, 2012

40 Things #33: The Way of the Cross

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***This post is part of my 40 Things I Love About Catholicism series.  Click here to read more!*** 

I'm once again combining quick takes with my Lenten series featuring Catholic beliefs, traditions, and moral teachings.  This week, I'll be looking at the Way of the Cross, a Catholic devotion that prayerfully remembers Jesus' suffering and death.  Every Catholic church (that I know of) has the stations depicted somewhere.  The Way of the Cross consists of fourteen stations, so I will be featuring two stations for each take.  No writing here, just various images to reflect upon.  We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you: Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world. 

1. "Jesus is condemned to death."  Artwork by Michael D. O'Brien.
2. Jesus takes up his cross.

3. Jesus falls the first time.
4. Jesus meets his mother Mary.  Artwork by Br. Mickey McGrath, OSFS.
5. Simon of Cyrene helps Jesus carry his cross.
6. Veronica wipes the face of Jesus.  Image from the movie Jesus of Nazareth.
7. Jesus falls the second time.
8. Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem.
9. Jesus falls the third time.
10. Jesus is stripped of his garments.
11. Jesus is nailed to the cross.
12. Jesus dies on the cross.
13. Jesus is taken down from the cross.  Artist: Michelangelo (Pieta)
14. Jesus is laid in the tomb.  Artist: Wilhelm Mengelberg.

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