This virtual set of Stations, updated for 2023, features images from various Catholic churches from across Great Britain. Each Station also includes a biblical text, a short meditation and a prayer.
The Holy Rosary: Opening Prayers
Traditionally, Catholics start the Holy Rosary by making the Sign of the Cross, saying one Our Father, Three Hail Maries and one Glory Be. Then they recite the Apostles' Creed.
The Life and Letters of St Paul (Acts 22:1-21)
St Paul stands out as one of the most remarkable and influential characters in world history. He is traditionally known as the “apostle to the Gentiles” for his focus on sharing the gospel with people of all nations (Romans 11:13). After his conversion to Christianity, St Paul went on to become a great missionary, before eventually suffering martyrdom for his faith.
St Mary Magdalene follows Christ (Luke 8:1-3)
St Mary Magdalene was one of Christ’s most faithful disciples. She travelled with him in his preaching ministry and also witnessed both his death and resurrection. Since Mary shared the news of his return to life with the Twelve, she later became known as the ‘apostle to the apostles.’
The Mystery of Baptism
In early January each year, the Church celebrates the feast of the Baptism of the Lord. This day honours the Baptism of Christ in the River Jordan by St John the Baptist. The feast concludes the Christmas season and invites the faithful to reflect on the Sacrament of Baptism.
Nehemiah rebuilds Jerusalem (Nehemiah 2:1-20)
The story of Nehemiah is found within the book that is named after him. He lived in the 5th century BC, during the exile of the Jews in Persia. Nehemiah was the cupbearer to King Artaxerxes of Persia, in the capital city of Susa. This was an important role at court that meant he had … Continue reading Nehemiah rebuilds Jerusalem (Nehemiah 2:1-20)
The Twelve Days of Christmas
The Twelve Days of Christmas are an ideal time to reflect on the life of the Holy Family, as revealed in the New Testament. Here you can take a moment each day to reflect on an aspect of the early life of Christ, through a series of images related to his childhood and meditations from recent popes.
6. The Feast of the Holy Family
“When they had fulfilled everything required by the Law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth. The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom, and God’s favor was upon him.” (Luke 2:39-40)
12. The Magi arrive in Jerusalem
“After Jesus had been born in Bethlehem of Judea during the reign of King Herod, wise men traveled from the east and arrived in Jerusalem, inquiring, “Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw the rising of his star, and we have come to pay him homage.” (Matthew 2:1-2)
11. Christ among the Doctors
“After three days they found him in the temple, where he was sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. And all who heard him were amazed at his intelligence and his answers.” (Luke 2:46-47)
10. The Holy Name of Jesus
“On the eighth day, when the time for the child’s circumcision had arrived, he was given the name Jesus, the name the angel had given him before he had been conceived in the womb.” (Luke 2:21)