The Way of the Cross
The devotion known as the Way of the Cross is an adaptation of a custom widely observed by pilgrims to Jerusalem; the offering of prayer at a series of places in that city traditionally associated with our Lord’s passion and death. The number of stations has varied widely through the ages; in some traditions, local parish custom has set the number and content of the stations.
The stations are more than religious pictures. For the worshiper who walks the way of the Cross, they offer access through the visible to the invisible mysteries of the faith. One is drawn close to the heart of God and contemplates the unique way in which he has chosen to love us.
It is necessary to view each station not only as a reminder of an historical moment in the mystery of Atonement, but as a Holy Moment in which we are present. To all who would walk in this way there is an opportunity to be confronted with ourselves, with God’s love, and with the vital sources of joy and peace.