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Stations of the Cross

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Stations of the Cross;  “That I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death.” Phillipians 3:10

These were the apostle Paul’s words but they were also the sentiment of Francis of Assisi whole devotion to the passion of Christ resulted in the walking meditation which we call today “The Stations of the Cross”.

“For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.” Matthew 16:25

Icons are meant to be God’s Word in visual form.  These contemporary Icons by Christine Hales speak to the Presence of God in our lives today.  They show how we can apply the message  of Christ’s Passion to our daily experiences and truly join in fellowship with Him.

The Scriptural Stations of the Cross

Station One:

Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane;   “Pilate, therefore, wishing to release Jesus, again called out to them. But they shouted, saying, “Crucify Him!”. Luke 23: 20,21

Station Two:

Jesus is betrayed by Judas and arrested; And they stripped Him and put a scarlet garment on Him.  When they had twisted a crown of thorns, they put it on His head and a reed in His right hand.  And they bowed the knee before Him and mocked Him, saying “Hail, King of the Jews.”  Matthew 27: 28, 29

Station Three:

Jesus is condemned by the Sanhedrin;  And He, bearing His cross, went out to a place called in Hebrew, Golgotha.  John 19:17

Station Four:

Jesus is denied by Peter; When they had kindled a fire in the middle the courtyard and sat down together, Peter sat among them. Then a servant girl,  seeing him in the fire light, stared at him and said “This man also was with Him.” But he denied it saying “Woman, I do not know him.”  Luke 22:55-58

Station Five:

Jesus is judged by Pilate;   Then the assembly rose as a body and brought Jesus before Pilate.  Luke 23:1

Station Six:

Jesus is scourged and crowned with thorns; And the people stood looking on.  But even the rulers with them sneered, saying, “He saved others, let him save himself if he is the Christ, the chosen of God.”  Luke 23:35

Station Seven:

Jesus takes up his cross; I gave my back to those who struck Me, and my cheeks to those who plucked out my beard; I did not hide my face from shame and spitting.  For the Lord God will help Me; therefore I will not be disgraced; therefore I have set my face like a flint, and I know that I will not be ashamed.  Isaiah 50: 6-7

Station Eight:

Jesus is helped by Simon of Cyrene to carry his cross; Now as they led Him away, they laid hold of a certain man, Simon a Pyrenean who was coming from the country, and they laid the cross on him that he might bear it after Jesus.  Luke 23: 26-27

Station Nine:

Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem;  And a great multitude of the people followed Him, and women who also mourned and lamented Him.  But Jesus, turning to them said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me, but weep for yourselves and your children.” Luke 23: 27-28

Station Ten:

Jesus is crucified;  Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows, yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted.  But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities, upon Him was the punishment that made us whole,  and by His stripes we are healed.   Isaiah 53: 4-5

Station Eleven:

Jesus promises his kingdom to the repentant thief;  And when they had come to the place called Calvary, there they crucified Him and the criminals, one on the right hand the other on the left.   Luke 22:33

Station Twelve:

Jesus entrusts Mary and John to each other;  Then he said, Jesus, remember me when you come into your Kingdom.” He replied, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”  Luke 23:42

Station Thirteen:

Jesus dies on the cross;  Now it was about the sixth hour, and there was darkness over all  the earth until the ninth hour.  Then the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was torn in two.  And when Jesus had cried out in a loud voice, He said, “Father, into your hands I commit  my spirit.” Having said this, He breathed His last.  Luke 23:44-47

Station Fourteen:

Jesus is laid in the tomb.  So when the Centurion and those with him who were guarding Jesus saw the earthquake and the things that had happened, they feared greatly saying, “Truly this was the Son of God.”  Matthew 27:54

 

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