STATIONS OF THE CROSS 2019

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Station 1: Jesus is Condemned to Die

Each of us learns at some point in our lives of our own mortality, that we are going to die. The circumstances and time when we learn that in our deeper being varies greatly.

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Station 2: Jesus Carries His Cross

Learning of our own mortality, is in many senses the cross that we carry through our lives from the moment  we become conscious of our mortality. 

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Station 3: Jesus Falls for the First Time

We often ‘stumble’ or fall under the weight of the knowledge that we will one day die. The more imminent that death seems the harder the fall.

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Station 4: Jesus Meets His Mother

How differently we relate to the person who gave us birth

when we realise that she and we are mortal.

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Station 5: Simon Helps Jesus Carry His Cross

We can't carry the knowledge of our mortality alone. We need

others who will help us carry the burden.

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Station 6: Veronica Wipes Jesus' Face

On the journey there are often intimate others who help us

by attending to our intimate needs.

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Station 7: Jesus Falls The Second Time

Our mortality continues to be a heavy burden to carry and we

fall many times under its weight.

Station 8: Jesus Meets the Women of Jerusalem

This is the central station in the sense that it is number 8 of 15; it is also central in that it suggests a world turned upside down . Luke 23 :2 6-3 1 is the biblical story. We weep for the difficult things we see happening in our world and their challenge to our personal comfort and these hard words reflect how difficult the mortal journey might be for us.

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Station 9: Jesus Falls for the Third Time

Again, our knowledge of our mortality is a heavy burden and we stumble, fall under its weight . The falls in life become cumulative.

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Station 10: Jesus is Stripped

I have often read this as Jesus is stripped bare. As I watched my father and mother - in -law, among many I have known, become fragile and ill in their later years, I was very aware of how our mortality strips us bare, particularly when we are close to death.

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Station 11: Jesus is Nailed to the Cross

The process of dying is not easy. There is often a sense of

being nailed to the cross.

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Station 12: Jesus Dies on the Cross

We die, as Jesus died. What is death? What is it when 'we

are’ no more'?

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Station 13: Jesus is Taken Down from the Cross

I have been taken with the power of the pieta for a very long time. Sometimes in the Christian and Western community we give so much emphasis to the death on the cross that we forget the people at the foot of the cross who hold that battered and beaten and now, dead, Jesus. Can there be any more painful thing in life than for the mother who gave birth, to hold her tortured and murdered son in his death. 

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Station 14: Jesus is Laid in the Tomb

There is something here of the dignity of the community that lays the bodies of the ones who die in their resting places. They are forced to reflect on all the questions raised by the mortality and finitude and often in the process draw on religious rituals to help find the meaning in the death.

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Station 15: Jesus is Raised to Life

This station is not included as one of the traditional stations, though in some situations it has been. It raises the question of how we find hope in the face of our mortality and finitude.