7 x 7.9 inches
Stations I through XIV : Station XV Sold Seperately
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Our Stations of the Cross, 14807 Series is a stunning set that can be used indoors or outdoors. The most important reason for reviving the practice of making the Stations of the Cross is that it is a powerful way to contemplate, and enter into, the mystery of Jesus’ gift of himself to us. It takes the reflection on the passion out of my head, and makes it an imaginative exercise. It involves my senses, my experience and my emotions. To the extent I come to experience the love of Jesus for me, to that extent the gratitude I feel will be deep. Deep gratitude leads to real generosity and a desire to love as I have been loved.
The History: From the earliest of days, followers of Jesus told the story of his passion, death and resurrection. When pilgrims came to see Jerusalem, they were anxious to see the sites where Jesus was. These sites become important holy connections with Jesus. Eventually, following in the footsteps of the Lord, along the way of the cross, became a part of the pilgrimage visit. The stations, as we know them today, came about when it was no longer easy or even possible to visit the holy sites. In the 1500’s, villages all over Europe started creating “replicas” of the way of the cross, with small shrines commemorating the places along the route in Jerusalem. Eventually, these shrines became the set of 14 stations we now know and were placed in almost every Catholic Church in the world.
God only came into the world
to be alongside those whom the world rejects.
They thought they could humble God
by condemning him to a man’s death,
but it was precisely in showing himself
as one condemned to death
as the ally of the vanquished, the beaten
the scorned and the tortured,
it was precisely in showing himself in his poverty
that God refused to be part of their order.
From now on, the man put to death
will always be the fiery image of God.