Monday, December 22, 2014

Scriptural Stations of the Cross: A Photo Essay

Mosaics by Louisa Jenkins (c.1955)
Photographs by Phillip Shifflet

The First Station
Jesus is Condemned to Death

Pilate said to them, "Then what shall I do with Jesus called Messiah?"  They all said, "Let him be crucified!"  Then he released Barabbas to them, but after he had Jesus scourged, he handed him over to be crucified. - Matthew 27:22, 26

The Second Station
Jesus is Made to Bear the Cross

And carrying the cross himself he went out to what is called the Place of the Skull, in Hebrew, Golgotha. - John 19:17

The Third Station
Jesus Falls the First Time

Those whose steps are guided by the LORD; whose way God approves, may stumble, but they will never fall, for the LORD holds their hand. - Psalm 23:23-24

The Fourth Station
Jesus Meets His Afflicted Mother

Standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary of Magdala. - John 19:25

The Fifth Station
Simon of Cyrene Helps Jesus to Carry His Cross

They pressed into service a passer-by, Simon, a Cyrenian, who was coming in from the country, the father of Alexander and Rufus, to carry his cross. - Mark 15:21

The Sixth Station
Veronica Wipes the Face of Jesus

At present we see indistinctly, as in a mirror, but then face to face. – 1 Corinthians 13:12

The Seventh Station
Jesus Falls the Second Time

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, / I will fear no evil, for you are with me;your rod and your staff comfort me. – Psalm 23:4

The Eighth Station
Jesus Speaks to the Women of Jerusalem

A large crowd of people followed Jesus, including many women who mourned and lamented him. - Luke 23:27

The Ninth Station
Jesus Falls the Third Time

You restore my strength. You guide me along the right path for the sake of your name. – Psalm 23:3

The Tenth Station
Jesus is Stripped of His Garments

They divided his garments by casting lots. - Luke 23:34

The Eleventh Station
Jesus is Nailed to the Cross

There they crucified him, and with him two others, one on either side, with Jesus in the middle. Pilate also had an inscription written and put on the cross. It read, “Jesus the Nazorean, the King of the Jews.” – John 19:18-19

The Twelfth Station
Jesus Dies on the Cross

After this, aware that everything was now finished, in order that the scripture might be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I thirst.” There was a vessel filled with common wine. So they put a sponge soaked in wine on a sprig of hyssop and put it up to his mouth. When Jesus had taken the wine, he said, “It is finished.” And bowing his head, he handed over the spirit. - John 19:28-30

The Thirteenth Station
Jesus is Taken Down from the Cross

When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea named Joseph, who was himself a disciple of Jesus. He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus; then Pilate ordered it to be handed over. - Matthew 27:57-58

The Fourteenth Station
The Body of Jesus is Placed in the Tomb

Having bought a linen cloth, he took him down, wrapped him in the linen cloth and laid him in a tomb that had been hewn out of the rock. Then he rolled a stone against the entrance to the tomb. - Mark 15:46

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