Walking the Way of the Cross

The Church of England

Archbishop Stephen Cottrell, Dr Paula Gooder and Bishop Philip North reflect on the 15 Biblical Stations of the Cross. The Stations of the Cross have formed part of Christian devotion for many centuries because they offer a particularly vivid way of following in the steps of Jesus on the way to the Cross. In the earliest days of Christian pilgrimage, visitors to Jerusalem would walk the path from Pilate’s house to Calvary. In the late fourteenth century, the Franciscan protectors of the holy places in Jerusalem put up images at which people would pause, reflect and pray. Eventually, those pilgrims brought the practice of walking a path of images from Christ’s passion back to their home countries, and many churches have images of the traditional Stations of the Cross on their walls. If you can, do also try to look at the powerful images of the biblical stations by Nicholas Markell. These are featured in the book Walking the Way of the Cross and the posters that go with it, and they can also be found online.

The Fifteenth Station: Jesus risen from the deadThe Fourteenth Station: Jesus laid in the tombThe Thirteenth Station: Jesus dies on the crossThe Twelfth Station: Jesus on the cross; his mother and his friendThe Eleventh Station: Jesus promises the kingdom to the penitent thiefThe Tenth Station: Jesus is crucifiedThe Ninth Station: Jesus meets the women of JerusalemThe Eighth Station: Simon of Cyrene helps Jesus to carry the crossThe Seventh Station: Jesus carries the crossThe Sixth Station: Jesus scourged and crowned with thornsThe Fifth Station: Jesus judged by PilateThe Fourth Station: Peter denies JesusThe Third Station: Jesus condemned by the SanhedrinThe Second Station: Jesus betrayed by Judas and arrestedThe First Station: Jesus in agony in the Garden of GethsemaneIntroduction: The Gathering