The Stations of the Cross I through XV, Series 14941 will grace the chapel of any school, retreat house, clinic, hospice, hospital, or mother house of a religious community. These Stations of the Cross possess true heirloom quality and will be a most meaningful gift that will be prayed with, cherished and venerated for many, many generations still to come!
The Stations of the Cross – A Splendid Labor of Faith, Hope and Love
The Stations of the Cross I through XV, Series 14941 each measure 2 inches high and 1.75 inches wide. Each Station is forged from solid bronze in a foundry in Germany. Each Station will be touched by at least twelve artisans as it makes it way from start to finish. How, by whom, and where every Station is made ensures that the Stations of the Cross I through XV, Series 14941 are truly “culturally authentic” as well as a most exquisite labor of faith, hope and love.
The Stations of the Cross Emerged from a Special Need
The disciples of Jesus experienced Jesus’ passion, death, and resurrection and remembered and recounted it others later on. In the centuries that followed, whenever pilgrims visited Jerusalem, they were filled with the desire to experience the places where Jesus once had been so that they might but walk in his footsteps. These pilgrims desired to accompany Jesus along the narrow stony streets of Jerusalem as he made his way to his crucifixion and death. The Via Dolorosa (the “Way of Suffering”) is the street through which Jesus carried his cross. The Stations of the Cross as we know them now emerged from the need to still be with Jesus in his suffering and death, even when pilgrimage to Jerusalem and the Holy Land had become exceedingly difficult, dangerous, and in fact impossible. This did the Via Crucis (Way of the Cross) emerge in the late Middle Ages as an increasingly popular devotion in many hamlets and towns of Europe. Small shrines were created to commemorate particular scenes and places (“stations”) on this Way of the Cross. The number and title of these “stations” would vary considerably for many years, but was ultimately established as fourteen in all. The Fourteen Stations of the Cross can now be found in or near almost every Catholic Church in the entire world. But we now experience devotion to Christ’s Passion as incomplete without the celebration of His Resurrection! And so we now finish the Via Crucis at the “Fifteenth Station” – the Resurrection of Christ.