Perhaps you’ve been wondering …. about the Catholic Tradition of making the Stations of The Cross which is such a common part of our Lenten Practice?
From the earliest days, the followers of Jesus shared the story of the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus. When Christian pilgrims came to Jerusalem they wanted to see the sites which were connected directly with these events in the life of Jesus. These sites became holy places to visit and it became a common practice to follow in the footsteps of Jesus on his way to his crucifixion. For awhile it was impossible for Christians to visit Jerusalem and so in the 1500’s villages all over Europe began creating their own way of the cross with small shrines. These evolved into the 14 stations we have today, and gradually they became part of the church building itself. Today we can make the stations on our own as a private devotion or as a community. It is a tool to help us contemplate the mystery of Christ’s passion and death in preparation for the celebration of the resurrection at Easter