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A journey of faith, love

Stations of the Cross re-enactment a Good Friday tradition

POSTED: April 2, 2008 5:01 a.m.
Scott Rogers The Times/

Actors with Saint Michael Catholic Church depict Christ's journey to the crucifixion during the Catholic church's annual Stations of the Cross service Friday morning at Laurel Park. The church traditionally re-enacts the Stations of the Cross for their Good Friday service each year.

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The Stations of the Cross, also called the Way of the Cross, is a Catholic devotion depicting the events in the last hours of Jesus - the Passion and death of Christ.

A person making the Way of the Cross will stop at each of 14 stations to pray and meditate before moving on to the next station.

Many Catholic churches perform re-enactments of the Stations of the Cross the week before Easter, which celebrates the resurrection of Jesus. Saint Michael Catholic Church leads such a re-enactment each year on Good Friday. This year's event, held at Laurel Park, was attended by hundreds.

Saint Michael also offers a Virtual Stations of the Cross on its Web site, with accompanying prayers for each station.

The Stations of the Cross
1. Jesus is sentenced to death by Pilate.
2. Jesus takes the cross on his shoulder.
3. Jesus falls the first time under the cross.
4. Jesus, carrying the cross, meets his most afflicted mother.
5. Jesus assisted by Simon of Cyrene to carry the cross.
6. Veronica presents a handkerchief to Jesus.
7. Jesus falls under the cross the second time.
8. Jesus consoles the women of Jerusalem, who wept over him.
9. Jesus falls under the cross the third time.
10. Jesus is stripped of his garments, and offered vinegar and gall.
11. Jesus is nailed to the cross.
12. Jesus is exalted on the cross, and dies.
13. Jesus is taken down from the cross.
14. Jesus is laid in the Holy Sepulchre.


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